austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - APR 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
For six months, this has been the most-rated beer that I had not yet rated (due to an oversight). Well, no more! I didn't think I'd like it, but it was surprisingly tasty and the hops weren't overwhelming like I'd feared. There was enough malt that I could enjoy this. If there are other spices and flavors in it, I missed them.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 13, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
At first I had a little trouble with this beer because of the wheat flavor, but it quickly grew on me. The hops are very apparent and it pours a cloudy orange color with an aroma of spices and hops. If you don't like this beer at first, give it a second try and you'll probably like it much more.
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not bad for the style. Extra hoppy to bite ya. Nice malt balance. Tasty indeed!!
TheBeerGod (5254) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2003 2002 Vintage. Pours a clouded orange brown. Strong aroma of hops and spice, perhaps cinnamon or nutmeg. Also a slight grapefruit aroma. Very bitter first taste. The Cascade hop taste is dominant. Definite acidic citrus aftertaste. Dry but bitter on the tongue. Not horrible but a little too hoppy without enough complexity for me. However, I would like to try an aged bottle of this. Will rerate then.
2003 Vintage. Was essentially the same except a much sweeter and cleaner taste. There was hops, and malt along with a hint of maple syrup. Very pleasant this time around. Great beer!
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
'02 Bottle. My first experience with drinking liquid hops some nearly 10 years ago. Glad it really hasn't change much. Bright deep copper color with a moderate frothy beige head. Aroma of cascade, cascade, cascade and cascade hops... wait there is a hint of earthy malt. Grapefruit and light malt amalgamation. A classic in bringing hops to a utilization not previously used. Still look forward to this every year.
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2006 Hazy amber color with a large rocky off-white head. Big hops aroma, very crisp with lemon coming through. Taste is pine, hops with an oily dry finish. Vintage years vary but the 04 tasted in 05 was excellent in taste, balance and aftertaste.
06- whatever, thin body dry hop feel but it adds nothing to beer experience, very sad year
trubucho (20) - PAKISTAN - MAR 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
very light aroma ... light murky brown in color ... clean bitter taste, nothing much sweet ... IPA's arent my favorite but this is one of the more substantial ipa's ive had with a nice mouthfeel ...
adrenalin112 (57) - Lake Forest, California, USA - MAR 12, 2003
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of, if not my favorite beers. A great amount of hops & always a happy sidekick to spicy dishes. It's so good that I bought a case to store away. Superb aroma & refreshing taste. Enjoy form the bottle or the tap. Even good a whole year later.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 10, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice upgrade of the pale ale for the holidays. Good aroma and lightly fruity flavors with good touch of hops.
jeffwhalen (45) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Kind of dark for an ale, creating a heavy feel going down, thick in the belly and tasty too, leaving that distinctive Sierra Nevada after-taste, or else I've been drinking too many of these beers...