hopscotch (8394) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2006 Draft and bottle... Sparkling clear, amber ale with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. Polka-dot lacing. The citrusy and floral nose is of honey, pineapple, grapefruit and pine. The earthy flavor delivers solid blasts of pine, grapefruit, toffee and pineapple. The piney, hop bitterness wins out over the excellent, rich malt. Full-bodied and sticky with fizzy carbonation. Lengthy, malty, bitter finish. A joy to drink!
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2005 On tap, Grey Lodge. Simply wonderful stuff. Aroma is warm and inviting. Flavor has everything you could possibly want in an IPA with hops a plenty. Very well balanced all the way through. Now I just have to find a case or two.
DocLock (7217) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at the Drafting Room, Exton. Wow, I’ve been waiting to try this one for a long time. The Troeg’s 10th anniversary was an elite beer, and so is this one. Dark straw colored with a big white head. Aromas of big hops, floral fruity esters, and spicy ground black pepper. Tastes hoppy, very fruity and floral, with a nice blast of honey and black pepper at the finish. Extremely complex and well balanced. There are nuances of the Troeg’s hopback amber, sunshine pils, 10th anniv, and even lad elf in this one. Just fabulous. Get ya some, and get some for your mother too.
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An excellent IPA. I just had this on draft last night and almost thought it was a double IPA. Very good hop bitterness with good hop flavor and aroma. Has some malt sweetness in the finish which made me think of a double IPA. A great IPA.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2007 CASK: Nice, floral, hoppy aroma. Nice cloudy orange color, with big white head. Sweet and hoppy. Easy to drink. No "explosive hop experience." Overall, not as good as I had expected from Troegs, nor as good as the buzz; still, I’d drink it any time.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very strong sweet IPA. A very strong sweet upfront taste. An almost belgain start. faded quickly though...
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2004
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
I'm no IPA fan. And while this one had a nice, almost sweet taste upfront ... the aftertaste totally ruined it for me. Just kinda left me saying "blah".
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
CASK: Poured an orangish gold with a fluffy white head and with a strong aroma of citrus and hops. Taste was awesome. Sweet, rich caramel malts blended perfectly with the hops. I could drink tons of this.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2006 This was a really great IPA. The color was cloudy gold with a thin white head. The taste was very balanced despite the amount of hops. This is really worth a try.
RE-RATE: 2/4/06 From Bottle: This was bottled about a week ago and it has to be one of my favorite beers. So fresh, so balanced, and so juicy with hops that it isn’t even funny. Darker in color (more amber) than the draft version. I loved this beer and I bet you will to. Highly recommended.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask @ Andy's Corner Bar. Cloudy orange yellow with a fluffy cask head. Warmish. Chewey mellow citrus aroma, with some yeasty notes. Well balanced hops all over the place with a good dose of smooth malt and palate. This goes down way too easy. The hops are not overbearing and tasty.