DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 6/28/02: slightly floral aroma but a mango presence dominates , not too much of a grassy aroma unfortunately,Cloudy orangish color with the light turning the sides of the glass a bright yellow, wow..hopness bites you in the ass at first with mangoness floating in the foreground, bittersweet hop bite in the finish...tart mango aftertaste
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours slightly hazy orange, foamy white head. earthy, piney, citrusy hops aroma. orangy, peachy flavours. big hoppy finish. a good level of complexity without being over the top. quite nice.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 5, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy orange color w/ a foamy white head. A nice citrus/hoppy nose w/ a nice bite. Definitely a must-try for the IPA afficionado
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 24, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2005 Orangey-copper; aroma is orangey, sprucey...I hesitate to say this because some people will definitely cringe but itís late and Iím feeling poetic so bugger it - like the forest in autumn after a good rain. The palate is a big, rich hop kick, with lean and mean hoppiness. By having hops that bring great flavour and bitterness without tanginess or resiny notes, you allow the pale malts to shine as well in their supporting role. Nobody is overcompensating with crystal malt here. Minty, biscuity middle and long, bitter finish. Damn fine balance. Constructed in the Bhagwanís/Big Daddy mold, which seems to be my favourite for IPAs.
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - OCT 13, 2002
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very thin, the beer I tasted at the GABF was off. This is not a good beer, perhaps it travels poorly. GABF 2002
aracauna (2931) - Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Itís sad that it took me over 100 beers to finally get around to one of the more popular beers produced in my home state. This beer was worth the wait. The appearance is like cloudy apple juice topped with meringue. The aroma is hoppy and fruity (combination of citrusy hops and fruity yeast). I expected hops from the very beginning, but the strong, slightly sweet malt flavor is actually dominant early on fading to a bitter finish that lasts for a bit after you swallow. There is a bit of estery flavor from the suspended yeast that gives this unfiltered beer a pleasant bit of complexity. The mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy which makes the beer that much more of a pleasure to drink. It definitely makes up for the debacle of Sweetwater Blue.
Draught rating: Billb is right. The draught version of this beer is bland and only mildy hoppy. Since I canít see a logical reason to brew them on two different recipes I donít know what causes the difference in taste. The only difference I know of for sure is that the stuff out of the tap is clear while the bottle has plenty of yeast, but I am clueless as how the lack of yeast removes the juicy hop flavor and stips a bit of the malt as well. What is a juicy, well-balanced IPA in the bottle becomes a bland middling beer on tap. Score 2.8
jsquire (3230) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This poured out of the bottle a golden yellow color with a nice white head and a fresh, spicey hop nose. Very sharp hop presence right off the bat with spicey, piney flavors that finish with bitter grapefruit notes. Strong malt base upon which the hops dance. Very good IPA. Thanks aracauna.
Schroppfy (2357) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2008 New: Bottles provided by GAManiac - same great flavor. I love this IPA.
Original: On tap at Summit’s Saturday night, then this evening in bottle at the ofice. On tap,it seemed to have lost it’s freshness...my notes say "Very well balanced, not much hops, Englishy". Tonight, and Aracauna had told me that this one was heavily bottle conditioned, was a wonderful hoppy, sweet surprise. A tremendously fresh, hop flowery IPA, malt nicely evident, just a pure joy to drink. A top 5 IPA for sure. And great company that Ihad the first one with, as well!
igneous1 (1476) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - SEP 20, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
orangish/copper color with very lively carbonation and a thick creamy head. floral aroma with mild but not overstated citrusy presence. citrus is the main constituent in the flavor with good hop bitterness. quite a balanced IPA in my opinion....thanks Aracauna!
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 16, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Head is white and small. Citrus hoppiness overwhelmes the nose. Color is cloudy blond. Flavor isnít as hoppy as I expected, but more than adequate. Finish is equally hoppy and a bit sweet. Gives me the "hop burps".