wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2005
Poured hazy golden with a thin white head. Very short head retention. Smell had citrus and graitfruit hops along with a bit of caramel. The taste was pleasant with citrus and graitfruit. The graitfruit worked pretty well on the palate. This really wasn’t bad at all. 1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2005 Sampled from a bottle. It pours to a hazy golden amber color with a thin creamy white head that’s mostly disapating. The aroma is doughy and yeasty, light citrus, light spice/floralness to it too. The flavor is more malty than hoppy. Caramel malts and floral hops. Not very strong flavor, really mild. (Would be good for those who like miller products). The palate is smooth and light. Not that bad, but not very inventive. Resampling got 2/10ths back from 2.9. (flavor and overall) shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2005
Tried it in April ’04 at Cask ’n Flagon while the Red Sox played the Yankees. It was good time and this was the only alternative to lite beers. Not bad in a pinch. KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2005 This beer pours a golden amber with an above average-sized white head. The nose is very floral and hoppy. The mouthfeel is a bit thin with very light carbonation. The tastes are very "juicy fruit"-ish with a medium bitterness and medium sweetness. The complexity is above average and the hops trail off with a bit of a nice, lasting bitterness. Palidor19 (3194) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2005
After having a Avery IPA, I found this one much weaker than what a standard IPA should be.
Still its light and crisp wioth mild hop bitterness.
I think this a perfect IPA for someone to start of with if they never had one.
Good for Summer drinking too
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2005
Bottled. Pours a very clear golden copper color with a small white head. Drops quickly with no signs of lacing. Aroma is of earthy and grassy hops with a tad of fruit; signs of an English style IPA. Some sweet malt is present in the nose as well. Flavor is malty sweet upfront with significant hop bitterness. It develops some decent grassy hop notes as the bitterness fades. Decent ester profile to compliment the hops. Body is moderately full but finishes dry and chalky/astringent but given a moderate hop rate, I’m assuming the astringency isn’t from the hops but from off mashing/lautering of the grains. Anyways, decent EIPA for the availability but I’d drink an SNPA over this if I want a hoppy beer. jefcon (1935) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2005
Golden with a thin white head. Lots of hoppy aromas, some mustiness, and pit fruit smells. All good things. Crisp and tart with a good hop bite, followed by a full palate. The downturn is in the finish, though, where the follow-through turns a bit stale. A great, drinkable summer beer. Styles (2016) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUN 3, 2005
Pours golden with orange tint, no head. Aroma has all sweet/sticky hops. Flavor much the same with a big caramel malt character to it. Just decent overall. paul9639 (116) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 27, 2005
on tap. Poured golden copper, with a nice head. Aroma was citrus and hops. Flavor was citrus and hops. Watery mouthfeel. Good beer, but there are several IPAs that put it to shame. tbarnette (105) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - MAY 27, 2005
This is good stuff. I’ve begun to like Indian Pale Ale’s, and this is as good as any other. One of Harpoon’s better brews.