Scubatrip (609) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the bottle, pours a hazy golden with a white foamy head. Nice lacing and head resiliency. Aromas of light hops, flowers, chocolate malts. Smells darker than it looks. Tastes lightly bitter, hoppy, but not overly so. Just a hint of some fruits and citrus, and some backyard grass at the end. Really does finish clean without much aftertaste. This is a good one.
Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at "Fly Bar" in San Francisco, (Divisidero and Oak) CA. pours a deep golden-body with a white marshmellow fluff head that dissipates progressively. lacing is thick and grainy. smells of toasted oats and mild citrus. tastes of roasted malts, grapefruit, pine hops and some assorted nuts. fully flavored yet light on the palate. "hella good."
bourne (161) - Suwon, SOUTH KOREA - DEC 26, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
adrian910ss (2548) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a light yellowish golden color with a small white head. Aroma is centered on hops and pine needles. Flavor has that ’West Coast IPA’ flavor to it centering on hops,citrus, and pine needles. Above average ipa.
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours golden yellow with billowing light head. Nose is hoppy and citrusy. Flavor continues with cirtus character and maintains a smooth mouthfeel. Very clean finish.
jcr (2517) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A solid, standard IPA. Long-lasting, foamy head atop golden leaning toward orange body. Aroma of grapefruit and orange. Flavor also filled with citrus especially grapefruit. Light on the bitterness. Clean, crisp finish with no lingering bitterness.
MarkBarnes (404) - Waterville, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dec. 19, 2005; 12 oz. bottle: I like this brew -- and brewery -- a lot. Citrusy, piney and hoppy -- but remarkably light in both color and texture. It may take some liberties with the style, but this is an IPA I wouldn’t mind drinking all summer.
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 (3077) - 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.