sloth (2688) - 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.
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 (3318) - 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.