ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - JAN 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong flowery nose of alcohol, and evergreens. Pours from the bottle medium cloudy ruby amber. The large off-white frothy/creamy head is mostly lasting with good lacing. The brew starts sweet and malty with a warm middle of moderate acidity. The sour finish is long and bitter. The medium soft and dry body feels astringent at the finish. Not up to par with Arrogant Bastard, but this brew is No Joke it it's own right.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy amber-orange. Decent head. Smells of grapefruit and butter. Extremely tart, very lemony with some grapefruit. Some nuttiness in the background. Expectedly ultra-hoppy, but more dry that bitter, just sucks the moistness out of the mouth. Nicely creamy. Good stuff, but has the unfortunate job of fighting against Ruination and Hop Rod Rye, the kings of the hopmonsters.
aracauna (3084) - Georgia, USA - JAN 13, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
<P>In the bottle: Dark brownish amber is toped by a fizzy, short-lived head. Turpentine and grapefruint peels on the nose. The flavor is like lightly buttered toast, the hops are mildly harsh but have a faint juiciness about them.</P>
<P>From a growler Mromero provided me: The head is creamier and longer lasting. The mouthfeel was less watery and more creamy but the flavor was harsher, a little too harsh and lacked the slight juiciness. I"m rating the bottle, but my rating for the growler would be +1 in appearance and palate and -1 in flavor. The growler was a couple of points higher overall.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 11, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hazy copper-amber color, has a frothy clingy white head that last, hoppy aroma of pine trees and grapfruits. Hops hops and more hops hit your tongue, riesiny piney citrusy flavors, enough malts to balance this great IPA, full body with a full and creamy mouthfeel, untill the hops attack you tongue in the finish.
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 10, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is a clear amber, with chunky bits of yeast circulating throughout, small white-ish head that slims out to a light saopy foam quickly. Aroma is strong on the pine and citrus. On the tongue, it is all hops, strikingly bitter, pine, citrus and some spice assault the palate with unrelenting force. Finish is quite long, it never seems to end.
spydog (75) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In your face hops. Nice head and plenty of floaties. Start is like a ’hop hitman’, just whacking the hell out of you. Some maltiness in the middle, followed by a whopping bitter finish.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JAN 4, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy orabgey amber, excellent head formation. Intense citric grapefruit aroma, tropical fruits, pine and pepper spice. Great hoppy palate, bitter grapefruit throughout. Some accompanying sweetness and creamy smoothness. Alcohol strength in finish.
beerguy101 (5286) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange gold color, hazy. Medium head. Aroma is hoppy, slightly floral with pineapple and pine. This is a massively hoppy IPA. Grapefruit and pine with a touch of sweetness. Who am I kidding this beer is all hops. That said, its all hops and not as bitter as you would think. Full flavored. The hops are grapefruit and pine. There is some maltyness to it, but this beer is way overbalanced toward the hops. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and dry. Smoother than you would expect. Aftertaste is bitter. There is a lingering grapefruit taste as well. This was one of Rogues ’new’ XS 12 oz. Bottle. Etched painted bottle.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2010 Draught at TJ’s (8/7/2010): Aroma of hops, tropical fruit, grapefruit, hop oil, orange, and tangerine. Poured amber in color with a small, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Slightly hazy. Lightly sparkling. Heavily bitter flavor. Tastes of hops, tropical fruit, orange, tangerine, and light pine. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Hop finish is heavily bitter. 9.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout. 8/4/8/4/16 = 4.
1/2/2003: 6/5/8/4/17 = 4.
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2004 Fresh orange rinds are set on the eyes...A coat of delicate, slithering pine oil is applied and the tongue massage commences...Citrus bitterness stretches the inner cheek as caramel sweetness gently palpates the undertongue...All is done professionally and very intensely...