Blake (398) - Orange, California, USA - JAN 23, 2003
Had from bottle January 23, 2002dflip (27) - USA - JAN 22, 2003
An amazing aroma after being poured, the head was thick and lingered a while. Tint is a reddish-brown with some good carbonation. Aroma is quite hoppy with a hint of alcohol. The taste compliments the aroma and this makes for a good beer. Great? No - I'll leave that distinction to the Double Bastard. But this is a very good tasting beer with a slightly acidic aftertaste that lasts, but doesn't overpower.
I poured this into a tulip-shaped glass and a nice, creamy head lasted. The aroma was just right with the floral notes of the hops. The taste was a full-bodied IPA that leaves a bitter & refreshing taste. ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - JAN 20, 2003
Strong flowery nose of alcohol, and evergreens. Pours from the bottle medium cloudy ruby amber. The large off-white frothy/creamy head is mostly lasting with good lacing. The brew starts sweet and malty with a warm middle of moderate acidity. The sour finish is long and bitter. The medium soft and dry body feels astringent at the finish. Not up to par with Arrogant Bastard, but this brew is No Joke it it's own right. MilkmanDan (1942) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2003
Hazy amber-orange. Decent head. Smells of grapefruit and butter. Extremely tart, very lemony with some grapefruit. Some nuttiness in the background. Expectedly ultra-hoppy, but more dry that bitter, just sucks the moistness out of the mouth. Nicely creamy. Good stuff, but has the unfortunate job of fighting against Ruination and Hop Rod Rye, the kings of the hopmonsters. aracauna (3674) - Georgia, USA - JAN 13, 2003
<P>In the bottle: Dark brownish amber is toped by a fizzy, short-lived head. Turpentine and grapefruint peels on the nose. The flavor is like lightly buttered toast, the hops are mildly harsh but have a faint juiciness about them.</P>
<P>From a growler Mromero provided me: The head is creamier and longer lasting. The mouthfeel was less watery and more creamy but the flavor was harsher, a little too harsh and lacked the slight juiciness. I"m rating the bottle, but my rating for the growler would be +1 in appearance and palate and -1 in flavor. The growler was a couple of points higher overall.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 11, 2003
Hazy copper-amber color, has a frothy clingy white head that last, hoppy aroma of pine trees and grapfruits. Hops hops and more hops hit your tongue, riesiny piney citrusy flavors, enough malts to balance this great IPA, full body with a full and creamy mouthfeel, untill the hops attack you tongue in the finish. goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 10, 2003
Pour is a clear amber, with chunky bits of yeast circulating throughout, small white-ish head that slims out to a light saopy foam quickly. Aroma is strong on the pine and citrus. On the tongue, it is all hops, strikingly bitter, pine, citrus and some spice assault the palate with unrelenting force. Finish is quite long, it never seems to end. spydog (79) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2003
In your face hops. Nice head and plenty of floaties. Start is like a 'hop hitman', just whacking the hell out of you. Some maltiness in the middle, followed by a whopping bitter finish. BeerLimey (2155) - California, USA - JAN 4, 2003
Cloudy orabgey amber, excellent head formation. Intense citric grapefruit aroma, tropical fruits, pine and pepper spice. Great hoppy palate, bitter grapefruit throughout. Some accompanying sweetness and creamy smoothness. Alcohol strength in finish. beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 2, 2003
Orange gold color, hazy. Medium head. Aroma is hoppy, slightly floral with pineapple and pine. This is a massively hoppy IPA. Grapefruit and pine with a touch of sweetness. Who am I kidding this beer is all hops. That said, its all hops and not as bitter as you would think. Full flavored. The hops are grapefruit and pine. There is some maltyness to it, but this beer is way overbalanced toward the hops. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and dry. Smoother than you would expect. Aftertaste is bitter. There is a lingering grapefruit taste as well. This was one of Rogues 'new' XS 12 oz. Bottle. Etched painted bottle.