beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler: Has a nice brownish copper glowing color with a large ivory puffed head of soft styrofoam that sits like a king on a thrown, simmering down slowly to a nice haze on top and tons of lace in thin sticky sheets and spots. Smell is quite fresh and warm, full of flower hop cones right off the vine lending solid fresh pine with floral greenness and some light grapefruit; toasty caramel malt backing is just right, letting the hops take charge as they should with this lovely fresh-hop IPA. Taste is smooth and wonderfully hopped, warm, soothing, fresh, invigorating, nice calm pineyness thats very easy to handle, bitterness is mellow and fresh with light lingering notes of floral qualities, lighter grapefruit and more pineyness. Malt backing keeps a well balanced palette with a nice toastyness thats bread doughy sweet adding oomff to the hoppy pine, a nice mix. Feel is lightly creamy and has a solid medium body with a super fine easy mellow piney finish that becomes drying and has a lasting fresh piney lingering in the back of the mouth and throat. Incredibly drinkable, super smooth and calm, warm and soothing, goes down with ease as you continue to want more. A good quality to have in any IPA thats as tasty as this.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hop in the City '03: Yellow crystal with a patchy, creamy foam. Fantastically rich, full fresh hop cone aroma, loads of pine sap, grapefruit and citrus rind. The great schafly malt is there in the background added some sweetness to the wonderful aroma. Dry hoppy flavour that is sweet on the palate and sticks to the tongue offering a long, smooth bittter finish. Great beer!
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2003 Rated from a growler Pours a glowing amber with heavy yeast and hop sediment. It's medium, sticky tan head holds well and leaves a lot of lacing. The aroma is extremely fresh and fragrant with tons of just-picked Cascade hops over a thick and sweet foundation of caramelly, bready malt. That Cascade freshness carries over into the flavor, with lots of grapefruit and pine. Strong backbone of toasted bread, and caramel malt. The body is medium-thick, with a touch of dryness on the finish. This already tasty brew got better and better towards the end of the growler as all the sediment that had settled out added more body, smoothness, and hop flavor. Very well balanced despite the heavy hop load. A remarkably solid harvest ale.
thedm (4973) - Fort Wayne, USA - SEP 20, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This rating was from the Hop In The City event where brews from the previous year were sampled (5 oz) by the attendees from kegs. This brew poured a large head of mostly lasting fine to large sized bubbbles that left behind a good lacing and a hazy light brown colored body. Its aroma was mildly hopped and its mouthfeel was biting. The flavor was hoppy.
BBB63 (6200) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2003
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At Hop in the City: Hazy orange hue with little head or lace. Very apricot and berry aroma with additional hints of wheat, yeast, light bready malt esters and some acidic tones. Taste starts with a grapefruit twang followed by nice malt balance. Minor bitterness on finish. Medium-bodied with a dry and soft mouthfeel. Pretty good stuff. Amazing considering that it was suppose to be even better last year according to other Ratebeerians at the event.
Indra (2671) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 18, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hoppy, citrusy aroma, some grapefruit and tangerine, with a good quantity of sweet, toasty caramel malt. Hazy copper color, with a fine, creamy, uneven head. Hoppy throughout, with the toasty, grainy caramel malt providing counterpoint. Nicely bittering, juicy hop finish, some pine and earthiness. Medium-full bodied, and plenty of lace. Balance is superb. Unfiltered, and the growler had a multitude of lively swirling, wispy sediment clouds. Really quite good.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - SEP 16, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler:Hazy,hazy,oarnge. Creamy,milky,head. Good retention,and drooping lace. Extremly fresh Cascade aroma. Adequate toasted,and sweet malt as well to mix with the crisp,citric,cascades. Very creamy mouthfeel. Silky texture,and smooth-soft,carbonation. Toasty,caramel,malt notes up front. The hops pick up quickly. Earthy,piney,hop notes start at the back and follow through the finish. Finish is clean,and quite malty,considering the hops. Ahh yes,this is classy for a hop fest!!!
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 16, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask. Kaleidoscopic-swirled head. Pumpkin orange. Rich, complex multi-hop flavor. Creamy smooth texture. Malts glide in to offset the powerful hops.
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 30, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Folks we have a winner. What a beer. I had this off of cask and keg and it was excellant from both. Just a hop attack on your mouth, however it’s not an overkill. There’s nice balance to this beer. The citrus/pepper/baked tart flavors were unreal. BTW there’s two untapped casks still in the Tap Room that will be tapped and served in the coming weeks so keep your eyes and ears open...
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 27, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2003 Cask conditioned, glowing hazy cloudy copper color, nice huge foamy cask head, man you can really smell those cascade hops, grapefruit-citrusy aroma. Nice grapefruit hoppy flavors yet balanced malt profile, unfiltered medium bodied IPA loaded with hops, but not overdone.