apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells robust and hoppy, a hint of sugar and a lot of citrus. It also looked really nice, with a frothy head. But I lost my great first impression with my first sip. It's very bland for an IPA, but not bad - just average. Mild hoppiness, like a PA, and the finish is highly grapefruit-like and biting. This beer just needs something to balance it out, I think.
notalush (4824) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[bottled] Copper in color, with a respectable white lacing - pine aroma,with a bit of grain - crisp, slightly dry, decent hopping (not sure which hops are used here, but I feel the combination could be pulled off better) - very defined grapefruit flavor - some woody notes in the flavor as well - this needs some more malts to balance out the hoppiness, not so much in the initial flavor, but in the finish (the finish gets a little thin) - a decent IPA, though.
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice. Dry and crisp. BItter and piney. Amber with thin white head and a full roasty flavor. An enjoyable IPA. Leaves a nice lingering bitter aftertaste. On rerate..still enjoyable but could use a bit more malt in teh background. Became more noticable as the beer warmed. Still a great IPA
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 6, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
GABF '03 Deep amber in color,huge hop aroma,west coast hops all the way it would seem,great flavor,citrus/orangey, and a good malt balance.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 1, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a full-figured IPA. Very piney aroma. Nice dark amber appearace. Strong bitter hop flavor that is quite crisp. Enough malt to keep it well balanced and nice bitter finish. Very nice. Not overwhelmingly bitter, but quite enjoyable.
mribm (457) - Ocala, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Poured with an ample light tan head. Hops were present in the nose. The taste exhibited more hops married with a good amount of malt. The finish was a buttery/hoppy finish. Very nice beer.
1more4dessert (330) - Upstate, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
These boys know how to brew a beer. Not what I was expecting from a CNY winery when I picked up a couple of IPas and Dopplebocks. An almost unsurpassed hop floral bouquet awaits and a fine hopped up but balanced brew. This can compete with the best of them. A rave is in order for a 3-rating beer. I'll try another to make sure I/m not spouting off, but second only to DFH 90 in my opinion.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy dark amber. Frothy off-white head. Fresh pine & grapefruit aroma. Moderately sticky. Nice firm, clean flavour. Good malt background & lovely, long bitter finish. Not exactly my first choice for #500, but I was at a festival & it was my second favorite beer of the evening.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 22, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2006 I got to have this on tap at MacGregors. Pours a dark hazel with a great head. Unfiltered. Nose of hops. Very very good IPA, probably the best in the east. Surprisingly good for a place that specializes in making wine and brew as an afterthought. Maybe changing their focus? 8,4,8,5,16=4.1
re-rate: on tap at the Chapter House. Pours the same as it always did. Aroma is very tea like. No real hops in there at all. The body is thin. The flavor just tastes of black tea. Oh man I bet they stopped dry-hopping and just moved to steeping in the whirlpool. This is a shadow of the beer I had a couple years ago. Just aweful. Never lowerd a beer 1.5 but it had to be done.
jgb9348 (4694) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2003 Rating #2:
Dark amber in colour with a thin dense off-white head. Very stron floral hop aroma. Medium-bodied; strong piney hop flavour with a very powerful malt background. A very nice IPA. Bittered aftertaste from both the hops and the malt, but a great mouthful. Overall, pretty good for the style, and one of my favourites from the brewery. I had this pint on draught at MacGregor's in Rochester, New York. Rating for this review: 8,3,7,3,13.
Dark in colour, almost a light amber. A definate hoppy aroma very barren of malt. A clean taste, with some noticable hops, but not overwhelmingly so. A clean aftertaste, good enough to drink a couple without feeling full!
Had on tap at MacGregor's in Rochester, New York. Rating for this review: 6,3,7,3,12