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. RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2005
Pours medium gold with good white head. Grassy dry-hop aroma is apparent. Nice balance between the malt and hops. With the fullness and alcohol level, getting close to a double IPA. I liked this one, as I have with others from this brewer. ABUSEDGOAT (2793) - California, USA - JUL 17, 2005
Powerful and hoppy IPA. Aroma is dominated with hops and finishes the same way, a little grassy even. Better than most IPAs out there.
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 17, 2005
12oz bottle. Light gold color. Small white foamy head. Aroma is citrus and floral, fruity and sweet. A medium bodied India Pale Ale. Malts are caramel and fruit. Hops are grapefruity. A medium bitter IPA. Good balance. Nice hoppy west coast style IPA. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and hoppy. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and a little grapefruity. jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUL 16, 2005
Pours amber with large head that stays. Aroma is of doughy malt, aroma of apricot and orange hops. Flavor of slightly toasty malt, citric and fruity and grassy hops. Bitter finish. Bitter and hoppy aftertaste. The full lasting bitterness makes this one stand out from most IPA’s. tennisjoel (1476) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2007 Rerate: This beer is very enjoyable with a nice grapefruit flavor. It scored 2nd highest (behind 2 hearted in a 10 beer IPA head to head taste test) Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2005
Excellent Beer! Very hoppy with hints of grapefruit and citrus flavors. The hops hit you hard at first, but the finish is very smooth and more malty.
Bottle: Aroma is grapefruit with some light fruitiness. Transparent amber with an insignificant white head. Loaded with citrus with just a touch of caramel hidden in the background. Very nice grapefruit hop finish. Well balanced. Moderate hoppy aftertaste. A very nice IPA. DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 5, 2005
(22 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with goldtwins, thanks Larry!) This is a clean, crisp, hoppy IPA with a pale malty backbone. Hops are moderately bitter, citrusy (lemon and grapefruit), and a bit floral. The malt is slightly sweet, a bit fruity (orange citrus) and light in body, but noticeable. Overall flavor is slightly balanced toward the hops. Medium golden color is a bit on the pale side, and it’s slightly hazy in appearance. The off-white head is very sizeable on the pour, rising to well over an inch. It very gradually diminishes to a full, quarter-inch layer that just won’t quit, and a dense blanket of lace covers the glass. All in all, this is pleasant, but it comes across to me as a pretty basic west coast IPA. Could use just a touch more malt to satisfy my malty cravings, but not bad.