SDbruboy (1863) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 16, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2007 Bottle - big thanks to slob for this goodie! This bottle fairly exploded when I popped the cap, foaming up boisterously. Due to previous warnings, I filtered this on through a sieve as I poured it. Poured murky, cloudy amber color with a huge off-white head that diminished liesurely and left nice lacing. Aroma is hoppy, hoppy with lots of orange, grapefruit and hints of pine. Flavor is really unique, with an understated malt presence - a bit caramelly - and then lots of the aforementioned citrus flavors, orange juice, lemon-lime soda, grapefruit rind, a little peppery spice and a lingering hop bite. None of this is overdone however, there’s a nice balance of flavors. Medium body and very gentle carbonation in the mouth - I guess most of that came out in the head! :) Thanks again to Bert for sending me this one. Styles (2016) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Cortesy of Wohlfs. Pours dirty amber with lots of sediment, nice off-white head. Aroma has huge citrus hop kick with some pine in the background. Flavor is much the same, with that sweet, sticky hop presence. Very nice bitter hop aftertaste. MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2005
Many thanks to Larry Pitonka for this bonus beer. Poured most of this through the cap to strain it. Color is a nice hazy orange thickness with a medium sized creamy foam head. Aroma is full of aidic goodness and pleanty of sweet citrus to go around. Flavor is just fantastic. Fresh and hoppy, well preserved. It has a smooth initial buttery mouthfeel then it turns to a realy good not overly sharp bitterness. Then the bitterness fades away and I’m left with the taste to enjoy, and it is enjoyable. It really is a natural sweetness, something that makes this beer all to easy and good to drink. Now for another 99 percentile beer thanks to Larry Pitonka. beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 9, 2005
Bottle. Pours a nice amber topped with a white head, and a hop cone. Nice malty sweet and grapefruity aroma. Very pleasant. Good sweet malty flavor as well, with good balance of the grapefruity piney hop. Medium bitter bite, tho I was expecting a tiny bit more bitterness. Good medium body, and not thin for an IPA. Good beer, but I feel like the hop flower is a little too gimicky. BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2005
Bottle. Poured a cloudy orange-amber topped by small white head. Aroma is sweet, spruce/pine, grapefruity, with a light floral hop note. Taste is very crisp, medium sweet malts, grapefruit, piney...hops all over the place. I anticipated this one to be very chewy at this point. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, with some hop resiny flavor. Somewhat toasty, but most definitely hop dry in the end, slightly astringent. Very tasty IPA....I even liked the used up hop flowers!
Oakes (19426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 26, 2005
After having a homebrew with hops in the bottle, and seeing that it was an okay but not great beer, I was certainly not sold on the concept. This starts a little cloudy, with a vibrant orangey-amber hue. Insanely fresh, slightly citric, woody aroma. I don’t think I’ve ever had a beer with a hop aroma this fresh before. Toasty, crisp palate - very hoppy with lingering bitterness. Slightly toasty. The freshness sets this beer apart from other IPAs, and this bottle was 3 months old! That it remains balanced the whole way through despite what would appear to be an unpredictable variable is outstanding.
Thanks to Larry Pitonka for finally getting this beer into my glass. I can’t imagine how I would improve this. robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2005
Thick Orange Coloring wth White Head. A Strange ’Clump, Clump’ as I Poured it Into the Glass....WHOLE HOPS in the Bottle...Intimidating to a non-Hop Lover. Citrusy, Dry Hop Aroma. Piney, Citrusy Notes...Dry Hop Punch...But Not Overwhelming. Overall, Quite Nice. 11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAY 16, 2005
Bottle from mjames. As has happened with others, this baby gushed. Styles had to change is trousers from the scare he got from opening this beast. Great hop aroma, very full of pine and citrus. Hazy amber colored with hop particles floating around. Great head. Fairly well balanced. Hops make a nice bitter presence throughout. Very solid IPA. I’m not sure about the hop addition to the bottle though. Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of wolhfs. Exploded as soon as we opened it, which apparently is somewhat common. Lots of citrus hops in the aroma with a light pine as well. Pours a cloudy orange with lots of floaties. Very malty up front with a piney hop finish. A very good IPA but not one of the greats. meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
Pours nearly opaque amber with little bits of hop leaves floating about. Head is about a half-inch of light tan foam that left good rings of clumpy lace around the glass. Holy crap the aroma is just as packed full as you can get with floral and citric hoppy goodness. You can almost immediately smell these from the second you crack open the bottle, very nice indeed. The taste starts off with a grapefruity bitter smack to the palette that doesn’t relent. There are some earthy tones going on as well and a slight maltiness was there too. This stuff just sits there on your tongue coating in bitter hops goodness that lingers on for a while. Mouthfeel is a little heavier than medium with a prickly bitterness and it’s a bit oily. With me being a hophead and all the drinkability can’t get much better I imagine. Too bad this is another great brew that I can’t get regularly. The hop in the bottle is a nice treat to eat at the end too. Thanks to garthwaite for this awesome brew.