dlclark (73) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a very good IPA but also very pricey. Hops are right there with the best of them.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer poured a reddish orange color and formed an off white foam head that left little lace as it subsided. Some carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, hops and caramel. A flavor of malt, hops and a slight hint of citrus. A nice finish that is a touch astrigent. A good IPA and about time the distributors got it here after the law change last fall.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 28, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2003 New.....On tap at Eli Cannons on May 11, 2003. Cloudy deep amber with little head to speak of. Aroma is hugely hoppy, in the west coast style. Guessing on hopping, I'm going to say a lot of cascade, and something mild and light, like goldings or something german. Flavor is big and hoppy, with tons of malt providing a surprising balance. Light grapefruit and apricot flavors. Not as up front as it is bottled. Giant body. A bit of apple and grassy over the top hopping. A really nice beer, especially on tap........................Old........Pours a cloudy amber, with a thin white veil of head. Aroma is overwhelming hops, literally stinking of pacific northwestern goodness. Flavor is extremely hoppy, with a big grapefruity aftertaste. Very assertive. Malts are certainly present. Gravity on this beer is pretty big, even after fermentation. Big stuff. I like it, but I doubt I'll go for it again.
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hoppy, but without the over-assertive grapefruit flavor. Nice sweet malt backbone. Well balanced for an I2PA.
jsquire (3594) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Murky orange out of the bottle with thin, tight head and syrupy sweet nose with hints of hops. Huge beer with tons of hop flavor. Almost pinching grapefruit bitterness. Very thick mouthfeel.
Holdwine (1096) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 23, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This works! Heavier on the alcohol than it tastes. Good over the top hops. Lovely floral notes. Golden orange in color. Packs a hoopy punch!
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bright orange with medium white head. aroma of citrus and floral hops. taste is grapefruit and citrus, lots of hops, midwayn through some caramel malt comes through, nice bitter hop finish. A real treat for hopheads.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAR 19, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice thick white head sits atop a pale yellow color. Aroma has big strong hops, floral notes. Flavor is ultra super hoppy, possibly the hoppiest beer I've ever had (maybe even more than ruination). Hops are throughout the flavor, with an extremely bitter finish, hardly even a hint of malt. Not a well balanced flavor, but still very very good. A bold IPA.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 11, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bright pinkish-orange, virtually no head. Excellent nose, grapefruity and sharp but with a strong caramel malt undertone. Flavor profile has malt upfront competing with the powerful citrusy Northwest hops, but losing fairly quickly. It's good, it's drinkable, it has somewhat better balance than many Rogues, but its still too bitter and hard for me at the end. Guess I'm still something of a hop weenie.
jpfrog (130) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 9, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Creamy/frothy head that melts down after about 4 or 5 minutes. Looks like a hefeweizen. It is golden orange in color with a fair amount of yeast action on the bottom and small particle floating throughout. Smells very citrusy like a perfect orange. Hops hops and more hops in the flavor palate and everything else. Actually kind of bitter. This could have used a slight more amount of malts to balance it out better.