loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - APR 30, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange color with a large frothy white head. The aroma is refreshing. I've been curious as to exactly what Fuggles hops smell/taste like and this is a great oppurtunity...very different than the more common (to me) Cascade hops. The aroma was of mildy burnt wood with some floral tones. The flavor was similar, but with a much too bitter edge to it. The bitterness made the flavor too bare and thin...more malt character would help. Satisfying crisp feel...very dry finish. Interesting example of a more British style IPA.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not one of my favorite IPA's, bitterness overwhelms hop flavor. Small head dissapeared quickly and only slight lacing of glass. Malt presence also subdued due to bitterness. Slight aftertaste in back.
jsquire (3311) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden orange with a fizzy white head. Not much aroma. Apricot/peach/orange fruit flavors with a piney hop finish. Well balanced but not very complex.
Ernest (6014) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is clear light amber. Aroma is moderately malty (light bread, cookie, caramel), moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs), lightly yeasty (dough), with notes of orange and apricot. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately astringent. It's too citric and astringent to be a winner for me, and there's not quite enough malt to balance (it's rather stark), but the aroma is nice. It's kind of a shame, since the malt and hops here are quite nice, they're just not used in the right proportions.
desurfer (1189) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2003 Medium white head, light amber body. Sweet malty aroma. Obvious Fuggles hop flavor, medium bitterness. Nice dry finish. Pretty one-dimensional considering the single hops, but a good IPA nonetheless.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Popcorn! That's the sneaky taste in this IPA! On the thinner side with some sharp carbonation. Malts were a little lighter than what was needed. Maybe I'm not a Fuggles fan, but the hops just didn't do it for me - a bit boring.
Suttree (4867) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 18, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
You know what would've been fun? To try this back to back with Anchor Liberty, which I understand is made only with Cascade hops. Oh well. Grapefruit aroma, floral and earthy, almost chalky.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear, light copper color with a small, off-white head that lingers a while. It has a nice, fruity aroma of hops with a touch of malts and apples. Medium body with medium carbonation, the flavor is all Fuggles hops, bitter up front more so than in the finish. A touch of malty sweetness lingers behind the hops. An interesting IPA, the use of only Fuggle hops imparts a distinct flavor and bitterness to the brew.
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - MAR 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a clean beer that's just a bit heavy on body. Fuggles is a great hop but more varieties would've increased this beer's complexity.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 6, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2003 (Best by 7/03) More of a ringwood nose than a hop nose. The beer did pour nicely and it looks marvelous in the glass. The palate is malty, spicy, and ringwood yeasty. The finish is quick and spicy. I find this beer to be very middle of the road.