openwindow (67) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 8, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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 isnít as balanced out as I would have liked. One would think that Magic Hat produced this to silence critics saying the beer didnít 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
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
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 didnít hold up.
Cows9 (41) - Dumont, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2005
1.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours amber with a frothy head. Iím not getting any real aroma. No real big flavor up front. A little bit of fruit turns into staight up pine needles. I really donít like this.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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 isnít bad but it isnít 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
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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 iím most familiar with
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 4, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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 (6401) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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. Iím 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 Iím 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 itís mainly just a fluffy, lightly sweet, modestly hopped ale, that passes from memory quite easily. . .