SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JUL 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from ughsmash. First off, I’m sure there’s a story behind it, but I’m not really positive that I want to look at a picture of a fish while drinking a beer. This is an excellent IPA, and has very intense aromas and flavors, but it lacks complexity. First pop the cap, and you’re ready for salad. Very hoppy aroma. The hops in the flavor are wonderfully balanced by a malty sweetness. And, this balance is throughout the trip, across the tip of the tongue, as it lingers in your mouth, and finally as it hits the back of your throat, the hops and malt are there in equal amounts. Where this one lacks is that’s all there is. Deep, but not wide. Either way, it’s a good IPA. Again, thanks to Ughsmash for a great trade!
xdream (16) - Madison, Alabama, USA - JUL 21, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice hoppy smell. After the first sniff I knew I was in a great tasting IPA. It had a nice orange color. The taste was hoppy up front, then balanced out by a sweet malt taste. This went very nice with spicy and sweet black beans
jcr (2096) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 18, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2008 Bottle and draft. Hazy, golden body with a large, lasting, creamy off-white head. Big floral and citrus aroma with notes of grapefruit and orange. Hints of toasted grain and dough. The flavor is moderately sweet and moderately bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet, moderately bitter and moderately acidic. Dry, lasting finish. Tastes of citrus, perfume emerge along with some spice hints, particularly coriander. Medium body with a velvety texture. Lively carbonation. An outstanding, world-class IPA. I have had this beer many times, both on draft and bottled and it has never failed to please. Rerate 12-23-08.
FOAMer (45) - Bartlesville, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep golden color, vey clear fro the bottle. Very nice off-white to white head. Lite malt aroma with stong hop aromas. Earthy to grassy in aromas no to very little yeast aromas. Strong hop bitterness with malt just to balance.
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Orange coloured. Nice very hoppy aroma. Hoppy flavour with lots of fruitiness and bitterness. Tasty.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very nice pale orane color with the yeast adding a richer bronze color. Head is pale in color and generous, very dense. Aroma is characteristic of what I expect from this beer...huge perfumey, citrust, mixed fruit cup, Centenniel hop aroma. The yeast aroma is subdued. Solid bitterness, tasty orane hop/malt interaction, slight residual malt sweetness fights with the bitterness on the palate. Body is med/full and is swept away slowly by the bitterness. From start to finish the maltiness envelops the rest of the flavor characteristics. The bitterness smacks at the initial sip and remains throughout the beer and creates a cleansing finish accentuated by perfumey, ethereal hoppiness. The mid palate is dominated by the orangey malt/hop flavor interaction. The layers of flavor and complexity are amazing and intense. I could probably make this score a 5 if I rated this based upon the real ale version.
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 13, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pale peach color with a generous fluffy white head. Citrusy, piney, pineapple aroma. Flavor is very fruity, Citrus, piney, grapefruit bitter with a long dry citrus zest finish. Hoppy, but well balanced. Light smooth palate.
waeltzy (53) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. This is a great IPA. Orange mid-dark color. Amber and red tint and a nice white head. As soon as I poured this beer I was overcome by the hop aroma and then later the hop flavor. Floral hops characterize this beer as the dominating gustatory trait but there is so much more. Mid-range bitterness brought out some tasty pine notes. Great IPA and really awesome bottle art.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
slightly hazy orangey golden color, fluffy tall white head. aroma is floral and perfumey hops. flavor is strong hops, mostly bitter, but also balacnced with sweetness that is just far away form being too strong. nice full carbonation but not too much. finsih and aftertaste is not too bitter either.
tennisjoel (1146) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2007 2nd Rerate: I just wanted to mention that out of a 10 beer IPA head to head taste test, IMO this beer came out on top. Quality...quality...quality!!!
Rerate: I had to rerate this as it is such a great IPA. Top notch. I believe this is comes close to Alpha King and is one of my favorite IPA’s. And I can get it at MGM, so it’s in my neighborhood.
Liked the head on this beer. Great taste; had the IPA bitterness to it, but not too strong. Orange color with floral hops present. This is one beer I could enjoy over and over. Original Score: 4.1