IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Bomber. Cushy off white head sitting on a medium amber beer. Strong aroma of, duh, fresh hops along with some toasty malt, a bit of fruit as well. Flavor is quite bitter, starts out pretty malty but there is quite a kick at the end from the hops. I’m surprised this has only 55 IBUs with the kick in the pants you get. Medium bodied. Pretty dry. Nice beer, nothing all that special though. badgerben (5380) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2006
Hazy copper color with a thin head. Strong aroma of citrus, especially orange and grapefruit. Some grasses too. Just a bone dry, suck-the-moisture-from-my-mouth blast of hops right up front. Citrusy overtones with a fairly good balance of malt. That’s a damn tasty pale ale! Styles (2016) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Wohlfs. Slightly hazy copper with decent sized off-white head. Aroma although somewhat muted, is very well balanced pine hop resins and sweet malt. Flavor much the same, Sweet malt up front, gently fades to pine hop bitters. Don’t get any grass whatsoever, as listed in description. Finishes with a tiny bit of harsh hop bitterness. Nice thick and chewy mouthfeel. Great lacing almost entire snifter is covered in thick film. Regardless of what many second rate IPA’s are listed at, I would guess this has more IBU’s than alot of them, (getting some pretty big hop belches right now). Very drinkable, summer-thirst-quencher. Even more enjoyable than my score indicates, but hard kick up any of the categories. Definately underated IMO. presario (4925) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 26, 2006
Big head and some lacing. Dark orange beer. Fresh gentle hop aroma grows in strength. Warm malt flavour with assertive hops. whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2006
Clear metallic-orange body with a cottony white head. Aroma of peanut skins, catbox, and grapefruit. Has a signature Great Divide house character. Very nutty, catty hop profile in the flavor. Semi-dry finish. Reminds me of Great Divide ESB. I tasted this fresh from the tank at Great Divide in October and later bottle samples. Interesting to see this develop.
DewBrewer (294) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2006
On draught at the Draught House in Austin. Great aroma, very northwest. It has a medium body with a nice crystal malt sweetness. Yes, it’s pretty bitter and has some earthiness but this is balanced with the body and sweetness. Very nice as it warms, too. Great beer. bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - FEB 8, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2006 for a pale ale this is really the shit. pours copper orange with a whisper of haze, fluffy mushroom head. nose of grassy, resiny cascade hops. as the brew slips over your lips and evelops the tongue huge citrus pine flavors burst. bitter grapefruit that squeezes the parotid glands to excess salivation. nice balancing of fullness on the palate and malt. as the bottle states you definately get a feeling of big hop freshness. bernie the brewmaster told me this beer was a nightmare to brew, they were picking hop flowers out of every inch of the system for weeks. well worth it. for a smaller abv in the pale ale group a top notch everyday drinking beer. if i could get some more....delicious.
bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2006
(Bottle) Pours a deep amber body with a moderate beige head. Aroma of pine, citrus, toasted bread, and caramel. Flavor of fresh hops, malt, and toffee with a bitter finish. lazyjay (5) - Atlanta, USA - FEB 2, 2006 does not count
Poured with a nice amber color and big head. Grassy aroma hops dominate and hold all the way through. Balanced well with medium body of sweet malts. This is an excellent drink. I kind of view it as a barley wine light. To me it’s on the edge, any more hops would be over the top and any more malts would be too much. Very good. igneous1 (1538) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JAN 28, 2006
pretty caramel color with a rocky/creamy head. aroma reminds me a lot of Goose Island IPA, lots of pine and grapefruit, but this one is aged a little as there is a fair amount of caramel going on there. flavor is lots of pine, lot of caramel maltiness, moderate body. finish is quite long with bitterness lingering for quite some time.