Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 7, 2002
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not much to it. Vague aroma thatís slightly sour, and a flavor that tastes more sour than bitter. The hoppiness tastes canned, not very fresh. Little balance and little finish. Flat, sour, dull.
joet (2462) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - APR 27, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The best beer on tap at the Pyramid Brewery here (besides the kilt lifter). The most lucid aroma, good drinkability and decent crispness. Lacks the massiveness of the best West Coast IPAs.
HoppedHead (106) - seattle, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice hoppy IPA, very bitter and unbalanced, but there in lies the beauty of this ale, light copper color, with very little maltiness, but tons of hop flavor, aroma, and bitterness, plus a nice kick, good to drink before Mís Games
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2002
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Too bubbly and too bitter for my taste. Not terrible - but I wouldnít waste my time trying it again.
Dogbrick (10409) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2002
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not nearly as good as Samuel Smithís IPA, but not bad. I thought it could have used some more malt to balance the hops. I would like to try it on tap some day. Nice honey color and rather bubbly.
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - APR 12, 2002
3.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2005 More of a stout fan but gotta love the hops of this beer.
NWHopHead99 (58) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2002
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Unnesasarily bitter, hoppy . . . maybe, but the sour taste is upsetting. Kind of a dead pinnaple, semi-sweetness there, but not enough to clean the pallete, as that bitter flavor just lingers endlessly, and itís not pleasing. Looks fine, heads well, but then tastes unpalletably bitter, (and not the good kind). I think I like this IPA even less than the Full Sail. The only hint of aroma hops I get it when I burp up the stomach gas. Oh well, thank god there is Bridgeport, Stoneís, and Martime IPAís. I think this IPA has recieved too much praise, itís not that great.
BillKismet (3659) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bland tan color cannot be more deceiving as this beer is brimming with the tanginess of Columbus hops--undeniably present in both aroma and flavor. The hops bring a definite íboingí/spike to this beer--making it an interesting, atypical IPA. The spike can be looked at negatively as well--as it does denote an unbalance in hops--but címon--like this beer is about anything but hops! A bold brew with the hop zestiness to make it a special IPA to try.
coldandhot99 (18) - Abingdon, Maryland, USA - APR 1, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This isnít one of my favorites thus far, but not bad at all. Has a nice golden color. Worth trying.
ChrisBeest (43) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - FEB 18, 2002
3.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I loved it. Then again, I pretty much love all IPAís