uglybastard (101) - Riverside, California, USA - SEP 3, 2002
Light copper in color with a thin creamy white crown which leaves a lovely lace Light pineapple, hoppy smell. Sweet hoppy flavor that fades into a hoppy spicyness. Nice fresh fruityness with a sticky, tart aftertaste. Smooth, creamy and chewy on the tongue.
After Hop Rod Ryes and Stone Ruinations, these mere mortal IPAs seem like watered down versions. They are great beers, don’t get me wrong, but I think the uber-ipa’s should have a seperate catagory.
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 1, 2002
Good looking slightly hazy orange-red color. Small head leave incredible amount of lace all the way down my pint glass. the aroma is fantastically fruity to citrusy hoppy. The taste starts with a hint of sweet maltyness but quickly procedes to the main event where the hops get the KO on your taste buds. they are bitter but they also have plenty of earthy flavors to share with you tongue. I am ready for more of this one. VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2002
A good quality WC IPA. Big piney and citric hops on the nose. Hop onslaught on the palate begins as soon as the first sip touches your mouth. Malts struggle to show their presence, eventually battling the hops to a virtual stalemate. Some warming peppery flavors sit in the finish along with a pronounced and pleasant bitterness. Everything about this is just big to the point that it is well-rounded for the style. Deep hazy copper color. Very nice rendition. papajohn (1250) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - AUG 21, 2002
UPDATED: APR 9, 2006 8/21/02: Real nice IPA. Not the hoppiest, but it has some zip. Nice sweet malt in the background. It would be a quaffer, but for the 7% ABV.
4/9/05: Initial aroma is pine forest. Orange amber color with a moderate offwhite head. Flavor starts fruity (apricot, orange) turning light grapefruit bitter and finishing kinda dry and orange rind bitter. Medium body, smooth witth moderate carbonation. HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 13, 2002
Very hoppy nose. Loads of PNW hops. Beautiful head and lace. The palate does seem a little light considering this beer is 7% ABV. Very smooth and hoppy. The finish is long and hoppy. Very dry. If the beer had more malt and hops it would be up there with Victory, Stone, and Tuppers.
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!!