Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Buffalo Brewfest 04. Dark yellow pour. Citrus hops in aroma. A nice balance between maltiness and hops in taste with a crisp mouthfeel. Very good, and an impressive showing from this brewery at the fest.
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear apricot body, nice sticky 1cm head lasts. Hoppy nose, orangey, foresty. Fresh hop flavors, subtle woodiness and piney notes. Nice mouthfeel, medium bodied, creamy texture. Initially fine carbonation, but rapidly fading out. Not much malt coming through, but it leaves a balanced hoppy afterthought if such a thing exists. Good all-around unagressive IPA.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Very nice IPA. Hoppy, floral aroma. Good malt balance. Hops finish long. Well done beer.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: cast in the classic IPA hue, a solid bronze decked out in a fine, fuzzy, creamy head.
Aroma: most excellent, sizzling with citrus, shining with grapefruit, peach, apricot, with hits of pine peeping up , as well...I held this one into the nose an extra-long time, postponing consumption for the greater thrill of the nose.
Down the lips and on the tongue...Ah, tas-TEE! There’s more of a coppery feel on the palate, and hops are less pronounced in the flavor than they were in the smell. Very well-balanced and palatable, quite smooth and mellow, a vastly drinkable IPA, indeed.
MarkBarnes (390) - Waterville, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2008 Sept. 12, 2004; 12 oz. bottle. If there’s a better American IPA out there, I’d love to hear about it (although the Smuttynose IPA runs neck and neck, IMHO) - and, yes, I’ve had the Stone IPA (which is a bit too tame for me).
Love this hoppy, powerfully-flavorful stuff, and pick it up every chance I get.
Re-rate on Feb. 16, 2008. Not sure this is quite as good as I imagined it to be a few years back. Maybe either my palate or the recipe has changed. Still a very tasty & well-balanced IPA that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. (Total score adjusted from 4.4 to 4.1.)
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - SEP 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This a very balanced IPa with a nice hit of hops. Dark brownish amber colour with incredibly persistent white head. Lasted all the way to the ned of the glass. Good nose and flavour of white grapefruit and balanced with good amount of malt. Very pleasant to drink.
Duke (117) - New York, USA - SEP 9, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Good off white head with some lacing. Semi cloudy copper color. Very hoppy, grapefruit floral aroma. The flavor is as the aroma with just enough sweetness. Well balanced, good beer.
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - SEP 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice off-white head, unclear copper colored body. Bitter hoppy aroma with tones of fruit and caramel. Dry and bitter hoppy in the flavor with some nutty tones also. Well-balanced and flavorfull.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 8, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This IPA pours with an amber-orange body topped by a thick off-white, lasting head with a good amount of lacing. The hoppy aroma is slightly sweet yet very bitter with nice grapefruit and pine notes, as well as, a touch of apricot. The flavor is bitter and hoppy with lots of pine, a little grapefruit and a touch of sweetness. Medium to full bodied, smooth and dry.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2011 A nice, burnished copper color. Sweet, floral, cirtusy aroma with definite tropical notes (apricots, melon). Good balance with a bubblegummy (not like a hefe, more like sweet chewing gum) overall flavor. Good depth of flavor, great acidity while retaining residual mouthfeel. Nice ale yeast fruit. Water must be hard there or was hardened. Bitterness is quinine-like (dry).