Aurelius (5335) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2003
Piney cascade aroma. Apricot colored, fair label. Definitely better than the Eye of the Hawk Ale. Fruity and piney, medium sweetness. Average west coast IPA -- drinkable, but without distinction. Good mouth, overbittered finish. PorterPounder (7968) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2003
All arond, a solid IPA. Sticky white head sitting on a dark orange colored pour. Good sticky lacing and nice bubble action. Aroma has a sweet piney essence to it with some doughy undertones - very clean. Citrusy sweet flavor gives way to a bittersweet hoppy finish. Mouthfeel has just enough cascade hops to linger around for a while but not enough make you pucker. raymow (1650) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2003
Tastes like a lot of other IPA's that I've had. The only noticable difference was that this was a bit sweeter than normal and not quite as hoppy. Overall, not bad. obxdude10 (2324) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2003
Disappointing IPA, not a very good example of the IPA style, not enough hops, not very well balanced, very little malty profile, a bit on the bland side
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2003
Wow, this beer’s appearance is truly something to marvel at; A crisp clear copper body and a mound of thick rocky cotton head, wonderful. The aroma is of grapefruits and tangerine. The flavor is packed with notes of pine and spruce, heavy on the lemon zest but rather astringent.
Ernest (7695) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2003
Mendocino is our newest West Coast brewer introduced to Florida, I have been fairly impressed with the quality of the beers, especially the high abv % of them all.
Overall a pretty enjoyable IPA!
Head is initially large, frothy, white, mostly lasting.
Body is hazy dark yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted bread),
lightly yeasty (dough),
moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin).
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. jerohen (2296) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2003
Clear golden coloured, ok head. More sweet than hoppy. Bitter finish. I'm really into IPA's these days, this however is not a very good example. wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2003
Pours orange/amber with a small yellowish head. Strong lace on the glass. A sweet citrus aroma, not real strong. The flavor starts sweet, nice malt with a moderate citrus bitterness. The hops are not overpowering as most IPAs but good flavor. A little weaker than most IPAs but not bad. This will not satisfy heavy hop heads but a good middle of the road beer. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2008 Amber-orange with a thin head, but nice lace. Quite a few floaties and small chunks swirling about. Nose was fruity and somewhat alcoholic. Light malt flavors, kind of smothered by thinnish alcohol notes. Hops were light, floral, somewhat citrusy and slightly bitter. Overall, not bad, but too vodka-ish, with questionable fusel notes. Some off vitamin-like flavors as well. Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2003
Pours a light, cloudy amber with a small head and a decent lace.
Smells like a really floral IPA, but more floral than hoppy, if that makes sense.
Flavor is rather subdued, IMO, for an IPA, but it's quite good. Very malty to complement the floral hops. Not very bitter. There's some biscut in there.
Mouthfeel is average with a hint of citrus aftertaste. Overall I really liked this, but if you're looking for a hop-fix, this isn't the IPA you seek.