jsquire (3437) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear orange out of the bottle with a thin white head and a sweet orange/pine tree nose. My initial reaction was orange flavored Jolly Ranchers. Medium bodied with an orange rind and pine resin finish. Very good with my pizza.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 18, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
sticky wet skunky aroma with a bit of spice. very nice aroma. golden color, a few bubbles. light, piney and citric. hops blend cleanly iwth the sharp malt, lighter body, very nice.
Ernest (6199) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially small, frothy, white, mostly lasting.
Body is clear dark yellow.
Aroma lightly malty (cookie),
moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs, resin).
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly astringent.
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A wonderful floral hop aroma escapes from my tulip glass as I pour this beer. It produces an off-white head that is fairly resilient. It is a nice copper color, and is very clear with a nice bead of carbonation cascading from the bottom of the glass. There is citrus and fruit in the aroma. This is quite a dry beer. It has a big hop flavor and finishes with a nice hop bite. The hops dominate in this beer, nary a malt note to be found, save for a bit of toasty grain in the finish (but this is very subtle). This is a one dimensional hop bomb, could use a bit more malt expression.
auto (163) - California, USA - NOV 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark yellow colour, medium sized white head, bitter but smooth taste (if that makes sense).
r464 (1917) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2003
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light to medium amber color with a citrusy, hoppy flavor. The alcohol is well masked. The pine like hops and strength can be overwhelming.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 6, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2005 Orangeish-gold with a decent sized white head, waifs of citrus and piney hops. A well done but somewhat typical example of a west coast IPA, not that there’s anything wrong with that; if you are partial to this style then this will work well for you. I certainly enjoyed the bottle I had, and that includes the bottle graphics.
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - OCT 4, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a clear bubbly golden color with a lasting white head. Had an initial disappointing taste but the hops and flavor stood out nicely as it warmed.
jgb9348 (4709) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly orange/golden colour with a medium-sized dense white head-definately what an IPA should look like! Strong hoppiness in the aroma with hints of pineapply sweetness. Medium-bodied; Great citrusey hoppiness with some sweet characteristics. Aftertaste shows some hop bitterness but fairly subdued for the style. Overall a bit better than average for the style! I owe a great big deal of thanks to Phil (Haddon90) for bringing this 12 ounce bottle back all the way from California for me to sample on my visit to Knoxville on 28-September-2003.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great Bottle. A lighter, hoppier, more refreshing version than so many other IPA's. Incredible tasting - crisp and clean.