npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Jah "Santa" Noth for this one--
Cloudy copper, with a small white head. Fruity apricot nose with sweet caramel touches. Flavor dominated by citric hoppiness. There's a bit of sweet malts underneath, but not quite enough to effect a total balance.
Dorwart (2535) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice cratered head of fine bubbles with decent carbonation. Excellent lacing. Color is a murky orange/amber. Big hops aroma with maybe a hint of orange. Flavor is very smooth and not overwealming with the hops. Very well balanced. Slight alcohol presence. Finish is bitter (grapefruit) with a nice creamy artertaste. A very good quality IPA that is not as harsh as some others.
MartinT (9319) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Husky citrus hops fuel the tastebuds...Pine notes prick the tongue...Very similar to and one-dimensional like Magic Hat's HiPA...Well-made, bitter quaffing...
Kinz (3737) - 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 (7165) - 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 (5101) - 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!