Sammy (12984) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2004
Exceptional IPA grapefruit highly hopped with edge of rye, which made it quite interesting. Amber. Very drinkable to the point of drop off. Hop burps citrus aroma. Malts for balance. Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2004
This is a fantastic beer. Pours a deep copper/red color with a nice white head. The aroma and taste are dominated by hops of which are very flavorful. A wondeful beer and highly recommended. mjg74 (3199) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 11, 2004
Pours a dark amber color with a long lasting, creamy off-white head. Aroma: I can smell this stuff from over a foot away. Smell is sweet, hoppy, and fruity. Huge aroma. Very hoppy, very smooth. Alcohol seems to be well masked. ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 10, 2004
wow hot damn. smells like an IIPA, pours like an IIPA, and you guessed it- bitter like an IIPA. pours out dark brown color witha nice white head that just sits there and doesnt show any signs of leaving the beer. smell is very hoppy. smells like great divide hercules. taste is hoppy and dry on the finish, goes down very well. a nice smooth drinking 8% ale. this could get me floored if i had cases of it. i think i found something that i would buy all the time if it were in this state. cheap (3.00 a 22), potent, and excellent. a combo that is rivaled by few. awesome beer. skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 9, 2004
Thick, dark, unfiltered. Even darker than expected - almost menacing. Heavy hop aroma that carried all the way thru. The sequence goes like this: Smell hops, Taste hops, repeat. There is NO finish in this one. The carbonation just dries on the tongue and the beer instantaneously disappears.
Crockett (1139) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2004
Pours light mahogony. Big creamy head settles into a firm rocky foam. Lots of hop in the aroma with a light licorice scent. Toasty and chewy. Grapefruit, rum, butter, lemon rind, burnt sugar. Long bitter finish with lots of citrus. Should have a more pronounced rye character. Alcohol is very well hidden. shadey (2171) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 6, 2004
Well I should have known. When it’s from California and it says hop on the label, I am prolly going to think it is way over-hopped. I just don’t get it and I probably never will. What is with all the hops?!?!
The head and lacing on this beer were amazing however. The head was a soft pillowing fluf that just never quit. Even after I started drinking there remained big snowy puff of head on the inside of the glass. Unreal. Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - AUG 6, 2004
Brilliant reddish-amber colour, excellent head retention obviously from the rye. Hoppy aroma. Well balanced flavor of hops and malt. Dry finish, big, well-rounded mouthfell. Rich aftertaste. cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2004
I had this on tap. The beer is a nice amber. The smell is of hops. The taste is balanced with with malt/hops. The taste isn’t as hoppy as I had expected, but is above average for IPAs. The alcohol is not noticeably high in the taste. I had this on tap at MacGregor’s Rochester, NY. ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUL 29, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2007 12/2/07: Re-rate. Draught at brewpub. The standout beer in the 10-beer sampler I had. Caramel malt notes in the aroma with substantial hop. Very dark amber color with off-white head. Excellent lace. Strong with rich hop. Delicious! Hard to top this brew. Lovely. 7/29/04: Another winner from the folks at Bear Republic! Hoppy & sweet aroma. Beautiful, cloudy red color with excllent lace. Despite less than ideal head size appearance is one of this beer’s strong suits. At first sip, the substantial ABV is noticeable. Nice perfumy hop profile as well. Really nice flavor with some subtle hints of caramel and chocolate. Warming and very good. Ar 8, Ap 5, Fl 8, Pal 5, Ov 17