Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Duane. Wow hops, poured an orange, with a huge fizzy head, Immediate hops to the nose. Along with some citrus and flowers. The foamy head is still hanging around. I can finally rate a hoppy pale after mowing the lawn. I am enjoying this, just wish there was a bit more malt to balance this out. This is a good IPA and coming from a non-hop head, real good.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 3, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazed golds and ambers, creamy white head. A beautiful bouquet of aromas with huge amounts of spring florals and citrus up front, with lesser notes of pine and earth, and light sweet caramel tones lurking just under the surface. Taste was pretty close to the aroma with grapefruity hops blending harmoniously with the lightly sweetened malt backbone. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, floral , citric, bittersweet finish. What a perfect session IPA...if...well it was available local of course. Larry...are you listening??
piscator34 (1888) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear gold in colour. Great spice and citrus hop aromas. More of the same citrus and spice with regard to the flavor. The malt presence is somewhat muted, creating a refreshing and lighter body, and the bitterness is lasting. Perhaps not as complex as some, but this is still a great beer.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
cloudy, golden color. mild hoppy aroma. but the flavor is a bit mild (if hoppy), with a slight bitter finish. overall, it is more mild than i enjoy. not bad, but not a bell ringer.
brewrater (92) - akron, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
ALEFEST ’05 Great IPA. One of the top five of this style I’ve had. Best beer at the Festival. Soft yet full flavor. Great hops finish!
euserphriendly (167) - Holland, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great smell of hops right upfront. Good body and bitter finish. An excellent IPA.
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
great hop aroma and flavor..light, a bit thin, but refreshing and nice. there is a minimum of 75 characters..blah blah blah
csbosox (1216) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - APR 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I just got done drinking a glass of this with diner and I checked to see what I had rated it, and I guess I haven’t got around to it yet. This is a beer that I have drank a lot of in the last year. I guess I’ll rate it now. 12oz bottle from the cellar (the one I had before was from the fridge). Served in my NB worthy glass @ 56°. Pours golden orange with a 1" rocky white head. Lots of small bubbles. The aroma is floral and piney hops. Almost smells like KB. The flavor is honeyish at first then the piney hops kick in with their bitterness. The beer seems different after each sip; one time the piney hops are in control, then on the next sip the floral hops are in control, after that the citrus hops take charge . The hops are big, but kept in check by the wonderful honey malt. This is just a beautiful IPA. It is not so bitter as to make it (somewhat) difficult to drink, yet not so balanced that you yearn for the bitterness of the hops to go along with the hops aroma and taste.
GiBrew (171) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first IPA (Other then Keiths....If this counts as an IPA that is....)
Pours golden amber, very cloudy and fizzy with a very long-lasting head. Mouthfeel is somwhat fissy. Grapefruits, Lime and mild floral aroma. Citrus and strong malt flavours with a very strong, lingering bitter malt finish.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - APR 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to jables for this beer.
Pours a clear effervescent amber with a fizzy off-white head. Aroma of piney hops. Taste is hoppy, bitter, and dry with a touch of toffee in the finish. A good IPA, but not as complex as I’d hoped.