dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 27, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
man i just had one of these off tap. tasted quite like an ipa but with more maltiness. very good.
Bolt (117) - Boulder Creek, California, USA - JUN 26, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours rich cloudy and brutal, this is a definite worthy mention, and very nice beer with awesome qualities.
According to the bottle 6 INGREDIENTS: 100% floor-malted Pipken Pale, Cara Vienna, Cara Wheat, and a single Hop (Crystal), Free Range Coastal Waters & Top Fermented Pacman Yeast. No Chemicals, Preservatives or Additives.
PhillyBeer2112 (2488) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Perhaps my first experience with crystal hops, and now one of my favorite Rogue’s. Fresh, grapefruity and piney/resiny hop flavor and aroma. Sufficient maltiness (pleasant surprise from Rogue). Really an AIPA, not a bitter.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer poured out a nice light copper color and formed a off white head that left some nice lace. The aroma is a powerful hops smell with some other elements I couldn’t place. Taste was also very hoppy. A good beer, but not the best ESB I have had.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUN 23, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cloudy, amber, small head. Quite bitter smell, ’brutal’ indeed. Weak mouthfeel. This seems like something that the Stone brewery might have tried but called a failed attempt.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 15, 2002
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This bitter is truly brutal. A nice cloudy orangey/yellow with a somewhat weak head. Smells great. Sits at the front of the palate and bitterness is overwelmingly apparent, but somehow blends into a notable body. I couldn’t escape the aftertaste of grapefruit juice. This took a while to drink, but was quite good nonetheless.
HoppedHead (106) - seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is dominated with hops, floral nose and citrus flavor from loads of cascade hops, nice biiter follow through, orange hue with creamy head, well brewed and easy to enjoy!
Steak (124) - New York, USA - JUN 6, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Kind of a floral and hop aroma and an amber-orange hue. There was a grapefruit/lemon citrus taste secondary to the huge bitterness of the hops. This tasted like it has more hops than any IPA I’ve had. Finishes anything but smooth, but that’s ok. Only thing is that it left remnants of bitterness on my taste buds for a long time. Went really well with brie cheese and crackers.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 2, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 big creamy head and big hoppy aroma, cloudy amber color...extremely hoppy with a creamy finish
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
It’s brutal all right. It even had a citrusy flavor buried deep inside. Others tasted fruit and spice and I can see why. Surprisingly complex, yet brutal nonetheless.