whatusay (20) - San Francisco, USA - MAY 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap: Nice orange pour with a small white head. Pretty big hoppy aroma. Very nice hoppy taste and heavily bitter. Bitterness continues through the finish, but enjoyable. Very nice beer.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 23, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
huge and very hoppy, the only part lacking was the nose. Highly enjoyable
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2003 Draft: Orange. Mega-hops. Sweetens ever so slightly as it warms, but hops continue to dominate. Very nice!
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear orange color with a medium rocky white head. Surprisingly a bigger malt aroma than expected, but the cascade hops dominate. Obviously a big hop taste that is not over the top. A bitter aftertaste that is not unpleasant.
Ernest (7507) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium yellow, dense tiny particles, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (cookie), moderately hoppy (resin), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter. Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly astringent. I was hopeful upon seeing Saaz and Goldings in the hop profile, but it just smells like any other resinous west coast IPA to me...what a waste of Maris Otter. Sigh.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Orange. Head is tan, and is initially huge but diminishes rapidly leaving surprisingly little lace. I could smell the hops before the cap was all the way off the bottle. Citrus, pine, and Mittenstein is right about the tobacco; there's sort of a Virginia/Navy Flake thing going on in the background. And he's right about the marijuana, too; his roommate must be getting good stuff. Malt is apparent as a vague background sweetness, but it isn't the focus of this beer so it's OK. Even though the emphasis is very much on the hops, the flavor is somehow extremely well balanced. Even at room temperature the alcohol is dangerously well-hidden. It's medium-bodied, and the almost sadistic bitterness leaves my mouth feeling like I'm drinking an extremely dry white wine. This is outstanding.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - MAY 8, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pretty orange with a small (but persistent) white head. The aroma hit me like a tone of bricks...tons of hops in there...sweet apple, bitter grapefruit, slightly floral/herbal. The flavor was quite strong. Massive hops...sweet and very very bitter. There was a life saving malty background character that made this beer very enjoyable. Another homerun for Rogue.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2004 7/13/2004: Very fresh and hoppy with not nearly as much malt as Dreadnaught and Ruination, yet still well balanced and with some pleasant sweetness. A well done imperial IPA.
5/6/2003: Big, hoppy cookie dough aroma fills the room as soon as I uncap the body. Pours an opaque golden with a short lived off-white head that leaves a light lace on the sides of my glass. Body is semi-sweet with a refined bitterness and a syrupy palate. Finishes sticky and dry with definite alcoholic presence. Like the style says, this really isn't an IPA. Still a pretty decent beer.
Frank (4074) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2003
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
I could smell the citrus in this as soon as I opened it. Just a wonderful aroma--loaded with hops, citrus, and pine with maybe a bit of melon. Good lookin' too with an almost glowing orange color, medium head, and spotty lacing. Hops up front then straight the way through to the lingering bitter finish. I love it. Very strong pine notes. Just a hint of malt sweetness. My major complaint is that it lacks the body to hold up such an intensely hoppy profile. Just a few steps away from IPA greatness.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2004 AIBA 2003: Was excited to see a Rogue beer at the festival. Very grapefruity, manadariny, piney nose and flavour, heavy on the hops, for sure. Quite bitter and citric, a bit thick and chewy, but vibrant and fresh at the same time, diggable. Re-rate: tap at the brewery. Quite bitter and sweet at the same time. A bit syrupy and sticky at times, but soft to finish, relatively assertive, i thought it was a little to sweet and sticky this time.