SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
not much to the aroma. medium bodied. becomes smoother as it warms revealing some hints of fruit. finish is very bitter(of course). glad i could find this in central illinois of all places
Hazeman (2) - Bronx NY, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2004 does not count
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle.Nice gold color.Great hop flavor.Not alot of carbonation.Not as strong as i would have thought.This taste a lil but like hop devil.I love the picture on the bottle.
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle fron 74th street,orange gold , color decent head, aroma is citrius hopps,clean hop taste lil sweet,meidumbody not syurpy like some other IIpas.very nice at 8% gimme another
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2008 Crystal Clear gold with a nice lasting head. Good solid lacing. Smell was not what I expected, was that of old hops and malt with some fresh hops coming through deeper. Taste is exclusively hops at first with malt coming through later, unlike some I2PAs that demonstrate tastes of malt throughout. This isnít to say that itís unbalanced, just leaves something to be desired? Substantial mouthfeel. Not the smoothest of beers, but not too bad. A decent I2PA, though Iím not sure why itís in 6packs, but whatever.
BearBrewer (86) - New York, east village, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
had it on tap at DBA, beautifully clear and golden, witha great white head. Instant and strong aroma of hops. The depth of the hop flavor was more interesting than most "overhopped" styles Ive had. Really enjoyable, really well balanced. Could definately have a couple in a sitting.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Comparing this brew out of the bottle and on tap, not much difference and I actually prefer the bottled version due to a bigger hop presence. Pours a golden transparent yellow with a nice white head. Tons of citrus hops dominate the aroma on this brew, very clean and crisp. This brew has a quick buttery smooth malt start that quickly fades into a nice hopped/bitter/grapefruit finish. Very well balanced, smooth and crisp, with a dry finish.
guzzler67 (1575) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear golden appearance with nice lacing. Hops are clearly the star of the show here, if anyone has any doubts, from start to finish. There was a hint of malts early on in the aroma, but after that, well--use all the adjectives you have for heavily hopped, domestic ales: pine, resinous, grapefruit, lemon, etc. Taste was a little sweeter than the Hop Devil.
Ungstrup (30962) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A hazy orange beer with an orange head. The aroma is very hoppy, but also sweet. The flavor is very sweet with notes of fresh hops, like sticking your head into a hop bush, this leads up to a rather bitter end almost like sucking on a lemon.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured great. Growing white fluffy, thick head. Clear amber color with tiny cascading bubbles rising to the top.Hoppy, piney aroma, but not as strond as I expected. A spicy, sweet malt flavor with tons of hop aftertaste. This is great, but could be better balanced.
ElGaucho (2319) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2006 3/22/06 Re-rate: Draught Bryant Lake Bowl, MN. Reminds me of Mendocino Whitehawk IPA. Sweet, somewhat metallic. Not sure I love it. 4.5 for original rating may be high. Clear dark gold. Small, slightly off-white head. nice lace. Fresh, fruity aroma, although not very hoppy. Had it after Surly Furious and this was more refined. 11/24/04: Fresh, hoppy aroma. Some pine. Clear as a bell body. Slow visible carbonation. Very nice lace. Gold in color. White head, small. Very rich, robust. Hoppy, piney. Wonderful. This is very close to my ideal, perfect beer. Tastes somewhat like Mojo IPA, but this is better. Ar 8, Ap 4, Fl 9, Pal 5, Ov 19.