IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a clear effervescent dark amber with a tall semi-creamy off-white head. Clean piney and grassy hop aroma. Taste is light and clean, with piney hops predominating with a touch of sticky malt. Not too big or overwhelming... just refreshing. Nicely done; an easy-drinking anytime IPA.
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful copper color; creamy head. Very nice hoppy aroma, a bit fuity, resinous. Medium malty body, strong hoppiness, quite resinous, ends long, with some caramel.
hopdog (8848) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle acquired in trade with SpringsLicker (thanks!). Poured a dark amber color with a small sized off white head. As soon as I poured this, I was hit with a juicy orange aroma that turned to mainly pine. Tastes of pine, oranges, and caramel Nice medium bitter to lightly sweet balance.
miketrum (18) - NAUGATUCK, Connecticut, USA - SEP 22, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very hoppy and delicious. Piney hop smell...great aroma. One of the best IPA’s I have had.
ABUSEDGOAT (2351) - California, USA - SEP 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an orangish amber body, slightly hazy, almost no head. Huge grapefruit hop aroma. Caramel in flavoring, but not a lot. Much more fruity. Not as syrupy at the end as I prefer, but this was a great IPA. Went down smooth and too fast.
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a nice orange with a great lacing head. Taste is very hoppy, lots of grapefruit and citrus, though not very complex. Bitterness is nice, not overwhelming, still good. Aroma was pretty much non-existant, but still a nice beer overall.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful, translucent reddish-copper with an oily, icy surface for the head. Aroma revels in honeysuckle rose, pine bitterness, English toffee, nougats, maple vats and vanilla. Amaretto, watermelon and bitterness initially manifest as the flavor’s predominant profile on the uptake by chafing the tongue. Sweetening honey and herbal supplements turn up by way of rosemary, saffron and lavender, and help to spawn new nuances with each sip. Some spicy hops linger. Medium-to-light body with somewhat of a wishy-washy feel on the palate. Finishes with light cherry syrup and amaretto liquor avec bitterness. Nice, sweet, modest rendition. Thanks for the bottle, tpkenned!
Pailhead (4741) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - SEP 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Courtesy of Shadey via trade. Very nice aroma of apricots and grapefruit hoppiness. Pours a transparent amber (a tad more towards orange than amber) with some very fine sediment and an off-white head with a slight yellow tinge. Real sweet and citrusy up front. Orange and caramel with a nice citrus and grapefruit hop finish. Slight acidity is noticeable.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Soft, fluffy white head is a nice counter to the prickly mouthfeel. Interesting hop nose combines the usual citrus notes with some welcomed dry hopped spiciness. More piney hops in the body, which are a nice departure from the NW hops I am so used to. The finish isn’t overly bitter, but lemony and smooth. Good all around.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - AUG 31, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours bright deep orange with a small off white head. Big earthy fruit hop aroma. Taste is bitter with fruitiness and some earth tones as well. Bitterness lingers forever. Nice malt too. An awesome IPA.