Aurelius (4657) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice buttery aroma featuring toffee, caramel and hops. Minor grumbles about the label, but the beer itself is a nice orange, with good pour appearance. Dry-ish but still malty, woody and hoppy. You can tell from the start that this beer is extremely well-crafted. Good mothfeel. Hoppy, but still very mellow. Excellent, excellent.
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange/amber colour. Excellent aroma with plenty of hops (Cascade etc.) and citrus (grapefruit). Based on a pleasant maltiness the flavour develops into a devilishly long hoppy and acidic finish. I also find lightly spicy notes in aroma as well as flavour. All in all a wonderful IPA!
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - FEB 26, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong hops bitterness in the aroma...sour apple, pine, floral. The flavor was hoppy as well, but sweet...caramel, tobacco, and pine. Wonderful IPA.
koatis (50) - Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2003 Deep amber color, pleasant citrus and floral aroma, short head. Starts with a bit of sweet malt, but finishes with a great hoppy bitterness. This is an excellent IPA, and may be a less expensive alternative for Sierra Nevada Pale Ale lovers like myself.
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
- cloudy amber color with a short creamy head, aroma is straight hops; flavor is hoppy though not excessive, bitter as one would expect from a well-hopped ale, dry as well as a bit of malty sweetness, smooth with a rich texture
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A solid, smooth IPA. It seems like most beers of this style are extremely similar, with little variation between (most) brewers. For a "Hop Devil," this one has decent, but not great, bite. It seems to me Bells Two-Hearted ale has more hops bite. Not as complex as Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, either, but still not a bad choice.
Vikingbeau (67) - Albertville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
"Best enjoyed by 2/24/03"...I enjoyed on 2/20/03. That made me a little nervous. This beer was really good but more malt than the bitter and hoppy as I remembered her at a previous tasting. Maybe the age of the bottle. She gave and maintained good head. One last thing she left lace which makes me want to come back for more.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber in color, small head. Scent is pine/hops. Taste is more of an amber than an IPA. For a beer that claims to be a Hopdevil/IPA this is unexpectedly subdued in its hop bite. That being said this is a drinkable, refreshing, crisp beer but not what it claims to be. I am not a hop-head but I would be disappointed in this.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - FEB 11, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful nose of spicy fruit, citrus and perfume. This brew pours from the bottle a cloudy orange amber. The large creamy off-white head is mostly lasting with fair lacing. The brisk flavor is much more balanced and complex than most brews of this style that normally just bludgeon you with a giant hop hammer. The brew starts bold with a toasted and spicy malt front. The middle is warm, and slightly sweet and sour with a moderate to heavy acidity. The finish is long and bitter as one would expect from an IPA. The medium dry body is lively and finishes very astringent. This great beer exceeds my expectations for one of my favorite styles. Again it reminds me of Stone Ruination and Sam Smith's IPA in that it is much more than a hop loaded assault on the drinker's taste buds.
Nuffield (3836) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
I think this beer deserves praise as an example of the style, although I don't know what that adds up to in the overall scheme of things. Pours initially hazy, clearing to a copper brown, not much head. After pouring it I could smell the aroma clearly when my nose was still two feet from the glass. What is most impressive is the level of malt backbone to this, making it more than just a hop experience. But a hop experience it remains--one of the better hop flavors I've found in an IPA, very natural and fresh tasting, with a similarly natural bitterness--and it makes me think again what would the "Top 100" list look like if there were real geographic balance among people voting. I felt there was still a lack of interest and complexity of flavors. Nicely warming. Good stuff, overall, if this what excites you.