puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by EDA as part of a complete vertical. We drank the 2nd anniversary, too, which is too old to be put on the site; however, it was arguably the best of the four IPAs finishing with the 5th anniversary.
This one was crazy oxidized, retaining hop bitterness but little in the way of aromatics, maybe just a little bit of orange. Vegetal and farty flavor (mmmm). Pissy, catty, wet cat fur. A huge mess.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured cloudy orange with a tan head. The aroma still had a slight floral notes. Taste still had some hop bite but of course no where near what it was. Slightly oxidized with a slight spiciness and a sweet bread taste. Still mildly bitter but more malt. Thanks Chris for breaking this out.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 6, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
thanks to cquiroga for sharing. Understandably, this IPA is past its prime, but it’s still nice. It tasted like a very mellow IPA. I’m sure that at it’s release, ’mellow’ wouldn’t be a word used to have described it.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Cquiroga for this one. It pours with an orange-gold body topped by a medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma and flavor are slightly sweet with notes of apricot and an over ripe fruit note, as well as, a touch of pine. Medium bodied, smooth and dry.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy dull orange-gold body and a soapy white head. Oxidization is apparent but fruity malts come through plus some citrus and stone fruit qualities. Dry, woody finish. Damn good for an IPA that is obviously in the autumn of its existence. Thanks to cquiroga for excavating and sharing a bottle of this legendary fossil.
malrubius (1685) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUN 2, 2009
1.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle at RnH Drink for Charity. Thanks to everyone who brought great beer to this. Pale orange with small head. Hospital aroma. Sweet peach mild bitter and lots of nasty old flavors. Still carbonated. Good beer gone bad. Interesting to test out the effects of age on this.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
4oz taster on tap at Stone Winter Storm ’06. Oh man oh man. You know you always wonder how long you can age an IPA. Well I would not recomend 7 years. Color was very light amber with small head. Not a huge aroma but grassy, grassy, grassy. Flavor was slightly sweet and none existent hops and wait whats that grass. When I asked for a clean glass, the bartender must of heard fresh grass. Very thin and unapealing. Taking into account the balls it takes to keep a keg of this for so long, I did not give them the score I think the beer desrves if considered fresh.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2009 Bottle found at bev mo in 2004?!...!?!?!?! I know.... It sounds crazy....Pours a hazy amber hue with a small white head. Aromas of raisins, pine and pepper. Flavors of old hops, maple, and is fairly malty.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer comes courtesy of Chris Quiroga at the welcome visitors gathering at Obriens. It would have been awesome to have tried this fresh, but simply to even have the opportunity to try this was awesome in its own right. This rare beer pours a golden color with a soapy white head which left a fairly long lasting layer of lacing. The aroma is hoppy but surprisingly sweet and caramel like. The flavor is caramelly and sweet with some hop residue here, but you can tell that this is well past its prime. Some orangey peel in the finish... you can tell this was awesome upon release...but even now its still shows some verve of its greatness.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - SEP 2, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow cant believe I found this, my first rateing. Can promis the scores will be spot on but here we go.
"Translucent orange/copper with a tan greasy head. Strong hops (Im guessing thats what they must be, orange rind, medicine, pine.)and caramel. Very bitter and coppery flavor but stangley enjoyable. Leaves a bready aftertaste with more bitterness"
Previous to this beer I had not liked IPA's, I always thought they tasted like a mouth full of pennies, but this one was so much, so bitter, so "GYARGGGHH" I fell in love with the style.