DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 19, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(12 oz bottle, obtained in trade with shadey, thanks Shane!) The unassuming label makes you think you’re just getting a basic IPA, but this is anything but! Big, balanced and exploding with flavor, this is an IPA with a robust and lightly toasty maltiness, lots of orange citrus and a moderately bitter hoppiness. Medium bodied, but with a wonderful, dense mouthfeel. Aromatic nose that is quite malty and balanced by a bright hoppiness. Dark amber color and fully cloudy in appearance, which masks the multitude of carbonation bubbles rising to the top. Creamy off-white head has solid retention and plenty of ringed lacing. An all-around excellent IPA.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured an amber color with a medium sized off white head. Aroma of floral and piney hops and mildly fruity. Nice piney hop flavor that leaves a l very ong bitter finish. A little light on the malt but decent balance and nice to drink.
BearBrewer (86) - New York, east village, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pretty average IPA, not terribly inspiring. Nice hop character, fairly well balanced and smooth. not my favorite ipa
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours dark amber, small frothy white head, very attractive lacing, with very soft carbonation.   Fresh hop & pine on the nose.   Slight grapefruit as well.   Wow, the piney/hoppy aroma doesnt translate to any real strong bitterness whatsoever.   What I have is a smooth drinking, lightly hopped IPA, with a subtle malt backbone.   Very clean, and quite tasty.   WOW, nice hoppy flavor without ANY harsh bitterness.   Great Body, good mouthfeel.   Finishes with a subtle hop bite, lingering bitterness in a nice malty background.   Quite good this was!   Thanks goes out to jah noth for the trade!
Suttree (5266) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy orange, no head. Flowery, piney hop aroma. Woodsy, smoky hops, with a touch of honey, as well. Earthy, messy finish. Very nice beer. Thanks to Springslicker for this one!
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sometimes you get so used to everything being double or over the top, you get surprised by how good an everyday beer can be. I dont want to make this sound like a standard beer though.
The hop aromas immediately hit the senses. One thing I really enjoy is when a beer with a wonderful nose matches in taste and this one comes through with flying colors. Very piney hoppy sensation, nice malt balance.
Solid beer. I put this in front of my SNPA for drinkability in an IPA.
obxdude10 (2077) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good IPA, amber color, a bit hazy appearance, decent off-white head that laced around the glass nicely, very hoppy nose with some notes of pine & sweet malt, great malt backbone in the body, very well-balanced, hoppy flavors with notes of pine, biscuit & yeast, smooth & very drinkable, both a hoppy & malty finish with a dry & resiny aftertaste
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured hazy amber with nice rocky white head that faded quickly, leaving a well laced glass...aroma is all hops with pine and floral almost buring the nose...taste is incredibly hoppy...pine, pepper and citrus...rough sticky mouthfeel in the finish...
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My label is "fancier" than the pictured label. I bought this case at Shangy’s yesterday. Copper colored, with a minimal, rapidly fading head. HUGE aroma of hops, pine, resin, subtle apricots. Tastes extremely hoppy, with some citrus and a lot of pine, resin, some apricot, and a hoppy, piney, acidic finish. This one is hoppier than some double IPAs I’ve had! I bought this case because it was around 20 bucks for a 4-beer variety package. I did not know nor expect that it would be this good. Bravo to Southern Tier. I can’t wait to try their other styles. A bona fide, knock your socks off, hall-of-fame IPA.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - OCT 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very perculiar looking IPA. Dark color with amber and tinges of orange and ruby. Head is nice, off-white/grey color. Doesn’t hang around long but the lacing does. Smells really good, sweet pine and passion fruits.Taste is very dry and hoppy, pine cones and needles. Ending becomes sweet with peachy notes. Hardly any alcohol in taste. Very good beer from a small brewery.