Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Re-Rate 01/05/02:Well in the last two day’s, I’ve had the 4th and 5th anniversary IPA’s. Didn’t think it would be good to try them side by side, do to the ’Over The Top HOPS’. They are both are excellent IPA’s, but I like the 4th a bit better? Pours that beautiful deep amber, with a generous beige head and adequate lace. Large malt nose, the start semi sweet malts, the middle is medium, the finish is hop laden and has a long lasting after taste. These are not every one’s beers, nor would it be something I’d want every day. High ABV, warms the tummy, and surely will rank 2 and 3 behind ’Big Daddy’, but slightly ahead of ’Sweetwater IPA’, which I hope to re-sample shortly HINT HINT!.
Dawghouse Brewers99 (91) - Exeter, California, USA - SEP 19, 2001
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nicely bittered, wonderful floral aroma and the malty tones mmmmmm give me a keg!!!
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 2, 2001
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The king of IPAs. Only true lovers of the hop should try this one, as only the true hophead could stand the pure intense rush of hops. The smell alone almost makes your eyes water, and the first sip is dazzlingly bitter. But there is also a HUGE malt background that somehow manages not to get swallowed up, at the same time bumping the ABV up to a knee-bending 8%. The 5th Anniversary is due out soon, and the brewery reports that it will be bottled regularly from then on - my prayers have been answered. One of the ten best beers on the planet.