JoeM500 (1906) - 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.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 11, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2003 Light amber, slightly cloudy. Aroma entices, bitter semi-sweet flavor follows it well but requires commitment - which is rewarded as the glass depletes, to the point that I was sad after last drop. While I prefer Stone"s Pale Ale for drinkability, this is a fine IPA.
cAPSLOCK (156) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer is not yet available in my area. So I was delighted to see it in a store in Bethlehem PA for me to try having both enjoyed ’Arrogant Bastard’ and seeing it rated so highly here. Well... I am sad to report that maybe I got a bad bottle. It was fine but not all that it seems to be cracked up to be here. What I tasted was a very well balanced, flavorful, well hopped IPA. But I suppose I prefer something a little more off the beaten path... it was nice overall, but unremarkable.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - DEC 5, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
lots of floral hops, a very deceiving brew at first I thought oh this isn’t too bitter but then about five minutes later when my lips were still puckered I reconsidered, the finish may actually be TOO bitter