Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
- cloudy, orange/amber color, short white head, some Brussels Lace, hop aroma mixed with a light malt background, decent aroma but nothing spectacular; flavor of straight hops – WOW!, extreme hop bitterness – flowery array of hops, malt background is barely noticed, slight taste of alcohol is also present, smooth appetizing texture, what a beer!
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Awesome. Big hop presence all around. Incredibly well balanced, appropriatly for the style. This was as good as the Stone IPA. Rogue never ceases to amaze me.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 15, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Powerfull hoppy aroma with hints of citrus/grapefruit. Dirty orangish color with lots of sediment. Huge hop taste that is complemented excellently with just enough sweet malt. The alcohol complements the tatste very well. Chewy bitter finish that lasts and lasts. Bitter, but not overwhelmingly so, Im not generaly a fan of hoppy beers, but this is one of my favorites.
sloth (2550) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 9, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
HOPS BABY!Big ass hop nose,think the cascades are talkin!Small off white head on a hazy copper colored brew.HOPS! Med/full body.Some laceing left behind.HOPS. Gigantic hop flavor!Citrusy, very but in a manageable kinda way.Hops!Great hop bite and spiceyness +the pineyness.HOPS!Carbonation is right on.HOPS! The finish is full, not over bittered at all.F-----g HOPS! Great hop flavor and finish.HOPS! The malt is way in the background.This is a great brew. A hop lovers tour de force!Love it!HOPS BABY! Just F-----G Incredible!Fucking hops!Gotta love it.
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2003
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was immediately hit by the arome. It seemed to be imho wht the aroma should be for an IPA. The scent of classic english hops come through in a very woody nose. Teh beer pour a hazy deep gold with a good head and significant amounts of "lace" left around the glass.
The flavor is bitter and a little off balance given the dryness of the beer. Teh alcohol come through amidst a buttery flavor at the end of the drink. Residual bitterness remains after the last sip.
A good (not great) offering from a brewery that IMHO offers consistently unique and well executed beers.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hoppy fresh aroma. Very cloudy and tea like in color. Thick and bitter and somewhat sweet. Seems to me just a little shy of a barley wine.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 23, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly cloudy orangish-brown color with a huge head. Nice floral hop aroma. Some citric notes. Slight fruitiness. Nice underlying malt aroma. Tongue-numbing hop bitterness. Interesting blend of flavor hops. Not sure if the Saaz, Cascade, and Goldings combo works for me. Great maltiness, although not quite enough to back up the hop assault. Fairly full bodied. Fairly tasty, although the bitterness runs over everything else like a steamroller.
morebier4me (140) - New York, USA - JAN 23, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Too bitter for me but still not bad.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - JAN 23, 2003
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had from bottle January 23, 2002
An amazing aroma after being poured, the head was thick and lingered a while. Tint is a reddish-brown with some good carbonation. Aroma is quite hoppy with a hint of alcohol. The taste compliments the aroma and this makes for a good beer. Great? No - I'll leave that distinction to the Double Bastard. But this is a very good tasting beer with a slightly acidic aftertaste that lasts, but doesn't overpower.
dflip (27) - USA - JAN 22, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I poured this into a tulip-shaped glass and a nice, creamy head lasted. The aroma was just right with the floral notes of the hops. The taste was a full-bodied IPA that leaves a bitter & refreshing taste.