Aggie80 (828) - Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Certainly nothing pale about this amber colored pour! Some head and some lacing, but nothing notable. Much less hops then one would expect from an IPA, but the aftertaste is definitely hop dominated. BUrunner (92) - Indiana, USA - NOV 9, 2004
A pretty good IPA, though not in the style as other IPAs. Pours nice with a good head. Fairly complex aromas and good flavor. roacheater (43) - Alabama, USA - NOV 5, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2005 A straight up knock-off of Fuller’s IPA. Malt is a little less "fat" and the hops a bit more metallic. The characteristic lingering effect present in Fuller’s is very evident in this brew. A persistent maltiness on the palate and in the nose is offset not so much by bitterness on the tongue as an increasing astringency throughout the mouth. Loddeer (171) - USA - NOV 4, 2004
This was surprisingly good ... amazingly I purchased this same bottle from the same exact store as the previous reviewers ... at Trader Joe’s. An excellent value, a good IPA, smooth and has that hoppy balance. Nothing exempliary, but very satisfying. jgb9348 (6482) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2004
Clear amber/copper coloured body with a dense tan head at first, fading to just a small off-white cap after a few minutes. Aroma of english hops, pale malt, toffee, burnt sugars and some soap. Medium-bodied; Strong malt flavour with noticeable caramel flavours roaming throughout. Subtle grape and pit fruit tastes come out in the aftertaste, but not too largely. Overall, a nice beer, more of an EPA or a ESB rather than an IPA, but good to try. A great pickup at Trader Joe’s for under $1 (remember you can do that with any bottles). I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased at Trader Joe’s in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia on Election Night (02-November-2004).
HoppyKev (50) - Redford, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2004
Pours dark goldish, hoppy nose can’t place the aroma. Doesn’t seem well balanced do get the hoppy taste but doesn’t have a large malt backup. Not getting a specific flavor from the bitterness just bitter. The saver for this beer is the $5 price tag at Trader Joe’s ArlenWilliams (15) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 14, 2004
Overall, quite a nice IPA. Best $5 six-pack of beer I’ve found, FWIW --at Trader Joe’s in NE Illinois. Of course, it could be a bit tastier. DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 31, 2004
Copper orange, light white head and lacing. Aroma has burnt caramel, earth, light hops, buttery. Medium body, smooth, spicy, metallic at times, burnt malt. Neither west coast nor British style. Pleasant and decent. Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2004
One of thier better all around beers. I had this as part of thier variety pack that I got in Maine. Nice hoppy aroma with soem flavoring hops as well. Definately not overwhelming like alot of west coast IPA’s. Pretty good. JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - AUG 26, 2004
Clear golden amber colored body with a thick creamy/cottony head that doesn’t look like its going anywhere anytime soon. Smell is sweet and fragrant with flowers, pine and lemon. Taste begins sweet with banana esters, grapes, alcohol, sweet pine, grapefruit and fruit malts. Very tasty. Hop blast eventually fades into a doughy malt ending with a nice lager breadiness to it. Suprisingly complex. Aftertaste is a little drying with bitter notes and alcohol.