Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
- cloudy orange/copper color, nice thick white head, lace, dry-hoppy aroma, mixed with slightly sweet malt, nice hop-malt mix (blends well), slight astringency that tickles the nose; flavor starts on the tongue with a malty sweetness and then a hop explosion, bitter and dry, flavors blend well but not as much as in the regular IPA, huge hop flavor (impressive that the malt and hops blend as well as they do), smooth with a touch of creaminess
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - DEC 31, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Citrus and pine aroma Poured clear orange/red with a medium tan head that lasts. Flavor was strong citrus and pine with bitter hop trailing. Full thick mouth feel and nice dry hop bite. Much better balance than that of the 4th anniversary IPA.
CE619 (81) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
the best of the anniversary IPAs. hops seem a little more restrained, and the overall effect is not as syrupy (maybe due to the drying effect of the alcohol being more noticeable).
adamlau (76) - California, USA - DEC 22, 2001
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge fruit-intense aroma that effectively masks the relatively high alcohol content of this hops-head brew. Short, bitter front. Sweet mid with a very pronounced hop-kick-and-a-jump. Crisp, bitter, lasting finish. Lingering hop palate.
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 23, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great IPA. Wish I'd been there for the 4th anniversary. Good luck finding any of this outside of Southern Cal. Light amber color belies the aggressive hop and malt flavors. However, the power of this ale in the mouth still doesn't accurately represent the high alcohol content. A masterful job of balancing high malt and hop contents.
ucsbdude (68) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - MAY 11, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The hoppy aroma overwhelms you when you first open the bottle.Rich and complex in taste with hints of pine.An excellent IPA.
hotchick (20) - Delaware, USA - MAY 17, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is truly an original. I am honored to have had the opportunity to taste this one. The aroma was very alcoholic with tremendous caramel and citrus undertones. The flavor was malty with a slightly bitter finish. Overall this was a top quality IPA.
drinkerofbeers (18) - California, USA - OCT 27, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks alot to Sam from the Stuffed Sandwich for this gem. The aroma of hops was gone from the nose but you could still taste them on long finish. It was mellow and slightly citrusy with nice sweet spices. not alot of carbonation but still an all around excellent beer. in my experience BIG ipas are best enjoyed within the first three years.Wish i could’ve had it a few years back.
jonsack3399 (8) - El Cajon, California, USA - FEB 1, 2002 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
so far the only IPA I enjoy more the the regular IPA
beerbuff99 (8) - Arizona, USA - FEB 16, 2002 does not count
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Will be great in a few years as it mellows out and becomes more balanced.