swtchcrook (3) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2004 does not count
1.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
An ale that is heavy in aroma and taste, but the hop character is decidedly sweet instead of bitter. If Stone IPA or Ruination is your first choice, stay away.
boto (1963) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JAN 17, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz. Bomber Bottle: My first one from the Floyds. The beer pours a slightly orangish-amber color. It is a bit hazy. There was some head to it, with a bit of lacing. The aroma is killer: Hops, hops, hops. You could even get a good whiff of them just from the open bottle. Some pine and grapefruit notes to the aroma. The taste is ful of hops, but the balance is superb: they don't overwhelm you like Stone can. There is even a hint of sweetness to the beer. Thanks to Bert (aka slob) for the great trade.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2007 A little disappointed with this one. The aroma is great, caramel, pine, and sugar. The flavor is more of the same, but a little too sweet on the palate.
Shag (2698) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JAN 11, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2005 Finally I get the 3 floyds! And it did not disappoint. Aroma is floral, sharp citrus, pine, wood, and of course fresh hops. Appearance is orange with a silky head and good lacing. The flavor is amazing. A nice hop punch but not as much as I expected. Lemons, oranges, and vanilla exist in the flavor. The citrus flavor and hops blend prefectly together. It has a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel to curb the sharp citrus and hop bite. I thought this would knock Stone IPA off my top spot for sure but thus far this is my second favorite IPA. Excellent beer! (4.8) 2004 Edition : Where did the malt go? This is not the same beer. I enjoyed it don’t get me wrong but its a pine and hop fest without the balance. I liked my bottle, thanks for sending it Heemer, but I have to notch this one down now.
rogueman (19) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 9, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is phenomenal! Like orange spice, pine, apricot, caramel. Pours relatively clear orange with a thick white lacey head, that lasts! I love the taste! Thick, hoppy, and great lacing in the glass and in my mouth. Unfortunately, my girlfriend doesn't really like this beer, but she is confused....she likes more of the coors original type, just kidding....I am currently in the market for a new girlfriend....someone who likes good beer, but then again, she likes this rating shit, and that is hard to find, so I guess she is a keeper. I am getting drunk, but highly recommend this beer, it is worth flying to Munster!!!!
Dogbrick (9625) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer deserves all of the praise it has gotten. Pours a bright and clear orange-amber color with a medium thin and frothy off-white head. Thin and quick lacing. Heady aroma of flowery hops (duh) along with some citrus. Rich and smooth with a great hops kick that never becomes overpowering. There is enough of an undercurrent of malt to make this easily drinkable despite the abundance of hops, and that is exactly the right idea. The finish is crisp and has long, lingering hops with some spice. They don't get much better than this.
HoppyBunny (88) - Temptation, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! I have to say "loved it!" Wonderful smell, color and taste this beer has it all wrapped up in a bottle for pure drinking pleasure... Can not wait to drink it again....
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2005 Ruination, you have been replaced. Beautiful tan head sits on top of sweet liquid gold. This shit is the really good. My only complaint is you have to drink it mega-fresh or the hops fall out really fast, leaving it way too malty and sweet.
Under-age Drinker (96) - Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Stopped by Munster at about 6 pm on the way down to Chicago, and even though the brewery was closed, Nick Floyd sold us some dueces, so awesome. Man I loved this IPA, so much Grapefruit and oh so powerful. Gave me a good buzz for my ice skating journey on the south side.
jazz88 (2613) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 2, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. A hazy amber glow with an off-white head. The aroma has an intense grapefruit and fresh pine nose. Thick, sweet, chewy, warming, bitter, vinous, carmal, honey and hop fueled delightful flavor. Overwhelmingly rich and not in the last bit harshly bitter. Rating number 1,400, thanks to hopscotch for the trade.