Pailhead (4778) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Aroma a nice balance of malt and sweet grapefruit. Pours a dark amber with a nice yellowish-white head with fair retention. Excellent lacing. Rather malty all the way thru with a nice hop addition in the finish. Very nice IPA but more hops is needed to balance the malt.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 31, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Medium amber color. White head fades out rather quickly. Sweet hops pervade the aroma but do not overpower the malt notes completely. Very nice balance between malt and hop upon tasting. Pleasant long hop finish. Very well done.
Reid (1884) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bought in a 12 oz stubby brown bottle..says "live beer" onlabel so I suppose this is unpasteurized.
Nice murky orange colour, typical PNW IPA, in appearance, small pure white head and some nice carbonation..good lacing.
Classic American IPA aromas, graprefruit, spiciness and a lick of malt.
Quite a nice tasting IPA, decidedly hoppy !, yet under it all there lies a strong base of good malts, semi dry finish and a long lingering pleasant bitter aftertaste.
Nice on the palate and remarkably smooth for and IPA.
Quite a nice nd drinkable IPA. Not one of the very best..but good none-the-less. Would love to taste this fresh at the brewery some day..maybe next summer..
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good IPA. Pours a hazy dark amber with an off-white head. Aroma is grapefruit/hops. Body is creamy and smooth, nicely carbonated. Flavor was a refreshing grapefruit/citrus that was very appealing. Good stuff.
RogerBurks (45) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iím not a big IPA fan, but a work colleague bought me a six-pack for Christmas. I was pleasantly surprised. Itís got the hoppiness and floral quality of an IPA, but also a nice fruit-spice taste as well. Itís very "natural" tasting, very clean and appealing. Thereís very little bitterness in the palate, which I like - the melange of intriguing flavors lingers long. This is an IPA that I will buy myself.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours thick and hazy with some yeast and little head. Aroma of burnt caramel, celery, wood. Very unusal flavor. Woody and tart with some anti-septic qualities. I attribute this to the yeast. I once used White Labs 026 and got similar flavors. It grows on you though and there is alot going on. You get new flavors with each sip. Some citrus, some blackberry. Not your usual IPA.
hopdog (8867) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a dark, cloudy amber/copper color with an averaged sized tan head. Has an earthy aroma to it with pine needles. Apricots and grapefruit as well. Maybe some grasses lurking in the background. Medium bitterness with a malty, almost caramel balance. This one grew on me more with each sip I took. Not your one dimensional, highly bitter, hop overload IPA.
Bill Becker (310) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - DEC 16, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottles bought from an on line store:
Well, this is THE best IPA Iíve ever tasted. Not one sour note that I can mention so....Iím giving it a perfect 5.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2004 This is an intereting brew - not your standard IPA that is for sure. Odd, earthy, dog-breath aroma, burnt caramel. Pours a caramel hue, some effervescence with a nice head and light lacing. Mouthfeel is rich on the taste and watery on the finish. Taste ranges from grapefruity hops to quaker toasted oat squares to earthy British style hops. Very sweet and very bitter simultaneously. Thanks for the sample go to Derek Arent - the famous one.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Okay, Iíve had countless pints of this locally. I know Iíve rated this before, I guess I forgot to transfer my review from that lame-ass site before I got banned yet again without reason.
Bottled version, and yet another awesome reason to live in the PNW. Iím pumped that they now have it in bottles; I hope I can find it up in Seattle in a few weeks. This is my go-to beer when I find it on tap.
Anyway, on with the rating...
So, pours a brownish orange with a decent head that leaves some decent lacing.
Aroma is...wow. Youíd think you were about to take a sip of grapefruit juice. Pure floral hops with only a hint of malt.
Flavor is very well balanced. Nice malt sweetness does a nice job of keeping this from being too bitter Nice floral hops, spices...damn, itís been too long. Iím in such heaven right now that I canít even pick out the flavors; please forgive me. Itís not nearly as citric, though, as the aroma, which is a good thing.
Palate is very thick and crisp. Overall, this is about as solid of an IPA as you will ever find and *definately* worth seeking out. I hope my local store gets more in soon.