MartinT (7321) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2008 Starboard, a massive grapefruit sun illuminates a whole flotilla...The faintest vernal whisper gleams and reflects unto the stretched sail as our main galleon is adorned by every species of hops known to flourish...Ambrosial jewels glitter on the vines and trees which they share; green apple, white grape and mandarine juices are bursting from the skins they have torn, creating elating, frugal fireworks explosions...The ventriloquist hops assume all of their possible incarnations and dance ecstatic in their wood, citrus and grass avatars...Tight-laced wild honey and smooth caramel evoke a love-thought...The clean have definitely been separated from the unclean for this crushed forest wine...Swallowing this flavorful iconography, I drift aloft and gaze into contentment...Yes folks, I am carrying, with one hand, the Garden of Noah’s Ark...
jsquire (3232) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Just got back from the brewery and wow, this is a great beer from a cool little place. Huge floral nose with pine/grapefruit notes. Beautiful pale orange color with pillowy white head that leaves copious lace on the side of the glass. Very sweet malt backbone with tons of grapefruit hop flavors. Very clean hop bitterness in the finish. Really an excellent beer.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2004 BLAM! The Hop Invasion has begun! At first this one's almost a one dimensional hop flavor, but a few sips in, a nice thick sweet malt comes in. The hops warm the back of the throat and on up thru your sinuses while the malts flow syrupy sweet over the sides of the tongue. Very high quality brew.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 25, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a clear amber reminiscentof clover honey. Very little head on my sample. Nose is a big,crisp citrus slap in the face. Wow! A little sweetness followed by a big hop bite that is pleasantly not overly bitter. Like a sweetened grapefruit almost.Lush and creamy mouthfeel along with the outstanding flavor makes this a truly remarkable and enjoyable brew.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 19, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2004 Re-rate 3 Jan 2004, bottele. It's hoppy with big citrus up front, balanced, but not quite what I remember from what I had previously
Crystal clear amber color, absolutely stunning appearance. Lots of citrusy hops up front w/ a slightly sweet finish. Perfection
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 16, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One huge beautiful bouquet of citrus and evergreen. Followed with an equal assault on the palate. Bitter yet sweet. one great brew.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Large green pinetree / hops aroma. Beutiful amber color with nice tan head. Taste is great warm hops, with large malt balance. It is very sweet, if I could find a fault with this it is that I personally like IPA’s alittle dryer and crisp. But none the less and excellent brew. Thanks jskendzel!
hopscotch (8395) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2003 Pours as thick and heavy as Dark Lord (God of all stouts), but this one has the appearance and density of UNUSED motor oil. Sparkling clear light amber hue with a small, creamy head. Fully diminishing with excellent lacing.
The nose is of grapefruit, alcohol and pine with lesser notes of black pepper.
The flavor is very malty, and lightly pungent up front. Moderately bitter on the backside. Tastes like it smells... grapefruit and pine sap.
Extremely full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel. Lively carbonation. I have no idea how these bubbles work their way up through this dense masterpiece of a brew. Long, mostly dry, woodsy finish. Grass or straw at the wee end. Excellent IPA. Another great, not just good, beer from Three Floyds.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2002
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2004 Rerate- Just had my first bottle from the factory, what a beer.
Easily my new favorite IPA. Well hopped. On tap this was excellent, I hope when its bottled it comes out as well.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2006 Sampled from cask at DL06: Pours a transparent copper bronze with a thin, airy, lightly lacing white head. Big, fresh, and clean green piney hoppy aroma has lots of sweet caramel malty balance. Body starts with lots of fresh piney hops and plenty of sweet, nicely-balanced caramel malt. Very enjoyable and the cask gives it a lot of smoothness not found in the bottled or regular tap versions.
4th Re-rate 1/18/05 (latest batch): Was told the recipe had been tweaked to add even more hops and slightly lessen some of the malt. I guess now it fits more into the style, but I miss the gritty sweetness it used to have which worked so well to balance the hops. All I can say is that it’s either too fresh right now, or definitely not worth the $10/bottle they’re charging.
3rd Re-rate 7/18/04 (bottle from original bottled batch aged over a year): The hop presence has certainly mellowed and more butterscotch is apparent. Still plenty sweet and bitter and well balanced. It has aged quite nicely, but now tastes more like an American strong ale than an imperial ipa.
2nd Re-rate 11/23/03 (bottle): The first version I’ve had from the bottle. This has conditioned for about 5 months and is excellent. Much more reminiscent of my first rating. Lots of caramely sweetness and plenty of hop power. A true classic!
Re-rate 4/26/03 (tap): Seems to be more bitter than I remember and lacks a lot of its malty sweetness. A drier finish and more piney notes are present.
11/24/02 (tap): Pours a thick golden brown with a generous lacy white head. The head even has a slighty greenish tint, due to the massive amount of hops used. The aroma is overflowing with hops. It doesn’t even smell like beer, it just smells like a bushel of fresh hops. The body has the mouthfeel of syrup with a plentiful amount of malty sugar. The finish is crisp and not overly bitter, rather a smooth transition to the floral hoppy aftertaste. It also has a warming effect due, obviously, to the higher alcohol content. This is a pale ale/IPA lover’s dream.