SaveTheAles (5) - San Jose, California, USA - JAN 20, 2003 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The name doesn't really do it justice. This beer has the smoothest 76 IBU's I've encountered, no doubt due to the single hopping with Crystal, which has the lowest cohumulone level of any hop I know of. Very nice floral aroma that is quite strong for a beer not dry-hopped. I found it only slightly bitter. It had a very pleasant orangey, fruity hop flavor, with slightly sweet, rounded, roasty, caramelly, malt flavors very much apparent. Great body, amber color, slightly hazy, tight head. The finish is extremely clean, with not much bitterness left behind. Extremely drinkable brew.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JAN 20, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
a classic, wonderfully hoppy, an old favorite revisited at the brewery
Frank (3205) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2003 Strong crystal hop/grapefruit aroma nicely balanced by malty sweetness. Not unpleasantly bitter like too many of its strongly-hopped cousins (not so much english bitter styles but west coast brews). Only brutal when compared to bud/miller/coors. Otherwise, this is just plain delicious.
xmandax (130) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
much like has been said before, citrusy and bitter. orange pour with an ecru head. not as bitter as it claims, really, and quite hoppy. not bad.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark amber with a thick white head. Nose has a lot of citrus and hop. As others have said, you can taste the citrus flavor within, but doesn't come off as a "brutal" bitter. Goes down WAY smooth. Could be more bitter, but overall was a fine brew.
DOdubble (92) - UVA, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2003
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
What was that solid object that went ’plop’ as i poured this beer? Anyways, its kinda bitter, but certainly not brutal. It basically tastes like grapefruit juice.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber, medium off-white head, hoppy citrus nose. Thick mouthfeel, grapefruit, bitter. Tasty but one-dimensional.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2003
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy, with good head. Nice malt flavor--at least what I can taste. Can’t taste
too much because of all the hops in this beer. This is really too much on the
hop front. I had to soak my tongue in warm water after I drank this beer just so I
could taste things again. I wish they could have laid off some of the hops so I
could taste all of those interesting malts used.
Crit (3471) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2007 cloudy amber,white head.Citrus hop nose. Grapefruit hop flavor throughout with long strong finish
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 6, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange cloudy beer with thin white head.
Fruity and hoppy aroma.
Citurs and grapefruit flavor. Bitter and hoppy.