argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 25, 2004
(draft) Clear amber body with off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, lemon peel, grapefruit, some caramel. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, herbal, herby. Medium body, light resin. BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 6, 2004
Bronze amber, light shimmering gold. The light sticky head & lacing. The aroma is earthy & perfume with some caramel malt. The flavor is bitter sweet with more hops. Finishes tangy, citrusy & hoppy, dry alcohol mouthfeel. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2004
As far as an IPA should look, this hits the mark very nice in my opinion. Nice amber color with a great white head that lasts for a while leaving moderate lacing. Aroma was slightly malty, with good hop tones and citrus finish. Taste is very bitter with a slight citrus taste and a good hop content. A little too bitter for my taste but very refreshing on a nice day. jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - MAY 21, 2004
12oz bottle, ~50 degrees, brewed in Washington.
Pours a light orange/yellow with a fluffy and firm white head. Very attractive. The head is almost merangue like as it recedes- makes wierd little bumps. Aroma is sharply grassy, slightly lemony, a tad soapy, a bit antiseptic. Not bad. Flavor is suprisingly malty, quite bitter but not harsh, has a bit of tangy hop flavor around the middle, but not much. Maybe a bit lacking in the flavor department for me. It is pleasent and refreshing though, good for a hot-ass day like today. It’s more of a NW pale ale than an IPA, aside from the sharp bitterness maybe.
AlabastorJones (815) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 19, 2004
Very sweet and fruity nose, not so much a hoppy aroma, clear bronze coloring with a thin creamy head, intense hop flavor, off to a good start, citrus, malty finish, not much of a complicated flavor but the hoppiness brings it up a few pegs for sure, I’m not saying this anything great but it definatly deserves a try, so ignore everything you learned in D.A.R.E. and listen to me, try it.
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 8, 2004
Amber with a little bit of white foam, with a deep earthy aroma, evergreen with traces of wet clay and soy. Immediate grapefruit flavor on the palate with traces of lemon, long piney, grapefruit aftertaste. Fairly extreme IPA, not balanced but definitely assertive and under the right circumstances, pretty good. TChrome (1481) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2004
Looks nice in the glass, color of dark honey with a big off white head that has excellent retention. Aroma is lacking. Hoppiness is there, albeit, in a quite muted fashion. There is also a musty aroma in there that should pop with freshness. Flavor is better than the aroma. Flavor is mostly pure grapefruit juice with not a lot of malt balance. Palate is a bit thin. OK IPA, but there are many, much better examples of the style. Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - APR 28, 2004
Lively head large bubbles moving fast. Light fruity aroma, flavor is very refreshing a little sweet and fruity but also a bit tart. Alcohol is completely hidden 9% and I would honestly drink this on a hot day when thirsty Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Dark yellow color. Fizzy, not much head. Aroma is all pine and a little citrus. Medium mouthfeel. Hops come in with a sticky, spicy and slightly sour taste. A little alcohol up front, but not bad. Slight metallic taste in the finish. Ok beer. leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2004
An unusual looking hazy copper color with rocky white (slightly off-white) head. Earthy, ressiny hop nose with notes of citrus. Easy drinking but it doesn't pack that extreme hops the label promises. Watery on the palate with a nice balance of hops and malt flavors. I'd put this one in a new category, IPA Light.