arjoseph (634) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
GABF 2004. Eh. Not what I like in an IPA, definitely not 96th percentile. Higher hop flavor? Whas that the tin can flavor that lingered into the finish? Nice amount of sweetness (marble candy); fruity hop center was reminiscent of cantaloupe, which was actually nice despite what I said above. Nothing special about the look, feel, or smell.
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I’m not an IPA drinker, but this specimen really impressed me. Orange in color, assertive head, consilatory citurs, and some quite spice that I can’t put a finger on. Flavors blend well. I’ll try this again.
zach8270 (3219) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 [growler] Bright copper/orange in color with a nice sized white head. Nice aroma of citrus, hops and some sweetness. The taste is very citrusy and very hoppy. The flavor begins with a very smooth and peppery hop flavor that gave way to a sweet and tart citrus flavor and left a bitter, hop aftertaste. Very good. Thanks Rob.
GrainBeltGuzzler (249) - Goodhue, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not a bad brew significantly less hoppy than I expected, which for me was a pleasant surprise I thought it was pretty good, just not very memorable. Of course rating a four ounce sample doesn’t really give much chance to anylize
piscator34 (1888) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly copper in colour with a wonderful nose of citrus and spice hops. Very hoppy flavor and a long finish. Not overly malty or heavy, but that was a good thing in this case. A fantastic IPA.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy full copper color that has some amber notes to it. The beer is well carbonated and forms a giant pale tan head. The aroma is all hops with notes of grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, and pine. Basically this has a proto-typical fruity American hop nose to it, as I sniff some more I might just sense some malt here as well.
This has a very nice flavor to it, it is light on the palate, yet packed with flavor. It is lightly sweet in the middle, which helps to accentuate the citrus-fruit hop notes. This beer is eminently drinkable, it is not too heavy and I could easily drink a few pints of this (for instance 64oz of it). This beer has great notes of tangerine, ruby-red-grapefruit, orange, and hints of apricot and lemon. What a simple wonderful beer, this beer is all about the hops, yet it has enough subtle malt notes that this is not just an astringent hop juice. The malt is here it just supports and accentuates the hoppiness. This is certainly eminently drinkable, and though quite hoppy still quite balanced for an IPA. There is nothing new or unique here flavor wise, but that is not the point of this beer. As every IPA should be this is a mouthful of an American hop celebration, that just keeps on rocking from start to lingering finish. This beer is a nice easy drinking, eminently quaffable, hopaliscious beer that I am quite happy to have a growler of. I could definitely see how this beer would grow on me if I had continuous access to it.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2005 Cask version at the brewpub: Clear copper with a thick frothy white head. Aroma is hoppy, dry and earthy malty. Rich malty, bitter body has a nice balance and some piney green hoppiness. Could be a little less earthy and more refined, but still a nice IPA.
GABF 2004: Clear golden with a frothy white head. Aroma is bold, fresh and hoppy. Somewhat full body has a pleasant caramel malty sweetness and lots of dry grapefruity hops. Body could use a touch more sweetness for balance, but otherwise this is a very drinkable and enjoyable IPA.
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark copper to amber hue making a thin white head, creates a nice lacing down the glass. Aroma is loaded with west coast hop character and a hint of sweet caramel. Tastes very fresh and loaded with in-your-face hoppiness. Spicy biterness up front and followed by citrusy west coast infused hop attack. As I get closer to the bottom of the glass and my tastebuds are becoming increasingly numb to the huge acidic hop profile a velvety caramel malt character starts to poke through. Smooth on the palate, medium bodied and finishes very dry. This fits the bill for an American IPA, for me it ranks right up there with the west coasters that I consume often.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pulled.Golden orange maybe arpicot in color,almost clear.Aroma was citrus and hoppy witha dash of syrupyness but not sickenly so.First sip and I am delighted that the Brewmaster had created this fine blend of bitter and sweet.The bitterness from the hops is kind of evened out by the sweetness which allows for a great body and a smooth finish.A damn fine brew close to home.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Festival tap: Perfumy grapefruit. A bit soapy at first sip, light bodied, remains perfumy throughout. Malts and body are light. Finishes perfumy and soapy...