tobias (200) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle: pous a golden straw color. murky. the yeast made this beer looklike a snow globe. pleasnt citrus aromas. nice malt base up from with a resiny ciitrus hop bite on the end. hop flavor was a little lacking. could have been and old bottle. would like to try again.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - FEB 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a murky amber with a fizzy white head. Grassy hop aroma. Taste has a good hop kick but a strong malt backbone, making it very easy to drink. Carbonation is rather light. A nicely crafted IPA.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was quite good. Smuttynose has some really good products. This poured a hazy amber/orange with a strong off-white head. The nose was strongly grapefruit/hoppy with some pine, a yeasty notes. Medium bodied, it felt good in the mouth. Flavor was good, robust hops. Refreshing, clean, crisp. Would certainly seek out more of this fine brew.
DarkElf (3028) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 30, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12 oz bottle: Chevy Chase Liquors in Washington, DC) Moderately flavorful, understated IPA, with a solid citrusy hops contribution that is partially balanced by a mild, slightly bready maltiness. Mildly sweet up front with bitterness taking over in the finish. The aroma is a little hoppy, but not terribly aromatic. Medium bodied, somewhat crisp on the palate. Light gold color is surprisingly pale. The beer is fairly cloudy, and there’s a shitload of fine particles suspended in the beer. The head is small and white in color, but retains a thin layer over much of the surface. Lacing is sporadic. A well-made beer, certainly pleasant enough, but the malt bill is just too light for me to rate this IPA very high.
r464 (1785) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber orange in color with a thin head of white. A classic bitter IPA with a grassy citrusy feel and full of hops from start to finish. The flavor seems a bit one sided here, though. Many other IPAs have seemed much better. Not exceptional.
valejo (81) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is accessible. Hoppy, with a humorous bottle illustration—if you have stooges for friends, put them to the task of performing the scene on the bottle after they’ve downed a few.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2005 Fluffy white head. Nice copper color. Smell is little more than hops. Flavor is hoppy, but after that, it’s just very nutty, not nearly as citrussy as I expected from the smell. The malts are very nutty, and after the hops, that’s about all there is. Over all, delicious. A great IPA. Slightly thin mouthfeel. Not that carbonated. If this were available in NC, I’d buy it often.
Shag (2559) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JAN 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A yellowish/orange apperance with little head. A nice hoppy profile with some orange peel and lemons. I can pick on some grapefruit in the aftertaste. Nice effort.
Sassy (217) - Mullet Capital of the World, Georgia, USA - JAN 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
NIce, cloudy apricot color, with perfumey aroma and hoppy/citrusy flavor. Fairly well-balanced IPA. Thanks, Regal!
BeerandBlues2 (9081) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 19, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours cloudy yellow to orange with a small dissipating white head. Some fair lacing ensues as you drink this fragrant brew. Huge fragrant floral hop aroma with orange flowery notes. Mighty bitter hop flavor like that of citrus rind with a mild yeast finish. Palate is dry and fizzy. Many thanks to dirtymike for this and a few other brews!