grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2005
My fellow ratebeerians are possessed of some fine palates, in many if not most cases better than mine, I suspect, but I’m afraid I must say "huh?" on this one. Did we get the same beer? Well anyway. Interesting dull orange-brown beer with a slight gleam of pink. Aroma mostly of oranges and a roasted, pungent bitterness, like canned pre-ground coffee. I also get notes of apricot. Overall, there is not much of a hop nose here at all. Flavor possesses an inital lemony, zesty, slight sour edge followed by a wisp of clean malt and some smooth but potent bitterness. Hop notes are mostly citric and pull the alcohol out of the beer quite harshly. Residual bitterness leaves your mouth quite warm but the party just never happens. Quite thin. Reminds me of my first couple of all-grain homebrews. ante (3373) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 13, 2005
hazy orange colour. Hoppy aroma of flowers, spices and orange-peels. Mostly grapefruit and other citric fruit in the flavour. Little thin, though. Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 12, 2005
Good floral aroma. Copper color to the body. Tan head that settled on top of beer. Lots of lacing. Nice crisp hop flavor. A refreshing beer. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Bottle: Orangish amber, very hazy, medium frothy white head, sticky lacing. Fresh hop aroma, citrusy, sweet. Thick citrusy orange like hop bitterness up front. Big malt background... almost getting into Double IPA territory me thinks. Big body, somewhat viscous mouthfeel. Clean finish, sweet bitterness balanced well with the rich malts. Damn tasty! One of the better readily available IPAs. Maxamillion (103) - Glendora, California, USA - MAY 9, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2005 pours dark brown with kinda large off-white head. Lots of floral and some citrus in aroma. pretty hoppy with a pretty well balanced bitterness. Some toastiness in flavor. Its a well crafted beer but its alittle dark for what i like in my IPA’s. Too much alcohol flavor. Overall its a pretty good beer but not what I expected.
Dorwart (2590) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2005
Decent off-white head. Creamy on top. Head settles slowly with very little carbonation. Light citrus and pine from the hops in the aroma. Good balance. Cloudy dark amber brown in color. Big hops in the flavor but balanced very well with the malts. Thick and full bodied palate. Little bit of caramel and bitter peach pit in the flavor. Finish is bitter and long lasting. A very good IPA with a big hops presence. Duke (117) - New York, USA - MAY 7, 2005
Cloudy amber/copper. Off white lasting head. Huge floral hoppy aroma. Strong hop flavor with perfectly balanced sweetness. Good body and refreshing. Long lasting bitter aftertaste. Great. meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
This appeared a fairly dark amber color that was very murky, almost opaque. A tall eggshell white head formed and left rings of lace around the glass as I drank it. Strong citric and floral hops rose out of this one. Flavor starts off with a citric bitterness with a backbone of caramel malt. Bittersweet aftertaste is how it finishes out. Mouthfeel is a little less than medium with a creamy and well carbonated feel to it. Overall a good drinkable brew but not one of the better ones I’ve had. bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2005
a fairly good IPA. nice hoppiness with expected citrus overtones with a more than noticiable malty depth. a hint of sweetness. presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 5, 2005
Orange amber. Long lasting creamy head. Moderate hop aroma. Good malt body. Steady hops throughout. Trace of sweetness in the finish.