DanielBrown (3999) - 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 (1275) - 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 (15750) - 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 (510) - 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.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
deep apricot orange-golden; the creamy head 'stays real' and hangs out. waiting... not a huge aroma: clover honey and orange juice that has soaked into and soddened a newspaper, yellow fruits and pine. a pleasant caramel note shows that the malts are not to be ignored. sweetness and bitterness are about equal on impact, but of course the hops linger, waiting... for what , the chicks to show up? overall, it's a mild ipa. if this is the india-- or 'amped' --pale ale, i would guess that their regular pale is pallid indeed. big, biting, oak and quinine fuggles? i'm still waiting...
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear orange/brown apperance. Aroma is hoppy with a slight fruitiness. Taste is of piney hops, with some fruit character coming through, fairly dry.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 21, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
So I don't remember what I typed the first time, but "The Man" said it wasn't long enough to post. Well, screw "The Man" I'll post a rant against him to make this 75 frakin characters. How do you like that, Mr Man!
Oh, my buddy reminded me what I said about this beer. It was Hopppy, but not as much as Hop devil. Good though. How do you like that, Mr Man, you can't keep me down!!!!!!!