Kinz (3713) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2005 Draft. Light orange, fair head, undefined hoppy aroma. Flavor is almost solely of bitter grapefruit. Decent, but needed more malt to balance it out better. RERATE: 6/11/05: Draft at River City Beer festival, thought originally this would be the regular IPA, but was assured this was the Big A. Nice floral aroma, medium orange, good head, floral hop aroma. Flavor matched, floral hops, but with a bit of biscuity malt in the background. Well done.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big flowery hop aroma. Slightly darker than golden color, not much head. Big hop flavor, decent blance. Pretty nice example.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big, stickey sweet hop aroma. Thin clingy head. Light orage in color, lighter than I exspected. Big hops flavir, balanced pretty well with malts and sugar. This is a good IPA, that is not overly "green" with hops, but has a warm, deep hop flavor. Damn Good!
Radek Kliber (7086) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 30, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange peal , bright . Hoppy flowery nose , slightly earthy . Very decent IPA .
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hops and citrus nose, deep orange, small white head. Very hoppy taste, fairly well balanced. Well made example.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Kind of a weird hazy-orange color. Very good tasting IPA - lots of hops to chew on without going overboard. Very well balanced and clean.
CapFlu (5100) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 26, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(1 pint 6 bottle) Pours a thin, white, foamy head and a orange, flaked body. Nose of cascade hops, orange, and cask whiskey. Minimal burn... surprising! Cascade hops and citrus. Interestingly different. Nice stuff!
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a dark amber color with a thick off-white head. The aroma is a bit hoppy and very citrusy with hints of orange. Slightly bitter finish. A nice easy drinking IPA.
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - NOV 14, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Isaac Newton's in Newtown,PA. Very Nice! Strong hops presence with hints of grapefruit and pine. Minimal head with no lacing, but the taste and aroma is top notch. I'll take another.
BBB63 (6543) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 2, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber hue with orange highlights. Large rocky off-white head and very good lace. Big hoppy aroma (floral as well as grapefruity and piney). Also detected some bubble gum, pepper, meaty yeast, and buttered toast tones on the nose. Big and balanced taste with both large qualities of malt and hops well balanced. Piney and bitter finish, metallic. Medium-bodied with a creamy and lively mouthfeel, slight presence of alcohol. An imperial IPA? Aggressively hopped and very similar to Stone Ruination IPA. Highly recommended.