Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber coloured. Great flowery hop aroma. Very hoppy but also quite malty flavour. Long bitter finish. Well balanced.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber body, quickly diminishing head. Smells very malty and slightly sweet. Heavy alcohol presence, bready finish. Smooth. Not really very hoppy, especially for an IPA, but it's a very drinkable beer.
notalush (4948) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
OK, so I'm pretty sure that extremely hoppy american microbrewed IPAs have pretty much ruined me for English beers like this, even though they originated the style. As far as my expectations in the hop department, they naturally aren't met. But I was expecting that. I'm gradually learning to leave certain expectations aside in situations like this, and when I did for this I found the beer to be quite enjoyable. Rusty orage color with a nice hop aroma - flavor is quite a nice balance of bitterness and sweetness - very decent malt presense to counter the hops - malts hang around in the finish much stronger and longer than the hops do, which is usually quite the opposite in my IPA experience. Very enjoyable - good warm weather brew.
fiulijn (15060) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber color. Beautiful hoppy aroma. Good body structure, quite malty, boldly bitter, a bit metallic. Long strong final, quite aromatic, just a bit long infusion. Interesting IPA, rare for England.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours medium orange-copper w/ just the right amount of foam. Fairly fresh, floral, minty nose yet earthy. Nice firm feel. Very smooth malty flavour w/ notes of honey, orange, wood & licorice. Earthy bitter finish. Nice structure.
Cobra (1100) - - MAY 4, 2003
1.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
I couldn't even finish the bottle on this one. It came in an 18 oz. brown bottle, one of the few that comes from merry old
England in a dark bottle. The hops were just plain sour on this one. Too much bitterness for my liking, and I really do like
IPA's. Overpowering aromas of stale hops. Maybe I got a bad bottle, but at over $5.00 each, it's a risk I'm not willing to take
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 27, 2003
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
i've removed the title IPA from my mind before drinking this knowing it won't stack up. Orange/Amber color. minimal head thats a tope color. mellow nose. light sweetish malt, becoming a bit toasted as the hops kick in. finish is piney, mildly acidic. true many apa's have more hops but this is exceptionally balanced and drinkable.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper colored with an off-white head. Aroma is earthy and hoppy, but not too hoppy. Slightly sweet and malty. Not a bad beer.
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.