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 (5174) - 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 (4611) - 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 Iíve 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 canít 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 arenít 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!
igneous1 (1515) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - APR 28, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
color is brownish amber, head is off-white, pretty thin, lots of spice, maybe even a bit of raisin. Flavor is also spicy, alcoholic, caramelly. the bitterness is subdued; however, the alcohol burn is omnipresent. I really wanted to like this because there area some good subdued flavors and a nice thick mouthfeel, but the alcohol is just too much.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 4, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
clear & deep amber in color with a solid sheet of head..malty, sugary aroma...spicy! hop flavors covered in dripped sticky caramel, yet bitter in the back...caramel toasted malts, and i stress the TOASTED part...and the CARAMEL part...toasty, bitter, caramelly, and, well..not IPA-ish in the slightest..well..maybe for a brit.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Copper, big tan head, leaves lots of lace. Grassy hop nose, touch of bread. Quite bitter, slightly musty flavor, green grass, hint of metal, some citrus. Just not enough malt to balance things out.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 8, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2004 Packaged 08/05/2003
Attractive white head over a clear amber body. Aroma of sweet grain and a touch of spice. The first thing your tongue senses is the ample carbonation with its acidic kick. The major flavor components are a sweet maltiness and a mostly spicy hop character. The aftertaste has a combination of bitterness and roasty sweetness. This would be a fantastic session beer - I'm disappointed I only have one!
Thoughts from '04 bottling - still a really sweet IPA, and I still like it!