Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2004
Appearance: dark, rich, reddish hue, with a solid, frothy, creamy head.
Aroma: smooth, light, creamy, soft.
Taste: some small, light hop bite on the palate, still very tasty, though. Juicy, sweet malt, ably steps up to match the hops, sometimes a fault in other IPAs, sometimes a flaw, this time it works, excellent fruit factor, quite a mellow, but snappy brew.
Nice and rich, tasty, but lacking in a hoppy bite, rather mild, sweet, yummy, fruity, but would require more, shall we say, Oooom-Poppa-Dop! to really lift my top!
5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2004
Bottle pours caramel (dark for an IPA), medium foamy off-white head, attractive lacing, with bountiful carbonation.   Aroma is rather sweet, caramely, slightly malty with a subtle hop note.   I also detect some fig or prune, which is odd.   Forwardly cereal/oat like, slightly bitter, and rather malty.   Good body and mouthfeel.   Lingering hop bitterness at the finish, but also malts and grains.   Comes across as more of a malty pale ale to me.   Still highly drinkable tho.   Thanks goes out to atpayne for the trade! humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - SEP 12, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2004 White oak creamy head atop a copper-tone body. Sweet hoppy aroma with pumpkin pie spice. Hops comes on strong in the flavor and is instantly mellowed by sweet almond malts in such a combonation as to entice and accentuate the overall complexity. An earthy yeast really rounds it out. This is what I envision a real IPA as approaching not the boring duldrum of over-the-top beers that have been deamed "good" by the more machismo brewing element eternally seeking beers with all the acridity of 100% pure hop oil. Bottom line, this is genuine quality and craftsmanship. MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 10, 2004
Hazy copper color with a large frothy head that leaves a good lacing in my glass, citrus and piney hop aroma. Hoppy fruity and caramel flavors with a nice hop bite, medium body with a creamy soft mouthfeel, finishes with a clean and pleasant bitterness, a decent english style IPA.
heemer77 (5361) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 2, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2009 Sampled again recently as IPA2 and I gave it about the same rating. Decent. Pours with a nice lighter copper coloring. Has a medium head and lots of carbonation in the body. Smells of orange peels, fresh bread and a little bit of honey. Nice rich mouthfeel with a greasy finish. It has a little too much carbonation for me. The taste is understated wth some grapefruit and a little bit of raisin. It also has a lively black pepper finish. This would be a great session IPA.
badgerben (5372) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 30, 2004
Dark amber color with a good sized head that dropped pretty quickly. Aroma of "thick" hops; it just smelled large. The taste was spicy and hoppy with a fair bit of sweet added in. A little floral as well. One of the better IPAs I’ve had. JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 28, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2007 Thick and creamy off-white head with good lacing. Nice orangish copper body.Pleasant hoppy aroma.... cascade seeming with some orange on top. Mmm... the first thing I noticed was the smooth, soft, and slightly resinous palate. Nice sweet piney and powerful hops. Really can’t say anything else about it. It is quite delicious.
7 / 4 / 8 / 4 / 15 = 3.8
Update 7/8/2007 - So I had a bottle a few weeks ago and thought it was a great hop bomb... pretty much matching my original rating. I had a bottle today, *bought at the brewery yesterday*, and it is just a lightly hopped bready mess. Okay, I guess. But the hops just aren’t there. Downgraded for inconsistency and/or just not being as good anymore. Jedsbrew (464) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUL 19, 2004
Copper colored with a minimal head but durable ring lacing. Fine dry hoppy aroma with some bready maltiness. Medium to full bodied, fairly sweet and silky with a rich maltiness that stood up well to the considerable spicy hop presence. Long dryish finish, a little boozy. A big hearty brew-good stuff! igneous1 (1538) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - APR 28, 2004
color is brownish amber, head is off-white, pretty thin, lots of spice, maybe even a bit of raisin. Flavor is also spicy, alcoholic, caramelly. the bitterness is subdued; however, the alcohol burn is omnipresent. I really wanted to like this because there area some good subdued flavors and a nice thick mouthfeel, but the alcohol is just too much. DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 4, 2004
clear & deep amber in color with a solid sheet of head..malty, sugary aroma...spicy! hop flavors covered in dripped sticky caramel, yet bitter in the back...caramel toasted malts, and i stress the TOASTED part...and the CARAMEL part...toasty, bitter, caramelly, and, well..not IPA-ish in the slightest..well..maybe for a brit.