TAR (2470) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2003 Dirty white rocky foam with average retention and stickiness. The balanced, round, and grassy aroma boasts lemon, minerals, pineapple, and a hint of pine. Firm, round palate with some fuzziness. Quality flavors of lemon, spicy hop character, and malt breadiness. Adequate finish finishes herbal and salty, followed by hop belches from the intensive dry-hopping. An above average IPA and one I like to revisit from time to time.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - DEC 27, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2003 A lighter colored IPA. Very nice white head. Fresh hop aroma - spicey, grassy, citrus, and a delicate malt aroma - caramel and vanilla. Overall smells a little 'ice-tea like' (not the rapper). Aroma not quite as different from the pack as say Diamond Knot IPA though. Very refreshing bitter flavor with a bit of sweetness mixed in. Pretty unique hop profile and refreshing malt characteristics.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light copper with a rocky,bone-white head.Aroma of straight hops is predictable. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery and un-exciting. Flavors of slight malt(toast),acidity and hops.Flavor diminishes as it sits out.Pretty tasty but not mindblowing.
Crit (3339) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 22, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great malt, grapefruit hop nose.Gold color with chunks, thin white head.Plenty of hops but still quite mellow.
hopscotch (9113) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2006 The re-rate:
Thanks to RainDog for a FRESH bottle of this stuff. My score has been adjusted accordingly. This really is a very good IPA... English Style!!!
Great combination of malt and hops in the nose. Notes of caramel and grapefruit.
Clear, deep golden hue with medium-sized particles of yeast dispersed evenly throughout. Small, fizzy white head. Quickly and totally diminishing with no lacing.
The flavor is lightly malty up front. Lightly bitter and lightly acidic with a burst of grapefruit on the backside.
Light-bodied with an oily mouthfeel. Fizzy carbonation. Crisp, clean, dry finish.
Refreshing, but fairly weak in the IPA category.
Aurelius (4125) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A superb domestic brew. The nose is spruce-juniper with lemony zing from the hops. The beer pours very tall -- about 1:1 intense orange beer to stiff foam. Flavor is piney, wood-peppery and lemon -- super complex. Palate is excellent and for all the hop intensity, doesn’t leave you wanting to wash it down.
Ernest (6200) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2004 Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately hoppy (flowers, resin, grapefruit, apricot), moderately malty (cookie), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly astringent, slightly metallic. Hmmm. Wondering if the recipe has changed, or if I’m getting even MORE crotchety about American beers. It certainly has a balance of malt and hops in the aroma, but it seems a bit flimsy and metallic in the mouth.
MrRomero (1975) - Nolanville, USA - DEC 17, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice hoppy flavor and nose. I will keep this in stock.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This has a great apricot/peach aroma. Big fluffy head. Great hopping. Seems unique to me in the interesting fruity hoppy balance. more wet tasting than I would have thought. The hops take over the finish nicely
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Unfiltered? Mine was clear as hell....golden yellow. Aroma of hops and honey....taste was superbly balanced....many IPA micros are hopped like no ones business....this one had a sweet malt characteristic which made it a great beer! Nice head to boot!