Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gold, with big offwhite head. Aroma of hops, gee whiz; pine, citrus, ganja, newly mown hay (Phosgene! On with your gas masks!.) Flavor of hops, with grass clippings replacing the hay/phosgene and a bit of malt, otherwise still pine, citrus, and ganja. Medium-light body. Oddly not all that bitter, although because of the alcohol content I’m drinking it at room temp. Colder it would probably be far more bitter. The alcohol is extremely well hidden.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
light tan thin head that goes quickly. murky amber color with lots of micro-particles. nice soft mellow grapefruit nose, a little musty! snappy carbonation, sweet malt and salty hop flavor. not sticky or cloying like other IIPAs. mouthfeel is light, but also a little creamy. finish is more bitter, like dry grapefruit rind. alcohol is extremely well hidden in nose and flavor, heats up a bit upon warming.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Grapefruit, perfumey lavender, damp earth, icing sugar, basil and honey in the musky aroma. Hazy orange-blonde with shy off-white head that covers and lasts. Very sweet maltiness with strong orange, grapefruit, earthy hop flavour and fair bitterness. Medium body with low carbonation and a fairly sticky texture. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT, Olivier and Rastacouere. Thanks, hopscotch!
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pulpy Mandarin Coloring..Very Thick and Hazy in Appearance. Citrus and Hoppy Aroma. On the Tongue: Hops, Good Citrus Hit with a Nice Tingling from The Alcohol.....Nice and Smooth and Overall Quite Well Balanced...Making This a Highly Enjoyable IPA.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - FEB 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bronze color with light head & lacing. The nose is very earthy with grapefruit and a very fresh hop smells. Taste is very full bodied and sweet with moderate hop bitterness and flavor contributing a strawberry melon flavor pie flavor. Finishes smooth, no trace of the staggering ABV. Awesome beer! I hardly even noticed drinking it until later when I was a little stumbling! Thanks DocLock!
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gold orange with no real head present. Some spots of lace are here and there. Aroma contains plenty of fresh hops. Ranging from spicy/peppery to citrusy to bitter. Grassy and earthy hops as well. Deep caramel backs the hops nicely. Just a hint of brown sugar. The malts are a lot bolder in the flavor and the hop bitterness shows through with some bitter orange and lots of grapefruit. There is a bubblegum about as well. The bitterness creates a strong spice presence. Pretty big body that hides the alcohol well. Thought it does come through at the end of the beer by warming up a little. Finishes fairly bitter with a good malt backing.
Rastacouere (6126) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazy light orange to deep golden. Salty hops build up a nice citrusy perfume with mellow spice undertones (thyme, basil). Sweetish flowers accompany the typical grapefruit and lemon, pinneapple even to form a rather complex aroma, very appealing and broad in terms of hop flavors. Mysteriously almost husky malt bill add a most welcome balancing earthiness. Oddly, the taste is rather mellow, mostly straightforward grapefruit and lemon. Strong bitterness, but probably even stronger maltiness that opens up an almost vanilla level sweetness. Bready yeasty suggestions and a honey kiss form the finish background. Medium to full bodied, slickly malty, light and soft carbonation. Gently understated alcohol, this one sure doesn’t make its weight. Typical Stoudts quality product, but this is definitely not as good as their regular IPA to me. Thanks Hopscotch!
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy copper with a big frothy head that’s slow to dissipate. Big grapefrtuit citrus aroma with a kind of west coast hop hints(cascades). Super sweet up front...all sugar. The finish is a nice tart grapefruit followed by a bitter mix of hops and alcohol. Weird twist...my burps now taste like honey. Medium, full bodied with a slightly oily/silky feel.
MartinT (7797) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2012 The Lure:
Ripe oranges and grapefruit adhere to a prickly yet sensual flowery perfume. It’s so fresh and alive that the hops appear to be spiced.
Bitterness is more welcoming than expected as the wondrous malt does its job perfectly. Every hop flavor is enveloped in malty sweetness : oranges dipped in a caramel sauce, grapefruit in the process of being candied, tart apples glistening from the honey coulis dripping on them.
Vibrant yet restraining from exuberance is a real breath of fresh air.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shiny amber body, slightly hazy. Fizzy white head. Nice cascady aroma... not overly strong, and slightly one-dimensional. Footy caramel in there too. Great taste. Seems very well balance... not overly hoppy. Not overly sweet (well, maybe some would say too sweet). Slight peppery notes in aroma and taste. A little silky in the mouth and rindy in the finish. Good beer!