heykevin (1274) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 27, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy, golden pour, with minimal head. Aroma is good, but not outstanding, with grapefruit, etc. -- the usual suspects. Malt flavor actually holds up to the Hop onslaught that is impending. Great hop flavor. I actually did not find this beer to be particularly bitter. Check that overly bitter. I get nice interplay with bits of sweetish malt flavor and blasts of hoppy goodness. Worthy of its top 50 place. A hoppy beer of the highest quality.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2009 Draught at TJ’s: Aroma of hops. Pours amber in color. Very bitter flavor. A tremendous IIPA.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2005 Re-Rate of a 2003 bottle, on 5.25.2005: Aroma is has a nut-ish presence, like hazlenut. The strong citrus aroma has gone away a bit as well, making this more well rounded. Flavor has turned a bit as well. Still a really enjoyable drink, this no longer hurts the mouth. It is much more gentle, but has a funny taste in the finish.
Origional Rating 12.21.02: How could you not give this beer a five for its palate? It bombards your mouth with the greatness that is hops. The increadible bitterness is followed only by how smooth this very bitter beer is. Smooth you may ask. Yes. Of course. The hops don’t jump on you like a republican on Bill Clinton’s sexual past; they slowly sink into yur mouth. Leaving a distinct taste of hops in you mouth for minutes after each respective tasting. Too much hops? I’d say no. Too good of a beer? I’d say yes.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great bottle and painted label. The brew pours golden copper in color, thick chewy head. HUGE hop aroma, the taste is a good quality heavy hop. Nice and warm and not real ’green’. It seems to be alittle too sweet. This is how I felt about 3 floyds. I still like Dog FIsh Head 90 Minute IPA the best. Thanks jcalbre.
mop99 (2) - USA - DEC 20, 2002 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is as close to perfection as an IPA gets. A marvelous confluence of their Anniversary IPAs, this is what I think of when I think "beer."
groovinhigh (170) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wow... what a wonderful IPA. Incredibly HOPPED!!!!!! Incredibly smooth for the Hops and IPU’s...What can you say?? One of the best beers on the planet... If not the best!!
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 18, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2003 Copper in color, small whiteish head, good lacing. After the pour, the aroma filled the room with hoppy goodness. Pine & citrus greet the nose, and entice you to tip the glass and take a swig. Once in the mouth, the hops dominate the palate, coating the tongue with a thick, resiny, oily goodness. Citrus, pine, and maybe some cedar planking in there. Hops overpower the malt, leaving it a little unbalanced, but that is what I have had a taste for lately, it seems. A very large IPA, to say the least.
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - DEC 18, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A wonderful IPA, though not great. Nice mouth feel, and the hops and malt balance nicely. A really good beer.
JoeM500 (1904) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2002
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge hop nose and huge hop front and huge hop middle and huge hop end and huge hop aftertaste. I like Jay’s "one-trick beer" statement. We were so excited to pop this one open...and then we just sort of sat there wating for something else to happen to it!
Oristo (67) - Orinda, California, USA - DEC 17, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clearly, after the Stone IPA, it was a surprise when this was more civilized. The appearance is as good. The nose more balanced. The taste and finish were very rich and multi-layered but the overbearing and long-lasting hops finish of the standard IPA was replaced with something more manageable. (22oz. bottle)