Ratman197 (14848) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2005
On tap poured a clear copper with a white head. Aroma of citrus and pine. Dry bitter hop flavor witha hint of carmel. Nice crisp mouthfeel. JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2005
12 oz bottle. Golden colour with a thin white head. Aroma is of spicy hops and some faint resin. There is a distinctly sulfurous and vegetal aroma in here as well, that I’m not digging. Flavour has a light malt backbone with some wet, dank, hoppiness. On the finish there is a touch of orange/grapefruit. No real punch in this one and the bitterness is definitely lacking. Not a great example. jmcguire1969 (162) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2005
I think this is the same IPA that everyone has rated. The label is different...not sure if the recipe is too? I’m not a big fan of the NW IPA’s...too much Fuggles er sumthin’. Pretty looking beer and certainly distinctive. Aroma is weak along with the head. As I chew on it there seems to be some bitter orange peel and grapefruit. I like the bitterness...wonder what those hops are? The other IPA’s are much better. This one is made for the masses...shaka tamasna kata frata brada!!! billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - JUN 5, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2006 Tap. Clear deep golden color w good, tight, dense, off white, lasting head, good carbonation, decent lacing. Aroma is light roast malt w a full, floral, spicey, hop presence. Flavor is lt. roast pale malt w the above mentioned hops, dry, a bit sour, malty creaminess is there but it takes a back seat to the bitter burn and pleasantly spicey hop dominance. Well into medium bodied. I had to catch myself a few times to not make a pucker face from the bitterness & hop burn (I was in a crowd of beer drinkers, otherwise I’da puckered and enjoyed it). The balance is towards the hops with a bit of a need for more and a bit richer maltyness but still quite good. Lip smacking bitterness on the finish and aftertaste. I’ve seen this here in 6 ers and hope to compare the bottles to the tap version. I’ll bet this goes very well with food. 7/7/05 I’m dropping this down .2. Just had another and it was not as hoppy. There was a slight metallic flavor and the malt was more noticable & a touch sweet when it warmed up. Still love the hops & bitterness though. Add on 7/15/05: Just had the bottle and it is nice with a pleasant spicey, peppery flavor to the hops w a nice malt flavor but there is a noticable metallic/plastic taste that is disappointing. I’ll drink this on occasion because its hard to get good beer here in N Idaho. I’d rate the bottle @ 3.5.-
10/11/06 The malt flavor has an English style characteristic to it. 11/18/06 What I considered metallic/plastic in the taste is now IMO the English style malt. This beer has become my default house brew. It sells here at 6/$6.55 reg price. Ernest (7697) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2005
Head is initially small, frothy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark yellow to light amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin), lightly yeasty (dough).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Leave it to Full Sail to take English hops and make them smell like floor polish. Boring simple aroma, unbalanced harsh finish (even given the style). Not enjoyable.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2005
From the new 12oz bottle. Pours a light golden orange with a tall white head. Very crisp citrus hopped IPA with a bit of apricot and grapefruit flavors to the hops. mybrainhurts (397) - North Dakota, USA - APR 20, 2005
Fresh and fruity, hoppy aroma. Moderate in it’s hoppy strength. Some maltiness plays in the background. Bubblegum, grapefruit flavors. Juicy and fruity bitter hop finish. A nice american IPA. frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 9, 2005
Clear golden brown with a medium sized white head. Aroma has some citrusy hops, with a hint of toasty wood. Strong grassy bitterness. Lacking any real malt presence. Not my kind of IPA. SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 8, 2005
Bottle. Pours clear deep amber with a small off-white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is quite floral, some malt sweetmess evident, but primarily European hops. Flavor is sweet, with a robust spicy, hoppiness that lingers in the mouth. Medium body and nicely carbonated. ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Modest piney and sweet aroma, some spice; caramelly sweet with developing bitterness; notes of woody smokiness, toffee maltiness and earthy bitterness throughout; some hint of medicianl phenols; hop-juicey, and needs a little more refinment and malt backbone.