igneous1 (1496) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 9, 2001
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
this is my first IPA, and to make myself look foolish, i wasnt really sure what the taste of hops constituted. after drinking this, there is one overwhelming quality in both the aroma and taste, apparently this is the hops...ha...well, to make a long story short, i really like it..i will have to experiment with this style more. to look at it reminds you of a glass of pure honey
run20six2 (119) - USA - MAY 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Overall a fine tasting beer. Has a lot of spices and a very strong flavor. The alcohol content is pretty high but it is masked well. Very good overall.
MattShizzle (541) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very good example of an IPA. Nice and hoppy, but can still taste the malt. Would recommend.
hopkop (8) - Alaska, USA - JAN 3, 2007 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a really good example of a West Coast hoppy IPA. The smell is hoppy but not intense. The taste is very hoppy and very intense, but not very complex. But thatís OK, itís just fine as it is.
But be careful.. this is 6.7% alcohol, so 3 of these are more than equal to 4 regular 5% beers.
Of course high-hops and high-alcohol is the corect format for IPA-style beers. The Brits developed the style when shipping barrels of beer from London the India. Both alcohol and hops were known to be preservatives, so they upped the proportions of both these ingredients to help keep the beer fresh through the long trip.
When I feel like an IPA this beer meets or exceeds all specs.
pkbites (688) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice aroma of hops and bubble gum. Cloudy orange pour with faint white head that dies immediately. Bitter hops on the palate with pine needles, wintergreen, and caramel with cookie dough and fresh bakery. Leaves a warm scent in the olfactory. Thick caramel-like consistency. I really like this.
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 9, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very tasty ale: minty/hoppy flavor, and surprisingly crisp and fresh. Vastly exceeded my expectations.
sallyclub99 (54) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
clean on the palate with a nice hoppy bite
unclemattie (4185) - Georgia, USA - AUG 11, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Perfect lacing on the glass. light amber color. basic hop aroma, but thatís what I adore. hop bitterness monster. Great IPA. very bitter finish.
JLAudio (282) - Crestwood, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a quite good beer! Unexpectedly, this beer is bursting with hop aromas and flavors, yet is mellowed out with a wonderful combiniation of pale malts. This beer is a wonderful catch, and is abundant in my area, for only $7.99 six-pack. This is a better than good beer, with an even better pricetag. Could be as good as Dogfish Head 60 minute, if you are looking for pure hop pleasure!
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JUL 27, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled this one on draught at the brewery in Seattle, WA. Pours to a bright, deep golden color, with a thick, creamy white head, and a good carbonation. This nose on this beer is zesty, with good piney and citrus aroma, with hints of biscuity malt aroma. The palate is firm, with good pale and biscut malt flavors, paired with hints of estery fruit, and citrus. This beer finishes with a nice piney and lemony hop bite that slightly lingers. Like with the Redhook Long Hammer, maybe not the boldest example, but a very respectable, very well made exaample of AIPA that delivers good hop character. Very drinkable beer, that goes well with the food on the menu at Pyramid, and good beer to enjoy before or after a Mariners or Sea Hawks game. I liked this one.