steview (1035) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 22, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2004 from the bomber into the glass / thanks kevin! / looks a little soapy, but it’s smooth, clean (at first), and juicy. floralness and grapefruit dominate. amarillo in this? not sure. suprisingly, it’s not that bitter; perhaps my palate has been assualted from something, but there’s definitely something sweet about this. the richness within this is a little stomach twister. i think this rating was done at a slightly inappropriate time. in the end of it all, the aftertaste is a bit dry and chalky. not bad, though. maybe it's because i recently had some gumballhead on tap, but i find this comparable to gumballhead and i prefer gumballhead.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ok, this beer is supposed to be crazy hoppy, but it falls short of that expectation. Still a good beer, but not as hopilicious as I expected. However, very smooth with no aftertaste. That helps.
redave (165) - squaw valley, California, USA - SEP 18, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is my "standard" beer. The Vons (grocery store) has been stocking this regularly, and is on sale occasionally, so i always have several bottles on hand. In the past sierra nevada pale ale, and back when bridalveil was being bottled, either of those were my stock beer, no longer.
this is a great beer!
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 17, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden amber in color with a great huge floral cascade hop aroma. Huge cascade flavour, a bit dry, thinner then I’d prefer, light on the bitterness for an IPA with some tasty biscuity malt backing things up but overall a bit simplistic.
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - SEP 15, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
great IPA, probably the best, but onlt second to Ruination. full bodied taste, good strong hops, rich and sweeter, not very bitter, good head and thick lacing.
daddyvx1 (2) - vista, California, USA - SEP 12, 2004 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
THIS BEER HAS A MEGA HOPPY FLAVOR AND IS CRISP SMELLING AND TASTING. THOUGH THE AFTER TASTE IS NOT OVERBEARING, IT IS STILL ANOTHER PART OF THE BEER NOT TO BE MISSED! THIS IS THE BEST BEER I HAVE EVER HAD!
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - SEP 11, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
open the bottle and Hops overflows. great smell, thick white head, very smooth with a balancing taste of malt and hops. very good IPA
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured with a light amber color. Large whitish head. Aroma is like opening a bag of hops when brewing. Flavor is smooth malt and nice hop finish. Really nicely made.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle poured a cloudy orange color with a nice head.
Strong hopps flavor with citrus and fruit.
bitter finisg!! great beer if your into hopps hopps hopps!!
BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2006 Had to re-rate. As I’ve had much more ipa’s recently and have had the opportunity to learn, this is much better than initially tasted.
Freshness is what comes off this brew. Citrus and pine esthers take me away to another place. Easy-drinking balanced ale with ample body along with the hop presence. Very dry finish with the requisite bitter finish. Not over-done as I believe Ruination to be. But hey, I may just have to re-rate that one, too.