Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 edition. Clear copper colour with large rocky head that fades to lingering light head. strong citric hoppy nose. strong bitter hop taste that stays with you. good lace
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - DEC 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2005 RERATE, 2005 VINTAGE: Poured a mostly clear effervescent amber with an off-white head that left a thin lacing on the glass. Aroma of orange and grapefruit with some sweet candy. Taste is grapefruit and pine hops with some toffee in the background. Long dry finish. A bit too much toffee covering up the hops, and could use some more balance to it.
Gachupines (1242) - USA - DEC 10, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good beer, like a souped up version of the SNPA. Hops are pretty much prevalent in the beer, and it’s pretty easy to drink as well.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2006 2005 bottle - Pours a clear copper color with a good size head that lasts. Light lacing. Nice citrus hop aroma. Very similar to the SN pale ale we all come to love. Medium body.
VAYankee (345) - Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear red/amber body with a small cream colored head. Full floral hop aroma. Flavor starts out strongly bitter and hoppy. Gradually fades away (but never completely disappears) to allow a bit of maltiness through. Dry, bitter finish.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004. Nice clear red with an off white head. the aroma is largely of citrus hopps with a nice secondary floral hop aroma. There is a crisp bitterness in teh flavor and a little maltiness. It has hints of Alpha King in the hop bill. The finish is nice as there is a clean hop bitterness lingering.
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours burnt orange with soft puffy head. Nose is hoppy with citrus undertones. Slight sense of pine. Flavor is a nice balance of malty sweetness and hop bitterness. Finishes with lip smacking stickyness, begging for another sip.
jgentgesdo (692) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 7, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber with thin head. Nose is mild floral. Flavor is powerful floral hops with a sweet barley malt taste at the beginning that quickly segues (ha! Thanks English lit!) to the strong hops character. Has a very long resinous fir finish. This is a good IPA and I’m glad I got a six pack of it rather than a single.
PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 6, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber pour. Bitter hoppy aroma. Grainy maybe rye taste with a good hop character. Bitter dry finish. I like it.
JoeMcPhee (9268) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2005 2005 version on tap at Water Street Brewing in Pt. Townsend.
Notes are a bit tough to read by this point. Crystal clear amber beer, thick rocky white head. Very fresh, citrusy hop aroma, herbal as well over a sweet brown sugary maltiness. Flavour is very well-balanced, combination of spicy and citrusy hops against a bright sweet bready malt backbone. Awesome beer.
2004 version from bottle.
Amber colour with a reddish tint. Thick sticky yellow head that lasts and lasts. Flavour is very hoppy with some vanilla. Pine hop aroma. Long bitter finish but well-balanced. A good beer, but over-rated.