FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2005 Pours with a thick frothy pale tan colored head that sits atop a ruby tinted, clear copper colored beer. The aroma is quite interesting, a mix of citrus, pine and spicy basil, with notes of artichoke and perhaps some asparagus as well. Is the aroma off or just an interesting mix of hops, I am not too sure. There is also a caramel-type, malty background note in the aroma as well. The taste is sharp and hoppy from start to finish, especially in the finish where the bitterness really comes through with a bracing note that grabs the tongue and mouth and keeps a sharp grip on your palate. The beer has a bit of malt to it, actually a fair amount it is just hard to sense over all the hops, with notes of caramel and toasted biscuits.
The hops you ask, yes they are here and in full force with notes of bold pine, sharp herbs, hints of mint & basil, a backdrop of grapefruit, and a bracing astringency. This is a really nice example of an over-the-top Northwest IPA, as promised it perhaps is a bit too hoppy, but for some reason my palate is perfectly willing to accept its bracing brashness, you definitely need to be ready for a hop onslaught though.
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AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Quite a potent IPA, I actually really appreciated this one. If you’re not a hophead you’ll hate this brew. But if you are, I highly recommend that you indulge yourself. Delicious.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2007 Bottle. Pours a medium to deep amber color with a fantastic off-white head. Oddly enough there are floaties that seem to just suspend in the liquid which detract a bit. Aroma is very pleasant and floral, quite light considering what my palate is going to be hit with shortly. Feels like a lighter beer than it probably is in palate due to the huge hop dosing, feels watery. Big, fat blast of hop bitterness slaps my face and calls me Sally on taste. Sweet Jesus, this one lingers as a painful reminder of the power of Chinook. If you are looking for hop juice, look no further. 8/3/5/2/12 <P> Bottle on 13 Aug. 07. Not really as hoppy as previous review, no slapping, no name-calling. Decent IPA, amber colored fair white head. Pleasant hop aroma with citrus and pine. Medium bodied, pleasant bitterness that seems a little weak now. Some caramel notes. Fair, better than I rated it before, but not spectacular.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - AUG 26, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear copper appearance, modest head formation. Strong grapefruit aroma, with mild caramel and biscuit. Ver hoppy bitter palate, spicy with plenty of grapefruit citrus throughout, a real menace of a hoppy brew. Runs a little thin in body with little malt support. Bitterness lingers long into the aftertaste. Love the hop smack in the face just a liitle one dimensional.
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 14, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
No head. Brownish-orange. Aroma is pine and dog food. No malt. Hot spiciness and hops. Bitter and takes a bit of getting used to.
OldMrCrow (2427) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2006 From the bottle.
Pours a clear copper with a limited head. Aroma is one-dimensional: hops with perhaps a hint of yeast. The taste is, frankly, quite unpleasant - and this coming from someone whose favorite style is the IPA. I get an initial taste of salty, burnt malt followed by an unbalanced blast of hops that are more rank than bitter. Palate is watery.
A considerable disappointment. Perhaps I got a bad bottle? 4/3/3/2/7=1.9
Rerate 10/21/06 Not a great IPA but not nearly as bad as I rated this one last time. I’m assuming there was something wrong with that bottle, and have adjusted my ratings to ignore that previous experience.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear topaz with a large white head that diminished mostly. Sweet fruity malt aroma with hints of caramel and plenty of floral and citrus hop notes. Citrus and piney hops dominate the flavor with some of the caramel malt evident as well. Nice grapefruit peel finish. Light to medium body and creamy carbonation. A very pleasant IPA
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a good hophead’s IPA. Deep orange in color with a frothy white head, it begins quietly with an aroma of sweet flowers and oranges. When it hits the mouth, the first thing you taste is the pleasant caramel malt. Briefly. The hops explode in the mouth in a riotous profusion of hop bitterness that soon causes the lips to tingle as well. It’s got a nice long bitter finish that leaves the mouth watering for more. I’ve got to try this brewery’s IIPA, too.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 9, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a mighty tasty IPA! Beer pours a transparent copper color with a tight and fluffy head. Aroma has sweet notes mixed with grassy oranges. Taste abounds with hops - tingy and zesty, bitter and DRY. Lemon peel and grass with a slight orange character. An interesting thing about this beer is the aroma is sweet and the flavor is profoundly bitter - it lingers nicely on the tongue. I like this beer - poo poo to those who brand this one dimensional!
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2005 Clear amber body with a frothy white head. The aroma was citrus peel, hops, grass. Light to medium bodied, gentle carbonation, smooth texture. The flavor was refreshing and rewarding. This was a good IPA.