desurfer (1279) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber body with a huge rocky beige head. Aroma of pine and grapefruit. Flavor is super hopped with loads of floral and peppery character. Really intense. Solid malt backbone which lingers into the sweet finish. Somewhat overcarbonated, but okay. A really nice brew.
argo0 (13021) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 29, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle) Clear amber body topped by a small off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit/pine, some caramel, cookie, light floral/orange. Taste is medium sweet, orange, caramel, some grapefruit. Medium body, some stickiness, nicely drinkable. Not to be mistaken for a West Coast IPA, this is nevertheless a fine beer.
milewide (2010) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2006
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2006 Liked it better on second try. A touch sweeter than other IPAs, but good balance between malt and hops. Lingering bitterness that I liked.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - AUG 28, 2006
3.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Crystal clear, medium copper color with small off white head. Aroma is malty, slightly sweet, fair amount of caramel, vanilla, and kilned malts. Flavor is a bit malty with some caramel, almost iced-tea like, a touch of citrusy hops. Finish is relitively dry, balanced.
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - AUG 19, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours golden with white head. Lemony citrus scent. Candy like malt backed by a flowery/lemony hop.
Aurelius (5006) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bad label, bad cap. Brownish amber, thin lacy head. An interesting aroma - at first very loud hops, then settling out to a pleasant caramel. Herbal tones, medium-light sweetness, med heavy bittering, caramel, a bit of roastiness. Medium body. A grassy, malty finish. Pretty good. Definite NY craftbrew specimen.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - AUG 16, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice example of an IPA that just doesn’t see the light of day on the West Coast. Aroma is very malt forward with a nice citrus aroma with floral bits hiding around. Appearance a nice bright amber color. Flavors are very nicely balanced, with the hops being grapefruity and grassy (perhaps Amarillo and Saaz?) and lightly floral. Nice beer!
SHIG (4385) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - AUG 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a brown amber with creamy off white head. Sweet rich spicy aroma opens your sences. Sour dry tastes finishes rich and deep sweet malt flavor.
sirsirus (60) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A surprising winner. Initially very similar to Harpoon IPA however this has a nice touch added onto the finish. It has some lastingness as well on the finish.
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - AUG 10, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from Shoreline. Drank on 7/27/06. Clear, copper in color. Small 1 cm. off-white / yellowish head. Drops quickly. Some foam hangs around, good lacing. Aroma - big, sweet and fruity aroma. Some sweet malt, but mostly big, fruity hops. Flavor - High bitterness up front. Fairly well balanced on the tongue with some underlying malty sweetness, and a big malt backbone. Some different, hard to describe hop flavors after the swallow and in the finish - a little citrus, lots of fruitiness, almost some candy-like sweetness. Palate - Solid medium, big malt backbone. Good amt. of carb. Overall - A good beer, but pretty sweet and fruity. Don’t know if I could drink more than one at a time. Enjoyable, but just a little off of the hop flavors that make up my favorite IPA’s. I like the solid malt backbone.