DYCSoccer17 (3698) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 7, 2004
Very floral aroma with citrus notes. Very floral, pleasant aroma. Hazy dark copper/amber color with a small off-white head. Very floral taste leading to some big time piney hops to finish. This is not over the top and the malts complement the hops very well. Nicely balanced American IPA. ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - AUG 6, 2004
bottle...deep amber pour with medium tan head. Malty hoppy aroma, reminds me of Murphy’s Oil Soap. Very pleasant aroma, I could smell this all day. Very light pine flavor, mostly grapefruit bitterness in the start. Middle sweetens, almost sugary. Light grapefruit bitterness lingers balanced by a slight maltiness to finish. This is very good. JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2005 22oz bottle. Fizzy and lasting off-white head, dark ruby body with flaky yeasties roaming around in there. Very nice sweet hoppy aroma. I’d have to say a caramelly pine with grapefruit. Soapy tasting dry hops with some light caramel sweetness in the background. The seemingly soapy taste helps tone down the hops, plus some hidden sourness in there. Very smooth and rounded beer. Thanks to MuzzleHatch for the gift!
Re-Rate 8/25/05 - Grassy hops noticable; raised flavor to 8. Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2004
A little like the King IPA from Pontiac I had recently - very malty with a huge grapefruit presence, well-blended, this beer has a long astringent, delicious, citrus finish. Another great McNeill’s provided by the incomparable MuzHat. ClarkVV (6711) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 13, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2004 2004 bottle compliments of bucknaked. Good deep amber orange red pour. Quite colorful but has very little white head. Aroma has tons of chewy caramel, lots of citric hops (grapefruit, oranges) Very fresh and juicy. Flavor has lots of bitter hops right away, good citric enjoyment. But then it gets nice and caramelly. Certainly it has established itself as a good American IPA (borderline double). The flavor is great and bursting with freshness, but the showcase, yet again, the smooth, perfect natural carbonation, and the wonderful balance (a bit on the sweet side this time, though). Great beer.
Rerate. I can't say anything different about the wonderful palate, but the flavor really bothers me. It is dry, then sweet, then dry and all the time not very strong. The body is held together very loosley and I keep expecting a climax of flavor but it never really comes, the flavor just sort of hangs in the background and I just finish the beer wondering, "hmm, where did all that beer go?"
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2004
Bottle: Copper/amber/ruby with a nice large tan head. Smells of caramel malt, citrus, fruit, hops. Flavor is initially intense bitterness from the hops, but also with some fruit (cherries, citrus, grapefruit), with some caramel and butter. I saw this was one of McNeill’s highest rated beers, but I like their summer bitter that I tried earlier tonight better. Once again a classic example of a balanced beer. sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2004
Copper/amber with a medium, beige head and tons of little floating bunnies. Yes. Floating bunnies. Aroma is malty and hoppy with caramel and cherries. Flavor is a little malty up front with a little sourness (old bottle? I just bought it today), some caramel and butteriness, and lots and lots of hops. The hop flavor is very powerful and overwhelms most of the other stuff. Reasonably thick and lasts in the mouth for an above-average time. Very good IPA, but I won’t be buying more of this soon. beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2004
Pours red with not much of a head. Powerfull aroma of hops and something sweet, maybe caramel. Powerfull, intense, amazing flavor and bitterness of hops followed with a nice ,sweet flavor. This beer is a definte must for any hophead, especially on tap at the pub. tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2004
Orange hop nose. Sweet caramel malt aroma. Burnished copper with light tan, pillowy head. Some floaties. Decent lace. Strongly botter with plenty of American hop (pine, citrus) flavour. It rather overwhelms any malt character. Bitterness is long and lasting. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Love the low tech label. Bottle. Thanks muzzlehatch. fomentateur (110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2004
I really should rate this beer higher cause it reminds me of an old homebrew recipe I use to make, only mine really was better. Ah yes, caramel malt, roastd barley, and a touch of chocolate and black patent. Hopped with the four "c"’s. Deep copper color, not quite amber. There was not really any head but I swear I could see hop oils on the surface. There should have been a good malt flavor but the amount of hops overwhelmed any malt character. Citric and fruity was really all I got. Other than that there was a nice balance with the bitterness. Lingering hops in the finish.