ElGaucho (2291) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2004
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Faint aroma with only some yeast distinguishable. A little hazy with some very small particles. Small, off white head. I'm getting tired of these non-hoppy East Coast IPAs. American IPA's are supposed to be robustly bitter, and this one sure isn't. Flavor is undistinguished. Simply doesn't taste like an IPA. I preceded this one with a Bell's Batch 6000, which may have ruined my palate for awhile. About mid-bottle this brew started to taste a little better. A little cloyingly malty. Not bad, just mis-labeled.
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This IPA has a nice blend of hops within its flavor that tastes a little fruity as well. Pretty good IPA.
YogiBeera (2541) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fruity nose, orange, no head. Grape hoppy and apricot taste. Nice average IPA
DanielBrown (4095) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2003
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2014 Re-rate: This must be a different beer to the one I tried 10 years ago. Smelt and tasted awful - like a terrible macro bitter. Drain pour. New score = 2.0.>>> Bottle, at the Swan and Rushes, Leicester. I don’t have much experience with IPA’s but I thought this was an absolutely delicious beer. Wonderfully fresh, bitter taste, which starts out big then relents somewhat. Nice orangey notes are ever-present, once the first wave of hops has subsided, and the aftertaste is nice, coupled with a tingling tongue. Warm orange colour too. (Original rating on 5th April 2004, scored 4.0)
Veldy (65) - Coon Rapids, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a nice beer. The hops are balanced with the malt and the aftertaste is bitter hops, as an IPA should. A little lacking in hop aroma. I had this beer in a bottle and it just seemed a little bit minerally ... perhaps the choice of yeast. There is nothing in the beer that grabs your tongue and says, "WOW!". A good beer, but an average IPA.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not complex or anything, but I like the "one hop" idea and can taste the Fuggles. Not every beer needs 56 hops and 32 varieties of malt in it!
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Big, white head, translucent gold. Aroma is a tart apple, maybe a little citrus. Flavor is dry and bitter. Not bad, but not a great IPA
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - DEC 1, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cheerful orange color with a bright white head. Medium sized bubbles. Smells like soft, fuzzy flowers. Bury your head in a bank of petunias and that's this beer. A little ragged 'round the edges. Mild, mild, mild. This is not an aggressive beer. A bit of caramel malt and the hops end almost flat. I admit that hops don't thrill me. Their unobtrusiveness in this beer makes it somewhat more appealing for me.
fiulijn (16395) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 30, 2003
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Light amber color. Not convincing aroma: light paper, apricots. Dry body, with an evident bitterness but not enough hop aroma. Poor.
UNCCTF (512) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. VERY fruity aroma. Flavor is very fruity, almost like pineapple. This is my second single-hop IPA and this one just needs a little something extra. Still a nice effort.