gsteph (320) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 22, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy, dark orange pour with almost no head. But what was there was off-white. Nice floral, piney aroma but a little light. Flavor is like liquid pine, resiny, citrusy, malt is minimal. Flavor finishes bitter. Not as balanced as I would like to see. Decent body, oily texture, and light carbonation. I like it.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 20, 2005
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
(thanks to Drew...or ...his parents for hooking me up!) Dark pour for an IPA. Mahogany body and a tan head. This bottle was very oxidized. There was a bit of fruit and some hop presense, but just an overwhelming blast of wet cardboard. I might need to find another sample of this to really give it a fair shake.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
My parents were camping around the Smokey Mountains last week - Dad called from the grocery store, and they ended up bringing home a few new beers for me - parents are great! This poured a copper golden color, 2 inch head, great lacing. Aroma is hoppy hoppy. Lots of resin oily hops, but after it warmed up, there was a nice sweet malt balance. Overall, a little sloppy and the balance seemed out of whack, but I enjoyed it enough.
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 24, 2005
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Thanks to Sut for this one. Poars a thin white, but lingering head. Cloudy amber (whatís with that?). Aroma of fruit cocktail. Taste is peachy then all bitterness. A bit of pine, so Iíll guess English hops. Not a lot there. Much worse than they used to be.
DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with suttree, thanks Phil!) Ack, what a mess! Just pouring a few ounces, and the head exploded out of the glass and onto the countertop. After cleaning the mess up, the glass was still filled with head. 30 minutes later, I finally have emptied the rest of the bottle into the glass. The first thing that jumps out (well, the second thing since the first thing to jump out was the head, right out of the damn glass) is the incredibly fruity and florally hoppy nose. And tasting the beer reaffirms the indications put forth by the aromas, this is a very flavorful, sweet and exceptionally fruity IPA with the hops contributing a floral, strong grapefruit component that is only moderately bitter. And thatís really all there is to this single-dimension beer, but itís still a pretty enjoyable beer. Medium in body, but despite the moderate bitterness, thereís enough sweetness here to make for almost a sticky mouthfeel, and certainly the sweetness hangs on for ages. Ruddy amber in color, this beer is fairly cloudy with a snowstorm of small particles suspended in the beer. That huge, volcanic head is light tan in color and obviously shows great retention. Between the two large globs of foam stuck to the glass on opposite ends, there is also a dense blanket of intricate lacing.
DocLock (7182) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Suttree for this. This one is way underrated. I may be partial to IPAs, but this beer is well above average. Pours hazy deep copper with a big white head and lace all the way down to its ass. Aroma of big resiny hops, floral esters, and slight band-aid. Tastes hoppy, with resiny elements and a bitter quality as it warms. Not as complex or balanced as other IPAs Iíve had, but this one shouldnít be taking it up the ass as bad as it is.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a dark amber, with a foamy head, that lasted a while. Nose was sweet and malty, with hops becoming apparent as it gets closer to the nose. Mouth feel is thick, kind of oily. There was a stronger hop bite than nose, not great for an IPA, but I liked it. Thanks Surtree
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Yellow label bottle. Wow, people sure donít like this one! I thought it was a very good, if decidedly very average rendition of an American IPA. Dark copper, very clear with a small white head. Fruity, leafy bitter aroma with some dough and bready yeast in the nose. Flavor is lightly earthy and fruity with a strong bitterness. A bit watery on the finish, but I didnt detect any vastly off flavors.
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 29, 2005
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft. Copper color (although it was dark in the bar where I had it). White head that lasted ok. Very weird flavors...the malt had a pretty growdy taste...pretty thin, the hop character was a not-good bitter, piney...tasted like they used cheap stuff in the brew. Gross...like the Cumberland river in a bottle. Wonít have it again.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JAN 22, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from SpringsLicker. Deep amber color, slightly cloudy. Off-white head leaves slight lacing. Aroma is a blend of sweet caramel scents from the malt and a muted earthy hop presence. Light bodied, drying. Rather weak in flavor. Somewhat grainy. The finishing bitterness is almost undesireable.