UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 14, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2003 Rerate....I think this is the beer that all american IPAs should aspire to be. Deep golden amber color, with a sustaining white head. Aroma is very hoppy, yet suspended by a strong maltiness. Mild citric grapefruit and heavy herbal aromas mingling with appley fruitiness and sweet pale maltiness. Flavor is absolutely perect. Bold fearless hopping, although not in the least bit too agressive, with a perfect malt sweetness to balance it out. Light apple esters, citrus, mild grassy outdoorsiness. I can't believe I don't buy this beer all the time. It's incredible.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
finally found some of this. this is right at the top of IPA’s, next to Stone. very hoppy, very delicious.
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had this on tap last year and the hops were too much. Had a bottle this time and the hops, although still the dominating factor, seemed tamer. Very floral, to the point of squashing anything else. Overall not too bad though.
gthank (73) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 13, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours up with a nice pale head over a dark honey body. The aroma is slightly floral, but predominately pine, and slightly sweet. The palate is your typical IPA. The flavor was quite interesting, since sweet malts came out much more than is typical in IPAs, providing a nice counter-balance to the hops. Overall, this is right up there with the best of the IPAs.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Floral aroma, dark-colored like an amber, and
a well balanced malt taste. Hops are noticable,
but not too strong, and the beer is reminiscent of
Red Seal. Delicious!
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The hops are there, but they don’t hurt you. Not overpowering with a good long finish.
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Where are the hops, what is this maybe 20 I.B.U.’s? Just kidding, given the name you know going into it that it is going to be hoppy. The question is how will it drink? Very smoothly, this is a hopheads dream come true.
michaelm18 (118) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 2, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Extremem hops, great body, smooth finish. Too bad I can’t find this many places.
notalush (5222) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2005 [as with their other beer, quality has suffered as of late] This is the best IPA I’ve had in a long time. The color is perfect, and the hops melt perfectly into the overall flavor of the beer, rather than overpowering it like in most other IPAs. My only complaint is that it doesn’t smell nearly as good as it tastes.
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.