openwindow (67) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 8, 2005
Found at TR Brennans in Manchester NH. Was surprised to see this around as I thought it was retired. Deep straw color with an overwhelming hop aroma. Flavor has a nice bite of hops that isn’t as balanced out as I would have liked. One would think that Magic Hat produced this to silence critics saying the beer didn’t have enough flavor, yet slightly missed the mark in balancing the hops. A good but not great IPA, leaning closer to an ESB (anyone know the IBU on this?) Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2005
UPDATED: APR 6, 2007 This was an awesome IPA...I had this tonight again after a long hiatus...well worth it and a really tasty brew...recommended... urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2005
Imagine Boddington with hops. Nice creamy head, but dead palate, with a lot of sweetness, much of it hop related. The main feature is its nothingness, even if that void is sometimes punctuated with American hops. Tasted after the great Smuttynose, this didn’t hold up. Cows9 (41) - Dumont, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2005
Pours amber with a frothy head. I’m not getting any real aroma. No real big flavor up front. A little bit of fruit turns into staight up pine needles. I really don’t like this. krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2005
a ripe apricot in a glass: a thick, unfiltered soft lemon-orange brew-- a papaya sunburst of warmth through raw honey. the head was a shaving cream froth, but rather than sheeting, the lace shredded like damp cigarette paper. as is so often the case, the visual discriptors seem to match the aromatic discriptors-- and even the tastes. the bright colors enjoyed here correspond to the aromas with likenesses of honey, citrus and apricot cobbler. other forces come into play in the flavor: a very doughy yeast component, with moderate grapefruit-peel hops, and a drying feel. hi p. a. has a nice love-bite of bitterness, citrus mellowed by creamy apricot, oaky vanilla tones tinged with sweetness, and some lingering bitterness.
GuilTTy (733) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2005
Clear amber pour under a medium off-white head with pretty good retention and average lacing. Aroma of citrus, pine and hops. Hop profile more reserved than I anticipated with floral, pine notes predominating over grapefriut and citrus. More malt in the flavor than expected based upon aroma. Mouthfeel was a bit thin and finish was pretty clean but unremarkable. Overall, this beer isn’t bad but it isn’t memorable. The malt/hop balance was always a bit off and I felt as though this was closer to a Western Pale than an IPA. stowenbrau (4) - Connecticut, USA - APR 4, 2005 does not count
Short beige head, alluring golden color, hops smacked me before i even hit took a real whiff, aroma was great predictor of taste but it is not overly bitter despite preponderance of hops as the malt balanced it pretty well, great smooth mouthfeel and delightful long, fruity and piney finish, i did enjoy, very different from the harpoon IPA i’m most familiar with bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 4, 2005
bottle from brickskeller (2005). aroma is citrusy, hoppy. color is light clear amber. flavor is at once malty but is quickly obscured by piney hops. not great, but not awful. just a bit too piney for my taste. Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2005
I am not a hop head, but the light brown body and white head was a good start. The nose was hops, of course. Taste was hoppy and bitter, but more balanced and pleasant. Good stuff. ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2005
Hello Pennsylvania! On draught at Parrish Cafe, 3/31/05. Soft, honey and copper-toned orange body with a large and lasting light beige head. Mostly clear, though some chill haze to start. Smells of floral notes, light citrus (orange zest, sweet lemons, limes), a bit of honey. Colombus hops are pretty hard to go wrong with for an IPA, it seems. I’m not getting much marris otter out of the nose. Flavor begins muted and easygoing, with a lightly dry bitterness from the hops softly asserting itself throughout the entire experience. Some slight caramel and toffee, or maybe I’m just imagining that. Anyways, a good enough body to keep it drinkable without being too watery. A bit of dry, paperiness on the end, with a little prickliness from the alcohol and malt earthiness. But it’s mainly just a fluffy, lightly sweet, modestly hopped ale, that passes from memory quite easily. . .