YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nothing special. Pours amber with foamy white head. Hoppy aroma, grapefruit. Clean mouthfeel but thin. Flavor was robust hops. Not a bad beer but nothing I’d look for again.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light hazy gold, lasting creamy white head. Nice west coast IPA aroma of bitter grapefruit, sticky sweet pine, apricot, and dough. Bitter blasts of grapefruit rind, orange peel, resiny, hints of caramel and toffee. Not completely balanced by the malt, but who cares...it’s an IPA right? This is for hopheads at heart. Medium bodied, bitter dry finish. Good stuff!
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap, Toronado, San Francisco. A typical USIPA, perhaps not as intense. Lemon and lychee. Nice, soft, refreshing, bitter session ale. Not really assertive or anything, juslt light and well balanced.
hopdog (9580) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2004
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hazy amber in color with a small white head. Hoppy, orange, floral smells. The lable states, ’leaves the scene without a trace’, which it did. I prefer more of a bitter aftertaste. Struck me as having a light body for an IPA.
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a pale yellow with a white head. Aroma is nice and hoppy. Taste is very hoppy with citrus and grapefruit. Something is missing taste-wise. It needs to be a sweeter and fuller,it's a little too mellow. Mouthfeel is nice with a very dry finish. Not bad at all, but I wouldn’t really rush out to buy it again.
JackLanders (55) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 15, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Robust in every way and a very impressive beer all around. Even lousy breweries can make decent IPAs by throwing in enough cascades to keep the hop heads happy, so it's not often that an IPA really jumps out as unique nowadays. But this beer did. The malt flavor was full and complex while balanced perfectly with an array of citrusy and bitter hops falvors. A clean, dry finish with a lingering taste of the grains. A nice looking beer to boot, with a lasting head with fair creaminess and flavor. This is a very good beer, tying with Stone's IPA on flavor while definitely edging it out on the price tag.
DocLock (8341) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gold color, less yellow than the Untouchable APA. Aromas of hops, slight honey, malt, chardonnay. Very hoppy taste, with maly, citrus, and slight dryness at the finish.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Excellent sticky, sweet hop aroma not sure which variety. Medium bodied, with a rich hop taste and a nice bitter grip. Bitter, dry and sticky with a little pine. Good beer.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden in color, moderate head, nice sheet of lace. Aroma is citrus and pine. Flavour is same with some nice malt underneath. Alcohol is well hidden. Clean, smooth and hoppy but not abusive.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2004
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at N3rd in Philly: hops, hops, and more hops. Nothing malty or sweet about this brew. A dry beer for hopheads only.
Unlike some other IPAs, I didn't feel the alcohol in this one.