splink48 (35) - Fayetteville, Georgia, USA - NOV 8, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a medium gold color. Leaves a nice head which thins out. A very enjoyable IPA which is slightly bitter in a finish. I’ve been extremely impressed with this beer.
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz: Hazy golden colour, nice generous white hear, initially huge, but sets down to a foamy cover. Bushy, spine, citrusy smell. Balance is totally great on that aroma, soapy woodiness somehow.. yum yum. Once again though in this IPA tasting, I still am not able to identify so many flavours in this, it’s certainly nicely floral and presents a firm sandy/bushy bitterness, but the body is certainly a bit too bubbly, lively biting. So this is obviously in the better half of the American IPAs, but once again, it so dries out on your tongue that it leaves you the impression that you’re missing a lot.
Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy orange body, thin light cream head. Thick, dense, resiny hops nose. The hops slam the palate the second the beer hits the mouth, with tons of resiny, piney bitterness and peeks of citrus rind. Chewy and thick, this reminds me of a west coast beer, akin to one of Stone’s big beers. Definitely a boon for hopheads, although I consider myself a malt person. Thanks Larry (goldtwins) for the bottle!
5000 (6027) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours golden, fairly clear, large foamy off-white head, sticky lacing, with light carbonation.   Mild hop aroma.   Hops, slightly sweet, maybe a bit of butterscotch in the flavor.   Decent body, medium mouthfeel.   Mild bitterness on the finish, slightly malty, dry, with some citrus notes.   Nothing unusual or fantastic, but its fairly solid.   Thanks goes out to goldtwins for the trade!
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - NOV 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11/4/04. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, obtained in a trade with CaptainCougar on RateBeer 10/21/04. Pours a faintly hazy tangerine-orange-amber color with decent but rocky and dissipating offwhite head. Spotty lacing. Very nice nose with a nice medley of dried fruit and citrus (apricot, peach and orange), some grassy hops and a very subtle sweetness matched with a light acidity. Flavor falls right in line where it should, with a touch of apricot, light biscuit and subtly sweet, floral hops and nectar, but also pulling a huge, sharply bitter, crisp hop punch out of nowhere. Almost ash-like in its potency. Body is just too thin and the mouthfeel doesn’t dazzle-- sort of feels like the beer is falling apart from its carbonation. Weird. Very long finish, on the other hand, is extremely impressive and smooth. Bitterness attacks from all angles. A very nice, "Serious" IPA with a lot going on and a fairly good balance, but the grassiness is something I’m still getting used to. I could see some people drinking pint after pint of this stuff-- just not me.
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Orange coloured. Quite hoppy aroma. The flavour is rather light and bitter. Lacks some body.
IndianaRed (2184) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle Pours a clear golden amber with a very thick sandy colored frothy head. Aroma is quite citrusy, mostly orange, not as sharp as some others that have a lot of grapefruit in the aroma. Honey and light malts as well. Flavor is plenty of hops but the flavor is soft and easy. As far as IPAs go the easiest one I can remember as far as drinkablility. Feel is soft and smooth, and the trailer is fairly woody and cardboardish. Quite good for the style. Thanks to Captain Cougar for this one.
punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - OCT 31, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is by far the best IPA I’ve ever had. It strays from the bitter over-hoppiness of many of its cousins. It tastes very hoppy, but in a wonderfully floral fashion. It’s just a great IPA. Highly recommended.
apost8n8 (123) - USA - OCT 25, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2013 2004 - Clear Amber with little white head. Disappointed for my first attempt at sweetwater. reminded me of typical microbrew "copper" ale. Decent hoppiness but a little soapy.
edit 2013 - my favorite beer. I live in FL now and maybe its because the beer travels less but the flavors and hops are perfect. I buy this beer everyweek
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 25, 2004
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear yellow gold.Flowery and perfumy Hops were the highlight of this beer. Malts were way too forgotten. Citrusy taste was fine, bitter and flowery at the finish. Not the huge tasty treat that Argo and Oakes once drank, I think this has undergone some changes!