ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - SEP 26, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2006 Thanks to goldtwins for the bonus!
Bottled. Pours a murky, orange, copper color with a foamy ivory head. The aroma is pine and oranges with just a bit of a yeast aroma as well(?). Good malt backbone with a good bit of grassy hoppiness. Chalky aftertaste. 3.3
Re-Rate: Thanks again to goldtwins for this new bottle brewed with the new recipe. Murky copper colored pour with a sizable head. The nose is almost all grapefruit with some malt notes. Nice malt backbone with a ton of grapefruit notes. Nicely balanced with a clean aftertaste. Fantastic IPA!
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from bottle, a gift from Stalyiv. This IPA pours a faintly hazt, dark copper with an adequate off-white head. The aroma from the dry-hopping makes this a very aromatic beer. It smells of fresh flowers. The flavor is nicely bitter with floral and spicy hops dominating. The toasted, caramel malt backbone is subdued by the hops, but still present. Medium-bodied and probably too carbonated. Bitterness lingers. A good ale, but not quite as complex and enjoyable as Sweetwaterís 420.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 23, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours with an orange-amber body topped by a thick head with some lacing. Itís sweet, malty and fruity with an underlying grassy hop note and a touch of artificial grape flavor. Medium bodied, smooth and slightly dry.
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 23, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a cloudy orange color with a minimal head and very litlte lacing. The aroma includes oranges, hops and some sort of berry (maybe raspberry?) Tastes kind of like a fake grape soda. I didnít particularly enjoy this beer and the combination of weird berry and hop flavors
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 22, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2009 Pours dark golden with almost no head. Light aroma of citrus hops, with some acidic grapefruit. Taste is spicy and almost all hops. Chewy, almost malty, but not hoppy to the extent of being overwhelming. Iím not much of a hop-head, but itís balanced enough to merit approval . Lots of hops in the finish, surprisingly little in the aroma. Quaffable, but not complex. If this is the beer Iíve been training for, Iím already a master. Fairly mild for an IPA.
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy and amber. Head settles down nicely to just cover the beer and lace around the glass. Bigger grapefruit flavor than what I was expecting (pleasantly enough). Flavor is not overpowering; it lingers but not cloyingly. Some balancing sweetness from the malts but not much. Very much an IPA. Iíd rate this above the 420, which is also enjoyable.
Herk34 (2) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2005 does not count
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Best GA IPA Iíve had - a little cloudy, great aroma, long-lasting taste. Much better than the more heralded 420.
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - SEP 15, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to goldtwins for this beer.
Poured amber with a large semi-creamy off-white head. Nice aroma of floral hops and a touch of candy. Taste is somewhat thin, predominantly hop driven, with a somewhat metallic character. Body feels thin and overcarbonated. Not bad... started out better than it finished.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brownish orange color, medium sized rocky white head. Citrusy sweet Cascade family aroma. Malty backbone with a slight toasty character, with complementing citrusy and grassy hop flavors. Residual sweetness, slight toastiness, and a twinge of diacetyl in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium and slightly dry.
notwoohoo (109) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I donít think it is the beer Iíve been training for, but it is a good APA nonetheless. Iíd hesitate to call it an IPA.