JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
My palate was just about worn completely thin when we staggered over to the Pelican Pub & Brewery selections. This had won a medal so we were pretty hyped... OK, actually, we were just really drunk and wanted to be part of the excitement! This was strong enough to tnotice (hopswise) and that had to mean that it was extremely hoppy for me to even taste it. There are a dozen beers in my notes before this without any comment, but this one actually mentions the huge hoppy nose and taste. 70 IBUs and 7% ABV are a good match.
fraternie (806) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma excited me as I recall, strong hops, fruity notes. Malt is surprisingly nothing as I was hoping for, as dry grapefruit dominates and hops are overwhelming. Not nearly enough malt complexity to balance out the hops (IPAs across the world, take note, as this seemed to be a reoccuring problem at the RAF). Very hoppy, crisp, dry finish. This beer won the Gold medal for best Amercian beer at the whole damn festival. I don't see it, and I am kickass.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
cask (RAF): People seem to really like this beer...Well not me..It had an orangy hop citrus grapefruit tinted aroma flowing from above a transparent golden color and the aroma also had notes of grass and soil..The flavor exhibits some grassy hops but the palate is lacking and the bitterness is out of control..So, if i were to break this beer down into three words Hop Flavored Water
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange gold color. Medium head. Aroma is grapefruity and floral hops. A full-bodied IPA. The hops dominate in this beer. There is some subtle malt sweetness going on here. The hops are mostly grapefruity, but there is also some floralness and pineyness as well. Excellent example of a Pacific NW IPA. Smooth taste with a dry finish, Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth and dry. Aftertaste is bitter. Etched/painted beer bottle.
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An awesome West Coast IPA. Both wonderful on tap at the brewpub (the view is even better than the beer) and in the bottle. Another great example of a great Cascade hop driven beer.
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 2, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
the perfect amount of crisp hop bite, just another west coast ipa but a good one
jazz88 (2528) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 25, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tap & Bottle. My first experience was a bottle I bought in Portland which I gave a 7 4 6 4 16. It had a rich big hopped bitter mouthful with some malty sweetness. A few days later I visited the brewpub and was blown away. It had an amazing intense almost piercing hop aroma that carried into the flavor in waves of fresh bright sunlight. Damn it was good. The brewpub is right on the ocean with a fantastic view to compliment their wonderful beers.
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Blooming mellow floral/citrus/hoppy aroma invites one to sip...Lovely honey-gold color...creamy, tight head leaves sheet lace on the glass---unusually fine retention...Slight malt sweetness in front, joined (but not overpowered) by healthy doses of Cascade hops...finish is of grapefruit rind with that slightly spicy Cascade essence. Body is medium (I wish it had a tad more, frankly, but hell, I’m a perfectionist!)---carbonation very well-judged...Overall, this is an awfully well-made brew...I think I’ll have seconds...right now!
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice pale ale, but not as good as the Stone’s. Still a nice brew.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2002
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very hoppy. Would have liked it to be a little more bitter. Good aroma. Nice dryness in the finish. A very drinkable and agreeable beer.