Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish brown color,small white head that faded fast but managed to leave a bit of lacing on the side of the glass.Malty aroma sweet and sour with a small citrus hint in there as well.Malty taste then the hops hit you,quite strong but not incredibly over powering,nice hop bite in the taste with a not so well hidden alcohol taste but it's better then some others.The after taste is bitter hoppy and a mild sweetness that pops up as well.I'd have to say this is a pretty well done IPA and thankfully my Bro-In-Law brought me an 8-pk so i can enjoy them slowly over the summer.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I'm not getting the three Cs here at all; some Fuggles and some other fruity hop; canteloupey flavour - richly malty profile in aroma and flavor, big body, smooth like it's Burtonized, quite sweet - a BIG beer - man, I only bought one! Recommended, but not for a super hot day - I'd go west coast for that!
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 24, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber with a nice head. Assertive floral aroma and also a lot of bubbles--mine was quite carbonated. Definitely a bitter profile, which is nice for the style, with a mild 'bite.' Quite piney with some citrus, and fruity notes at the finish.
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice light-copper color and off white head start what I HOPE is a good brew. The aroma is nice and a little hoppy...pleasant overall. Flavor is fairly hoppy, and nicely so, but lacks something OTHER than the hops to give it that extra push toward greatness. Nevertheless, probably the best of Sprecher's brews that I've tried so far!
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2003
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2009 Dark amber color, foamy, lasting head. Yeasty aroma, nose is a bit weak in the hops dept. A bit of sweet citrus and caramel malt. Hops come out as intense bitterness in the flavor. Big juicy malts, bracing herbal hop flavors. Long bittersweet finish. Big beer.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2003 Smells a little odd. Cloudy, dark and foamy. Thought I was in for a loser, but no...very nice IPA: refreshing and hoppy/ malty. Why is it seasonal??
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very nice brew! A bit darker than most IPA’s with a super foamy, white head. A rich, caramel malt flavor with notes of fruit followed a sweet, cinnamon nose. A delicate hop characteristic jumped out in the finish. It all came together very well to make a somewhat complex, yet easy to drink brew. It is very refreshing to drink an IPA like this...they didnt overhop it...it was truly just a well made pale with with above average amounts of hops.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big aroma of hops with a touch of malt. Standard IPA appearance. The flavor is full and rich, but the finish is a tad too bitter. The alcohol is well masked though. Definitely one of Sprecher’s better beers.
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - NOV 3, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Average amber sppearance, average head. I found this to be a bit on the bland side for an IPA. The maltiness seemed to steal some of the hops’ glory, especially toward the finish, when it should merely compliment the hops. Slightly floral, standard citrus flavor with lemon a bit prominent.
jsquire (3398) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear orange color witha creamy off white head. Very floral nose with hints a yeast. Very spicey flavor with strong grapefruit/apple fruit flavors. Tons of hop bitterness. I thought it may have used a little more of a malt backbone for all those hops. It was a little past its date. Good IPA.