Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2007 Rating #1. Solid IPA! Great golden-amber color and thin frothed head. Hops are strong, but mellow...making it very drinkable during Houston summers. Definate grapefruit and hop-floral taste, with a malty finish that sticks around. One of my personal faves.
Nuffield (4055) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Really solid, graceful aroma of grapefruit and pine. The slightly darker amber color reflects a decent malt concoction, and indeed, the flavor reveals considerable balance. The bitterness is not metallic, decently in control, and it settles in nicely after the first few sips. Well done IPA and it is nice to be able to say that there is a very good, readily available Texas beer.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks again to TChrome for giving me a motherload of this beer...glad you gave me as many as you did. This beer pours an ambery golden color with a massively thick white foamy head which took an eternity to dissipate. The aroma is piney, but not overwhelmingly so, with brown sugar and orange also in the nose. The taste is much more subdued than most west coast overly hoppy IPA’s. Nice caramel/brown sugar sweetness mid sip with a syrupy and thick hoppy finish. Piney dryness in the finish, good mouthfeel, but not overwhelming. A wonderful session beer.
PhillyBeer2112 (2751) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear and pure amber color, off-white creamy head. Fresh citrus aroma, lemon and grapefruit rinds. A hint of sugar cookies. Lively orangey flavor from both hops and malts, cocoaish (almost like orange-flavored chocolates). Smooth and drinkable. Hops are understated yet defined and present. Finish is not especially bitter. Light to medium bodied, particularly clean. A good IPA.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sour hop aroma. Great golden color with floaties, nice head. Taste is malty and really hoppy. Very bitter, slightly sour. A good IPA, but you have to be in the mood for it bitter.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Massively hopped IPA. Another drain pour. Cannot stand this style. Surprised a Houston brewery could pull this off.
Suttree (6046) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange / copper, big tan head. huge hop aroma - pine, rosemary. Grapefruit, resin and peppery hop flavors. Earthy barnyard finish and a long aftertaste. Thanks to Drunkasaskunk for this one!
Kevin (2192) - New Mexico, USA - JUL 31, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Hazy orange brown with a light thin head. grapefruit and pine aroma(I believe there may be some hops in this). a few particle floating in this, but that’s o.k. A nice IPA lemony citrus that has a prevalent grapefruit taste throughout. slight malt finish that works well. a really great finish.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 30, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber brew with a thin white head. Big citrusy nose. Light to medium body. Good hop bite.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Hazy gold with alot of yeast floaties. Nose is floral and hoppy. Taste is slight of caramel, heavy hops, yeast, and bready. Very nice complex flavor that mellows on the tongue. Another damn fine IPA.