FlacoAlto (4240) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 31, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2004 Sampled October, 2004JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAR 30, 2004
RatingPours an almost brilliantly clear copper color and is topped by a cream colored head. The aroma is sharply hoppy with a nose that is redolent of pine, the nose is quite nice. Ah, yes this beer has actually been fermented, what a relief, this beer is nothing like the last one I had. This beer is sharp and crisp up front. It leads to a beer that is piney, a bit citrusy, and has a solid bitter bite in the finish. This beer has a solid malt presence as well, it is lightly sweet with notes of caramel and biscuits. The malt definitely is faint behind the solid hoppiness though, but it is there and helps to keep the hops from being overwhelming. As this beer warms up a bit I get notes of apricot, and grapefruit. Overall, this is quite a nice IPA.
March, 2004 Rating
Wow this beer smells like it has not yet been fermented. A sweet wort smell, that is heavy on the crystal malt. A bit of spicy hop notes under the main smell, but not much. Pours a hazy copper color with a prodigious tan head that fades fairly quickly. Again there is a sweet malt flavor, that is reminiscent of sweet wort. The beer ends with a bit of bitterness. I must admit, this is quite a stretch to be labeled as an IPA, a pale ale perhaps but not an IPA. A light hop flavor and not enough bitterness, this is a bit of a disappointment. It is halfway interesting, just not close to what I was expecting. There is way too much residual sweetness and body in this beer, it just makes it too unbalanced. I will tell you one thing, the rest of this 6-pack will be used for making Brats. (6/4/6/3/13/3.2)
Cloudy, golden-amber body. Huge off-white, vanilla colored head. 1st bottle blew up in my lap after sitting level for days. Massive carbonation, smells of apple cider, pine, citrus and something grainy like uncooked corn. Taste is big and sweet with apples, pineapple, pine cones and needles, and some grapefruit. Palate suffers from some wateriness. Thin mouthfeel is much different than a more syrupy IPA like stone. zen (41) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAR 24, 2004
Pours, nice deep amber color. Perfect head, and later, a nice lace all the way down the glass. Nose is subdued a bit, compared to other IPA's, this I can not explain because it really opens up on the palate. A tinge malty at first, tastes of lemons and grapefruit, nice sharp hop finish, a flicker of salt and black tea. Actually very light-bodied, clean but sharp. A nice IPA, with a killer drinkability factor. No ABV% listing, but I'm guessing more in the 6-6.5% range. Tends to steer away from the floral characters, lending more to the citrus genre. A nice solid brew
Eyedrinkale (3235) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2004
Poured gold in a tall Magic Hat #9 glass with a nice head. Soapy, floral aroma. Taste is good, but a little dull. If it had the same taste kicked up, they'd have something. Well balanced with a nice dry and sweet finish. frankR (149) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 20, 2004
On tap at a pizza place. Cloudy amber color. Creamy lasting head. Nose of some hops, nothing too pronounced. Surprisingly very malty, was disappointed with the hops in this one, might of been a slight hint of skunk. Didn't pick up any complexities, I'll try this one in a bottle again to be fair and give it a more accurate rating. Surpised some gave this one outstanding marks.
pivo (2689) - GERMANY - MAR 20, 2004
Fat nose of fresh west coast hops, amber color, tall tan and sticky head. Light malt body gets quickyl overpowered by a high resolution, bright hop bitterness that stays around forever. The bitterness actually seems to INCREASE after the swallow. Great effect. Smooth, crisp, excellent IPA. MartinT (10239) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 19, 2004
Nice balance of caramel sweetness and citrusy hops, tinted with innocuous mango fruitiness…Once dropped in, the yeast impinges on the spicy oranges and a lasting, astringent bitterness prevails…A very good hop rush for hopheads, while being a bit lackluster... MullMan (1099) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2004
nice rocky head, light tan. strong hoppy notes with light citrus fruit. good golden/amber color. mild carbonation, strong hop start and finish. can also taste the pine others are talking about. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 15, 2004
Bottle-conditioned, Clear deep golden hue with a sticky white head. Aroma is rather mild and could use more intensity. A solid malt base shows in the form of honey, caramel, butter. Hop profile is shy, citrusy, grassy and piney. Taste is more honey melted with pine. It's very bitter finally with resiny grapefruit aftertaste. Creamy medium body. When pouring the yeast depot, there's more orange character and it's far drier. Thanks Rodolito! BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - MAR 13, 2004
Big hop bite up front with a smooth, fruity finish. Went down smooth, a very refreshing brew.