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...
rapkungen (19) - USA - JUN 25, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Average head and a light aroma. Surprisingly bitter, and although I usually like bitter beers I was not too pleased by this one, did not feel balanced.
ross (2100) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 23, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark yellow pour, creamy head, a pretty smooth taste, not a bad beer at all, ill enjoy drinking these 6
legion242 (2270) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2003
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This brewery blows. Dark urine colored. Light head. Soapy fuggles nose. Not at all spicy.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 16, 2003
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a deep golden with a nice billowing head. Nose of hops and nothing but hops. I like fuggles but the lack of anything but fuggles makes the bitterness, and the beer overall, rather one-dimensional. The malt background was lacking as well. It wasn't that the beer was too hoppy but that it was sharp on the tongue, beacause of the filtering (Which, by the way, no brewer should do to an IPA,... or any other beer for that matter) and the lack of the malt background.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very appealing orangey amber color with a well retained of white head. I love fuggle hops and unfortunately, this one is lacking a little in the aroma as far as hops go! It's mostly lightly malty with a little caramel and some fruity aromas. I can see where the apple comes from, but I don't get the plum at all. Bitterness from start to finish. Malt definitely plays a back seat in this IPA as do the caramel flavors, but there is a little more of the green apple in the flavor, more so than the aroma. The bitterness and hop flavor linger clear into the finish, but has a clean aftertaste. There also seems to be a bit of acidic sourness. Overall carbonation is subdued and has a dry, almost astringent m/f and a carbonic acid bite, which is where some of the sourness may be attributed. Overall, I'm not terribly impressed by this one. The malt needs to have more of a presence for my taste to balance the hop bitterness.
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden color. Fruity aroma (orange) The flavor is much more bitter then the aroma lets on. Big bite, dry finish.
CapFlu (4616) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 9, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Bottle) Orange TANG body. Slight aroma of hops - fairly weak! Bitter - hoppy - watery - thin. Nice bitter finish.
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 8, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2004 Sweet cantaloups and timid caramel apples encounter wet hops and they stare at each other, neither of them knowing what to do...Grassy Fuggles paint the back of the tongue but do not arouse any passion...There are so many better examples...