thegreenrooster (3265) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 version. Pours is a nice red with a white head. Aroma is very hoppy almost winey. Flavor is a dry hoppy bite with some malts at the back end. Very fresh and full bodied. Good stuff!
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2006 2004 bottle. Pours a nice reddish brown color. Aroma is a little sweet and quite hoppy, floral and fruity. Maybe a little grapefruitish. Big hoppy bite up front. Little bit of sweetness. Finish is hoppy and a little malty. Good quality IPA.
ZOSOMAN12020 (28) - Malta, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very consistent year-to-year in bottle. Best fresh; loses something when held from years past.
Katefan0 (5) - USA - OCT 31, 2004 does not count
1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Very little head, but the bitter hop taste destroyed any hint of malt for me -- just way too bitter for my tastes.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2008 tap-2004. Clean red/amber color with a nice looking fluffy offwhite head. Smell is sweet and citric hoppy, kinda nice. Taste is good at first, with the fruity esters jumping through, followed by some biggish malts and a clean, crisp hop finish. As it warms, though, gets a dusty taste and become kind of bland and almost muddy tasting. I have a feeling it would be a better bottle beer for some reason.
Update-this is a better beer than I had rated it back in the day. A nice, big resinous IPA that is super tasty and drinkable. Plus, its well priced.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle-2004.Clear amber color with a solid tan head. Sweet, hoppy aroma with some rubbing alcohol and a bit of yeast. Fruity, malty and very hoppy flavor. A touch of diacytl. Extremely well balanced ale. The body, bitterness, sweetness, malt flavors and hop character all compliment each other with out dominating. That said, it doesn’t seem as amazing to me as years past. Perhaps it is my own palate changing.
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 Edition - A big tan head sits atop a beautiful dark orange body. Big hop aroma. Very hoppy, spicy brew with a bit of sweetness. Dry finish.
Kevin (2098) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 29, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
04- pours a nice orange themed light amber with a marshmallow like fluffy head. hops are dominant in the nose very citrusy. very sharp hop grapefruit/pineapple flavor up front. malty sweetness is evident throughout but comes out more as this baby warms.
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2004 edition: pours a red amber color fairly thin head, beige colored. Fruity malt aroma. Nice, kinda spicy taste. Pretty well balanced and full bodied. Nice and hoppy throughout, good bitter bite.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2004 edition. Pours a deep red with a fluffy white head that lasts for a long time finally leaving some nice lacing behind. Very smooth well balanced beer. Floral hops shine in the aroma with a light maltiness. Taste starts with a mild sweetness, light toasty caramel taste and finishes with some citrus hops that add a bit of fruitiness to the brew.