DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hoppy nose, citrus as well. Hazy apricot colour, small egg custard head. Hoppy at the forefront, followed by a malty, white grapefuit flavour. Bitter, tangy, good tongue tingle, well balanced. A very good Strong Ale!
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a very good IPA. I thought that the clarity was going to be somewhat clearer, but oh well, this is still a nice brew. Not as good as Stone Ruination though.
Racegoer (353) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft;extremly hoppy aroma, stong sensatons of pine, fresh grass cuttings, & grapefruit, flavors abound in this well balanced and hoppy IPA.very floral,Flared colors of orange dominate. Top notch IPA here,I spent a Night drinking Three Floyds Dreadnaught IPA and this is no match against the King,but still a quality IPA, Hoppy, drinkable, and enjoyable, High IBU’s here , complex & recommended.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2004 Draft, aged one year: Huge pineapple and kind nugget aroma with mildd chardonnay grape, pine sap, sweet pale malt, and caramel. The interplay of pine, caramel, and pineapples is shockling! Flavors of blueberries and flowers. Perfectly numbing to the palate and a very balanced bitterness. Mellow, soft body. (10, 4, 9, 5, 19) The draft version is like light and day in comparison to the bottled countepart. (2002, 12 oz.) The aroma evenly distributes wonderful notes of barnyarrd malt goodness. The foam is very rocky with dense creaminess and attractive stickiness. All afloat an orange color. The hops are very round here, which led me to believe the bittereness was going to be subdued...wrong I was. Gummed candy is quite evident as beer reaches room temp. Very dry. Lingering grapefruit rind bitterness and crisp pale malt. Far too brash and unidimensional, not to mention, extremely sloppy. (6, 3, 5, 3, 10)
JoeM500 (1907) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 15, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Almost Crayola orange with lively carbonation bubbles rising from the yeast junk at the bottom. Big, thick, off-white head. Nose is slightly bready, mostly citrusy and grassy hops. The malts are nice and sweet at the start, but quickly give way to the big crispy hops. slightly acidic end. Big hop burps. Nothing seems to grow with warmth, which is too bad. A little more maltiness would make this a classic!
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 10, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Re-Rate 10/10/02: Clear as a bell, amber in color, the head Bunyanesque, beige, the lace is in lusty sheets, that last to the hop bitter end. Nose is lightly sweet, floral tones, citrus, ’Sniffable’. Front is glutinously sweet, the top light, the finish is heroically hopped, unassumingly acidic. Decent IPA, a middle of the road American IPA, which is nothing to ’Sneeze’ at. Ranks a respectable #437 on my current 1000 beer list.
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - OCT 3, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice beer for sure. I love the bold hoppy taste. Many would find it too strong I fear but for those who like IPA’s it is worth drinking. Small head with little carbonation. Nice blend of malt but the dominate taste is the bold and wonderfull hopps with no cloying sweetness. A lasting finish as well. This beer will be on my repurchase list.
PorterPounder (6136) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hoppy! (But what Rogue isn’t) Dark Orange, suspended particle appearance - clean spicy, fresh aroma. Flavor - reminds me of grapefruit juice. Strong finish - let’s you remember what you just drank. Worth the high price tag - but be careful - this one will bite you!
herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This may not make sense but it tastes so bitter and so dry that it actually tastes really sweet and makes your mouth water for more. Nice wholesome IPA
schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2002
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very bitter, shocks the tongue on the first swig. Hints of butterscotch because of the hop intensity. Bitter overload giving a sweetness afterward. Funky!