HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Best By the 3rd week of April 2005) The IPA has a much better head and lace than the Pale Ale. The nose is very spicy, with black pepper being a dominate flavor. The palte is full and flavorful. This brewery does a good job of balancing the two very different hops used in this beer. The malt is in there too, but the beer is on the dry side. Overall, this beer seems to me to be a good cross of UK and US.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAR 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy copper in color with a thick foamy white head. Strong aroma of hops. Very good balance of flavor: sweet malt undercurrent with strong, hoppy nature. Pleasant bittersweet aftertaste. Excellent IPA.
jtw (1146) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to goldtwins. exciting aroma of hops, of course--there is a big british influence on this beer’s hops, which from the deScription above would be the goldings. very drinkable but not outstanding.
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 (4650) - 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 (3991) - - 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.