Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2007 Bottle. Great clean hop flavor. Bitter finish. Very floral overall. A little over the top in the floral hops, but solid.
Re-rated with updated numbers (7/3/07):
Draft. Dark iced tea body with a Ĺ inch foamy head. Nose-bare floor, fresh cut lumber (mild), very light soap/detergent. Taste-low to medium PNW hops, light citrus zest, medium bitter, seltzer, medium to light CO2, tea, pineapple, light perfume, medium bitter on the finis, cottony, almost stale.
DontFearTheHops (6) - USA - NOV 8, 2004 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ruby/Amber coloring with fine carbonation and a generous head. Similar hoppiness to the regular IPA, but with a touch of fruit. Finishes great, leaving a satisfying bitter hops flavor crackling on the palate.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2006 Bottle poured awsome medium amber with a nice thick head and thick sticky lacing.
Strong hopps aroma. Taste is GREAT with a great hoppy kick and finish. I can taste the grapefruit in there also at the finish.
Friggin great !! I would like to buy a case of this!!
MrBeer (276) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this on tap and defiently enjoyed it. Amberish appearance with a nice thick head. Has a nice bitter aftertaste to it and I really liked the flavor.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - NOV 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear red orange color. White head, beautiful aroma of floral hops. Flavor is hoppy and verry assertive. Young, wet, Celebration :) Very tasty, cant wait to lay some down.
Shag (2655) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - NOV 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2004 Amber appearance with a moderate head. Aroma is dark fruit, hops, and caramel. The flavor is well balance with the malt dominating. There is a definite floral hoppy backbone overshadowed by a sweet candyish malt presence. I catch some orange peel and grapefruit in there. Overall this is a bigger maltier version of an IPA. Its different but I like it.
Tejas (909) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2004
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2009 I donít see a big difference between this and S Nís Pale Ale except that itís a bit hoppier and fruitier. Cherry? Maybe more body too? I donít at all care for most Sierra Nevadaís brews but I have to give credit where credit is due. This is good, especially on draught.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 6, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.04.04 12oz bottle. Well Iíll be a blue-nosed gopher. I honestly had no idea that this was an IPA until today. Never been a big fan of the Sierra Nevada stuff, but I hear so many folks rave about this that I decided to go ahead and buy a 6-pack to try -- what the hell, I get a discount. I turns out that this is some serious hop juice, and itís very, very, very delicious. Iím kicking myself for not having tried this goodness sooner. Stupid. Anyway...Pours a beautiful garnet-copper with medium, lasting, lacing head. Aromas are sweet, floral, jammy (apricot and orange), lightly spicey. Sharp hops flavor, especially for such a high volume production brew. Very nice balance of bitterness and sweet/thick malt body without sacrificing the hoppy highlights. An excellent brew, my only complaint might be too quick a finish that cuts short a good thing in the soft malt middle.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2005 2004 bottle.Pours a clear red brown with a big cream head of big bubbles and a nice layer of lacing.Huge Grapefruit and hop nose.Not quite as big on the flavor as the aroma would dictate but still a good brew.bitter afteryasye lingers.nice.
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - NOV 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2004 2004 bottle. Pours amber-reddish with an off-white head. A warming brew for hopheads that has a distinctively oily mouth feel and taste.