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. Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 3, 2005
Pours a deep ruby amber hue. Sticky off white head leaves generous lacing. Bready, tea like nose, astringent, quite citrusy. Ive had this bottle some time now, so I am not sure how old it is. Sweet first, almost smokey, medium body, Then its all hops hops and more hops. Big citrus, grapefruit, pine resin, dirty earthy hops. Very nice. This is quite delicious and what an IPA from the West Coast is all about. I want more than just this little 12 oz bottle! donrajin (233) - Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2005
This is one nice overall IPA. Good maltiness with a strong hop following. Poured a beautiful golden with a nice white head.
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - APR 30, 2005
Thanks, Egaj and Shag!
Nice IPA -- not my favorite, but up there. Pours a rich amber and has everything an IPA should -- nicely hopped and citrusy, yet not over the top. Shag (3027) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 29, 2005
This is some good stuff heya! A dark amber color with a large head. A very hoppy and complex flavor. A perfume, caramel, and orange aroma. The flavor is caramel, orange, and pine. Bite you in the ass hopped up flavor. Extremely good! gsteph (325) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 24, 2005
Poured a deep amber with a good sized light tan head and sticky lace. A little light on the aroma, but it was piney and floral with a touch of fruit. Decent, resiny flavor up front, grapefruit, with a nice flowery bouquet and good malt balance. The kick starts near the middle and finishes sharp with a solid hop bite. Nice medium bodied brew. Good carbonation. Not a bad offering but still not up to some of the others. Good for the money. billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - APR 20, 2005
Tap @ Capone’s in C d’A. Not clear amber/copper, decent carb, off white head was good sized and held up well, good lace that dried to a very thin vail on the glass. Aroma is malty, grapefruity, & a bit sour. Hop aroma was lacking herbal pizzaz or freshness. Flavor is rather sweet & also sour, med roasted malt with good hop bitterness ( but not enough fresh hop flavor) & grapefruit. Well into med bodied. This beer tasted somewhat homogenized & a bit cooked to me. Like a double Bridgeport IPA. Was nice but not what I seek in an IPA. StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 14, 2005
Beautiful, cloudy, orange/copper in color. Head is thin and creamy, and fades down with nice lacing, becoming somewhat of a wispy overlay. Aroma is damn good - nice hoppy bouquet with elements of maple and honey. Smells of corn fritters from the unfiltered wheat, and then some traces of buttery peas. Flavor has strong tropical fruity esters, predominantly mango and grapefruit. Full-bodied and heavier than expected, which is always a nice surprise. Heavy malt backbone helps balance the heaping of hops. Finish is sweet and warming. Damn refreshing. Thanks to tpkenned for this birthday treat!