JackLanders (55) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 15, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Good fecking Christ! What an IPA. What a beer. Definitely on my top 5 IPAs of all time. So much of everything right in this beer that I don't even know where to begin. It's a benchmark by which to judge all other IPAs.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - APR 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours golden/amber, yellow at edges. fine rocky white head that lasts. good fizz. medium hoppy nose and pleasant complex floral aroma. I'm not a hop-head, so I was worried this might be strong for it's class, but I was so wrong. the start was surprisingly sweet and malty, then hoppy. the hops are there, but this is very well balanced. there are so many IPAs out there that are too hoppy for me, but this is tight. buying these in sixpacks is a very good thing!!
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - APR 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2004 Ahhh... such a masterpiece here. Pours a deep gold with a fluffy white head. The head commonly sticks around till the beer is gone, and leaves decent lacing all the way down. The aroma is quite hoppy and wonderful. The taste... wow. Wonderful fresh hop flavor balanced by the ideal amount of sweet, light malts. Perfectly bitter too. Malts kind of creep around the sides, evident but recognizing their place in this beer. Body and mouthfeel are just flawless... wow. I love this IPA. Itís not my favorite... but it is damn near perfect. Iíve been lucky enough to have had it bottled and on tap quite a bit in the last week- on tap the hops are a bit fresher tasting and more evident, but itís definately very similar. :) (edited on 6/10 because apparently I had a cascade pellet stuck in my nose.)
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 13, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2004 Beer pours with a lovely golden, tan rue that is broken up by a frothy bubbly luscious head. Its nose is incredibly satisfying. Earthy, flowery and fruitilly bitter. Very smooth mouthfeel - almost silky. Perhaps the most truly delightful aspect of this brew is how its hoppy tartness is juxtaposed against its acidic palate. All in all look for this brew to smell wonderful, taste roundly bitter, fade into acidity and make love to your mouth.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2006 Frothy white head over a clear golden/amber body. Caramelly-sweet aroma that centers heavily no silage (musky acidity). The flavor has a leafy sweetness with a sour, bitter hop taste. Smooth mouthfeel. This beer is well-made but itís kind of one-dimensional in terms of hopping. To me, it has too strong of an acidic tartness.
1/24/06 - 12oz bottle thanks to Blake. Orange blossom honey and zippy orange peel in the aroma. Fantastic aroma! The flavor still has the silagey grapefruity tartness but itís very enjoyable.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at Charlie's pub in Olde City. Super pour. This one tastes fuller and drier than today's other IPAs (Yards, DFH 60).
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2005 Best IPA iíve ever had. The aroma just blows you away. Citrisy lime and grapefruit scents. Taste is smooth with a lasting hoppy/citris flavor. Canít believe this beer has 6.9% alcohol. You donít taste it at all! Great beer!
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I am a big fan of IPAs and this is definitly among the best, if not the best everall. The commercial description says it perfectly by saying crisp and refreshing bitter character. The sweet hints also further enhance the beer.
wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - APR 6, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice golden/orange hue, massive creamy head that left more lace on my glass than ANY beer I've ever had! Amazing structure!
Nose is fresh, cascade hops forward and lots of them, I don't get much maltiness here. Essence of grass, lime, pine resin, peach.
Mouthfeel is smooth and full, some maltiness, but the hops are acidic and over-the-top, drowning out the maltiness in a sea op hops. I guess it's medium sweet, but the hops and their acidic tartness throw the balance to the dry side, leaving a bit of tongue-bite as though I'd been smoking a pipe to long. Fresh hops flavor, clean sharp finish.
Very drinkable for an IPA, and I wouldn't call myself a hophead really. Nice.
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great grassy hop aroma dominates but there is some malt at the end. Poured with a white full head, clear yellow in color. Good hop bitterness but it has a balance of some malt sweetness in the finish. As the flavor fades the finish gets dry and bitter. This is a good overall IPA there wasn't the crystal malt flavor that I have seen in other IPA's. I still like the DFH 60 min more but this is also a good IPA that I would drink again.