theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pale and reddish, a little cloudy. Fine white head doesn’t last long. Citrus hops all over the nose with a touch of cinnamon and spice. The columbus hops dominate the thin malt body, coating the throat with lupins. I pick up a 6 pack of this every month or so and am never sorry I did.
budweiserblows (35) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Personally this is my favorite beer to come out of Sweetwater. Not too spectacular at first glance but as soon as it touches your lips it may just become your favorite as well. I guess I’m just a sucker for IPA’s.
chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled at the London gathering, November 2005. Thanks to Captain Cougar for bringing this one over. Grapefruity hop juice, but not a lot more to it in my view. Very intense grapefruit aroma, less on the palate. Quite light mouthfeel. I like hoppy beers, so I found this quite acceptable, but a bit one dimensional and short of interest.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy peach color, fizzy white head. Soft nose of grapefruit, florals, evergreen, and toffee, with an underlying tone of apricot and caramel. Subdued up front citrus hop bite with a decent caramel malt backing throughout. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, slightly dry, hoppy finish. Nice brew that shares some flavor similarities with Alpha King...
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. This seems like a bit of a legendary IPA here on ratebeer, but i just didn’t see it. Nice hoppy aroma, bursting with lychee, grapefruit, pine and all those things you associate with an IPA. Unfortunately it fades away on the palate a little bit. There are some fruity hop characters as the aroma suggested, but there was a flat boiled vegetable character that just wouldn’t go away. I was really dissapointed.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled at the Chris_O Beer, Cheese and Curry powwow. A copper gold coloured beer with a reasonable head. The aroma is strong on the piney hops and is also nicely citric. The taste is also full on hops - grapefruit and mouth puckering bitterness. One of the hoppier IPAs I’ve had but there is just the problem of the body being too light which we all picked up. That besides a top beer. Big thanks to CaptainCougar for bringing this one over to Kook and to Kook for sharing.
harrisoni (14682) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at London Gathering Nov 05. Copper colour with thin white head. Ooops another intense US IPA with grapefruit and hop. OK in mouth, but doesn’t live up to its nose. Bit thin in mouth and on finish. This rather lets it down
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ London Gathering Nov 05. Graoefruit and hop resins. Slightly thin body with high hop bitterness. Drinkable but malt not there to balance
Pailhead (5397) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Courtesy of Aracauna via trade. Nice citrusy aroma with oranges and citrus hops. Pours a transparent orange witih a slight haze and an off-white head. Very nice lacing. Lots of sweet orange up front and fruity sweetness in general. Finishes with a mild grapefruit hoppiness. Hops could be strengthed a little to balance all the fruity sweetness.
SilkTork (5360) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2005
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nov, 2005. Kilburn Palace Bottle Fest. Lacks body, but nicely oily-hoppy. Soaked hop flavours. Malt is not interesting, but the oily hops are pleasant.