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) - Overland Park, 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.
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 (2678) - 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 i’m 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.