meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
This pours out a clear amber color with a good-sized white head that faded to a cap of bubbles rather quickly. Decent lacing was left as well. Aroma is quite odd, as the malty sweetness seems to almost completely overcome any hop presence that is there. Mainly a sweet caramel scent comes through with earthy hops tones thrown in as almost an afterthought. Not bad smelling just not what I have come to expect of an IPA. Taste is similar to the smell but with the hops taking a little more of a role but still not taking control of this beer. Caramel and fruits hit you first in the flavor before the balancing but a bit weak hops come through with a nice bitter taste. There are also notes of spice as well. Mouthfeel is pretty good about medium with good carbonation. Nothing stopping you from downing several of these unless you are looking for a more hopped IPA. Overall an above average beer that could use a little more hop and not a bad deal at 5 bucks a 6 at Trader Joes. Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2005 This poured a clear orange color with a modest white head that rapidly transformed into a slight halo around the glass. The aroma is a nice blend of citric (orange mainly) and floral hops with a bit of underlying earthiness. It’s got a solid sweet malt backbone beneath the predominant orange and lemon hopping. Surprizingly clean finish with only a bit of the hop bitterness left behind. I like it.Aggie80 (818) - Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2004
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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 (6196) - 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.