Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2003 Clear medium amber in color with a thick long lasting head. The aroma is of intensely sweet and flowery hops and lots of them. The first drink all you can taste is bitter hops but after a few more the silly beer has malt in it and is just a bit fruity. This is the best completely out of whack beer I have ever had but lets face the truth, it is way out of whack. Hop lover’s delight but still can be drank by those of us who like other flavors as well
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Supper hoppy-fresh aroma. Call me a hop maniac, but this brew has just the right amoung of bitter to malt for me. I definitely look forward to trying some more!
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 7, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong hop aroma with fruit undertones. Large frothy head and aggressive lacing. Flavor is full of hops and very dry initially but ends in a sweet fruity finish. Very easy to drink for so many IBUs. A good beer, but a little over hyped I think, I've had better IPAs.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask RAF '03. Golden with no head. Light, sweet aroma with notes of apricot. Rather sweet, with fruity notes, a slight toffeeish, bready malt flavor, and a good solid dose of citrusy hops.
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 (3311) - 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 (5436) - 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 (2582) - 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!