beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark honeyish chill haze yellowish/amber with an inch tall yellowish creamy colored fluffy head that takes a while to finely settle to a fine skim thats always present and leaves super sticky strings of lace.
Smell is an incredibly nice and straight up piney resin, touching on some grapefruit and a nice caramel toasted background. Not quite as strong as I was hoping but quite solid and freshly so.
Super smooth caramel toasty front that doesn't last cuz thats where the hops come floodin' in with very mild easy pine riddin' hops, resin filled, fresh, dried and sweet, amarillo abounds this batch of lovely easy handled hops that have a super crazy smoothness and bittering sourness with a touch of grapefruit rinds; one hell of a very smooth bitterness. Wow. SmoOOoth. Emphasis on the second and third "o".
Solid feel throughout, smooth and nearly full from first sip to last and the finish makes for one fanatastic little gem of hop rendered sourness kissing on the lips with a grapefruit rinds and lime-like sourness. This stuff goes down so easy and smooth its quite amazing. No, its not quite a monster, but the overall smooth and easyness of this IPA puts it right up there with some of the top notchers. Super drinkable and enjoyable to the fullest.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 2, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a clear amber orange body topped by a thick white foamy lasting head and lots of lacing. Sweet and grapefruity hop aroma with slight piney notes and an underlying malty character. Slightly sweet yet bitter hoppy flavor with some grapefruit notes and a slight bit of malt in the background. The finish is extremely bitter and piney. Medium bodied and dry.
redlem (1296) - Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange amber color with a small white head. Intense pine, citrus, midwest hop aroma(whatever that is). Grapefruit taste, bitter. A very good IPA.
ElGaucho (2156) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2003
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at the Great Taste of the Midwest. Very hoppy aroma but you have to get your nose right down in it to get it. Floral hop bouquet. Deep gold. A little bit of carbonation. Mouthfeel is a little sour (salty?) and cloying for my tastes. This is a beer that can be described by both definitions of the word bitter. As such, it loses some points. Still not bad.
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2003
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow this is how to use aroma hops !! Rob has really created a wonderful IPA that is perfect for summertime drinking. The body is nice, but could use a little more umph... The aroma hops are really what makes this one great. Overall it is a very drinkable ale with lots of flavor and a nice carmel malt backdrop. Hop heads come on and all for Nirvana in a bottle beckons.
Terminus (3146) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - DEC 26, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2006 ReRate-Im glad to have had this fine IPA once again. Tap-pours copper orange with a soapy tight off-white head with some sparse lacing once in a while. piney aroma with lots of grapefruit, and juicy citrus (oranges). piney, lightly citric flavors dominate with a toasted malt background for good balance. body holds up nicely with lightly prickly carbonation. finishs long and with lots of grapefruit. not overly bitter, but just well balanced. Very solid IPA
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 14, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very hoppy aroma and plenty of bitterness in the body. It has a good malt backbone, but doesn’t transistion as well as it could between different flavors. There is so much competition these days with IPAs, it’s kinda unfair to compare this to some of the best IPAs, because this is still a very good beer.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2007 Deep golden color with a smaller dark cream head. Aroma of fresh picked hops rolled in your hands; really quite wonderful with a light touch of sweetness. Hops predominate, almost like liquid hops. Actually burns my slightly chapped lips. Definite grapefruit flavors. Light malt in background that seems to come and go as you inhale and exhale. Lingering hops and malt in the finish. A touch light in body for an IPA, but this one reminds me of the first time I had SN Celebration Ale. Thanks for the memories. Rerate adjustmant: After three months on tap in the basement, still solid. Aroma I think I over rated, but very solid.
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 20, 2002
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2003 RERATE 8/18/03: I really hate taking a beer's ratings down a notch or two but I have to in this case. I tried another bottle of this and was slightly disappointed with how "sour" it tasted. The wonderful hoppiness is still there but the sour taste was hard to overcome. Still a decent beer but there are other IPAs I like better...
(bottle) Zowie!! This is a heavenly brew for hop lovers. The aroma is quite strong and of course heavy on the hops. This is the 'best smelling' beer I've ever experienced. The appearance is very unassuming, medium golden with a small head that doesn't last for very long. But what it lacks in appearance, this beer makes up for in taste! The first bite of those hops is like getting your tongue zapped with a tazer. And then there's a long, pleasant (bitter) aftertaste similar to what I experience after eating a good grapefruit. I really like this brew.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2007 A great lighter IPA! Lightly malted, blond hue. Slightly bitter (good) aftertaste. Pleasant hoppy aroma. This beer is in my fridge year round.