piscator34 (2534) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 5, 2005
Light copper in colour with a fair amount of carbonation and good lacing. Good grapefruity c-hop aromas are dominant, with some bready malt notes creeping in. Flavor wise, the malt takes a greater role, branching out into some nut-like overtones. The hop element becomes more complex as well, gaining elements of pine, earth, and grass, along with the previously mentioned citrus quality. Solid bitterness and a clean finisher. BeerandBlues2 (13323) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 4, 2005
Draught. Pours golden copper with a small off-white head and lined lacing. Citrus hop pine resin and grapefruit floral hop aroma. Grapefruit hop bitter flavor with a nutty malt body. Medium bodied and dry palate. howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 1, 2005
Slightly hazy amber, decent lasting head. Big brash hop aromas - citrus, pine, mint, fruit. Big hop flavors balanced nicely by heavy sweet malts. Crisply bitter finish dries things out a bit. Big IPA! leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 31, 2005
Pours a clear golden color with lingering bubbles throughout and a small bright white head. Butter, citrus (mostly grapefruit and lemon), and a hint of sweet malt in the aroma. Soothingly dry with citrus and earthy hop flavors dominating. A subtle touch of alcohol is also present. Nice lingering hop bitteness in the finish. GuilTTy (733) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2005
Clear and deep amber pour supporting a two finger light khaki head with lacing that started like thick velvet cutrains then relaxed a bit but stuck around forever. Hoppy grapefruit aroma jumped out of the glass along with pine notes and malt. Very flavorful and very much in line with the aroma. Grapefruit, vanilla, sweet malt, cut grass and a good helping of hops. Crisp finish. I got this one as part of a beer of the month club shipment and I didn’t expect much of it but I was pleasantly surprised. Nice IPA.
pineypower (3330) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2005
Pours out a golden orange/straw color, somewhat cloudy with a small head. The aroma is the nice citrus of the amarillo. The taste is very similiar to other amarillo beers, this one is very drinkable with a good hop taste. clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2008 Draft at the brewery. This is a great beer in the bottle, but fresh on tap takes it to a much higher level. Rate Beer doesn’t have aroma ratings high enough for this IPA! This seems to me to be an underrated IPA. I drove from Ohio to Colorado to try this beer at the brewery. My notes from that day- "Crisp, refreshing, floral aroma and some citrus flavor, the aroma is unbelievable, so fresh, bursting!!! This is the IPA that all brewers should strive for. It is such a wonderful balance of hop bitterness, flavor, and aroma with just the right malt presence to hold it all together. EXCELLENT! By the way, I have had it in on draft in Ohio since my trip to Colorado and while, as with the bottle version, it is excellent, it does not have the fresh burst of hops that it had in Boulder. Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2006 Bottle courtesy of matta. Golden/slightly orange with little head, fades to film in no time. Great lacing. Nice blend of citrus and pine hops in aroma, sweet malt background. Flavor is all pine hop up front, malt balance shows up through middle, fades back to all pine again. Long lingering piney afteraste, huge hop belches. Glad to re-rate this and give it, it’s proper due. KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2005
This one pours a light amber with a big, relatively lingering, off white head. The nose is strong and pleasant with floral hints, a bit of alcohol, and a citrus presence. The mouthfeel is a neither thick nor thin. At first I taste a medium-bitter bite with, perhaps, caramel hints. I also sense something that resembles orange peels in the end. The finish is a strong, lingering bitter with light sweetness. The alcohol was never present, which is a good thing. The problem is that this beer is too easy to categorize as just another hoppy IPA. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 18, 2005
Pours coppery gold with a white head. Smells of hay, roses, morning dew and straw. Tastes of citrus, yogurt and grass. Semi-sweet finish. Not as bitter as most IPAs I’ve had.