Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - FEB 7, 2005
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Sorry. I just donít get it. This beer has had much fuss about it, & itís just not that good. 12 oz. brown, longneck bottle.
No freshness date seen anywhere.
Poured out a hazy, piss yellow color, with a sticky white head. Nothing special there. Aromas are pretty much non-existent. Flavors are kind of bland, body is thing & watery. Certainly not worth the hype.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2005 Minor rating update from recent bottle that was slightly more enjoyable the second time around. Appearance is mostly translucent, with a tiny floating white head that breaks away at the edges. Smelled sweet, and of wheat, caramel, floral hops and pine resin. Taste of citrus fruits - predominantly of oranges - along with nice bittering agents and an in-your-face floral hop bouquet. Hop bitterness is most accentuated as it curtails around the sides of the tongue in the finish. Creamy and full yet clean all around. A standard for other IPAs to aspire to.
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2005 Nose-kicking hops out of the goblet. Light bright orange color is rather attractive. Mouthfeel is more substantial than I expected-nice surprise there. Tastes heavily of grapefruit with hint of golden raisin. Finish isnít as overpowering as it might have been. Above average IPA for me, as I enjoyed this beer that is not one of my favorite styles.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper color with a decent head that lasts. Aroma is citrusy with some pine with that typiclal centennial hop aroma. Slight light crystal malt aroma as well. Tastes a little light for a great IPA, but this is still pretty good. Moderately hoppy and bitter with just enough light malts to make it balanced. Pretty good but I was slightly let down- not enough body or hops for me.
yeastinfection (1) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2005 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Damn fine beer. I am quite glad they have turned this beer into a year round offering. It has become quite a cult classic here in minneapolis in the bars and Liquir stores. This beer screams hops from your nose to your tounge. Gene Simmons would have a hard time waving his tounge around after a few of these. Unfiltered joy as are most of kalamazoo brewings beverages.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to styles: Itís hazy and light amber colored with a creamy eggshell head that fades to a ring around the glass and really lasts. The aroma here is typical american IPA - the citrus, floral hops - but thereís much more fresh pine scented hops in this one than usual. I can taste lots of hops - grapefruit, pine, flowers, grass, citrus, as well as some sweet malt, sugar, candy, light caramel. Medium amounts of carbonation, light to medium bodied, and slick and oily on the tongue.
roder60 (1280) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2005 Pours a semi cloudy gold orange color with a nice amount of froathy white head. Aroma is floral and citruscy, hints of grapefruit and orange, but not too much so. You can smell it from a good 4 feet away. Makes my mouth water. Taste is a little sweet at first but then you get hit with a big grapefruit hop flavor that stays with you for a while. Hops tickle the palate. Overall, pretty good, but I think if the hops was mellowed just a wee bit that it could be wonderful.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a great big BITTER IPA. Bells once again goes all out (maybe even experiments) and comes up with another winner. The more of their beers I have, the more respect I develop for their skills and artistry.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a little cloudy orangey golden with a fluffy white head...all hops in the nose...grapefruit, orange, lemon, resin...fantastic taste...fantastically balanced...sweet malts up front followed up by a smooth fade into a warm spicy hop finish...goodness...
pjk33 (389) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2005
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a murky, sort of striated orange with clusters of particulate suspended throughout. Great head that actually climbs about one and a half inches out of the glass! Head is white and laces decently as I go. Nose is superb with sweet touches of pineapple, orange and tangerine along with a slight earthy aroma. Taste is disappointing. Sort of metallic and musty, not crisp or hoppy as I would expect. Not much greatness here, and I wonder if my bottle is an old one... it is better than a lot of IPAís, but I expected this one to rival Hop Devil, Stoudts and Stone and this bottle is certainly not in their league. I guess Iíll have to try it again. Disappointing to say the least.