Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2003
Pours a deep brown with little head. Full of citrusy floral hops. A smooth blanket of hops and fruit cover the mouth. Pleasing hop after taste. Damn fine beer. nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2003
Had this been on tap, in Newport, at the brewery. Pretty sweet place worth checking out. Looked like your average amber ale, yet hit with a blind side of hops I wasn't expecting, and had a nice subtle alcohol finish. Pretty decent stuff. BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 18, 2003
Soft hop aroma, light citrus and pine. Clear amber color, nice lacing. Full hoppy flavor with a nice bitter hop bite, extremely well balanced. Phenomenal mouthfeel and finish. Very yummy IPA, surprised I was able to find it. Crit (4039) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 15, 2003
Reddish amber,tan head.Light citrus hop nose. Lots of malt with good hop profile throughout ending in a medium pleasant alcohol heat with lasting hop finish 3fourths (9351) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Had at the brewery in Newport, June 2003. Murky pale red hue with little head. Apple and apricot aroma. Thick syrup feel. Very impressive sweetness and dryness togethor. Nice hop bitter finish. Hugely dry palate. Flavors are quite mild for a strong ale, with a slight blandness present; this is the only negative thing about this ale.
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 28, 2003
No idea when this was brewed, but this 12 oz. bottle was purchased today...Anyway, murky dark orange, slightly hazy; Small collapsing head that leaves a lace ring. Piney, citrusy aroma but with some deeper ripe plum and pear notes. Nice bitterness but a stemmy/green flavor rests in mid palate, not intense but enough to knock the balance off a little...too much greeen vegetal matter in the brew kettle for too long. Nice deep fruit and hop bitter finish, off dry. Pretty good barleywine American style. raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2003 Bottle:Hazy,chestnut. Medium head,with with heavy carbonation. Very,hoppy aroma(pine,citrus).After sitting awhile,toffee,german-malt aromas arise. Mouthfeel is sharp,but smoothes out by mid-bottle.Big body with decent malt flavors,and a big bitterness before the finish.Finish is semi-sweet with very big leafy,sappy hop notes.Not as malty as the Redux,and MUCH more hoppier. GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2003
Lots of floral hops, clean and light nose. Pale amber/orange body, a thin clingy head. Hintas of citrus run throughout. Intense floral/citrus and resinous/piney flavors all over. Some dry barley on the finish among the alcohol. cleans up very well, and has great balance. A solid brew for sure. Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2003 Deep amber in color rocky head, nice lacing. What an aroma, pine, malt and apples. Wow what a great beer I can taste a bit of pine similar to that in a mango, rich malt flavors, a bit of apple pie. Flavor overload, can no longer describe but hops also abound. Hey this is a Belgian isn’t it? If you can find this stuff get it if you like an ultra flavorful beer this is a great one. Re-rate just had one on tap. Less of a malt profile still a very good beer but no longer a 4.9. Go with the bottle if you have a choice
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2003 Had this on tap at the Rogue house in Portland (I was rather surprised to see it actually). Very nice hop presence: strong hints of freshly cut grass and juniper. There is also a nice malt presence that coats the palate thouroughly, although the bitter cloying gets to be a bit much after a while. I had only a 4 oz. taster of this, but an entire pint would really do a number on the senses and there's something to be said for lasting power.