npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Copper, big tan head, leaves lots of lace. Grassy hop nose, touch of bread. Quite bitter, slightly musty flavor, green grass, hint of metal, some citrus. Just not enough malt to balance things out. DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 8, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2004 Packaged 08/05/2003Bill Becker (1064) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 4, 2003
Attractive white head over a clear amber body. Aroma of sweet grain and a touch of spice. The first thing your tongue senses is the ample carbonation with its acidic kick. The major flavor components are a sweet maltiness and a mostly spicy hop character. The aftertaste has a combination of bitterness and roasty sweetness. This would be a fantastic session beer - I'm disappointed I only have one!
Thoughts from '04 bottling - still a really sweet IPA, and I still like it!
I like this one...even though it was best by April 2003 and here it is, November. A malt dominated IPA...I'd like to try some other samples(Kind of reminded me of a Fuller's product)of this style even though I'm a natural born hophead. :^) LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 13, 2003
This sample had a metallic initial taste. That really hurt the beer. Quite hoppy with a nice crisp finish. JK (6200) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2003
Lots of hops in the aroma as well as fruit. Great appearance with a huge cream colored head. The beer is a great amber color. The sweetest ipa I have had, also flavor of hops and wood. Bitter aftertaste. This bottle was 4 months past the exp. date.
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2003
Big dry hopped aroma of piney hops. Malt background is strong and sweet, but less caramelly than I yearn for in a big IPA. Some hints of Diacytol distracts. Finish is quick and leaves a piney residue on sides of mouth. They make better beers than this, and make sure you have a FRESH four pack! beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2003
Color is a chill haze dark caramel coppery brown with a thin creamy colored bubbly head that fizzed away fast to a thin haze always present and minimal spotty lace.
Complexing aroma thats not all the hoppy attention that you'd think, more of an English/European style, not the big Northwest variety associated with most IPA's these days. Solid hefty malty front thats roasty caramel with some orangeish fruity senses, the hops adequately balanced on top floating in with a nice earthy, herbal, dried, lightly fruity characteristic.
Taste is nearly a perfect reflection of the smell with an easy, smooth, & soft roasty caramel start that gradually picks up more malty sweetness and hops gain some strength and control with nice earthy dried, herbal spicyness, blended in very well, a bit resin-like makes an entrance mixing with the hefty favorable malt that keeps the bittering very calm and even, and the hops keeping the malts from getting to sweet. The finish has some complexity as well with some of the spicy resin hops mingling with sweet malts and ever so slightly drying and crispness.
Feel is nearly full, solid, soothing, smooth and even a bit of creamyness; lingering qualities in the finish that are quite nice. One heavenly easy drinkable IPA, a different approach that took a bit of getting use to, but something I definately could get use to.
A nice alternative twist to what most IPA's like to offer. Recommended. JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2003
This beer delivers. Uncommon malt richness for an IPA. Sort of dominates the hops but makes for a tasty treat of a pale. Hops on the aroma and in the finish, sweet malt in the middle. Two in a row for Sprecher. celogan (204) - Oroville, California, USA - AUG 9, 2003
I was a bit dissappointed in this one, though not the worse beer I've had.. Poured dark copper with no head to speak of and the lacing was non existant. The alcohol taste dominated the flavor which was followed by some maltiness and then a tad of hops. Could have been better carbonated. It was pretty close to 120 days past the expiration date, so maybe it's just stale? Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2003
Reddish brown color,small white head that faded fast but managed to leave a bit of lacing on the side of the glass.Malty aroma sweet and sour with a small citrus hint in there as well.Malty taste then the hops hit you,quite strong but not incredibly over powering,nice hop bite in the taste with a not so well hidden alcohol taste but it's better then some others.The after taste is bitter hoppy and a mild sweetness that pops up as well.I'd have to say this is a pretty well done IPA and thankfully my Bro-In-Law brought me an 8-pk so i can enjoy them slowly over the summer.