desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2003 Nice hoppy character, but it seems that every Magic Hat has a fruity taste to them. And I can never figure out what their descriptions are supposed to mean. JFGrind (2074) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2003
Aroma is a pleasant start to this hoppy IPA. Reminds me of West Coast IPA / APA's with it's abundant hop aroma and flavor. Tough to find this brewery in the Philadelphia area, I bought this beer in Manaplan, NJ. jgb9348 (6579) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2003
Great red/orange colour, great smell...but a disappointingly mild taste and a completely bland aftertaste! Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2003
This is just an outstanding example of an IPA...I am becoming very fond of this style and this beer is part of the reason why. jazz88 (2684) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 6, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2006 Rating #1 Bottle (6 3 6 3 13). Golden color with basically no head. Malts with plenty of hops but rather plain. No real kick. Maybe an East v. West thing. Rating #2 Bottle (rating from August 2005 notes) (6 3 7 3 14). Subtle hazed amber color with a laced tan head. More hoppy than malts but maybe a little light in body. A nice smooth bitter finish with a touch of fruit and grass.
morebier4me (140) - New York, USA - JAN 6, 2003
I sleeper of an IPA............................................... DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 6, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 A dark apple juice in color with a thin lathering top..the aroma was a hoppy, musty, applyish, sugary, malty mess..the flavor had tangy hops and was citrusy with a thin malt backing..some lemon rind came through too..the mouthfeel was spritsy & citrusy and not sticky at all..it was semi-full bodied with the malt thickening as it warmed..seems similiar to anchor liberty yet not as zesty.. freekyp (2466) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2013 The Ringwood yeast plays an important role here. This IPA is heavily bitter with a floral/apricot aroma. A solid malt underpinning keeps the prominent hoppiness in check. Weak head but decent lacing. The bitter hop character wins out in the end leaving a long lingering finish. A slight metallic tartness lends a bracing component that just might be the beginnings of spoilage. pivo (2689) - GERMANY - DEC 5, 2002
Hops, yeast and apricots in the nose. Hazy orange color and a low head. A good mix of fruit (apricots) and hops, though not overly bitter. Creamy mouth feel. jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2002
A slightly hazy orange/amber. Quickly diminishing head. Wonderful nose of citric, grassy hops. Medium bodied, nice earthy malt complexities on the backend, hints of fruitiness with an almost numbing hop bite. Nice IPA.