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 (2313) - 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!
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - OCT 19, 2004
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First off, this smells great. Secondly, it tastes quite good. It is not too hoppy as IPAs have a tendency of being, and it is mildly sweet and well balanced. I like it!
jaymobrown (1644) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2004
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Perfume, yeast nost. Dry. This reminded more of say a pale ale than an IPA. No hops whatsoever. Watered down and nearly flavorless.
rynoSx (29) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Was one of the better IPAs I have ever had. It had a great color to it and slightly powerful taste going down. I would definately have this again.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - OCT 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2006 Yes, I’m fully aware that I’m going to be thought of as a nut for giving this such a high score after I’m done, but this was absolutely excellent! The pour is a clear, coppery color with a thin white head which sheathed nicely. The aroma was magnificent...not the wow that’s nice magnificent...but that open the bottle and the WHOLE room smelled of sugar candy, caramel, cotton candy, orangey/mandarin esters, and malt/barley sweetness nice....the sweetness most pleasant aroma I think I have ever smelled. One of my top 3 aroma’s thats for sure. Right up there with Westy Blond! The flavor continues where the smell left off with a pleasant malty sweetness. Its like your practically licking a 50 pound bag of malt with a slightly bitter east coast dry hopping in the finish. Caramels, cookies, mandarins....just superb. Nice mouthfeel, slightly thick, but really medium bodied. Carbonation is light and tempered. Long lasting finish....just sweet sweet sweet...i don’t know how many times i can describe how much of a sweet-tooth beer this is! Such wonderful caramel malt usage! Wow is all I can say...my only issue is this is more of an APA than an IPA...but i’ll let it slide! Thanks Shag!
UNCCTF (477) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Charlotte Oktoberfest. Orange pour with a white head. The flavor was very fruity with a killer dry hop kick. Great IPA.