cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2005 The aroma is strongly piney, with a fading head. The flavor is bitter upfront- wholly hoppy with a nice balance- not too sweet, but somewhat and thick on the tounge.
PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
very strong, thick IPA with a very bitter aftertaste,creamy head, and almost an ESB, but not quite
3daddict (139) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It pours a clear honey orange color. Pleasant hop and citrus tones, but not overpowering. Strongly bitter with a near grapefruit aftertaste. For IPA fans only.
TAR (2627) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - JUL 5, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pumpkin orange. Wisp of head, but attractively rocky and sticky. Balanced nose of pine straw, peach skin, and sugared orange rind. Fairly herbal and sherbety. Soft, condensed carbonation. Full bodied. Slick but oh so tightly piney with a beautifully understated notion of bitter grapefruit rind. Gentle jellied malt character, but quite subdued at a colder temp. Rather than lending balance, a cool breath of alcohol somehow intensifies the tongue-clinging sappiness, which blankets the brighter hop elements. Delicious secondary notes of toast and straw develop as it warms. Sweetness soon takes foothold, as dried pineapples stymie the polished peach notes. Finishes orange rind bitter alongside a dryly herbaceous peach skin backing. Refined, but surprisingly modest, nose for the style, but the mouthfeel is luxuriantly soft with remarkable density, to boot. And while the malt shines at a warmer temp., this really should be savored at a near-cold temp. in order capture the resounding brightness of the hops. A few minor adjustments and this’ll really be something.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a mostly clear orange color with a medium white head. Aroma of citrus and grassy hops with sweet malt. Flavor of caramel and biscut/bread with citrus hop flavor running through from middle to the bitter finish. Alcohol warms but flavor is hidden.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wonderful lacng, great hoppy-citrus aroma. Flavor was bitter and hoppy with a touch of sweet. The alcohol can out at the end. Nice.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUN 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle: poured light orange with very little head. No ffttt when opening the bottle. I thought I was doomed. But, turns out it was carbonated. Big hop aroma. Light pine, pineapple, citrus. Flavor is sweet on first sip with a bitter hop finish. Flavor of pineapple, grass. Sweet malt. Very nice.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber with a strawlike bubbley head. Smells grassy with elements of citrus, yogurt, bananas, roses and caramel. Tastes of pepper, nuts and rose hips. Bitter alcohol finish.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Talk about lacing... Big IPA tapped at the Extreme Beer Festival. Offered a pleasant hoppy, grassy, citrusy aroma. Poured a deep copper-orange with lacing that was out of this world... you couldn’t even see the glass, it was just pure foam all the way down. Awesome. Palate was a little watery but taste was well balanced malt at the front, pitching a strong, bitter hop later on with grapefruit, grass, pine.
paul9639 (116) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a a copper color with a white head. Aroma is strong citrus and floral hops. Flavor is delightfuly bitter and hoopy. Good beer. Hides the 9% amazingly well.