apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is some great beer!!! It has incredible hoppiness, yet incredible smoothness. This beer has so much flavor - my mouth waters at the thought of having another.
ARMed (573) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2002
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Should be know as íRed Devilí. Unbelievable red color. Clear crisp and blasting with redness! I was so taken back by the incredible color I forgot to discuss the aroma. Almost a cherry aroma with a minty aftertaste. Nice bitter flvor with very little sweetness. Complex, bold, intense, exceptional, outstanding. Crazy with flavor. I can only imagine the draft of this. I canít wait for another! This is my kind of beer.
monkeyman (57) - Alabama, USA - AUG 29, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
All tasting notes on fresh samples (most recent was íBest by 12-02í): Phenomenal, accessible, hop-crazy and oh-so-aromatic; extremely consistent of late (must be that new bottling plant!). Ever had Sierra Nevadaís Celebration Ale? This is almost identical; excepting a slight insubstantiality in the malt profile. Because I cannot identify the name of hops by flavor, Iíll assume thereís Cascade in there, simply because of the similarity to Celebration. In the past 18 months, the most outrageous, flowery, stingingly hoppy IPA around; again, dead-on consistent, batch to batch, never caustic or harshly bitter. Wow.
uglybastard (101) - Riverside, California, USA - AUG 27, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber colored with a nice head that fades down to a small soapy layer. Leaves a very nice lace on the glass. Sweet, flowery nose that is intense and bold. A taste and...Wow. This beer is amazing. I donít usually like pales this much. I saw it on the top beers list and decided to try it. One of the better decisions iíve made in life. The intense hoppyness is balanced with malt better than any pale that has passed my palate. Has a creamy, vanilla quality to the flavor that iíve never experienced in a pale. The light carbonation adds to the effect. Hops tinge on the finish. This certainly is one of the best beers iíve ever tasted and certainly the best pale iíve ever tasted. This will be the mark by wich all other pales are judged.
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 26, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2003 Clear amber color, tan head which dissipates to a nice clingy lace. Aroma is hoppy, citrus & pine aplenty. Initial light malt sweetness gets clobbered by a hops bitterness that lingers on.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - AUG 25, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iíve seen this mature over the month that it took me to consume my case of it. Enormous Hop aroma that has some excellent caramel malt that seems slighty roasted behind it. This is exceptionally well balanced beer covers a lot of the outrageous hop tastes till the end where you get nailed. its got a dry pine cone taste to it. Absolutelly outstanding. My favorite IPA.
stormking (23) - Cuddy, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2002
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ok, what a surprise when I noticed hops in the aroma. Go figure. Nice reddish amber hue, head dissipated quickly. Will have to try again 1st instead of 5th. Liked it everytime Iíve ordered it. You must try it on cask if you can find it.
coldandhot99 (18) - Abingdon, Maryland, USA - AUG 21, 2002
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tried it as my first beer this time and not after four hours of beer tasting. I like a hoppy beer and definitely rate this beer #1.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
this is an irish-setter rusty amber beer, with a lather of tallow colored foam that makes it as appealing as a check in the mail. appropriately named beer: itís true that i experienced unchaste thoughts, greed and gluttony whilst draining this beverage--but then, to me, these are savored and quotidian carnalities. i mean of course that itís appropriate to have "hop" in the name of a beer that screams "hops" in a strident language that ears are deaf to, but is nonetheless resounding to nose and palate. my translation is rough because my nose isnít as fluent as iíd like, but itís something about how hops make our lives better, along with reference to oranges and pine and alcohol and even some old spice aftershave--something too about blithely selling our souls to beelzebub for bodacious beers-- but my aroma dictionary is out on loan at the moment so i canít be sure. be assured that it IS full, dry, and scintillating. great in any language.
Panzuriel (1225) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very aggressive beer, but not too strong. Where most beers would go overboard with flavor. This one walks the line without going over into the land of bad things.