RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber in color and aroma...with big roasted malt nose...very inviting. Strong malt base with caramel and toffee notes. Hop bitterness as expected in the style, but somewhat subdued. I like this a lot...not great by any means...but really drinkable!
stoutchap (416) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A little pine and citrus in the nose. Decent head. Caramel start, citrusy/pine middle, and light hops at finish. A little too fizzy, and light on the mouthfeel. Ok for an IPA - but may not be totally true to the style.
3daddict (139) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 12, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep amber color with large frothy head. Fresh hop and citrus aroma. Pine and citrus flavor with good bitterness. A tad too carbonated that keeps the beer light but lacking in body. Beer finishes quick and clean with bitter citrus peel aftertaste. Still an excellent brew considering this sample is a several months past due.
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with jjpm74, thanks John!) For an IPA, it smells pretty sugary, and well, not very hoppy. Uhm, okay, I admit it, I canít smell any hops at all. I mean, it smells good to me, all toasty and caramely, but it smells like an amber, not an IPA. The flavor is very much caramely, sweet and toasty, with just a light bitterness lurking on the palate for some balance in the mouthfeel, but not really in the flavor. This is a malty beer to me, no getting away from it, so maybe it just took too many months to go from brewery to distributor to store to consumer. But as the beer warms, a definite nutty character is emerging, and itís making me think this is intended to be an English IPA. Either way, itís not coming across as an American IPA. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, with a very creamy texture. Bright amber body shows a bit of haze, and the small off-white head fades to a small ring, so itís not a very attractive looking beer. Nothing at all like the IPAs Iím used to here in the States, but since I rate to taste, Iím not deducting any points for straying from the style. Bottom line, itís damn tasty and enjoyable.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 10, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at the brew-pub. Clear reddish copper color with a thin white head. Weak aroma and flavor of hops with a bitter finish. The body is light to medium with a creamy texture.
albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 6, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Slightly dark amber small white head. Aroma is citrusy hops. Body is somewhat thin, also doesnt taste as hoppy as it smells. Alright, Iíd hava notha.
Arnie (274) - Chicagoland, IL, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good nose, but the falvor isnít as hoppy as one wouold like. But, itís cheap at Trader Joes, so what can you expect?
Tmoney99 (10660) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 12 oz. Dark amber color with a medium head that diminished quickly. Medium aroma of hops and citrus. Medium body with hoppy texture. Mild flavor of hops and citrus with medium bitter finish.
igneous1 (1496) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUL 5, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
color is a little deeper than the typical IPA (not that it matters in the rating), head was light beige. aroma and flavor were of mild lightly citrusy, moderately earthy hops. brown sugar and caramel were the major constituents of the aroma and flavor..fairly tasty, but damn, itís an IPA, i want my hops.
gws57 (1274) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had this one bottled. A decent pale ale, although way off from IPA standards. Deep amber color, thin head, thin mouthfeel, quite hoppy although not nearly as much as I like, actually a bit too malty, notes of caramel and apple. Not terrible.