Spookykinkajou (4) - USA - NOV 26, 2005 does not count
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells great, looks nice, but it has a bit too much bitter grapefruit like taste for me. It’s strong though. Maybe on the 2nd glass I’ll have to edit this.
BarleyWino (3) - California, USA - NOV 22, 2004 does not count
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I had this last night. It was pretty good, but not special. It also wasn’t, to my palate, really an IPA. It was hoppy, but the overall character was like Oggi’s Hop Whompus—only not as good. My wife and I agreed that it was more of an American Strong—she thought it was an attempt at an Arrogant Bastard copy. I agree; it also reminded me of Hop Rod Rye. Too much malt flavor and not quite enough grapefruit to be a true IPA, in my opinion. But I could be prejudiced by my preference for Oggi’s IPA and Stone’s Ruination, both of which have that sour finish. They’re much lighter in color, too. The flavor had a surprising lack of complexity given the 9.1% ABV, although I must say the alcohol was hidden well. Perhaps too well. Not much aroma to speak of. That’s a surprise, too, in such a hoppy beer. All in all it reinforced my impression of the whole Green Flash/Reaper line: The beers are fine, but why would you choose them when there are better examples of the same styles that are just as easy to get?