jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2005
Bottle. Pours a clear classic copper with a medium off-white head. Nice aroma; musty, floral, earthy and grainy. Flavor starts off with toasted malt, wood, caramel and then grapefruit and citrusy hops. Doesn’t have pacific NW hop character, more of an English-style IPA. Medium, creamy body with a smooth texture and lively carbonation. A very nice, well-balanced IPA. yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 16, 2005
Tasted 15/08/2005. 12 fl oz bottle from BrewNZ.
Rose gold with a disappearing, lacey, off-wite head. Nice sweet, floral and caramel, malt aroma slowly subsides to reveal an average, grassy, hop aroma. Flavour is similarly caramel at first but quickly gives way to a toasty, burnt, malt astringency and an absolutely huge hop bitterness in the finish that lingers, almost seeming to intensify, for quite some time after swallowing. Light mouthfeel for 6% but this is balanced by a low level of carbonation. A bit over the top really. OK for maniac hop heads, I guess, but I prefer a better sweet malt balance (the malt here is a touch too astringent). Pailhead (6540) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of DarkElf via trade. Aroma is very citrusy but not citrus hoppy. Pours an transparent orange with an insignificant soapy white head. Almost IIPA in appearance. No malt in this IPA. Watery up front with a piney and light citrus hop finish. Hops seem a little off. Not the greatest IPA. IMtheOptimator (1170) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - AUG 12, 2005
Thanks to DarkElf for this beer.AmazonMatt (285) - PANAMA - AUG 9, 2005
Poured an effervescent golden with a fizzy white head. Interesting aroma of piney hops with a touch of underlying dirty diapers. Flavor is bland, dry hops with way too much toffee dominating the palate. A disappointig IPA on many levels.
From a bottle. Decent, fresh and citrusy hops. I would have liked a bit more complexity, such as metallic or spruce highlights. Finishes a bit too quickly, and like al Full Sail products, it seems, too sweetly. Too sweet for a session brew...why the hell can’t they make this with a drier finish?
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 14, 2005
This beer is rather astringent. Muted aroma of earthy grass. Brilliant, clear copper color with a fluffy white head. Sharp, almost piercingly bitter, EKG hops, leaves a long lasting hop residual on the tongue. The malts are along for the ride, not in the forefront by any stretch. Thanks to DarkElf for the sample! Malakin (470) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 13, 2005
Clear golden with a bit of copper. The aroma is dissapointing for an IPA. Hoppy flavour but nothing interesting here. LJBrewing (22) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 8, 2005
The clarity on this beer is exquisite! Fery pleasant Noble Hop Aroma. A decent Hop flavor and the IBU bitterness is appropriatly balanced by the Malt. Overall a find engish IPA. I prefer a little more HOP flavour and IBU such as u get with an american IPA. But this is good nonetheless. slimweebs (163) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 5, 2005
Not very balanced.. kind of a dry hoppy flavor. Nothing I’d really buy again... not bad though. DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 4, 2005
(12 oz bottle: BevMo in La Jolla, CA) Nothing too special going on here, but this is a pretty nice session IPA, decent malt backbone, acceptably hoppy. Malt is lightly sweet and has an English character to it. The hops start slow, allowing the malt to establish itself on the palate, but moderately bitter hops take over the finish, lending a nice grapefruity aftertaste. I didn’t know either of these English hop varietals yielded a grapefruit flavor, and I certainly don’t recall having any British IPAs with grapefuit overtones. The nose is pleasant, if a bit on the mild side, malty, a bit hoppy. Medium body, nicely carbonated, fairly clean on the palate, with a lingering bitterness. Bright, clear amber body topped by a fairly white, but smallish head that recedes to a thin halo and leaves a few streaks of lace on the glass. I think this is pretty nice, something I’d buy again, and the fancy new label sure beats the boring old one.