3fourths (8702) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2012 Medium copper. Very sweet floral aroma. Sweet almond, smoke, and hop flavor underneath a big profile of maple and apple. stewy and caramel heavy, wet and green and limp and muddled. in 2005 it was the best thing ever. in 2012 it’s a mess of a pale ale and lacks brightness and focus.
ClarkVV (4444) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2006 2002 Bottle. Awesome murky reddish-orange color, with tons of frothy burnt white head. Smells citrusy, and a touch of alcohol aroma arises, as well.
Begins very strong with lots of cascade hops. Full bouquet of hops continues through body and it finishes bitter. Not too much detectable yeast, and while the body is clean and tastey, there didnt seem to be much distinguishing this from any other top tier APA until. . .!! It warmed up!!! This beer’s flavor and palate have just improved tenfold after warming, every sip I took had a wonderful flavor in the finish that lingered. I can best describe it as an alcohol/butterscotch malt flavor that has a bit of a slow burn to it. It really complemented the huge hoppy flavor and left me very happy with this beer and wanting to try more. Previous score: 8/4/9/5/18
2006 bottle. Still a very lovely fruity, hoppy, lush nose, with sweet malts backing it and not overdone in bitterness. Toned down dreadnaught, I guess. But the hard crystal malt behind it and filtered, washed out mouthfeel just don’t cut it. Plenty of average brewers are doing much better things in the mouthfeel category. I suppose not the biggest of complaints, but bottle conditioning is bottle conditioning and this less-than-tight carbonation is lacking. Hard crystal malts do not help either. Score is for this bottle.
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 28, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Wild Onion Brewpub: Gorgeous deep amber color, head is smallish but lacey. Aroma promises plenty of pine. Taste is big on hops at first--and continues all the way through. Not as malty as I expected but pretty well balanced nonetheless. Overall very nice but I didn't think it was quite as fine as Kona Brewery's Fire Rock Ale on tap.
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 25, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Brewery: Outstanding appearance and excellent lacing. Big hop aroma of pine, grapefruit, flowers, and tart apple. In addition detected nutty grain, and a hint of vanilla. Very hoppy up front but settles down to have nice balance. Too cool! The pine cone taste does linger well after you are done drinking (unless you "clean your palate" with a Behemoth like I did!) Very dry and lively mouthfeel, somewhat metallic feel. This is one nice hoppy pale ale, recommended. Another winner by Three Floyds. (Note: I have had this numerous times in the past, just got around to getting it on tap again)
DrnkMcDermott (2922) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2004 Draft, at the Brewery. Ah, the firstborn child of Nick & Co's "Not Normal" brewing philosophy. It's almost damning with faint praise not to call it an IPA (in which case, it'd rate second to 3F's own Dreadnaught. At our homebrew club meeting at the brewery, it felt as though we were swimming on the US's entire hop production for the year. Tangy citrus hop flavor will give you a buzz long before the alcohol can work its magic. An inspiration to every amateur or pro brewer to "go BIG, or go home!"
Bottled: Not surprising that the bottled version is a little tamer than we had fresh at the brewery, even if I did get the bottles straight from the brewery. Still a great hop nose you can't help but get assaulted by. As they say, try to find it on draught, or take the brewery tour!
jercraigs (8825) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2007 January 2007. Bottle courtesy of HogTownHarry. Hazy dark orange amber, small creamy beige head fades a bit but is revived with a swirl. Big hoppy aroma, lots of orange citrus and a bit of resin dominates the nose. Similar flavour with lots of resiny hop presence, moderate citrus (I remember there being more). Pleasant bitterness lingers in the finish. Average palate (3+?) Loses a step because it does not quite live up to my expectations but is nonetheless very good. 8/3+/7-8/3/16+ - 4.0<P>
Nov 200? - A bit maltier than the HopDevil I had the night before, maybe a tiny bit less hoppy? Nice bit of citrus notes. Notes pre-dating Ratebeer. 9/3/8/3/17 - 4.0
Hysteria (38) - USA - JUL 10, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beautiful medium amber. Big hops AND malt right up front. Both take a long fade to a very dry pleasant aftertaste. As near to perfection as can be obtained for this style.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rich orange-amber w/ lovely toffee head. Robust grapefruit aroma. Sticky, sweet feel. Intense, lively, fresh hop bitterness. Excellent, rich, toffee-ish malt background. Dry finish. Fantastic beer.
Radek Kliber (6709) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh green hop aroma. Aromatic, and organic. Good depth, well constructed. Front medium roasted malt with hopier end. Medium body, very refreshing. Recommended.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JUN 29, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft: I like almost any beer that smells like brewday and the raw hops of this one are very nice! A nice head atop a ruby colored brew. This one is almost a bit harsh if it is the first beer of your session, but it quickly sweetens and mellows. Very nice!