Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear light gold pour, the head is white and big. Astonishing woody flavours cover the leafy and herbal hops that feel like a perfume. The malt base is potently biscuity and grainy/bready. The aromatic hops seem underwhelmed by the bitterness ones that hide one of the biggest punch I’ve yet to feel, but fool is the one who thinks the malt is not there to support it as this has plenty of toasted and cereal maltiness, medium bodied, yet with airy and foamy carbonation.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 8, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2006 Slightly hazy gold colour. The hop aroma is bright and clean, all citrus and florals. Fresh bread provides the backbone of the beer, with tropical fruit, citrus and floral hop notes. The bitterness is assertive - almost too resiny but nice. A bit of an envelope pusher in the way it approachs the West Coast IPA theme, this is a well-constructed beer just inside the boundaries of reason.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 6, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
GABF 05- Pours a golden yellow, nice sized white head. Aroma is grapefruit lemon, citrus hops, very pleasent and strong. Flavor is more big resinous hops, great flavor to it, malt adds a nice little something as well.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Piney, reisiny, sticky hoppy nose. Very sharp and full hop with a nicely balanced malt bill. Very enjoyable and more complex that the younger.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour is pale yellow with a thin white head...smell is hops...pine...just hops in the flavor...nothing but hops...sort of unreal...
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2007 Clear, deep golden body with a dusty white head and light notable viscosity. Pleasing array of juicy hop characters in the aroma. Light toasty sweet malt notes come through, but quickly fade into the background. Nice, crisp hop delivery with firm bitterness and noticeable but smooth alcohol. Consistently superior to its brasher, grassier Younger descendant. Pliny the Elder is a semi-regular staple and I’m damn happy about that.
MIBRomeo (2444) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden color rocky white head. Big crisp hop aroma lots of citrus grapefruit and tiny sweetness. Palate is carbonated well coated and creamy. Flavor is IPA good lots of nice citrus bitter some light fruits. Very good.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big hop aroma with somewhat grainy notes. Light yellow with a solid head. Massive yet not out of control hops that meld well with fruitier than normal citrus flavors.
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
i love IPAs and this might be my favorite on to date.....i would really like to try this and yulesmith side by side for comparison....very citrusy and piney
TAR (2376) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2007 Yellow gold. Impressive layer of sticky, rocky white foam. Huge sappy nose of grapefruit, lemon oil, and pine. Beautifully bright and floral. Semi-fuzzy carbonation, but plenty dense. Opens with a juicy blast of oily, palate coating resins. Pungent? Yes. But there’s enough pristine brightness and oiliness to match. Soft inklings of honeysuckle and bitter tangerine peels take the backseat to a tight wallop of bitterness, though the body remains awash with fresh peach and grapefruit succulence. Doughy malt flavor and toasted grain sweetness tease the palate as it warms. Finishes with a growingly brash hop edge, yet remains extremely polished and balanced by a cleansing alcohol trail which lifts the resinous cling and unveils a crispy base of nuts and lightly toasty malt husks. Out of this world.