3daddict (139) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 12, 2005
Pours a deep amber color with large frothy head. Fresh hop and citrus aroma. Pine and citrus flavor with good bitterness. A tad too carbonated that keeps the beer light but lacking in body. Beer finishes quick and clean with bitter citrus peel aftertaste. Still an excellent brew considering this sample is a several months past due. DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 3, 2005
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with jjpm74, thanks John!) For an IPA, it smells pretty sugary, and well, not very hoppy. Uhm, okay, I admit it, I can’t smell any hops at all. I mean, it smells good to me, all toasty and caramely, but it smells like an amber, not an IPA. The flavor is very much caramely, sweet and toasty, with just a light bitterness lurking on the palate for some balance in the mouthfeel, but not really in the flavor. This is a malty beer to me, no getting away from it, so maybe it just took too many months to go from brewery to distributor to store to consumer. But as the beer warms, a definite nutty character is emerging, and it’s making me think this is intended to be an English IPA. Either way, it’s not coming across as an American IPA. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, with a very creamy texture. Bright amber body shows a bit of haze, and the small off-white head fades to a small ring, so it’s not a very attractive looking beer. Nothing at all like the IPAs I’m used to here in the States, but since I rate to taste, I’m not deducting any points for straying from the style. Bottom line, it’s damn tasty and enjoyable. beerbuzzmontreal (3486) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 10, 2005
On tap at the brew-pub. Clear reddish copper color with a thin white head. Weak aroma and flavor of hops with a bitter finish. The body is light to medium with a creamy texture. albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 6, 2005
Bottle. Slightly dark amber small white head. Aroma is citrusy hops. Body is somewhat thin, also doesnt taste as hoppy as it smells. Alright, I’d hava notha. Arnie (274) - Chicagoland, IL, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2005
Good nose, but the falvor isn’t as hoppy as one wouold like. But, it’s cheap at Trader Joes, so what can you expect?
Tmoney99 (15137) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2005
Bottle 12 oz. Dark amber color with a medium head that diminished quickly. Medium aroma of hops and citrus. Medium body with hoppy texture. Mild flavor of hops and citrus with medium bitter finish. igneous1 (1538) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUL 5, 2005
color is a little deeper than the typical IPA (not that it matters in the rating), head was light beige. aroma and flavor were of mild lightly citrusy, moderately earthy hops. brown sugar and caramel were the major constituents of the aroma and flavor..fairly tasty, but damn, it’s an IPA, i want my hops. gws57 (1276) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2005
Had this one bottled. A decent pale ale, although way off from IPA standards. Deep amber color, thin head, thin mouthfeel, quite hoppy although not nearly as much as I like, actually a bit too malty, notes of caramel and apple. Not terrible. jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 13, 2005
Lightly hazy amber body topped by a medium pillowy manila head.Lace seems to be nice (maybe my glass is just dirty). The aroma is that of light plastic, flowery, and a touch of sweet. The flavor is hugely flowery and sweet. Tastes like they used lots of fuggles in this one, It has a definite English gestalt. The palate is medium. Decent though the floweriness begins to taste more and more like plastic the more and more that I drink, ClarkVV (6967) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 7, 2005
UPDATED: APR 20, 2006 2005 bottle. Brassy-copper/gold appearance, clear with a moderate amount of white head, some retention. No lacing. Aroma of pale malts, sweet honey and light hay and grains. Some spicy notes in the nose. Flavor is more sweet malts, grassy and spicy soft hops. Some sweet dough, low to moderate carbonation, bit of wateriness, but otherwise nothing wrong here, just needs a bit more malt complexity and even a stronger hops presence. Drinkable enough for what it is, assuming it’s just a lighter session IPA. This isnt bottle conditioned (not an ale on lees).