SpringsLicker (3251) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 1, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This IPA needs more hops. It's a good Pale ale, but it's thin bodied to me. i'd like to have more maltiness, better body & color, and some hops in the aroma that stand out. Just because it doesn't use American hops doesn't mean it has to be wimpy. I've had Fuggles hopped IPA's that can take on the West Coast's best, but this isn't one of them.
Oakes (13537) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Amber-orange. Aroma shows tangerines, earth, hedgey notes. Slightly salty on the palate with earthy bitterness. Slightly peachy. Quite bitter.
ElGaucho (2299) - 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 (2544) - 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 (4112) - 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.