Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle Pours a hazy dark amber with an off white head. Head was a little thin but good lacing. Aroma is hoopy citrus and perfime. Has a medium body with a good bitter flavor and a good aftertaste. This is a very refreshing beer. I like it very much.
bu11zeye (11929) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle, courtesy of Silphium) Pours a lightly cloudy orange body with an average-sized creamy beige head. Aroma of toasted malt, tofee, and citrus. Flavor of breadiness and juicy hops. A very well balanced and tasty IPA.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2007 Courtesy of secret santaand Duane. Pours copper with nice off white head. Aroma nice balance of caramel, faint toast, pine resin and citrus hops. Flavor the same. Hop bite not as strong as aroma indicates but enough citrus zest to help cleanse the palate. Probably wouldn’t pass west coast hop standards, but highly sessionable regardless.
crazyvin (1897) - New York, USA - DEC 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
dep amber hue with some hints of orange. piney aroma with some sweet honey. Taste had a present but not over powering hop character. Malt character was a bit citrusy and sweet. Finished some what dry. really good.
tauruslw33 (69) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very good IPA. Definite hop aroma when you open and pour. Malt aroma also. Fruity beer?, I don’t think so...but is an IPA supposed to be sweet? Definitely more bitter than their dark porter, but the bitter aftertaste is not overwhelming.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle: Very hazy, coppery amber w/ a lasting cream colored thin head. Aromas start w/ a cedary wood and lemony citrus hop as well as a bit soapy when chilled. Toaste malt and very little caramel @ first, but it becomes stronger as it warms. Very light fruitiness. Balance is to just bitter from start to finish. Malt profile is of toasty and caramel flavors up front and in the middle, but the finish is bitter and citrusy hop flavored. Aftertaste is a good balance of hops and toasty malt. Again, very little fruitiness. Medium body/w lower med. carb. and a dry m/f. An average IPA that doesn’t really stand out in a crowd.
jonas (5592) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - DEC 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Thanks to Super Secret Santa Nat!
Orange amber, low creamy tanned head.
A whif of resiny hops reach me even before I try to smell it - when I do I get a good puch of pine and aromatic peachy hop notes, wooden resin too.
Fruity base (grapefruit, peach) flavor, flowery notes - exits on a light wooden note, but wellbalanced and by no means overhopped. Fairly lightbodied - lacks maltbody like so many IPAs out there, sparkly mouthfeel. Nice.
ChazyRPh (582) - Chazy, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Semi hazy copper pour with medium white head. Similar aroma to Phin & Matts. Perfumy floral hop aroma. Heavy grapefruit hop bitterness to start. Some malt to balance the hops. Thinnish mouthfeel...decent.
GTown (127) - New York, USA - DEC 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very decent IPA. I can enjoy the entire beer, not having to recover from the initial onslaught of some Hop Head’s wet dream. Malt body is medium, as it should be in this example of IPA.
Frank (2728) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I love it when brewers use terms like triple hopped in their descriptions. What the hell does that mean? The hops were added in three additions? It uses three times as much hops? Compared to what?
That aside, this is a decent IPA. The nose is nice--lotsa floral hops w/ a bit of honey and and a distinct note of toasty malt. It pours a clear amber color w/ only a sparse bit of head which turned out to be indicative of low carbonation--not always a bad thing but I think this particular beer lacks spunk because of it. Rather full bodied but not at all sticky and actually rather on the dry side. The malt character is kinda flat here w/ just a twinge of fruity flavor and a bit of an iced tea character (which might be the hops). Finish is bitter and almost clean aside from a green, earthy note.