ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Considering my opinion concerning IPAís, this score is pretty good. Nice head, amber body as expected. Flavor is very hoppy but surprisingly smooth at the same time. Pine resin aftertaste, but, again, it doesnít turn me away like usual. I now understand the hype about this brew. If it impressed me...and I am not an IPA fan in particular...then that says a lot about the brew.
Yard (45) - Senoia, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Malts and Hops are full in the aroma. Simple malty flavor with a hoppy aftertaste. Good mix of hops. Smooth in taste with slight bitter ending. Not bad.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
An extremely clear orange tinted brown, with a thin head of ivory. Lucious wicking flows of sweet, clean west coast hops, probably Cascade and Hood. Flavor has a dominating run of oranges and citrus rind, backed with a swirling run of crisp, clean malt. Well balanced, but lacking a touch sweetness and complexity. A little spice and some nice hop dryness on the backend. Smack has lots of plant and grass in it. A hint of butter in the nose. Not an overwhelming beer. Probably a great accompaniment to a meal.
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 18, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle. Poors rich, hazy red with a fluffy head. Aroma wonderfully balanced between hops and sweet bready malts. Taste is enormously hoppy and bitter, but with a soft touch like buttery dinner rolls. Impossibly bitter and smooth and the same time. One of the best IPAs Iíve ever had.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
light brown app. with small white head...aroma is full of grapefruit notes, sweet malts, with an afternote of bitterness....flavor is of grapefruit and hops, and is a tad too piney...okay palate
KSS (102) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice orange brown color with a spare off-white head. Nice balance of sweetness that yields to a slight bitter, astringent finish.
adrian910ss (2561) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a light orange copperish amber color with a thin white laced head. Aroma is piney with plenty of hops. Taste is citrusy with hints of pine needles, hops and grapefruit. Very refreshing ipa and a beer that can be drunk in large quantities.
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - NOV 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. poured a brown copperish color. with a tan head. aroma was quite strong, very citrusy and hoppy. this was a nice IPA, i tasted lots of hops and a slight hint of pine. bitter yet fairly sweet. a good beer for the cold months
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
from bottle, 2005
Poured a light brownish color with a small fast dissapating white head. Aroma was a distinct, overpowering sweet grapefruit smell. First sip I taste hops, that quickly gave away to grapefruit. As the beer warmed the grapefruit became more and more noticeable. IPAís arenít my thing, and this one had a nice kick to it. Itís not bad, but again not my thing, I wouldnít rush out to get it again.
JakeFr5150 (23) - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz Bottle: Not quite sure what I expected here. Sort of thought it would be slightly honey/cinnamon flavored like some "christmas" ales, but that wasnít the case here. Basically, this is just a hoppier version of their Pale Ale. Pours a deep dark amber color. Head quickly forms and stays the entire length of the glass, minimum of 1/4" thick. This got me hooked. Taste is a very robust hoppy flavor, basically like someone upped the hops in their regular Pale Ale - fantastic. Very robust indeed. Finishes smooth with no bad aftertastes, just a strong hoppiness on the palate. Probably the best "christmas" ale Iíve had, if you can call it that.