ARMed (587) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong and powerful yet subtle and festive. I enjoyed this creation. It had a lot of robust flavor and was very complex. I liked this beer.
jsquire (3313) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002:This is one of the beers I wait for all year. Nice copper color with rocky head of big bubbles. Strong malt backbone with lots of hops on top. Sweet citrus/grapefruit flavors with the bitterness moving to the fore in the finish. Very good. BTW: I had a 2001 in the closet and it held up well. The hops mellowed into an almost cherry flavor. Iíll have to see what other years are in there.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - NOV 22, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good example of an IPA. Very hoppy in both the aroma and flavor. Seemd a little too full bodied for an IPA. Balance definitely on the bitter side.
crazyvin (1839) - New York, USA - NOV 22, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very hearty and rich with flavor and color.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
hmmm... nice flavor, it felt more like a bitter then an IPA.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2005 Draught 2001 edition 7/31/02: reminded me very much of their pale ale but with a much deeper reddish amber gleam...still extremely grapefruity..However...the slightly bigger hops are more evenly balanced by malty sweetness than the pale aleís hops..but for the most part..I think its no better-no worse than the pale ale..which is a mighty fine beer in its own right Re-Rate Bottle 2001 edition 8/12/02: I found this even better from the bottle..it displayed a more pronounced creamy mouthful!! Re-Rate 10/28/02 2002 edition: scrumptious..creamy head and creamy pink grapefruit aroma..if only this beer was available all year..
Ernest (6015) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2006 2006 bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium amber. Aroma is lightly hoppy (grapefruit, resin), lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Surprisingly dull. This has seemingly gone downhill.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2005 2002: Somewhat attractive foam atop a copper liquid. Average aroma displays heavy phenols, leafiness, toasted bread, alcohol, and a touch of grapefruit. Flavors are dominated by toasted bread. Slick generic palate. A thin coarse hoppiness proceeds before a brash alcoholic snap. Phenolic belches donít help the cause. This sure didnít motivate me to get into the rating. Rather uncomplex and one-dimensional. Shame on you, Sierre Nevada, this used to be much better. Next.
2005 version. Notably more refined than the past two releases. Airy, estery aromas. Relatively subdued hops. Beautifully balanced with chewy, almost husky, malts. Airy and invigoratingly dry with hops, progressively gaining more bitterness along the way. But still overly acidic thanks to the Cascade.
delacerveza (157) - Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
looks, smells and tastes like a copper penny. i was expecting a spicy rich ale, this is more along the lines of your average octoberfest. pretty hoppy too (oh, i just noticed the íIPAí part of the title as i am writing this) hop heads and those who donít like sweeter maltier styles will enjoy it well enough.
jazz88 (2522) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 19, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle of the 2002 vintage. Copper color with a highly hopped aroma accented by pine. Hoppy bitter flavor with a touch of sweet floral notes.