blankboy (5625) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of tupalev. Pours a clear bubbly orange with a small diminishing white head. Very nice aroma of hops, hops, hops! Fresh citrus hops nicely balanced with some sweet malt. Flavour’s also nice and hoppy but a tad thin -- great lasting bitterness to it though. Wow, this was a nice surprise and a great way to start our tasting. A solid IPA.
HogTownHarry (5912) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (341ml). Shared with blankboy and tupalev - tupalev’s bottle. Poured hazy orange with a small white diminishing head. Aroma of sweet orange juice and fresh juniper hops - on warming I got crushed mint leaf pungency, with lemon black pepper and ginger spiciness. Strong pungently fresh resiny hops, bitter grapefruit pith, some sweet malt, and a long bitter finish. The mouthfeel was a bit odd, astringent, decent body, I almost found it chewy - a solid IPA, nothing spectacular - even.
Gorbalev (2870) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
My bottle, shared with Blankboy and Hogtown Harry, courtesy of a trade with Joe McPhee. Nice hop hose, sharp, fresh, and citrusy. Light orange, bubbly white head. Lovely balanced citrus hop / malt taste - right on style. Hops are slightly sharp. Soapy light mouthfeel - thin but appropriate. Better balanced than the excellent Double IPA. A real pleasure to drink.
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Yellow body with a small white head. Big citrusy aroma up front is enticing, despite a touch of what I think is diacytl as it warms up. Dilute citrus - grapefruit - flavour with a malt undercurrent is a bit of a letdown after the aroma. Average palate. Needs more. Thanks JoeMcPhee.
natrat (66) - Ucluelet, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big pour, tall, loose head. Hops aroma is a bit overwhelming...grapefruit and pine smell fountains out of the glass. Amarillo hops? Pale amber colour is disappointing...would like to see more colour in this robust beer. Mouthfeel is nice...not overthick and not watery at all. Hops taste is huge...this beer has way more bitterness than "hop-monster" beers. I love it with fish.
JorisPPattyn (7550) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange-amber beer; yellowish tinted, creamy head. Bit soupy initial nose, even ureum, then giving in to a superb fine-flowery hopsnose. Aroma’s as from the best English hops, finally some cookie malts. Very bitter, near-metallic and outspoken grapefruit hopflavours, even some walnut peel. Again very little malt detectable, both in taste and MF. Better than the Nelson IPA - but still, there’s an empty feel no hops can fill in. Needs malts for that, and this isn’t some shy English bitter at 4% neither. Quite OK IPA, however, the hops are great. Big thanks, Mike.
legion242 (2071) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very heavy in the citrusy hops, in taste and hops. Nicely dry. Thanks Presario!
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a clear amber color with a thin white head. Citrusy hops intertwined with sweet malt. Flavor is light in malt with hop middle and a long dry bitter finish. Nice IPa might be a little light though in the body.
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 5, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy orange amber colour with thin lasting off white head.Mild grapefruit hop nose. Strong bitter grapefruit taste with lingering bitter finish.
presario (4437) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good lasting head. Thick looking gold beer. Gentle aroma of flowers and honey. Agressive hop start and stronger finish . Hop spiciness throughout and a trace of soap in the first sip only. Malt is just strong enough to support the hops and no further.