hopdog (12083) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a medium to darker, hazy orange/amber color with an avearged sized white head. Hoppy aromas and tastes of grapefruit, pine and oranges. Not too bitter. Watery body. A little thin as weak for a top quality IPA (although it wasn’t bad).
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bright peach/apricot color, under a nice, bubbling whitish head.
Aroma: ooo,babba, booba!!! Fresh, super-fat hops, piney, citric, herbal, really nice, and though certainly not the hoppiest thing ever to reach my nose, it has it’s own unique, highly appreciable personality.
Taste: juicy, fruity, awash in all manner of the above-mentioned, tangerine, melon, mango, and more than I can think of right now, very sharp, tangy and tasty...candyish at times, jolly-ranger-esque, tasty-sweet and only a tiny touch bitter...I was gonna say, until it persisted for a bit on the finish (then, I actually said it anyway), but actually I like that in an IPA, so it’s working.
Medium bodied, terrifically textured, soft, warm, smooth, harsh, many several things all jumping and jiving around the tongue and through the mouth and echoing in the mind...juicy, sour, citric, ...yum, quite a nice little take on the IPA.
I like it...it likes me...we’re a hap-py fam-i-ly...
See what the HiPA does to me? I feel like I’m so stoned I’m watching "Barney & Friends" over cold delivery pizza for breakfast.
rajendra82 (1071) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - SEP 29, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This 22 oz. bomber was received, courtesy of beeradvocate mikeys01. Popping the cap revealed that “The Answer is Inside You”. The body of the beer was pale golden in color with slight haziness. The head formed to an inch thick pretty well, but receded rapidly to a thin line of bubbles that left spotty lace. The aroma of the beer was very subdued, with mildly floral and grassy hops, and Ringwood yeast funkiness. The taste was dominated by a salty and buttery profile that was backed by caramel malt and lacked a substantial hop bitterness bite. The mouthfeel was medium to thin and slightly grating. All in all a middling IPA that is easy to drink, but lacks a lot of flavor.
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet citrus nose. Fresh hops, a little alcohol, lightly butterscotch. Surprisingly fresh hop flavor - what variety is this? A little tingly. Nice malt/caramel tones. Finish is a bit too bitter.
DocLock (10346) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours slightly turbid dark straw with a medium, creamy white head, some floaties, and moderate lace. Aroma of hops, malt, fruit, pine, spice. Tastes hoppy, with some malt, fruit, and spice hints. Palate is medium, with a slightly dry finish. Not quite as balanced as I crave with IPAs, but very good nonetheless.
michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very very bitter IPA that is thrown out of balance because of it. Good for about a 6-8 oz try, but hard to go for more.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 30, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Raise the freak flag a little higher, I’m enjoying this IPA. A very nice session IPA with a lot of wheaty tasting malts. Fairly well-balanced but somewhat astringent.
jsquire (4335) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden orange out of the bottle with a thin white head. Pine resin nose. Strong hop presence with lots of resin, pine, citrus rind, with a nice malt backbone to ride upon. Nice beer. Thanks slob. Send me another?
mribm (462) - Ocala, Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First, let me say that I am not a big fan of Magic Hat beers...until now! This beer was really good. One of my major complaints with Magic Hat was that you never knew what you were getting in their beers by the descriptions on the labels or on their website. The label on this beer lets you know immediately that you are getting an IPA. That is a refreshing change from other Magic Hat beers which give you all kinds of cryptic messages which you are supposed to decipher in the beer store before you have even tried the beer. Thank goodness this beer didn’t possess one of those cryptic labels, otherwise I wouldn’t have purchased it. I also really liked the commercial description of this beer. It brought me back to the 60’s/70’s via a "beer flashback". Now for my sensory perceptions regarding this delicious nectar of the Gods. This beer poured with a good sized head which lasted and lasted, leaving adequate amounts of lacing on the glass. This lasted until the end of the beer (what a beautiful thing)! The smell was of citrus and hops. It was an absolutely beautiful aroma for a beer. The taste was hoppy as a hornet, with a long lasting bitter aftertaste which let me know that the hops meant business. I loved this beer and will not be such a Magic Hat snob in the future, providing that their labels clearly tell what kind of beer is inside. I would definately buy this delicious beverage againa and again and again!
Maximus55 (40) - California, USA - AUG 11, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Man this stuff is good and strong after a couple youll be seein stars, id reccomend it and i would get it again