Kaya161 (1139) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 11, 2002
Hoppy and quenching. A well-balanced, quality APA. Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2002
Hello hops! Almost got knocked out just smelling this fine brew. Best one I had at the 2002 Oregon Brewers Festival. I feel this brewer is diverse in taste, as everything I’ve had from them is different and great. Wonderful beer. Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2002
Could be the most pine-resinous IPA I’ve yet had. Yes, as claimed in the commercial description, it is sweet, a bit in the aroma, and more in flavor. Yet don’t call this one as balanced as some of its kindred bretheren...oh, no, Hopheads shall rejoice. This brewery is really outstanding. I think I have to get the apparel from the website...so far I only wear Lagunitas, Sudwerk, Cisco...and now, Bear? tbissell99 (6) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 23, 2002 does not count psychpunk99 (13) - California, USA - JUL 1, 2002
Great beer. Nice head and color. Left me too full to sample anything else!!
pivo (2685) - GERMANY - JUN 25, 2002
Hops galore in the nose and taste. Supported by a full, sweet maltiness. A clean profile that goes from 0-100 very quickly. Not complex, but fantastically aggressive. Great west coast IPA, particularly in you are a hop-head like me. VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 24, 2002
Hazy amber. Sticky, super dense vanilla head. Moderate carbonation. Toasted butterscotch aroma mixed with pine, citric hop notes. Not overly hoppy in the nose. Creamy and rich and smooth with a thick malt base and building pine, citric hop mix. Immensely balanced. Not as hoppy as expected, but more than adequate. Large yeast pour integrates well and leaves no chunks. Turns sweeter as it warms. Gains a bit in the creamy malt department. Pine flavor increases as well. Finishes thick and filling, yet still balanced. This is good, but so filling and heavy. Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 19, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2003 Draught @ Papago
The beer as it’s poured straight from the tap a cloudless golden amber with the head a majestic crown of white, creamy in texture with a fine sealing coat of lace upon the glass. The floral aroma of the hops greets your senses first, followed by the sweet fresh malt sweetness; start carries on the malt sweetness to the middling top. Finish is perky in it’s acidity, the hops potent and pleasing in their spicy bite, desert dry aftertaste, and one “damn” fine IPA in my books, and one I always keep on hand in the bottle and a great example of a California IPA.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUN 5, 2002
Fantastic IPA from a brewer that’s quickly making its way up my top list. There’s some sweet orange and pineapple flavors in this but it’s all wrapped in a very impressive tangy, dry, crisp, hop bitter palate. TAR (2742) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - JUN 5, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2004 The aroma is loaded with floral goodness and crystal malt sweetness. The palate is a winner; a pronounced sappiness and resinous edge which I expect from such a beer, yet very drinkable. The balance is amazing with substantial bitterness and malt texture and residual sweetness. Nice IPA.