argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 24, 2005
(12oz bottle) Crystal clear amber body with medium off-white head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is fairly strong, moderately sweet, grapefruit, pineapple, light caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, caramel, pineapple, floral, some spice. Pretty bitter. Smooth medium-full body, some resin, light chalk, acidity. The alcohol and sweetness are a bit strong for the style, seems midway to an IIPA. No complaints though, as this is definitely my favorite Lancaster so far. Gus (29) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2005
Initially a very intense hop aroma, along with a light fruity aroma (?). A golden copper in color with a decent head, and very clear with moderate carbonation. A light-to-medium hop bitterness that does not linger. A smooth bodied mouthfeel along with the moderate carbonation leaves a slight but dry sensation in the back of the mouth. A good, somewhat bitter amercian pale ale. 1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Thanks to Matt for bringing this beauty. It pours to a huge hop oil aroma atop a citrus and pine. Light caramel malt. The body is a brilliant copper with a medium white head with some good lacing. The flavor is malty and hoppy. Nice bitterness. The palate is bitter, medium full, stupendous MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 15, 2005
pours an amber color very clean w/ a nice white head well laced some carb. Big heavy hop aroma hints of oranges and light carmel. Well carbonated good body lightly creamy. A very orange and grass hop front lightly malty very smooth. Almsot IIPA like.. very good.
Thanks to Matt Braudog (6763) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2013 Bottle, 8/20/2013, Rerated. Dark and murky orange with a well cushioned top. Not much of an aroma makes it through the foam. This drinks with an earthy hoppiness that leans towards the British tradition more than the American. Well bodied and quite well balanced. <<Original rating from 9/11/2005, when I was more liberal: Draft at KClingers. Dark, but bright orange, with a thin cover. Nice grapefruity nose. Full-up citric flavors, fully perfumed and entertaining. Outstanding.>>
fly (1486) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2005
The commercial description fits as it is well balanced. Nice use of malt to brace up for the hops. 40 IBUs, eh? Sure are well placed as I’ve had hoppier that didn’t convey the message nearly as well. Thank god for Doug and his traveling and thoughtful ways. richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2005
draft at macgrady’s, a deep dark brown, probably the darkest standard IPA i have ever seen, capped off with a creamy white head. the aroma was thick with malts(?) mixing with sweet grassy hops . flavors were alot of citrus up front, backed up by a solid malt backbone, and followed by a bitter hoppy tail. if it werent for the bitterness on the end, i would have thought this was more of an IIPA than a single. an excellent beer, especially for someone trying to get into the more hoppy styles. bourne (161) - Suwon, SOUTH KOREA - SEP 7, 2005
a joy to pour. deep amber color with a large bubbled off white head. sweet smell with hints of fruit.very smoot palate with a good deal of hops. lingering aftertaste of hops. great beer to eat strong food with. fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2005
Pours copper orange with full off-white head. I could smell the citrus, floral aroma during the pour and before I ever got close. Flavor is very diferent from aroma. Solid hops with just a hint of floral in the swallow. Creamy mouthfeel that coats the tongue. Finishes with a lasting sweet touch. agl108 (1252) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2005
On draft. Pours a deep copper with two fingers of bone white head. This beer reeks of pines. Malty, hoppy and full of character. Terrific mouthfeel. Wow, 7.8%? Definitely well hidden.