Oakes (19711) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2005
Draught, at the brewpuboldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2005
Golden-amber colour. Grapefruity aroma with notes of caramel and wood. Low carbonation is a bit strange, but it adds to the resiny quality of the hops. Sweet malts walking somewhere in between fresh bread and caramel balance things off. Dry, citric and a bit piney in the finish, with a syrupy sweetness. The carbonation buggers up the mouthfeel though.
Pours a dark orange with NO head. Had a hoppy fruit aroma. Flavor was very flat and harsh with a watery palate.
Maybe I got a bad one ? jazz88 (2684) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 25, 2004
Bottle. A cloudy amber color with a big foamy off-white head. The strong hop filled aroma brings forth images of green fields and hop buds. A bitter, smooth, and hop intense flavor. A fine base for the dry hopped version. Thanks to Nuffield for sharing this with me. AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2004
Hop nugget in the top was a great touch. Nice frothy head. Hazy honey color. Heavy hops aroma, cascade. Syrupy sweet. A little watery, not as sweet as I would have liked, but I think it would go better with food, than alone. Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2004
The legend is true: this beer is less malty than the exact same beer whose only difference is in-bottle dry hopping. Amazing. No head at all. Nice cloudy peach color similar to the DH version. Same fruity, bitter Cascade tastes, only toned down. Balance is still there. Mouthfeel is the only thing that is really lacking. Reminds me of a less sweet, more bitter and hoppier version of Mac and Jacks African Amber.
DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 22, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2004 (12 oz bottle) Doing a side-by-side comparison of the dry-hopped version against this standard version, and the beers are wholly different. I really liked the dry-hopped version, but I also like this one, for different reasons. The grapefruit hoppiness is still present, but it’s less potent, and less dominant in part because the standard version is also far maltier. I loved the fresh hoppiness of the dry-hopped version, but I’m a big fan of the more malty, balanced IPAs, and this one is definitely that. This beer starts out malty, lightly sweet, mildly bitter and hoppy, but by the late finish, the flavor profile has gradually transformed to a fairly dominant hoppiness, bitter and grapefruity, whereas the dry-hopped version was strongly hoppy right from the start. Not sure if it’s actually true, but this version seems just a little bit less sweet. The body also seems a bit thinner than the dry-hopped version, probably because of being less sweet on the palate. Also orange amber in color with an off-white head, but here, we have patchy lacing whereas the dry-hopped version had no lacing at all. This version may not have the novelty of the hops flowers in the bottle, but it’s (almost) every bit as good, just for different reasons. Malakin (470) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 7, 2004
Hazy pale orange with a fruity hop aroma. Fruity hop flavours with a decent bitterness. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2004
I had some stuff on the bland side tonight, and am looking for a taste treat, at last...Appearance: hazy, perfectly cast orange, with prodigious carbonation, tons of bubbly activity, and a smallish, white film of foam going on above.
Aroma is fresh hoppiness, bristling, bursting, bubbling over with pine and citrus, apricot, orange, mango...nice...sweeeet, as Eric Cartman would say.
Great bitterness up front on the palate at first sip, that, intriquingly, flows back until it coats the back of the mouth. Me, I like that! Big, fresh, juicy fruitiness in the taste as well, excellently met by bitter hop feel, very tangible, utterly grabbing, all over the mouth.
body is full, finish is tenacious, this is one intense and very impressive IPA!
OldGrowth (3665) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2004
Bottle, Good nose, carmel and grapefruit. Nice brownish orange color. Bittersweet flavors, same as nose. Thin though sticky mouthfeel, bitter finish. Very good IPA. Can’t do much better. YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2004
Not as good as the bottleworks version but still a very respectable IPA. Pours a copper/amber with a foamy white head. Aroma was citrus/grapefruit/hops. Lively carbonated and a nice, smooth feel in the mouth. Flavor was a crisp, refreshing, citrus that was a thirst quencher. Good stuff.