Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2004 Clear dark gold/orange body with a white film. Possibly the best hop aroma I've smelled. They are there, all over the place, the big juicy grapefruity hops, but they're more than that, they're a perfume, they're the pine cardboard you put on the mirror in your car, they're the orange you ate this morning, they're the lemon juice you've put over your salmon yesterday, they're your freshly cut grass on a sunny june day. Hops, all over the place and then some, and a bit of alcohol and some heavy malt. Quite complex adventure. The first sip then adds some, grass, grapefruity, but more than that. There's a mineral saltiness in there, alcohol peaks and thick malt layers, honeyish chewy malt. Texture is smooth, creamy, very thick. Definitely my favorite I2PA and it may even convince me to seek a few others out, but I'm still far from sold to the green side, the hophead clan. Worth another tribute to Raindog for providing me with this modern classic.
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2007 2003 bomber. Thanks to EddieG for this one. Had at about 54-60 degrees in a huge snifter. Pours a bright and rosy reddish-orange with soft copper tinges and bright fuscia hues. Aroma is magnificently bitter. Almost herbal and slightly minty even. Very floral and quite intense. It reminded me of DFH 90, but I think DFH 90 had the edge on sheer intensity. Moderate slightly off-white head, with some medium large bubbles arising. Ok, I cant wait any longer to try it. SLAP!!! Iím hit in the face with a bitter hops assault. But quickly to the rescue is a ton of caramel malting to balance. Balances out quite nicely and a full, rich, even body is discovered. Finish is light pine hops, some more caramel malt and quite chewy. This one was so full, powerful and intense it took me quite a while to finish. After I was done with my food (stilton and bread and pasta), I drank this alone and it seemed even more bitter. Now I canít take more than a small sip. Just immensely bitter. The most bitter beer I have had to date. Wow. It seems like the first half of the bottle I got all of the caramel malt flavor and the second half was all hops. Very pleased with the immense body though. Alcohol hidden quite well. It says bottle conditioned, but it is barely hazy, mostly clear. I would like to see more evidence of sediment. Traces of staleness on the very end detract, somewhat from the overall experience. I bet this would be insanely good on draught.
ross (2073) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 13, 2004
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
hoppy smelling, wonderful looking pour- amber colored with thin white head. taste is bitter, so bitter that it is almost unpleasent, but in a weird way it isnt. this is the best IPA i have ever had. this is my new favorite beer, that will be included in every order i place online. WONDERFUL beer. alcohol is hidden pretty well, yet it will take a while to drink this. SO good.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - APR 12, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2005 This beer pours a glowing amber orange color with slow rising carbonation bubbles. The aroma is wonderfully full of hops. Grapefruit and pine hit the nose and make you realise that this beer will be a hop lovers dream. The first taste doesnít loose a step from the aroma. It is very well balanced. It is very bitter and hoppy but there is just a tiny bit of malt sweetness in the background to not let the hops dominate the beer. The bitterness lingers and tanuts the toung making you want another sip as soon as possible. One of my favorite beers ever.
-An added rating- Spring 2005-
Amazing malt sweetness both in its presence and brevity at the front of the mouth. The sweetness is quickly taken over by glorious hops throughout the mouth. Combos of pine and pure grapefruit along with a thick tannin feel. The finish has a quick hit of alcohol and an amazingly clean finish. Definately the best beer Iíve ever had in my mouth. Iím increasing the rating as I think the flavor is the best Iíve had.
BUrunner (92) - Indiana, USA - APR 12, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured beautifully...thick head, copper color. Citrus, floral aroma is intoxicating by itself and the flavor does not disappoint. Good balance between toasted malts and intense hops. Great mouthfeel, amazing finish. A really good beer!
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fabulous citrus hoppy yet earthy malts aroma comes from this frothy-topped copper beer. It's chewy and caramel malty and bitter and balanced throughout when you finally stop inhaling the aroma long enough to drink it. Ok took a break to check on the puppy and am now returning to the rating - I mention this only because I'm still tasting it! Great lingering finish from a great beer.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - APR 12, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewery. This is one great beer. Full of citrus, hardly any alcohol taste up front. Smooth and full mouthfeel. Damn good beer!
jde123 (763) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 10, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2004 A fantastic selection. One of the best IPAs I have had in a very long time! Hazy appearance, great aroma and flavor specific to the best IPAs. Just great!
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 10, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2004 Dark orange color. Puffy white head that takes its time falling. Nose full of sweet malt and citrusy hops. Super full bodied. Like fermented hop oil. Sticky and rich. Loads carmel maltiness surrounded by resiny, oily, bitter hops. Long finish. Never overwhelming, but bordering right on the fine line.
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - APR 10, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Right on par with many SN offerings. Citrusy and caramelly. Very dry. Wonderful texture. Again - many thanks to matta for sharing his great acquisitions and providing endless entertainment...all at his expense ;)