swiseman (440) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 26, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
from the bottle. medium-large head. deep amber color. heavy carbonation. strong hop aroma: flowers, nuts - maybe some bread. medium bitterness with full flavor of nuts & roasted caramel. nice smooth finish with lots of lasting hop flavors. After reading some of the ratings of others, it’s hard to believe I am rating the same beer. Overall, it may be a bit on the lighter side of the IPA spectrum as far as bitterness is concerned as this one is certainly an approachable beer. However, what is lost in bitterness comes out in the complexity of other tastes. certainly a pleasant surprise here. Thanks for the gift, Gabe!
pilsnerrogge (2594) - Finspång, SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Amber colour. Firm head. Hops, hops, hops and then some more hops. I like hops :-)
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - MAR 2, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not the last beer in the Kingdom of Hops. Extremely strong aroma of hops, giant head and orange sparkling color. Hops inside are delicious but there are rich malts as well.
Tolik99 (47) - USA - DEC 15, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I am going to drink it anywhere and anytime. Hops are beautiful.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2005
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 12oz. bottle, best by Feb 2004. Pours a sparkly, light amber with a half inch of head. Nursed this one for about an hour and the a nice head remained, some lace but quickly dissipates. Smells of hops, pepper and cinnamon. Taste is sweet and malty but quickly gives you a strong bit of hops. I found it extremely hoppy but that may just be because heavily hopped brews are difficult to come by in Maine. A medium body with legs, aftertaste lingers on the palette for several minutes. Certainly drinkable but a bit too hoppy to be truly smooth. A very good product from an underappreciated brewer (at least within Maine.)
williamherbert (1358) - Syracuse, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Super cloudy, super dark orange. Large puffy, pillowy head. Thick and hazy. Looks awesome.
Mild citrusy and flowery hop smell. Slightly toasted sweet, bready malt. There is a dark raisin aroma here.
Strong blast of alcohol in the taste, followed by a strong woody hop. The alcohol is very very strong. Sharp burnt malt, roasted and gritty. This is a strong ale with hops. A unique taste for an IPA. There is even some coffee in the malt.
Bubbly and thick feel. Milky on the palate. A strong but remarkably balanced IPA. The malt really holds its own here. Heavy, but not extreme. Less an IPA than a strong ale with some hops.
obguthr (4392) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Labeled as KBC IPA (Kennbunkport Brewing) from Trader Joe’s: Rich caramel, tea, and lemongrass nose, almost buttery. Clear copper, medium head. A bit grassier on the palate but otherwise tastes like it smells. American style intensity with English style malt and hops. Very fresh. Excellent.
Nonians99 (8) - hingham, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 23, 2002 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
awesome beer have a few of these and you’ll feel it
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 16, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Surprisingly rich, malty flavor. Decent amount of hop flavor with a bit of a sour flavor. Clear, dark golden color. Very refreshing and pleasant.
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 26, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap - nice dark amber color with a good hoppy aroma. nice full hoppy taste with a bitter aftertaste. good stuff.