bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - MAR 4, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yummm!The nose just hops out at you! Beautiful head and color and a flavor that does not make my teeth itch.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 4, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rather what I had expected: the biggest hop blast I've ever experienced, with tons of PNW hop flavor and aroma. Bitter as all hell, but unforgetable. I would certainly buy this again, but I would not allow it a claim to elegence. It is what it is. I prefer their standard India Pale Ale.
Terminus (3042) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAR 3, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2003 Cask-RAF-2/28/03-Ya know, after all the good/bad things i have heard about this brew, i must say it has both good and bad qualities. the main good quality is that it has a very nice hop finish-the bad is that it practically has no malt to speak of and is very aggressive on the palate. Three Floyds Dreadnaught runs laps around this brew, but this is definately a quality brew.
TheBeerGod (4910) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2003 This was actually tolerable to me considering how hoppy it was and considering that I normally don't prefer hoppy beers. Pours a dark copper with a light brown head. The scent is strong of hops, obviously, but also has a maple syrup and floral aroma. The taste also is hoppy but there is a moderate sweetness that saves it from being bitter just to be bitter. Finishes somewhat smooth but with a hoppy, bitter aftertaste. ***Re-rate - I have had this several times since I originally had this. This just keeps getting better and better. Nose is a rich and hoppy but slightly sweetened joy. The body reveals more of itself each time. Probably my favorite IPA right now!
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 17, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hoppy beer. Strong nose, bitter on the palate. Definitely speaks up when you drink it. Hoppy.
sloth (2341) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 17, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful,crystal clear gold color.Fluffy white head with good laceing.Large piney,citrusy nose.Med/full bodied.Fruity hoppy flavors abound.Alc. is well hidden at 8%!.I,ve been sittin on this bomber for a few weeks,its been killin me. Not sure why i did?Must say i was kinda dissapointed.Dont get me wrong,its a great IPA. I was just expecting more,i guess.More color,more bitterness. I was expecting to be bitch slapped with un godly amounts of alphas!Still a damn good brew though!Stone me!
omhper (18367) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2003
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, thanks hopsrus!!
Amber coloured, little head. Huge flowery grapefruit aroma. Completely dominated by hops, despite it's full body. The maltiness however is less soft and attractive than in Three Floyds Dreadnaught.
To call the finish "bitter" would be a gross understatement...
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 14, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good lord, the mouthfeel on this beasty is truly non pareil - I cannot believe how pickly and ALIVE this beer tastes. This one is right there with Pliny the Elder as the most hoppy, spikey IPA I've sampled. No amount of malt is going to balance this puppy out, but since it's all about the hoppy experience, we'll let that pass. Definitely a fine brew.
madsberg (9337) - Søborg, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2003 Bottled: One really wants to sing out loud and praise this magnificent brew. Kind of reminds me of the musical by Woody Allen "It's all about hops...". Is dark golden coloured with a medium lasting head. Hops and earth aromas. As soon as you start drinking, the hoppy bitterness hits you like a horse. The bitterness keeps on evolving on the palate, and leaves you with a pleasant feeling. This might not be the most complex beer I've ever tasted, but for sure I've never tasted anything as hoppy and bitter. Very good. As much as I really like this beer, I cannot rate it as high as the (IMHO) much more complex and harmonious belgian, dutch and british ales. Once again many thanks to herbjones for another top californian beer.
document (36) - USA - FEB 8, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I apparently didn't rate this, when I thought I had. No other IPA begins to approach. This is pure hops with the barest possible minimum of malt "balance." Simply outrageous hops, so much that you need to steel yourself before each sip. Do it, because when you do, each sip is bliss. This is the one, real deal, but only when you can be as pure and uncompromising as the beer itself.