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 (7113) - 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!
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bam, hops in your face! Cloudy orange in color with plenty of floaties and a medium sized head. Pungeant hop dominated aroma makes my mouth water. 10% alcohol you say? Well, it is very well hidden beneath layers of resiny, earthy, citric hops and generous amounts of malt to match. A hophead’s delight and not for the faint of heart. Had this at a wedding and a couple folks asked me what it was. My description must’ve been good because they each went to the bar and approriately poured the beer from the bottle into a glass. They promptly puckered up and gagged. None of them finished the beer :-(. Hey, I told them it wasn’t for the faint of heart!
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 22, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The cascade hops are very obvious as soon as you open this bottle. Deep amber hue with very little carbonation. No head retention but who needs it with and IPA? Very hoppy nose but not overhopped on the palate, quite enjoyable actually. I would have to recommend this one to anyone who is not a West Coast IPA fan. Could have used a bit more malty texture and afterwash is mildly bitter.
mribm (460) - Ocala, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of the greatest beers I’ve had. Very expensive in my area (@ $20.00 per 6-pack), so it will be only for special occasions. I LOVE hops and this beer proudly displays a ton of them!
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 10, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I must just not be the hophead I used to be. This opens with a huge cascade aroma dominated by pine scents. Flavor is overpoweringly hoppy--citrusy and piney, and intensely bitter. There is some caramel sweetness to back all this up, but not enough to balance things out. Finish is bitter and acrid.
Aurelius (5006) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 10, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Apricot beer, not afraid of a little manly yeast, with foam that clings to the side of the glass like meringue. Resinous, but smooth for a Cascade-hopped beer. The palate on this beer was exceptional, considering the high hop content -- there are lots of ways that you could have gone wrong. (I actually found hop leaves in my bottle.) $3.39/bottle, but it’s a high-quality brew. I’d have rated it higher if they’d used another hop, and if Rogue would shake their silly Propaganda-style painted labels.