AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - SEP 2, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
It had occured to me the other day that I had never had this. I wasnít that impressed by it, it seems quite weak compared with the IPAs that Iím used to, but maybe thatís because Iím used to stuff like Stone and Lagunitas, or even Sierra Nevada. Shows how things are different on the other side of the pond! Unexpectedly malty, Iíll stick to Sammyís stouts instead.
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent, great tasting ipa. Only thing is that at times it tastes a little weak...sometimes the hops disappear, others the malt...if you can explain that. But definitely another im adding to my repetoire. Dig that bottle.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
a solid beer, nicely balanced caramel malt, and hops, nut as hoppy as I like but still quite nice
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 18, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A strange blend of malt and hops that I had never had in an IPA before. More hop flavor seemed to come out than the malt. It kind of grows on you and it finishes smooth.
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - AUG 14, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2004 Light for an IPA. Honey sweet. Low on hop bitterness and only 5% ABV. Over rated and over priced, but quite drinkable.
Racegoer (351) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - AUG 13, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lacking the Hops of most American IPAís that I have come to enjoy. IPAs are increasingly becoming more my favorite type of beer, I prefer more hops, than this one has. That being said it still is good , might want to use this beer to wean Budweiser lovers away from drinking such swill.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - AUG 13, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
American IPAís have truly spoiled (or perhaps ídemolishedí as in the case of Bells Two-Hearted) my enjoyment of British IPAís. Knowing this, I tried to approach this rating with an extreme objectivity ... picture Homer Simpson chanting the mantra, ídonít think about hops, donít think about hops.í The commercial description calls the maltiness írestrainedí ... I canít quite agree with that. I thought that maltiness was quite assertive, perhaps a supporting actor to the hops, but one that receives a heck of a lot of screen time. The hops shine through and are quite perceptible. Overall, this is a balanced IPA ... now, back to that Bellís Two Hearted...
JB99 (27) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice balanced taste of hops and malt. Not as hoppy as most IPAís but a very good beer.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JUL 29, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is full of citrus and hops bitterness. The taste is strong with hops, but not as strong as some American IPAís Iíve had. Feels very crisp and refreshing on the tongue. This is probably my favorite IPA (although Iím not really a fan of IPAís anyway). Small head...golden/orange color with tons of carbonation.
crdic (105) - California, USA - JUL 28, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a very good English IPA. The hops are quite strong, but balanced and smoothed by malt and the nuttiness characteristic of Sam Smithís ales. I recommend it highly.