orangelazarus (53) - USA - MAR 25, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A slightly vinous pleasant nose, good carbonation, very nice bitterness, not very complex, but pretty tasty. The bitterness gets a little unpleasant if you don't space out your sipping.
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - MAR 25, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An elegant ale, not at all like the massively-hopped IPA's in the RateBeer top 50. Slightly sweet, slightly bitter, but very flavorul. The hops are more tasty than bitter. Pleasant balanced maltiness. This proves a beer doesn't have to be overwhelming to be great.
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - MAR 23, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark orange colour, huge head, persistent. The aroma is hoppy with floral hints. The flavour is very malty with light caramel traces. Good hoppy finish, not really bitter or heavy, but complex. A beer with a very balanced flavour, really pleasant.
redlem (1295) - Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light amber color with a large rocky off white head. Orange/pine aroma. Mild hops taste without the bitterness. Nice refreshing beer.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very English tasting, earthy, cedary, herbal hop character with caramel malt. A complex beer, but something about it leaves me unexcited. Venerable and unloveable.
koatis (50) - Maryland, USA - MAR 18, 2003
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Creamy head, nice coppery orange color. Has an almost syrupy maltiness (molasses?) and finishes with very light hops. It's a good IPA, but I prefer the more highly hopped American IPA's like HopDevil and Redhook
thedm (4868) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 12, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 Upon opening this Ale, it immediately foamed up and overflowed the bottle. It had been sitting in the fridge for several days to cool it down. Needless to say it is highly carbonated. Its aroma is nice with a non-offensive smell. The carbonation lasts well into the sample. It is a medium amber color with a long lasting head mostly due to the continuous carbonation. The taste is mild with only a small initial flavor. It's after taste does last for a minute, but is well rounded in its flavor. GF gave it above average ratings 3.9 out of 5. She liked it.
Darkover (1511) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark orange color with a medium head. Weak hop and malt aroma. Sweet malty bready flavor. Dry finish.
elsberry (87) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice thick head, with a creamy taste. A little light on the hops for my taste, definately less true to the original than I would have expected given the roots of the IPA. A good 'starter IPA' for the uninitiated IPA drinker. I liked it a lot, but think that the micros are probably closer to an original IPA with their hop content, and have spoiled me with the heavy hops.
Braudog (5461) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Quintessential IPA, the way I think it probably originated. Orange-amber hues with solid head. Floral nose and wonderfully balanced hoppy flourish in the flavors, without being overpowering, like some of our American "IPAs". Outstanding beer all around.