DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2002
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was the biggest surprise of all the new samples this weekend at the Strong Ale Festival. The aroma was hands down one of my favorites....HOPS HOPS EVERYWHERE!!!!! Piney...citrusy...come one come all kind of HOPS! It poured a nice amber/copper mix with a good head which stuck around for a bit and left a creamy feeling in the mouth. The taste was soooooo incredibly smooth, with the hops, and the florals mixing in so well with the carbonation, that this had me screaming for more. Very smooth, not too dry finish, an impressive surprise.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hops abundant! Pour produces a frothy grey head that quickly dissipates. Color is a wonderful cloudy amber/blond. Aroma is overwhelmingly hop with small traces of citrus. The flavor of this beer is not as overwhelmingly hoppy as the nose would suggest but instead offset by a hint of two-row malt. Finish is very sweet.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - DEC 1, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice amber, golden color. Good head retention. Slight malt aroma. As you sip the beer, the hops hit you from start to finish. A true hop lovers brew.
PhillyBeer2112 (2580) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2004 Dull amber color, with a full dense head. Strong resiny and citric hop aroma. Some grapefruit and pine presence. Strongly hopped flavor: more citrus and pine. Balanced but definitely strong bitter finish.
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - NOV 24, 2002
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not radically hopped, like the commercial description says. Average hopping. Less floral and fruity aromas than typical in better IPAs. Yummy honey sweetness and balanced hops. Good but not great.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
8/15/02: 2000 Edition Experienced in 2002...Floaters galore..swirling within a glowing orangeness, and enclosed in thin white froth...Hoppy..yet fruity..yet bodacious grapefruit aroma...mellow mouthful..hops have matured over the years, but iím sure they were once big and bold..and are still there forcefully..hops completely balanced by the sweet-like malts..a tad creamy with mellow grapefruit noted and alcohol spurts Re-Rate 10/16/02 I think this one was younger because not only was it in the newer 12 oz bottle, the hops were there in full force..lots of grapefruit bitterness and citrus flavor..nicely balanced...Good stuff..must up the points
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - NOV 19, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tons of fruite in the nose wiuth an oily head and slightly hazy amber body. First sip embraces the mouth in fruit and hops. Some how manages to stay nice and round and not too drying. Spikes of spiced dark fruit and alcohol caome out to play as well as a pronounced malt backbone that lends a light cookie taste. Finishes with nuts, grain, juniper, slight white pepper and alcohol.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - NOV 16, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big fruity aroma of hops that reminds me of Fruit Loops breakfast cereal. Pours a deep amber color with a nice off white head. Full bodied, starts of malty sweet but finishes long and bitter. Another great, intensely hopped IPA from out west, and another fine Rogue ale.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well, I was expecting something along the lines of the Bastard, but this is a relatively tame, sophisticated hops attack. Itís really a beer of two minds - in the front of the mouth itís round, fruity (peaches and grapes), but still hearty stuff. As it heads back, though, the rush of kaleidoscopic hop varieties dances lustily with, and eventually overcomes those intiial tastes. An experience to drink - I like it better than most other rogues. I drank this from a full sized bottle so you folks who had the little guys were robbed ...
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nurse, hook me up with an I.V. of this stat. A wonderful beer. A balanced act of malt and hops that give this beer a high drinkability factor. Tastes of pine/spruce come through along with the hop bite most IPAís have, but it is subdued to the point where it teases you into thinking the hops will be strong, then settles into a easy swallow.
Can this brewery make a bad beer? I donít think so. Very, very, very good beer.