Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery 11/26/2004 Appearance is an amber yellow with small white head and lace sheets. The aroma is floral and of bread. The flavor is sweet malt and hops with a rich body. Nice.
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It poured a hazy reddish-brown color with an off-white head that spilled over the top of my pint glass before dissipating into a laciness on top of the drink. Has a light citric hoppiness to the aroma and you can detect sweet, fruity maltiness beneath it. A fairly balanced IPA, the malts coming through strongly but with a good stiff level of hoppy bitterness. Very decent.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: dark, rich, reddish hue, with a solid, frothy, creamy head.
Aroma: smooth, light, creamy, soft.
Taste: some small, light hop bite on the palate, still very tasty, though. Juicy, sweet malt, ably steps up to match the hops, sometimes a fault in other IPAs, sometimes a flaw, this time it works, excellent fruit factor, quite a mellow, but snappy brew.
Nice and rich, tasty, but lacking in a hoppy bite, rather mild, sweet, yummy, fruity, but would require more, shall we say, Oooom-Poppa-Dop! to really lift my top!
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours caramel (dark for an IPA), medium foamy off-white head, attractive lacing, with bountiful carbonation.   Aroma is rather sweet, caramely, slightly malty with a subtle hop note.   I also detect some fig or prune, which is odd.   Forwardly cereal/oat like, slightly bitter, and rather malty.   Good body and mouthfeel.   Lingering hop bitterness at the finish, but also malts and grains.   Comes across as more of a malty pale ale to me.   Still highly drinkable tho.   Thanks goes out to atpayne for the trade!
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - SEP 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2004 White oak creamy head atop a copper-tone body. Sweet hoppy aroma with pumpkin pie spice. Hops comes on strong in the flavor and is instantly mellowed by sweet almond malts in such a combonation as to entice and accentuate the overall complexity. An earthy yeast really rounds it out. This is what I envision a real IPA as approaching not the boring duldrum of over-the-top beers that have been deamed "good" by the more machismo brewing element eternally seeking beers with all the acridity of 100% pure hop oil. Bottom line, this is genuine quality and craftsmanship.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 10, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy copper color with a large frothy head that leaves a good lacing in my glass, citrus and piney hop aroma. Hoppy fruity and caramel flavors with a nice hop bite, medium body with a creamy soft mouthfeel, finishes with a clean and pleasant bitterness, a decent english style IPA.
heemer77 (5102) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2009 Sampled again recently as IPA2 and I gave it about the same rating. Decent. Pours with a nice lighter copper coloring. Has a medium head and lots of carbonation in the body. Smells of orange peels, fresh bread and a little bit of honey. Nice rich mouthfeel with a greasy finish. It has a little too much carbonation for me. The taste is understated wth some grapefruit and a little bit of raisin. It also has a lively black pepper finish. This would be a great session IPA.
badgerben (4407) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 30, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber color with a good sized head that dropped pretty quickly. Aroma of "thick" hops; it just smelled large. The taste was spicy and hoppy with a fair bit of sweet added in. A little floral as well. One of the better IPAs I’ve had.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2007 Thick and creamy off-white head with good lacing. Nice orangish copper body.Pleasant hoppy aroma.... cascade seeming with some orange on top. Mmm... the first thing I noticed was the smooth, soft, and slightly resinous palate. Nice sweet piney and powerful hops. Really can’t say anything else about it. It is quite delicious.
7 / 4 / 8 / 4 / 15 = 3.8
Update 7/8/2007 - So I had a bottle a few weeks ago and thought it was a great hop bomb... pretty much matching my original rating. I had a bottle today, *bought at the brewery yesterday*, and it is just a lightly hopped bready mess. Okay, I guess. But the hops just aren’t there. Downgraded for inconsistency and/or just not being as good anymore.
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUL 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper colored with a minimal head but durable ring lacing. Fine dry hoppy aroma with some bready maltiness. Medium to full bodied, fairly sweet and silky with a rich maltiness that stood up well to the considerable spicy hop presence. Long dryish finish, a little boozy. A big hearty brew-good stuff!