jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 29, 2004
Poured a beautiful golden with copper hues, capped of by a smooth creamy white head. Aroma was floral and hoppy. The flavor was excellent; full and hoppy, but complex. My first impression was that it was a relatively sweet beer, but each sip brought increased dryness and bitterness. A bitter finish, and full of flavor. Very smooth mouthfeel, which I really liked. A highly enjoyable IPA. FROTHINGSLOSH (7796) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2011 I really like a number of Anchor’s beers including this one. +++ Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer pours a golden color with a small tan head. There is a mild flowery, hoppy aroma. The flavor has the distinct cascade hop flavor that I enjoy with a surprising amount of malty balance. The hops while strong are not overwhelming. Certainly no death by hops, but then again it is not so one dimensional as many IPAs get. A pleasant drink to be sure. jsquire (4489) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2004
Orange/amber out of the bottle with lots of tiny suspended floaties. White foam ring to the bottom of the glass. Citrus hop nose. Caramel sweetness with well balanced hop flavors. Seems almost small for an IPA, but still a very nice beer. Rupp (13) - Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2004
Deep golden,slight haze, good head retention. Good hop aroma, slight malt presence, slightly sweet, very fruity and clean. Great balance of malt and bitterness. Some diacetyl and caramel in flavor. Definitely a fine AIPA. Imbockinsxtx (82) - Big Bend (Benavides, TX), Texas, USA - APR 25, 2004
Small Head but makes up for in nice dark amber appearance. No Lacing to spaek of but lots of Hop Flavour. I really enjoyed this beer. Will have again ASAP.
walleye (1099) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2004
amber with a lasting head,citrus and a little bitter not to bad of a ale I starting to like ale a little sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2004
Pours a light amber with a long-lasting, white, bubbly head; lacing all the way down. Aroma is nice and clean and very hoppy/grassy with some citrus. Flavor is slightly malty in the front, with some floral and citrusy flavors, followed by a solid jolt of bitter hops. Very clean, nice and crisp. IPAs are not my favorite style, but this is a nice example of a decent one. Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 21, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2004 Pours a pretty amber with a thick frothy off-white head. Nose is floral, hoppy, and sweet. Good taste, very, very clean. There are notes of hops, apple, lemon, yeast and citrus. Finish is great, with a hint of spice and yeast, kinda like fresh bread. This is another great beer by the fine folks at ABC. You can taste the care that they put into their beers. This beer would go perfectly with spicy foods or a very robust meal.
Re-rate: too bitter and where are the hops? jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2005 Nice ale. Pours a clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma is very hoppy and citrusy. Taste is of strong hops, grapefruit and is very floral. Nicely balanced, not overpowering. I would consider this a mix between an American Pale Ale and an IPA. Mouthfeel is very full and round. recommended. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2004
I'd seriously underestimated this beer in the past, for my enthusiasm was markedly greater when I sat down to study it, smell it, and appreciate it's complexities. I'll bet I was drinking it out of a bottle in a noisy, smoky bar.
Thick white head, settles soon. Pale orange color. Fresh aroma, incredible fruit! Peaches, apricots, citrus, with perfect integration--nothing stands over or above anything else. Quite mellow and smooth, this is an ideal session beer, not too powerful in hops or alcohol, but one that rewards the attentive. Fritz Maytag and the boys at Anchor are the ultimate craftsmen and this is a perfect product. Everything is so well-formed and pure, it's amazing. Great balance, flavor, everything