Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brownish copper pour surprises by its darkness, but the generous beige head compensates any ill thoughts. Fully malty nose offers a broad range of varied dark malts aromas, caramel and fitting butterscotch being omnipresent. Strong biscuity feel. The hops, in that regard, are not the prime focus, but just a half of the couple, procuring mostly earthy, anise-like notes that evolve into leafiness in mouth. Quite sweet for an IPA, obviously rather round, more citric in mouth than the nose would let know and definitely less fruity. Expertly hidden alcohol and no astringency join forces to explain the desirable reputation. Reminds me of stuff like Nogne O Batch 100 for its sheer barleywineish malt orientation. Still very tasty and appealing though, a different take.
3fourths (9106) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2013 Slightly musty, grainy and tinny hops in the nose. Sweet and tart with some crisp honey and pine flavors. Crisp biting and fresh tasting throughout. Very good stuff: sharp and tangy, full bodied - bittersweet.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
GABF 2005. Bright copper body with a lush off-white head. Hop profile is earthy and citrusy but overpowered to a degree by medium diacetyl levels. Flavor is of burnt popcorn butter and pine with high bitterness. Slick and resinous mouthfeel. Not terrible as far as buttery IPAs are concerned but disappointing considering the hype. Maybe other batches have less of a diacetyl problem, otherwise this beer is significantly overrated.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 4, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Great taste of the Midwest- Pours a dark amber, no head. Aroma is all citrus hops, sweet and juicy. Flavor is awesomly hoppy and smooth. Sweet brew!
DiscoForever (71) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 2, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2008 Aaah yes, their beer I’d been looking forward to the most. Sweet and fruity hoppy IPA aroma that I love and an incredible taste. Tangy sweet ginger, more fruit and firm bitterness. Amazingly smooth! A gruff manly bitter beer with a super gush of fruit at the top. Dangerously good. I dream of this beer...
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 30, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an orangish brown color w/ vizable carbonation and a nice tall well laced white had. SMells good, big crisp orange and citrus hop w/ a nice light carmel malt back. Palate is sticky and well coated as well as fairly creamy. Flavor is pretty bitter, grassy front light light carmel and a good amount of grapefruit and lemon rind. A very well done IPA but a little to small and simple IMO.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Town Hall. The beer pours to a hazy bronze body with a frosting-like white head. The beer has awesome lacing. The aroma has lots of citrus hops (orange and lemon) with a caramel malt. The flavor is nice and smooth. Hoppy w/ hop oil that coats the mouth. The malts balance nicely yet let the hops scream. Light oranges. The palate has a lingering bitterness from the hop oils.
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 22, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bitterness in the right place, hop flavor and body off the mark for my tastes. it tasted like it was too heavy on the high alpha-acid bittering hop side, and not enough on the flavoring/dry-hopped side. Add more unfermentable dextrins into the mash and a bit less bittering IBU and trade that for more lower AA% IBU. This is one of my favorite styles, but I don’t think this style is the brewery’s specialty. The 1800 was much better.
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2nd in the line-up at my tasting party, again shared by Hey_Kevin, from a growler. wonderful hoppy aroma of grapefruit and peaches. a nice dark amber in color with an off-white head settling down to a ring of lace. a nice balance ( for an IPA ) of caramel malt sweetness to the hops. additional flavors of grapefruit & some pine. a medium body with a dry finish. tastey stuff!
heemer77 (5290) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 16, 2005
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2005 Sampled at the Great Taste of the Midwest 2005. Sampled again from a growler courtesy of hey_kevin. Good enough, I tried it twice. The nose is absolutely incredible with oranges, caramel and toast. It just jumps out and screams IPA, that is not over hopped. The taste has toast and grapefruit. Incredibly rich taste. The mouthfeel is thick.