Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy golden orange with a large frothy off white head. Aroma of grapefruit, orange, pine/resin, toast and honey. Medium velvety body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Flavor of resin/pine, grapefruit, honey and toast. Lightly alcoholic. Long bitter finish. A little overdone, but I guess that was to be expected. Hop Devil is much better. Good.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a translucent yellow/orange with a minimal head. Aroma is big and citrus. Mouthfeel is full bodied with good carbonation, taste starts bitter and becomes very bitter and as you might imagine ends with a long bitter aftertaste. I don’t know about this one. I’d like to think of it as a slightly over the top IPA because it’s not up there with the best of the I2PA’s....not even close.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 4, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not near enough hops. this is an IPA definitely not a double. very dissapointing beer nice malt very clean but just not very hop forward.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - FEB 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
light herbal hops with a light dry carmelly malt aroma. Pale orange color, mildly cloudy. Very Orange, glowing, light crystal, very citrusy, mildly bitter, very late vanilla. Round even taste, beautifully crafted. Very soft sweetness lingering beneath the big hops, nice body.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden color with a large white head. Aroma has hints of grass and hay as well as some apricots. Mild malty sweetness, quickly diminished by a big bitterness. Some citric orange notes. Finishes quite bitter.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) Medium gold with large white head. Hops aroma. Flavor is citrus hops--grapefruit mostly. Enough malt for balance.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden, fluffy white head. sweet and fruity aroma of oranges and red apples. Hop bitter aftertaste. Full bodied. Hints of alcohol and butter. Very bitter aftertaste.
Metalhead (638) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
BB date just a couple mos away. Found a case of this on the shelf that had been forgotten in the back storage room.
Not as impressive as I thought it would be. A nice mix of hops and mild malt,easy to drink but nothing special.I’ll do an update in 6 mos or so.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - FEB 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tempered gold color with a nice cap of creamy head that spackles the edge of my tulip with lacing. Bright blend of traditional U.K. and cutting edge U.S. hops mix with resinously sweet malts with a pin prick of alcohol. The balanced body shows up first with a good dose of umami (tastiness) & the bitter sweet reminder of both the hopping rates and the malt bill. As for the hidden treasures, here’s my list of plunders: celery, potato starch, lemon zest & capers. Worth the 259 rating (as of rating) count before trying. Straight forward but unique, both desirable traits.
AZeagle (11) - Cave Creek, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The hop aroma hit me the second I opened the bottle. I knew it was going to be enjoyable. It poured out a nice clear light amber with a fluffy white head which stayed with it throughout. The flavor was strong on hops but not overpowering. The aftertaste stayed with me for quite a while, which was not necessarily a bad thing. Overall a great experience, I can’t wait to get back East to get some more.