drawde (115) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 29, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice sweet hop smell; cloudy golden color; interesting taste: lots of apricot along with light but very noticeable hop bite.
[tasted next to Victory HopDevil]
the Frye’s Leap is much lighter, more refreshing, more sting. The Victory is bolder, fuller, maltier.
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - SEP 7, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample from bottle at the Halifax Seaport Beerfest. Golden amber colour with a mostly diminishing off-white head. Toasty and fruity aroma with pine notes. Biscuit and bread flavours with a grapefruit and light piny bitter finish. Medium bodied, lightly juicy, firm mouthfeel. Straightforward IPA.
WeeHeavySD (3377) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Porus copper orange with a half finger tan head. Almost no nose. Taste is sweet, tongue prickly, with light hops. Better than bad, not great.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 9, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rather unimpressive this one. Looks pretty good with a nice thick head and lots of lace on the glass, but everything else about the beer fails to impress. Aroma is full of hops, mostly citrus and pine notes. Flavor is completely overwhelmed by the hop finish which is quite bitter and lasts a very long time.
notalush (5707) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the downtown Portland brewpub - a solid sessionable IPA - palate-waking, crisp, grassy hops balanced with a malt sweetness that doesn’t become overpowering - quite herbal and floral, lacking the big citrus flavors that many IPAs have, which is a welcome change.
tagz (337) - Alabama, USA - JUL 31, 2007
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
bottle. light orange gold with quickly fading white head (some lacing) - somewhat paler and less orange than your average ipa. nice sweet, fruity hop aroma made the first sip somewhat of a let down. first reaction was to the watery palate (not much bite to balance out the fragrant flavoring hops). a light bitter came through a few sips in and it definitely has a dry quality.
the aroma that i first considered pleasant became too much as i made my way though. the sweet pine was just overwhelming. it has all the elements of a decent ipa but i just don’t think that the balance is there. interesting but not one i’d come back to.
argo0 (13021) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(draft, S.Portland) Crystal clear amber body with off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit/orange, some biscuit. Taste is medium sweet, orange/earthy, light bread. Quite hoppy but not very bitter. Medium body, some chewiness.
Dorwart (2509) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Decent sized frothy white head of fine bubbles. Minimal carbonation. Wet hops aroma. Little floral and vegetal with a bit of sickly sweet malts in the background. Color is a medium amber. Dry and bitter flavor. Dry roasted peanut skins, more wet hops, light roastyness and pretty grainy. Finish is a little bitter and kind of sweet. Not my idea of a very good IPA.
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2007
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
tried to drink this one, but even my 2-3 ounce sample was a drain pour. Smelled horrendous to me, taste wasn’t quite as bad, notes of citrus hops and malt. alittle bit off in the taste but not as bad as the aroma. no idea of what was going on with this one.
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 24, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cold 12oz bottle: Pours a cloudy pale golden orange color with a thin layer of alabaster bubbles, mostly around the edges. Sweet malts, light fruits, citrus and bread. Smooth and light bodied with ample carbonation. Ending is lightly malty with notes of aromatic hops.