Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 18, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2004 Pours a light amber/orange with a thick white head. Smells of honey, yeast and pine. Very flavorful with a lingering bitterness.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 18, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours with a wonderful head. The hop aroma is strong and powerful. Alcohol and hops! Early sweetness, palatable bitterness in finish. I like the use of Cascade hops with the GOldings and Czech Saaz. Interesting hop profile, definitely something a little different. Piney, very bitter, little/subdued citrus. Pear, fruit in the aftertaste. Good malt presence to support the liberal hop usage.
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I did not know they were growing grapefruit in Oregon. the strong hop nose is there as you pop the cap. I found it fuller than other IPA’s. While not a fan of IPA’s I thought this one was very true to the American type. I would recomend to hop heads.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Citric hops in the nose, although not overpowering, hazy orange body with substantial particulate, small white head. Rather thick mouthfeel, some sweetness, loads of hops, especially Cascades. Neither as complex nor as well-balanced as the DFH 90 Minute, but still quite good.
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 13, 2002
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Now that’s what i call hops. though labeled an American strong ale here. I2PA definately fit’s, The floral earthy aroma is EXACTLY how i like IPA’s and this is up there on the list of best IPA"s ive ever had. I want more and will definately go get some.
Crit (3820) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Archer Ale House: Opaque amber. Great grapefruit hop nose. Massively hopped throughout with huge long finish
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Stong pine and citrus aroma. Looks very beautiful in my pint glass. Extremely hoppy flavor without residual bitterness. An impresive and tasty Imperial India Pale Ale.
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - DEC 9, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2006 Aroma of citrusy, spicy, lightly piney, resinous hop and some lightly toasted, sweet malt, with just a bit of yeastiness (bottle conditioned). Cloudy dark golden-orange in color, with a creamy, off-white head and fine carbonation. Flavor leads off with a bit of fruity, sweet, toasted malt and citrusy, spicy, embiggened hop flavors, which give the beer its profile, and all the way to the very tip of the aftertaste they’re here in abundance. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, lightly effervescent, and the body is medium-to-full. Just enough malt here to keep the aggressive clamor of the hops in check. This is Rogue doing what they do best. Not sure if the recipe is changed or what, but my bottle says this is made with Maris Otter Pale malt.
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 9, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
this was one of my favorite beers at the san diego strong ale festival. citrussy hop nose. malty start and then intense hop flavors. very citrussy and very smooth. not too dry either. this one has a smooth medium body and leaves you loving hops more than ever before.
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.