IPALover (63) - Carlsbad, California, USA - DEC 31, 2002
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I love this beer. It has a big hop aroma which leads you into a crisp sharp hoppy elixir which is a feast for all your bitter taste buds. However they won’t be able to taste much afterwords :).
jaymobrown (1649) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge hop nose - flowery and brightly fruity. While the hops are brilliantly exploding from the glass, the taste actually grooves into a sweet sugary cereal flavor. Nice balance and overall drinkability.
FlemishChar (224) - Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pale golden color. Good white head. Aroma of hops, and then some. Brutally bitter and hoppy, but offset by a heavy, syrupy sweet body. Not as elegantly balanced as Ruination, but for being its kid brother, it’s mighty hefty. You would never guess it’s 6.9 ABV from the taste. Magnificent
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
fruity, hoppy, flowery, perfumy, Trix and Fruity Pebbles aroma with grassy hops and alcohol. Tons of carbonation.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light straw-colored body with a rocky white head. Lacing by the ton as the head diminishes.
Huge amounts of hops in the nose. Smells like fresh hops! Very floral aromas.
A well-balanced IPA though. Just the right amount of bitter to balance the malt character.
Smooth on the palate and the whole way down.
I like this better than Ruination.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2012 3/3/12: Draught at TJ’s: Aroma of hops, citrus, resin. Poured amber in color with a medium-sized, white head that diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer. Clear. Not sparkling. Lightly sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of hops, florals,
JasonParr99 (1) - California, USA - DEC 20, 2002 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
il2dune99 (1) - vista, California, USA - DEC 20, 2002 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oristo (67) - Orinda, California, USA - DEC 17, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great pour: head and lacing is great. Very clear bronze with light carbonation visible. The aroma is good but surprisingly light given the strength of flavor. Rich and complex flavor leading to a long and changing finish.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. By far the best IPA I have ever had. Superbly hoppy and very crisp with a slight sweetness in the middle. Not quite as knock you off your feet hoppy as I would have guessed - but thats a good thing.