shadey (2068) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2009 on draft at MacGregors in Henrietta - It wasnít in the correct barware but it still looked nice. Bright red color with a soapy looking head. Very nicely balanced and quite refreshing. I will have to see if I can pick up a case of this stuff. Very tasty.
2005 Version aged one year. The hops have died down quite a bit, and the malt has really stepped up. There is still some bitterness that keeps the finish clean, but the hop aroma is severely diminished and it changes the perception of the beer. 6/4/7/4/17
2005 Bottle, consumed November 2007, almost 2 years old. Aroma has really evolved to show off its malty side. The hops are still there, but far more subtle. Its obvious this beer has experienced age but only because of its smoothness and faded hop character, not because of any noticeable oxidation. The flavor is a good match to the aroma. Still quite delicious. it doesnít age quite as gracefully as Bigfoot, but for its reduced alcohol, it holds its own. 7/4/8/4/17
2005 Bottle. Almost 3.5 years old. The head is minimal. The aroma is actually a fruity sweetness. The hops are only present in the finish. The pleasent sweetness is the primary character but the hops are still there and the beer is still nice. Doesnít taste stale at all.
2005 Bottle consumed in Feb 2009. 4 years old and still going strong. Nice hops even now. Impressive.
2007 Version. Bottle. Fresh. Aroma is fresh bitter grapefruit hops. Nice. Chewy hops constantly change the flavors of the buried caramel malts. Itís like a swirling twister of smooth caramel malts and fresh dancing hops. Really a beautiful beer. 7/4/8/4/18
jtxx (148) - san antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
best beer iíve had in a while. great aroma with an even better taste. will buy again.
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 (2789) - 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 (973) - 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.