BBB63 (5406) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask conditioned at brewery: Dark copper hue with big lasting frothy head and very good lacing. Piney and grapefruity aroma,very nice. Also had hints of roasted sweet malts, caramel, vanilla, smoke, and earthy yeast esters. The taste was that of smooth hops and butterscotch malts. Spicy undertone and a very woody and dry finish, lingering bitterness. Very good APA which both hop head and non-hop heads will enjoy. Very recommended.
igneous1 (1467) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - SEP 16, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
cask conditioned..woohoo!!!! extremely crisp, loads of grapefruit with a little orange in the aroma...plenty of malts to balance this sucker out...just rockin'!
ElGaucho (2032) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very nice aroma: strong, yet subtle hops. Hazy deep gold, almost amber color. Good carbonation. Good lace. Head disappates almost fully. Very robust hoppy flavor. Bittering hops very evident. This one rivals 3 Floyds' Alpha King and falls only just short. I would drink this any day.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - AUG 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Schlafly: Deep,clear,amber.White,white,head.Mainly just a big hoppy,aroma.Super-soft,full,mouthfeel.Suprising with little malt noticeable.Decent malt flavor,though not content,with big grapefruit/citrus finish.Pretty good,will surely cure a hop craving.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 18, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap: Strong amber colour. . . Very nice grapefruit nose that mixes well with some white grapes. Great mouth feel - good orange rind and grapefruit flavours (just enough of both to be light and have a good amount of flavour.) Perfect amount of hops, but the great ESB malts aren't pronounced enough - and the hop flavour becomes a bit too one sided as I reach the bottom of the glass. . . very enjoyable with the schnitzel. . .
sethdude (653) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 12, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2007 on tap at brewery: Much like the pale, only much hoppier with a nice dry finish. Better than their standard pale ale.
Bottled: Pours a good golden amber, with a decnt foamy head on top. Aroma is citrusy, sweet malts, and a bit of pepper. Flavor is tangy and zesty. First comes the hoppy bitterness, then the citrus, then malts, and lastly, a dry grassy finish. Does everything a good APA does, and then some
2007: Dry hopping takes this beer over-the-top, massive hop aroma, pine needles and warm cereal nose, big hop flavor, with an excellent balance of malts following. Sweet, but the hops balance it exteremely well. This could very well be my all-time favorite session beer, as it is an incredible example of exactly how hops can balance malty sweetness perfectly. Fantastic.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 4, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful reddish- copper in color, nice off white head, citrus-pine hoppy aroma. Medium-full bodied with a with a full rounded mouthfeel , thick head leaves a nice lace in the glass, west coast hoppy with a good malt backbone, balanced with a great bitterness, nice hop burps while drinking this, another great one by Schlafly.