lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 29, 2005
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours a clear orangey copper with a frothy and lacy off-white head. Smells of light herbal hops (Fuggles? not sure).
Taste is really bitter, unpleasantly so. Buttery, lots of Ringwood yeast here. Medicinal hops, astringent and abrasive. Not much malt taste to speak of and the hops just taste unpleasant. Mouth is thin with a long lingering, unpleasant bitterness. A toughie to drink. Hmm..let me consult my notes...ah, here it is: "Ick!" That about sums it up.
Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear golden hue covered by a nice layer of white foam. Immediately citrusy hop dominated aroma, juicy(sweet), yet astringent grapefruit, oranges and lemon flavors don’t leave the room for much else. Well leveled bitterness leaves quickens the pace between the sips. A particularly clean, but thin, malt lacking example that focuses on one-dimensional hoppiness and quaffability. Next?
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2009 The Lure:
Oranges, grapefruit, starfruit, name it. This is a clean, straightforward and diplomatic citrusy hop perfume, going for a direct hit into the IPA lovers’ hearts. There can’t be any oncoming surprises.
Orangey hops and pink grapefruit follow up into a carefully laid out resinous bitterness, which happily lingers. There appears to be some watery passages, but they never dangerously thin out the lean honeyed body, only making the beer an easier quaff. This one has no outstanding personality; it is a bright, workmanlike, and delicate session IPA.
The pounding of the hammers next door just stopped. It’s time for lunch.
CapFlu (4317) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught) Sampled at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, ME. Lasting white near headless with a copper body. Nose is hoppy and flavour is double hoppy goodness. Very grapefruit and bitter. Good!
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub. Clear golden color with a thin white head. Mild aroma of fruity hops. Interesting flavor of fruity hops with caramel and toasted malt. Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.
VTHopHead (1493) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JUL 31, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft - Poured a slightly orange amber in color with a white head that did not hang around. Aroma was mildly of cirus/pine hops and some malt. Flavor was a bit disappointing; not very strong with a weak hop flavor that did not match the bitter aftertaste. Drinkable, but not a strong IPA effort...
jimhilt (2372) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 29, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a five-fingered cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Strong hoppy/floral nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Starts with some sweetness, the hops kick in and finishes hoppy with a bitter after taste. Not as intense as some IPAs. $1.49 for a 12oz bottle from Tulley’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me. The ABV is 5.2%.
ClarkVV (3766) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 28, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
On draught at the brewpub with Muzzlehatch, 5/21/2005. 3daddict sounds a bit biased in his review. Honey colored beer, with a chill-haze (because it’s served too cold), small white head recedes to a ring quickly. Buttery diacetyl in the nose with oranges, what a combo. . .Flavor is cream and bitter hops, some dry nuttiness, mineral water, bland ale yeast, bits of fresh oranges on the end. I missed the long crisp finish, I think it was hiding from all of the diacetyl. Medium body, at least, thanks to some pale malt sweetness, with a moderate carbonation, and the least wateriness of any of their beers, perhaps.
3daddict (139) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sebago Brewing is a small brewing company in Gorham, Maine that is as well known for their restaurants, as their fine microbrews. They have just recently started to bottle two of their beers for store purchase; Frye’s Leap IPA and Boathouse Brown. Frye’s Leap poured easily with an average head, slightly cloudy appearance and a rich amber color. It’s light, sweet, hoppy aroma was indicative of it’s semi-bitter, lightly carbonated taste. The beer when down smoothly with a surprisingly long, crisp finish. A nice translation from draught to bottle.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 27, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
5 ounces of pure joy :) sampled with the willing and wanton ClarkVV at the brewpub. Wow, an IPA. I love IPAs, and I’ve been liking them especially this spring, maybe this will be the charm! Lessee...very light honey-amber color, clear with no head...faint citrusy hops compete in the nose with full-on diacetyl butter, and mostly lose in a photo finish...buttery, sugary body with some nice juicy orangy hops that try manfully to save the overall score and experience, but just don’t...salt at the end is a further insult.