dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2003
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Thanks to Mabdoney for this bottle. Well I guess fuggles hops makes a beer bitter. That's what happened to this beer. Bitterness wasn't bad in the beginning but at the end it became a little overpowering which made me not enjoy this beer that much.
TheBeerGod (5572) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 21, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2003 Nice amber body with a hoppy and malty nose. Having never had singled out Fuggles hops, I was not sure how it was. I must say that the taste was phenomenal. Crisp body and a malty but hoppy finish. Smooth and tasty beer. Can't wait to have this again. Great beer!
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2003
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear amber with a medium off-white head. Very English for an American IPA, obviously the Fuggles. They are noticable with the first sniff and last throughout the beer giving it their distinctive msuty taste and oily feel. For fans of Fuggles hops.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 15, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber color with some haze. Nice white head. Butter, candied fruit and some floral hoppiness in aroma. Taste is quite fruity (apples) with some caramel, butter and some earthy notes. A decent beer, where is the hops?
canary dog (697) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - JUL 12, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A slight wiff of honey? Straw blonde body with a small, but foamy head. Fine Brussels lace. Very sharp and bubbly over the tongue. Has a very sharp, crisp bitterness, where you expect the hops to be more cloying and flowery, such as a cascade brew. But there is no cloying hop thickness, just the sharpness which remains separate from the other components. In this way, it is much like Pilsner Urquell. The actual totality of the flavor of the beer is less impressive than the aforementioned qualities: the sharpness of the hops, an unusual, almost honey-like maltiness, and a very watery, and slightly bitter finish. An interesting, but not spectacular, beer.
1more4dessert (333) - Upstate, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not trying to win the battle of the hops. Balance makes it drinkable in quantity. I get a bit on an apple gustation at first sip. Single hop ales are nice in my view.
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A solid IPA, british style. This beer is full of Fuggles hops in the flavour and in the aroma. In terms of bitterness, there could have been more since there is quite a bit of body and it pretty much strikes perfect balance.
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent balance, great aroma. Sweet malt backbone topped by great single hop bitterness. A solid IPA.
Beer Guy99 (250) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This IPA isn't as hoppy as many other American examples. I bought a six pack and drank the first bottle. I enjoyed it but wasn't particularly impressed, thinking it needed a higher dose of hops. The second bottle, a few days later, was much more impressive. The body was nice, flavor was very satisfying and the fuggles made for a nice round flavor. Last night I tried a third bottle and it was delicious. The beer continues to grow on me and I'll definitely buy it again.
BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - JUN 28, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good golden orange color. Head hung in there for a while. Fuggles adds a mustiness to the procedings that is not entirely unpleasant. I'm not quite sure why people in Portland don't "get" hops, but this is the case here. Not bad, but not as bitter and complex for an IPA as expected. Maybe it's because it goes well with lobster rolls...