TChrome (1480) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - MAY 25, 2004
Nice looking copper colored beer with a nice light tan head that exhibits good retention and good lacing. Aroma is different as far as I am concerned. I guess I have embraced the west coast hop monsters as my standard. This is a different hop, the label say fuggles. Musty, hoppy? aroma with a little malt balance. Flavor is just not there. Very odd bitterness with some malt. Weird IPA. calivania (62) - USA - MAY 16, 2004
I have been hosting a private festtival of West Coast IPA’s -- I am the only invitee -- and this one has a rather different attitude than the more agressive Cali IPA’s. Dare I call it subtle, certainly coming on. It pours is a light red-gold and smells faintly of wet grass and fresh hops. The malt character is relaxed, giving way to a fresh citrus-y hop taste that is bitter, through not boldy so. Might be a good one to initiate your friends to the world of IPA’s. A nice beer, but I have yet to find an Oregon IPA that matches the better California ones interms of street-fightin’ character. A nice summer alternative though. hopdog (12816) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2004
Clear amber/golden color with an average sized off-white head. Floral, citris hoppy aroma. Sweet start with a moderate bitter finish. Do I detect traces of apples in the taste? EKGoldings (664) - Radford, Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2004
Bottle, 2 months before expiration and from the fridge. Pours amber with thin fast vanishing head. Smell is a little toffee, light malt with slight hop aroma. Taste is malt with vinous quality, slightly metallic. Some fruity esters on the finish with light but quality hop. Quite dry but this one is unbalanced cold. But let it warm up in the glass and you are rewarded with more malt and better flavor balance. Don’t serve this one too cold. If you want a pale ale with Fuggles hop character, this is a good find. Doesn’t have the strong dry hopped character of most American IPAs but the IBUs appear a tad low for the style. I'll buy this again just to have a "different" IPA around the house. sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2004
Pours an amber/orange color with a thin, lasting white head. Malts are all but nonexistent in the nose, which does sport some hoppy/grassy notes. Flavor, though, does have some malt in it. There is some kind of fruity/floral sweetness, with a big hit of burnt hops, which is not bad for a Shipyard. I'm definitely not picking up the banana flavor that others are claiming, though. Mouthfeel is standard sub-par microbrew thin and bubbly.
zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 19, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2008 [bottle] Pours a light orange/amber with a thin white head and good carbonation. Very faint aroma of hops and grass. Not too overpowering. Good hoppy tasty to start that gives way to a smooth hoppy/banana finish with a sharp hoppy bite. Very good hop aftertaste. BennyTicklez (621) - USA - APR 15, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2005 This beer comes with a red label now, not like the label showed in the picture on this site. A good beer a little on the bitter side. A middle of the pack IPA. VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2004
Clear golden in color with a moderate white head. Minor hop notes in the nose - flowery, grassy in nature. No malt in the nose. Nice hoppy flavor and bitter finish with very little malt backbone. Banana flavors through the middle?????? A little thin in body. Not bad, but far from the best IPA. warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2004
Mild fuggle aroma mixed with some crystal malt. Light amber color poured with a decent head that lasted for some time. Med hop flavor with some mild malt and bread flavors. An okay beer but a below average IPA. Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 3, 2004
Pours a light copper with a thick off-white head. Bubblegum aroma. Thin mouthfeel. Very earthy and malty. Some mild hop notes. Nothing to rave about about. Could get a lot worse.