Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to beer yum. I do not love casscade hops, and Surprise, I loved this. This could be my everyday summer beer. The hops were a complement, not something to avoid. Sweet, malt, grapefruit hops. This is my idea of a great IPA.
badgerben (4483) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks goldtwins! Amber color with a thin head. Nice lemon aroma with some floral hops. A good hopiness in the flavor, but not overwhelming to say the least. Slightly dusty. Tasty!
GrainBeltGuzzler (249) - Goodhue, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
probably my favorite hoppy beer, I just love the balance, I never used to be an IPA guy, but they really seem to be growing on me. All in all this one is a winner
SSSteve (3791) - - FEB 23, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2005 smells very floral and sweet. not cloudy but has chunks of ingredients floating in it which add to the flavor. tastes like it has some mandarin orange flavor which i found very pleasant. not as sweet as some i.p.a.’s. very good.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly cloudy and orangish/brown. Thick tinted head. Smells citrusy sweet - pineapple and grapefruit intertwined with a nice hop bouquet. Very flavorful - pineapple, grapefruit, mango and hops. Hints at cedar and maple. Unusual and different from other IPAs, but good, nonetheless. Thanks to goldtwins for the bottle!
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2005
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hazy orangish color with a medium white head. Very aromatic, candy sugar, floral hops. Sharp hop bite to start, remaining bitter throughout. There is little or no sweetness in this brew. The harsh bitterness is more than I have experienced with other IPAs, I can feel it sitting on the sides of my tongue, and it becomes unpleasant. This bottle was courtesy of goldtwins. Thanks.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 7, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark golden-amber in color with decent off white head. Citrusy, floral aroma with slight maltiness. Flavor is the opposite with a little more balance to the malt than the bittering hops. Good amount of dry hops for the aroma, but needs more bittering hops. Pretty smooth and very drinkable. A decent IPA.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep copper/amber color with slight head. Aroma is citrusy/ornage some lemongrass and pine, with hints of fruitiness. Good sweet maltiness in the flavor which balanced well with the american and british hops. Weird combination of hops but it works pretty well with this IPA. Nice but not outstanding.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle BB 11/05(month/week)...so yet another past date sweetwater, unless that month/week is supposed to be in 2005...all of mine were bought outside Dahlonega, GA at WOrld Beverage. Banana & lemon hop/yeast combo in aroma and flavor. some malt backdrop. Not overly bitter, certainly not harsh...Quite quaffable, well-integrated, hoppy beer with just a bit more yeast fruitiness than some, it seems to me.
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12 oz bottle, obtained in trade with goldtwins, thanks Larry!) Hugely bready and malty nose is like walking through a brewery, and there’s a mild hoppiness somewhere in the background trying unsuccessfully to compete. Bready, lighty toasty flavor is dominant, and again, with hops only being a supporting actor, which is certainly different from how we make IPAs out here on the West Coast. That isn’t to say I don’t like it though, since I’m a big fan of malty beers. When going back to this beer after rating other IPAs in this session, this one seems to have considerably more orange citrus in the flavor. Medium in body and smooth on the palate, in part because there isn’t much bite from bitter hops. Orange in color and somewhat cloudy in appearance. A fair amount of sludge in the bottom of the bottle. The off-white head builds quickly during the pour to over an inch, and then fades to a very thin layer almost as quickly, but a dense ring of lace is left behind as the head subsides. This is a beer I’d love to have available for those times when I simply want a beer. Yummy and extremely drinkable to me, but probably not terribly satisfying for hop heads.