IrishBoy (3944) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 31, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from unclemattie; nose smells like alfalfa and hops;, mixed with a tiny apricot fruitiness, unique hoppiness in the nose from other IPAs I’ve had. Color was amber with a small white head; flavor was sweet (fruity) hoppiness (akin to Moylan’s Hopsickle) in a sticky mouthfeel body, and a mild hop bitterness for the finish. Excellent!
mkgrenwel (601) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to goldtwins. Decently malty up front with a woody (cedar) foundation. Then, fruity floral hops in back. Grapefruit. Good balance of sweetness and dryness. Enough finishing bitterness to balance it and hold it together. Carbonation is a little prickly. Some lemon and pine. Sticky and resiny. A very good example of the style, but doesn’t do anything to distinguish itself. I wouldn’t mind having regular access to this beer.
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Jeff! There is a nice grassy and very zesty hop aroma coming from this beer. The taste follows suite with a very subtle malt backbone to put a little balance into the beer. Overall a very nice tasting and refreshing ipa that I enjoyed.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 5, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Ross. We can get the 420 and Blue here in town, but not the IPA, thanks to our bass ackwards state liquor laws. Pours hazy orange brown with no head and large carbonation bubbles. Aroma is very floral, with some british like malts in the background. Light texture in the mouth. Lots of fruity and sweet hops in the flavor. The sweet fruitiness carries to the finish, and then joined by hairspray and mild grainy flavors. Something did not jive with me on the finish. Not a bad beer by any means, and would be a decent session. I may try another botte to get a second opinion. This was the last beer of the night.
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - SEP 30, 2006
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Sampled at Brewgrass Fest. Cloudy amber color with a short lasting white head. Nose and flavor were both practically nothing but grassy grassy hops (yes I meant to say it twice). Unbalanced.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - SEP 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Jimbowood. When I cracked this I was really surprised by the hoppy aroma. Smells better than most IPA’s I have had lately. Thin head, moderate lacing. First sip is super hoppy with a decent malt backing. This beer definitely resembles the West Coast style more than other beers from the south. Hoppy as all hell, but not horribly bitter. Overall, a pretty good beverage. Probably my favorite from Georgia.
JonnyC22 (164) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - SEP 22, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2009 Still the standard for IPAs generated in the South. Bar none my favorite beer.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft at Brick Store - Aroma is strong grapefruit and floral hops. Pours hazy brown with a medium head and decent lacing. Flavor matches aroma with a nice balancing malt back. Palate is tart and crisp. Great brew.
Delirium (636) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2006 Bottle. Pours slightly hazy golden orange, with a thin white head. Aroma is very hoppy, being a complex mixture of a number of different kinds of hops dominated by pine and fresh grapefruit, balanced also by substantial malt with a mild sweetness. Flavor is much the same, dominated by a fresh citrus/grapefruit taste backed by a moderately sweet (honey-sweet, not heavy) base. Probably my favorite IPA.
StephenWade (28) - Hoover, Alabama, USA - SEP 6, 2006
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
The appearance of this is a light honey color, with a medium opacity. The smell is very hoppy but sweet, and complex. The taste: wow--those hops pack a punch! A delicious floral hop taste in the back, which I like, but on the front and when I roll it around it doesn’t have much taste but what it has is simple, refreshing, and sweet. Still, it’s nice to get smacked around once in a while in the back of your mouth by some great hops. The one thing that would make this better would be less carbonation. Overall verdict: if you love hops, give it a crack.