wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured light golden with a thin white head. Aroma had citrus, graitfruit, casade hops and a bit of peach. Taste was more sweet then hoppy. Good, but I’ve had many better IPAS.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Straw colored pour with little head. Interesting aroma of peach jelly and spicy alcohol. Some citrusy fruits as well. The body is a bit thin, with quite lackluster bitterness. The sweet and bready malts are quite good though, cradling the juicy hops nicely. Not enough oomph to compete with ’bigger’ IPAs, but a very nice, and unusual, pale ale none-the-less.
GregClow (3039) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - thanks to tupalev. Light golden-orange colour - too light for the style, IMO. Nice aroma with citric, piney hops in the forefront with a bit of bready malt in the background. Flavour is quite hoppy as expected, with some soapiness, and a lingering bitter finish. Not unpleasant, but I’ve had many better west coast PAs.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. pours a dull looking light golden-orange with a large frothy white head. aroma is nice - soapy grapefruit hops, spruce, and soft bread. big, resiny, chewy hops are the prevalent flavours - certainly one dimensional in that regard. long piney body all the way through. hop heads delight!
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 22, 2005
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Floral, lavender, soapy, grapefruit, orange tones to the hops in the aroma with just a waft of vanilla oalso apparent. Hazy, golden-copper coloured body with a low white head that recedes rapidly to partial cover. Very vegetal flavour is all hops with little body and very subdued malt character. Medium body with strong, pointy carbonation. Bottle (trade, Mar-05) sampled with MartinT, Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere. Thanks, DocLock!
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (12oz). Poured bubbly pale gold with a small fizzy white head. Mild aroma of mild oily hops, vague somewhat roasty-sweet malt, off-dry Riesling, loam - pretty mild for an IPA. Taste is pretty disappointing - hint of grainy hops, sort of sweet; thin body, mouthfeel like diluted Perrier water. Pretty sad effort, considering how much I liked their other brews.
MartinT (8855) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2005
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A slightly soapy, resinous hop perfume morphs into citrus and earth. This is an obvious all-hop affair, and maybe a fun one at that.
A dry, wooden bitterness takes over the flavor spectrum. The watery malt structure cannot do much, and the oranges and various citrus fruit participate shyly. A most ordinary concoction.
A lack of manners won’t get you far.
Rastacouere (6164) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2005
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pale golden colored covered by a light white head. Basically no malt participates in neither the aroma nor taste, thus creating a very simplistic hop centered hoppy ale with citric, floral, wet grapefruit aromas that turn more vegetal though still floral in mouth, with a teeth sticking dryness. Very light bodied, unattractive gazy carbonation comes and enhance an underground beany aspect. Yawn.
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was a fluffy pour with a sticky lasting egg-white head. The body beneath was sunshine yellow and a tad thin for my taste. Aroma a light citrus. Flavor a thin veneer of shallow maltiness with an indistinct finishing bitterness. The hops used were not immediately apparent, and the flavor and ending note did not mesh particularly well. An astringent note.
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 20, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured an effervescent golden with a large fizzy white head. Clean citrusy hop aroma.... preparing me for a nice hop experience. And it’s official, we have a let down. Some hop flavor but overall very bland, with some toffee and a dry bitter flavor. No distinguishable ctirus or pine. Very weak flavor for an IPA. Hops? Hops, where are you?