JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 8, 2005
This beer pours a hazy, golden straw color with a thick white head. Some pineapple in the aroma with some sour malt notes. Light and fluffy in the mouth, but the resiny hop flavor hits you. Lots of citrus and pine needles with a slight hop burn. A lot of lingering grapefruit. A little watery, but not too bad. Andre is the man! jsquire (4677) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2005
Orange amber color out of the bottle with a small, off white head. Very hoppy nose with lots of resin, sharp pine and something green and leafy. Lots of pine hop in the flavor with something vaguely metallic. Pleasant grapefruit rind flavors on the exhale with a long bitter citrus finish. Rounds out as it warms. FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 21, 2005
Slightly hazy orange amber, thin film of white head. Some floral hop notes and a big diacetyl butteriness in the aroma. Muted resinous pine and citron flavors overpowered by a butteriness which is especially evident in the finish, where it is accompanied by muted resin character. Mouthfeel is medium light. 5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2005
Bottle: Light caramel, dirty, small frothy white head, fairly nice lacing. Fresh hop nose, somewhat earthy. Assertive hop start, very earthy in the soil sense, lots of grapefruit rind, but it all melds together fairly well. Smooths out towards the finish, leaving more of a traditional hop bite on the back of the throat. Fairly well balanced malt backbone. The Bottleworks version I think yields more of a hoppy aroma and flavor, masking the earthy aspect. Body and mouthfeel seem fairly average, mediocre. Hop bite and earth linger well beyond the finish. Not as clean or crisp as I would have liked, but well balanced me thinks. BeerLimey (2155) - California, USA - JUL 20, 2005
Lightly hazed amber appearance. Strong piney hops in the aroma, sour fruitiness, mildly creamy. Sweet and sour tropical fruit intro followed by a fairly intense grapefruit finish, there’s also a lingering light hazelnuttiness. Interesting IPA.
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 11, 2005
On tap at the brewery. A most beautiful beer. A deep, murky, pale straw/ light copper pour. Thick creamy head. Smells of hops, hops, and more hops. Taste upfront of hops, then settles into a smooth malty back mouth feel. A very pleasant beer, in fact probably my favorite IPA. I just could not get over the fact of how well made this beer is. OldMrCrow (2446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 8, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2013 From the bottle. 7/8/05 and 4/9/06.
BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Poured a warm hazy amber with an ample off-white head. Nose is also somewhat shallow, hops and hints of fruit.
Flavor is fine. An assertive but not overpowering bite from the hops - unfortunately with a bit of metallic taste - is quickly mellowed by the spice-and-carmel sweetness of the brew, fading into a long dry finished of juniper, grapefruit, and wood.
While I enjoy the first few sips of this beer and then lose enthusiasm as I progress.
Tap at the brewery 11/29/13. Leafy, medicinal hops, bone dry, mouth for hours is as if I’ve chewed on hop pellets. Aggressive oils instead of aromatics.
Bottle received from LP, thanks! goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 10, 2005
Poured a orangy amber hue with a fading frothy head and good lacing. The aroma has a upfront piney hopleaf nature, grapefruit, white pepper, bready and toasty malt, and some earthy esters as well. The taste starts with a sharp bitter bite balanced mostly by sweetbread malt and a twang of citrus. I get a nice bolt of pepper and woody notes on the lingering bitter finish. The feel is sharp and astrengent, you know this is an IPA for sure. I like this brew and found it much better than the overrated over-the-top dry-hopped sibling. Enjoyable.
Poured a hazzy orange-copper color with a small off white head. Aroma is sweet and sugary. Caramel, alcohol, and citrus and earthy hop. Malty start quickly moves to a hop bitterness and a semi-dry long lasting finish. scraff (2125) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Deep hazy amber, creamy khaki colored head with perfect lacing. A burst of candied grapefruit, cookie, and sweet buttery caramel leapt straight out of the pint glass. I can only imagine how good the bottleworks version nose would be. Flavor is all about the PNW hop bitterness up front, with a lighter dose of sweetened toffee malt bringing up the rear. Not well balanced, but apparently they’re not trying either. A hopheads delight for sure. Medium bodied, pillow soft carbonation, bittersweet, drying finish. A very nice IPA that I wish I had more of. 1 bottle was not enough...