Ratman197 (13100) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle poured a clear gold with a white head. Aromas of earthy hops and a hint of grapefruit rind. Palate is typical of an IPA, medium body, slightly resiny. Flavor is mildly bitter with a hint of citrus and a light malt backbone. I sure wouldnt say it had "big hop flavor" only average.
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Golden coloured. Hoppy aroma. Hoppy flavour. Light. Dry and bitter finish. Put ’em on ice!
dj4u2no (13) - Alabama, USA - JUL 12, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is an exceptional local brew of high alcohol. More malty than anticipated. I love the hoppy nose and great mouthfeel.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2005 Bottle. Hazy orange pour, medium bubbly white head. A rather sweet smell with a muted hop aroma - disappointing for the style. Thicker mouthfeel than other speakeasy brews I’ve had so far. Malt and hop taste but terribly unbalanced. Grapefruit and honey is the mix I came up with and I didn’t like it that much. The hops are ok, it is the sweetness that throws this one off. Just ok.
Re-rate, poured a free first pint from the keg sample at Zeitgeist in San Francisco. Strong grapefruit aroma. Really nice citrus hop taste mixed with light malt - wayyyy better than the bottle I had. Short finish. Still just a tad syrupy, but otherwise a very good IPA. Original 534211.
waeltzy (53) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Real nice beer. Awesome off-orange gold color. Nose of well crafted hops. Smells like the bitter rind of an orange. I love it. Nice lacing. Tasted of bitter delicious hops and malt. Real easy on the palate for someone who is interested in hops. I can’t wait to have another.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
golden orange colour, small white head. fresh citrus nose with lots of grapefruit and pine. lots of hop flavour with mild fruit cocktail and toasted bread. grapefruit finish. not nad
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy amber colour leaning to organge with thick off white head. Robust grapefruit hop nose. Full grapefruit hop taste with dry hop finish.
richierich33 (2) - USA - JUN 30, 2005 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
overall great beer. some try to brew a more complex ipa, but this one has the perfect balance.
jefcon (1633) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Substantial hops on the nose -- bright fruit (grapefruit, nectarine), some faint yeast spiciness. Cloudy gold-orange hues, and some lacing. Taste is heavy of the hops, but they behave well without much bite. Short palate for an IPA, this beer leaves a dry contrail in the mouth. Not particularly full or heavy mouthfeel.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a slightly hazy deep gold color with a minimal head. Some lace. Aroma is pine, citrus, grapefruit and some mint. Pretty much not malt backbone for either the aroma or flavor. Flavor is dominated by a dry tasting hop tea which is very boring. Lots of bine and some mint in the end. Finishes almost bone dry and somewhat tart. I actually like a lot of IPA’s that are way overbalanced by hops but this sure as hell wasnt one of them.