Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2005
Very light in color for an IPA- kinda similar to stone I guess. Light copper with low carbonation and thin head, but good lacing. Different in aroma from a lot of IPA’s. Somewhat spicy- slightly piney, with herbal and floral hints. Not nearly as much citrus and grapefruit as expected. Mouthfeel is good but the flavor was slightly bland especially for a 6.8% beer. Moderate hop profile that seemed somewhat subdued. Maybe this would be better if I had it fresh on tap somewhere. Palate was slightly resiny and had a good bitterness in the finish. Pretty decent and somewhat different from most other IPA’s but nothing that special. guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2005
Clear golden appearance with a small head and nice lacing. Subdued, spicy aroma that hinted of gingerbread. Unique hop profile with a good malt backbone. Dry, lingering finish. jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2005
Golden and clear pour with white head. Smells nice and hoppy but the taste doesn’t back it up. A little too much malty taste for an IPA. Still a good beer. bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2005
nice aroma, very crisp and not overpowering hoppiness. very drinkable with a good clean finish. Another winner from magic hat johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - FEB 25, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2005 What really set this apart from Magic Hat’s Blind Faith IPA was the lck of the typical roasted break taste of their beers. This had much more of a grapefruit flavor. The sour citrus notes were nicely complimented by the fresh tasting, bitter hops. Could have been a little stronger for a limited, speciality brew but this is nevertheless a solid IPA that’s isn’t run of the mill. I’d drink it again.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2005
New bottle (12oz) just arrived in Maryland. Clear sparkling gold, creamy white head. Ultra fresh hoppy nose with notes of grapefruit, lemon rind, and spruce, with underlying tones of herbal earthy hops, slight hint of caramel. Citirc and earthy hop flavors dominate , but are followed up nicely with a light sweet malty note. Lighter side of medium bodied, soft carbonation, drying hoppy finish. Very nice session IPA in my book, and slightly underrated.....
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Bottle. Clear yellow in color with a nice white head. Hoppy aroma, but sharp. hoppy flavor. Pleasant tasting. Some bitterness. Dry hoppy finish. Enjoyable beer. MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Bottle. Clear golden, white head. Hoppy aroma, but light and sharp. Flavor is hoppy, pleasantly bitter, and dry. Dry hoppy fnish. Very simple and basic, nothing new or special here. IslandHaole (1275) - Misawa, JAPAN - FEB 12, 2005
Another delicious hop bomb from Belle! An Amber color with a small off-white head. Nice hop aroma but not as potent as the others I’ve had over the past week. So these are the Columbus hops, a bit of a tart earthy scent as well. Crisp hop front followed by a buttery sweet middle. A bitter follow with some tartness. Not the brutal bitter hop assult but still potent. This is bit thin bodied but an easy, therefore dangerous, beer to drink. I’d better have a Belgian soon or I might get addicted to these IPA’s! Needed to add that the lacing is very impressive, like growth rings on a tree and as I sadly reach the bottom of the 22 oz bottle, this gains a point in the "Overall" column, not just for the lacing but it has been an enjoyable brew down to the last drop, 16 to 17. Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Had this at the GA gathering. A dark golden color. A very lemoney presence and a good deal of hops. It lacked complexity and was slightly sour. Nothing special really