jp1320 (3) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2004 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
If I had to choose only one beer to drink for the rest of my life, this would be it. A true pleasure for a hophead.
BJM8 (17) - USA - OCT 11, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
YIKES!! Hoppy, hoppy, and even more hops. I love it. Just wish it didnít have as much grapefruit in the aftertaste, but beyond that complaint, a great beer from a great brewery!
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 9, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a deep amber (strange color for an IPA) with a good-sized off-white head that lasted a decent amount and left a lacing on the glass. Aroma is hoppy and refreshing. Initial taste has obvious hop bitterness but less pronounced than other IPAís, with a very subtle sweetness. It did not sit as heavy as other IPAís Iíve had. Body is fairly full. Overall, one of the smoothest, most drinkable IPAís Iíve had the privelege of trying.
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2005 Bottle from Beers of Europe. Aroma is spicy, hoppy & fruity. Tastes very hoppy, bitter, slightly medicinal, spicy and peppery with notes of fruit.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2007 Huge props to Sancho for this one...right up my alley. Nice opaque reddish amber. Great malt....nice hops, with a wonderful mix of bitterness. Grapefruit and caramel, but neither are overpowering. Just a touch of sweetnes....great IPA.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a discolored dark rose. The head is dense and leaves a solid lace throughout the session.
Caramel, orange peel and fruity hops on the nose.
Oranges, caramel, cardboard, citrus hops and herbal hops throughout. Solid flavor and a very full in the mouth. An excellent IPA.
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
beautiful appearance, red coloring w/ white head, apple, alcohol nose, sweet fruit flavor, fresh malts, the hop devil himself must have sucked all of the bitters out of my bottle, b/c it was generally lacking in the hop area, which needless to say, dropped the points for this one, I really wasnít too impressed by this one.
FridgRaider (108) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Very good Pale Ale. Not to hoppy mixed perfectly with the malts to give it that unique flavor. This is a IPA I can drink. I was very pleased with the flavor.
bb (8314) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 25, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Bronzish ber with a thin off-white head. Hoppy aroma (citrus), but not that strong. Clean, refreshing, malt balanced with hops. Nice flavor - caramel and good hop flavor (citrus, earthy) that causes some tingling. Big disapointment. I expected so much more from this. Iíd say itís no where near the quality of many west coast IPAís. Barely any aroma (for an IPA) and not enough bitterness. I wanted/expected much more from this - even went a day out my my way just to get some bottle on the eat coast. And there are still months to go on the freshness dating. Overall - better than most brewpub IPAís, but not the quality of most microís IPAís. Itíd be a good pale ale.
Pailhead (6376) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Aroma is a slightly sweet grapefruit and citrus. Pours a transparent amber with an okay white head that is gone in a minute or so. Not as hoppy as I expected. More malty than expected. Flavors are kind of citrus, grapefruit, and caramel without any of these being the dominant flavor. Most of the taste comes in the finish and the hops barely outweigh the sweetness. Rather dry. A little more hops or a little less sweetness would improve this beer, but still very good. Fits right in the middle of the IPA's I've had.