Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy amber with a great many floaties, thick but diminishing head. Aroma of citrussy hops. Tastes amazingly hoppy, kind of like grapefruit and Dragonwell green tea simultaneously. Thereís not really any kind of discernible malt, although this has nice body. Itís quite satisfying, though; the hops are so skillfully handled that the malt isnít missed. Excellent beer.
fly (1393) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - OCT 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Manchester airport. Damn I love it when a decent beer can be found at an airport and this was far more than decent. Nice, sharp hop attack and decent body to back it. So I had another. Good as the first. Mmmm
chronictonic (471) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spotted this on tap a couple of times and was very impressed with it. Being a hop-head, it certainly fulfilled that need. Aromas of grapefruit along with some earthiness. Bottles have a lot of seidment in them. Color is a ruddy gold and it purs with a thick head that you could float a cap on. Flavor is very well balanced between hop bitterness on the roof of your mouth and good, juicy hop flavors. More fruity in the flavor than in the aroma.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - OCT 16, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden/brassy body with a little sunny orange in the middle and some suspended sediment. Very large, white head. Smells like pine: dry cones, needles and sweet pineapple and apricots. Very refined, everything is placed properly in the nose. Taste is very big, sweet and tart. Begins sweet pineapple then hits with big grapefruit hops. Exact grapefruit taste then becomes souring. Very interesting and unique hop palate that stands by itself with no comparison. Aftertaste is dry citrus, like eating a grapefruit peel. Nice sweet/sour/tart balance. Quality brew.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright and slightly hazy orange color, medium white head. Nice aroma, fruity hops (grapefruit, peach) with some earthiness. Same goes for the flavor, sharp at first with a well balanced and almost complex bitterness in the finish. Medium-full body for the style. Completely solid from start to finish and thoroughly enjoyable.
scoobyluv (504) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
crushed apricot color, cloudy with minimal head. smell of hops. nice combination of apricots and hops. not overwhelming but just right. but don’t drink a 6-pack cuz you will feel it the next day. at least i did
screwball (1098) - Motala, SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Orange in color. Hazy. A fresh flowery aroma. Lot of hops and citrus in bouth armoma and taste.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a full golden with a frothy thick white head and thin lacing. Aroma is bold and hoppy with some caramel malt and a touch of piney grapefruit. Starts semi-sweet and citrusy turning more dry and bitter toward a crisp finish. A little too dry and bitter for an IPA, but a decent beer nonetheless. Many thanks to whaleman for this brew.
rickgordon (3841) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, Stockholm Beer Festival.
Cloudy dark yellow. Flowery apricot nose. Mild, smooth palate. Long, flowery, hopbitter finish. Not as sticky as some.
Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 7, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep hazy apricot hue. Bottle-conditioned. Small white head doesnít keep up. Grassy nose with a faint honeyish malt touch. Tangy citrus fruit, very coniferous. Piney finish, very bitter, coating dryness. Mostly simple. Nice mouthfeel, lively carbonation, medium body. Good development all-around, very tasty, but what makes it better than a biŤropholie, arbor sacred cow or anchor liberty, I canít tell. Youíll like it better than me I guess, itís good, but itís the first time I have it and I feel like I had it 10 times+ already. Were I a hophead, I'd shoot for something just a tad bigger in hops (not that this is any weak). Now I'm not and I'd hope for more malt or yeast originality. A beer for a market I don't understand.