Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 10, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The "pines" is completely appropriate. Highly interesting beer. Red-brown color -- sweet aroma with some deep port in there, too -- a bit of butterscotch over the hops. Kind of a pine-flavored butterscotch flavor with a long-lingering hoppy finish with quite a bit of (good) bitterness. Flavor stays with you for a long time. After a few sips, all you taste is a bitter tea-like flavor (not unpleasant).
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 12, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2004 On tap GABF 02: Citrus exploding, on pools of oil. Not quite clear or hazy orange color. Bitterness lasts forever. "Sharp" tasting (or feeling).
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2002
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask. Name is appropriate, as it smells like a pine tree. While it’s supposed to be hoppy, it has very few malts. To me, tastes more under-malted than overhopped. Bit creamy, but too thin and lacks any malt backbone.
argo0 (12110) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 6, 2002
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
(cask) Amber with some head. Sweet pine aroma. Flat; strong pine hops, hint of grapefruit too. Unbalanced -- no malt presence at all.
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 12, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Great amber color, at least in the light of the restaurant. Good head retention for an IPA, leaving a bit of laciness. Flavor: hops, lots of hops. My favorite IPAs are those that ground the hops in some malt sweetness, this one did not do that. I know there was malt in their but that was not very apparent in the taste. the aftertaste was that of very fresh bittering hops. Could use a bit more in the area of flavor and aroma hops in addition to the bittering hops.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 12, 2002
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
an OK IPA, nothing spectacular.
Oakes (13536) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 9, 2001
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fruity-hoppy aroma; richly hoppy flavour, but with an almost chewy maltiness underneath.