skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I canít imagine how the aroma of a pale ale could be better - is this even beer? The taste is fruity and complete, with hops leading, but not leaving the palate killed via dry burn. This is as drinkable and enjoyable as Iíve experienced in an otherwise modest style.
DUbrew (49) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great beer. Very reminiscent of the drednaught IPA, which is unfortunate because it doesnt have the complexity, just the smell. This beer has a great fruity taste and a thick frothy head(mmmm). Great hops.
mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - JUN 3, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle traded by atpayne, word adam, this shit is da bomb. really nice looking beer, robust caramely color with a really reasonable proportioned head.. white creamy fluffy, whipped buttery head. mmmmmm... smells so danks sticky and hops, oh hops. a lighter dreadnaught...really fruity and almost to very well being an actual ipa
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
You know, this is the easiest of the Three Floyds beers to find, yet it took me forever to try it. What the hell was I thinking, this is great! 2 for 2 on good beers tonight.
celluloiddroid (25) - Hebron, Indiana, USA - MAY 25, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a beautiful dark golden with a very large head. Went perfectly with the meatball sandwich I was eating at the time. Will be coming back for more.
pivo (2624) - GERMANY - MAY 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clean bright hop nose, pale copper color, big foamy head. Creamy honey-ish malt body up front turns quickly to a sharp, spicy hop finish that sticks around for a while. Not convinced on the balance. Enjoyable though.
YogiBeera (2537) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber colored, little frothy head, liveley carbonation. Medium hoppy nose, kind of bubblegummy. Nice malty taste - the hoppiness comes in the end but weak. Medium but short aftertaste.
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - MAY 7, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A really nice malty, rich grapefruit aroma with an deep amber body and off-white head which diminished quickly. Great flavors of citrus, malt, and hop bitterness. Wonderful mouthfeel -- dry, bitter and lasting. Iím very impressed.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I scored a fairly fresh batch a few months ago and should have written notes back then.
I tasted the same batch recently, and it (like many Ipas) has lost its hoppy "edge".
Still a wonderful brew, but the hops have dulled with a 3 month aging.
This was superb fresh, but average after a few months on the shelf.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 4, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2004 When I was first introduced to this beer, I was warned that it wasnít for everyone, and at the very least took some getting used to, after all "itís not normal." Iíd already had an affection for the hops, and, well, it was love at first sniff and sip.
Years later, after the bloom of fresh infatuation has mellowed, how does the beer compare, especially after this tongue has met so many others, with abundant charms? That is what we seek to discover...
Perfect crimson-tinged nectarine hue, hazy, and blessed with a beautiful bed of froth up on top, leaving delicate lace, enticing the eye. Aroma makes matters worse for the thirst, big fruit, fresh hops, peachy, melon, orange, and, yes, mango, and more, a bountiful bouquet that keeps the nose happy and hoppy. Man, but I need a taste, though!
An explosion in the mouth, the hops are a bursting throughout, but so well buttressed by malt, that any bitterness is mellow and well smoothed out, after an initial bite, at least. Like chomping into a ripe tangerine, juice splashing on the corners of the mouth and dripping down the chin. Though hoppiness flows freely, and bitterness peeks through time and again, the mouthfeel is actually soft and luxuriant, body is medium, and the overall effect is a constant joyride for the palate. A lively and rewarding ale, and a real American classic, a jewel in the craft-brew crown. Count yourself lucky if you can grab these with ease.
Ah, I once had it on-tap around here...those were some fine days...