BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 10, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was a great IPA IMO. Poured a dark metallic bronze color with creamy, very carbonated head and lacing. The aroma has a wonderful hop fragrance, very herbal and refreshing, super fresh! The flavor is well balanced and the hops don't bite too hard. It finishes with the rye and I must say it'll be hard drinking IPAs without rye after this one! The finish is quenching yet dry. This is a definate winner from 5 Seasons. Go Dennis!
biermonk (263) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pale color with a small head left a little lacing. floral nose... very hoppy bitter rye adds a nice touch through the middle... dry finish..Good
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2004 Retaste 7/22/04 - (bottled version)- Definitely maltier than I remember with a little more balance, with less hop aroma.
Slight hop aroma. Good hop bitterness carries throughout. Finishes to the dry side. Rye gives it a good bite in the finish. Not quite as good as I was expecting, but still a decent APA.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
This stuff is just frikkin' awesome! I wish they would start bottling soon. It is only available on draft for now in certain areas around the metro area, but it is going to blow everyone away when it is bottled. The taste is very upfront, lots of hops and citrus fruits, floral and fragrant, with not aftertaste, because of the rye, it does not kill your palate with the hops. I am telling you this beer is ingenius.
haddon90 (1349) - Newport Beach, California, USA - OCT 5, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light color with a thin white head. Strong hops jump from the aroma. You can easily tell this is a rye from the taste. A little to smooth for my liking though. Had this with jgb9348.
jgb9348 (4282) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice light amber colour with orange highlights and a thin white head. Strong hoppy aroma with a strong ryeness. Light-bodied; Goes down too easy but leaves a bit of the hops on the palate. Overall, pretty good...strong flavour and palate with a very easy to drink taste. I had this beer on draught at Summit's in Sandy Springs (Atlanta), Georgia on 25-September-2003.
3fourths (7520) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - SEP 29, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Scores points for a big rye nose. Medium dark yellow appearance, no head. Smells like tree sap. Not as big of a rye flavor as the aroma, just big hops and a bite of ginger.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 6, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2005 Tap Version sampled on 9/6/2003 (7,3,8,4,16): Pours a copper bronze with a thin lacing head. Subtle malty and fruity aroma with nice hop presence. Body is semi-sweet, with good rye character and plenty of hops. Good crisp clean finish. One of the better APAs I’ve had.
Bottle sampled on 7/18/2005 (7,3,7,4,14): Pours a clear golden bronze with a thin white head. Aroma is slightly less hoppy than the tap version with a touch more grainy malt. Body is pretty similar with good citrus hoppy balance and a touch of dry, earthy rye. Very smooth and drinkable, and quite good in its squared form.
scoobyluv (503) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2003
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
smells like apricots and tastes like grapefruit and another fruit--maybe raspberry
Shag (2501) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 21, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2003 Orange appearance with little head. Lemon and grapefruit flavor. One of the more sour APA's I've had. Nice hoppiness in the aftertaste.