billk (353) - Coeur díAlene, Idaho, USA - MAY 4, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle 12 oz. Almost clear golden amber w good small bubble off white head. Aroma is very full, resinous, earthy, spicy hops w lt/med roast malt. Flavor is very spicy, full, bitter hops w full lt/med roast malt, dry with a long bitter finish. Tart, dry, almost puckering, somewhat sharp. Butt kickin hops are balanced nicely with the full malt flavor. Thick, almost sticky mouthfeel. Quite bold. Could pass as a double with no sweat. Just into full bodied. A very "Eastern" tasting IPA.
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Impressive cloudy orange colour, with voluptous, rocky head. Impressiive aroma of hops, pine needles and citrus, as I expect from an ipa. Taste is dominated by hops, quite bitter and very dry...too dry for my palate.
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I happen to like this beer a lot, and Smuttynose products in general. This to me is what an IPA should be. It should be bitter, not just hoppy in the aroma, and this beer does a god job balancing all three: bitterness, flavor and aroma, whith sufficient alcohol to balance it. It reminds me a little of Dogfishís 60 minute, if I recall; and Bells beers that I had many years ago and remember fondly. Alas, they no longer distribute to the east coast. It is unfiltered and it look like it, which I like. The aroma is nicely citric and herbal and the mouthfeel is appropriately full. This is not over the top, but well balanced, and for this style that means, bitter and aromatic and a little strong. A current favorite in my rotation.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great IPA. Delicious in every way. Good amount of hops but not overly powerful. Very balanced. Usually, some IPAs might be too painful for me to bear, but this was a great beer in many ways.
beerseer (51) - Lewiston, Maine, USA - APR 26, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle) Poors honey-colored and gold with a small white head that persists. Almost opaque in glass, cloudy with thick debris that hangs suspended throughout the liquid, held still by an unknown force. Aroma is overpoweringly hoppy, strong citrus scent (orange and lemons), plus some notes of grass and pine. Almost creamy on the palate, with soft carbonation and a crisp ending, this one leaves the mouth feeling a little numb and tingly. Flavor is initially astringent and citrusy, but fades too quickly into a powerful and consuming bitterness that sets up camp in the mouth and stays there long after the glass is empty. Overall, it seems if the bitterness were toned down, the flavor of this IPA might be allowed to develop more fully.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - APR 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an orange/golden color. Small white head, nice horizontal lacing. Aroma is floral hops, grass, perfume and lavender. Flavor is astringent, lots of piney and stale hops. Cardboard and bready. Thanks to JahNoth for this one!
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - APR 24, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange gold color, slightly hazy. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is grapefruit and a little floral. A medium bodied IPA. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are grapefruity and floral, slightly grassy. A fairly bitter IPA. Nice balance. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean, crisp and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter
PattiA (49) - Madison, New Hampshire, USA - APR 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is dominated by hops, but there are hints of citrus and pine. The pour is nice. In the glass itís a hazy orange-brown color with a slightly foamy head. The flavor is bitter, crisp, and somewhat dry, but there is a hint of fruitiness to it. Some have made a comparison to grapefruit and that is a good comparison. The carbonation level isnít too high - itís at just the right level that it gives the flavor a boost without becoming dominant. The finish is somewhat dry but this is when the malts assert themselves a bit. Overall itís a very smooth and highly-drinkable brew.
flocco (20) - Hillsborough, New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2005
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
excellent beer. tastes a lot like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but a little bit smoother. very, very good beer.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow. Ungstrup (below) said it first - itís like eating fresh hops, or better yet, my take: like ramming a fistful of hop pellets in your mouth and chomping down. Great citrus and hops aroma, with some honey and lillies to sweeten the deal. Flavor is very bitter - dry hopping is powerful and in-your-face. Emphasis on carbonation early on. Carbonation subsides and grapefruit is more drawn out as it warms. Balance tends to sway more towards being hops heavy; some caramel malts would have helped to make this one more beautiful in my eyes. Finish is dry, especially at the outskirts of the tongue. Strong, bitter aftertaste. Quite possibly the freshest, hops-heavy IPA Iíve had. Thanks to tpkenned for this New England tribute to hops.