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.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2004 Unfiltered apricot. Thin, tight-bubbled white foam laces solidly. Earthy hops, roasted grains, and toffee-glazed nuts dominate the aroma. Suggestions of unsweetened chocolate, maple, root bark, and fresh pine. Minimally estery. Slightly airy carbonation. Light bodied. Flavored with unrefined pinewood hop notes and fresh cracked malt. ESB-like with its toffee/nutty malt base. Low acidity but stingingly piney with trace resin sappiness. Quite sweet, though, and lacking in overall snappy hop definition or fruity esters to deepen the sharpness of the hops. Trace airiness augments the glazed pine richness to keep it from becoming oversweet. Deceptively hoppy, particularly after half a glass, as the hop bitterness far outweighs the hop flavor, slowly numbing the tip of the tongue. Well-attenuated finish with minty hops compounding the dryness and exaggerating the earthy hop bite and lingering pinewood flavor. Itís timidly dry-hopped and thus fails to produce little more than a lifeless hop belch, but this is exceptionally balanced, in spite of its duller-than-most hop character and predominantly-husky malt structure.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours dark caramel, large foamy off-white head, clingy lacing, with soft carbonation. † Grainy aroma with fresh hops abound and light citrus. † Clean hop bite on first sip, with slight grains. † Goody body, medium mouthfeel. † Finishes smooth, no lingering bitterness. † Slight malty on the aftertaste. † Very clean and tasty!
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - OCT 21, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good beer, mmm mmm. I really like this IPA, sweet hop aroma, very nice, slightly cloudy amber color, good lacing, thin head, awesome sweet taste at start and great balance of bitter and floral hops at the end.
3fourths (8382) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2012 Slightly murky orange color. Sweet mandarin oranges in a very hoppy nose with apricots. Good bitterness, pink grapefruit and mandarins dominate, but with an undertone of smooth hop bitter tea. Nice!
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very deep bronze with a great head and nice lacing. Aroma of floral Kent Goldings. Very bitter and very flavorful. What an English IPA should be. Well balanced, dry hopped, and well over 60 IBUs. Great!
Aubrey (3481) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy and deep, dark amber-orange; frothy head and really nice lace. Moderate carbonation and medium-bodied. Rich malts (bread dough) were mildly sweet. Slightest hint of chocolate. Hops (grassy, citrusy, earthy, wholesome) complemented very well (definitely there, but not over-the-top at all). Rather easy to drink and pretty tasty.
argo0 (11856) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(RBSG04) Cloudy copper body topped by off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit, orange. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, orange -- fairly intense bitter. Creamy medium body.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2006 RBSG 2004, on tap: Grapefruit and pine in the aroma, cloudy orange body with a small creamy white head. Starts and ends bitter with a touch of sweetness in the ending, full bodied with a long aftertaste.