egajdzis (6588) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Stone vertical in DavidP’s room, GABF weekend... Cloudy golden color with a medium sized white head and nice lacing on the glass. Fruity, citrus, lots of malts, but still some hops, very musty aroma. Taste was oxidized and certainly past its prime at this point. Lots of tropical fruits (peaches), sweet woodiness, and also just a touch of bitterness. Big props to cquiroga for this and the 4th! whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Hazy dull orange-gold body and a soapy white head. Oxidization is apparent but fruity malts come through plus some citrus and stone fruit qualities. Dry, woody finish. Damn good for an IPA that is obviously in the autumn of its existence. Thanks to cquiroga for excavating and sharing a bottle of this legendary fossil.
valcanan (12) - Apple Valley, California, USA - AUG 17, 2003
The third anniversary IPA has a orange color and has a light hoppy aroma and flavor. It's hoppy flavor is less than the fourth or fifth anniversary. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2004
Pours a hazy copper with a lacey white head. Semi-oxidized, toffee caramel aroma is completely bereft of any noticeable hops. Body has a decent malty thickness and complex palate. Virtually no hop flavor left, but still has a pleasant bitterness there. Many thanks to cquiroga for giving me a chance to try this very rare brew! DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2005
This beer comes courtesy of Chris Quiroga at the welcome visitors gathering at Obriens. It would have been awesome to have tried this fresh, but simply to even have the opportunity to try this was awesome in its own right. This rare beer pours a golden color with a soapy white head which left a fairly long lasting layer of lacing. The aroma is hoppy but surprisingly sweet and caramel like. The flavor is caramelly and sweet with some hop residue here, but you can tell that this is well past its prime. Some orangey peel in the finish... you can tell this was awesome upon release...but even now its still shows some verve of its greatness.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 8, 2005
Thanks to Cquiroga for this one. It pours with an orange-gold body topped by a medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma and flavor are slightly sweet with notes of apricot and an over ripe fruit note, as well as, a touch of pine. Medium bodied, smooth and dry. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 6, 2005
thanks to cquiroga for sharing. Understandably, this IPA is past its prime, but it’s still nice. It tasted like a very mellow IPA. I’m sure that at it’s release, ’mellow’ wouldn’t be a word used to have described it. Ungstrup (37617) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2005
[Sampled October 2004, 5 years old] Huge thanks to cquiroga for sharing this gem. An unclear amber beer with a disappearing white head. The aroma is sweet with notes of alcohol and overripe fruit. The flavor is also quite sweet and again with alcohol and overripe fruit, prunes and peaches coming thru. An OK brew - but impossible to tell it is (was) and IPA - now it is more like a Barley Wine. 1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Thanks Jason for sharing! Glad to have tried it, but I know it’s way past it’s prime since being released more than 8 years ago. It pours to a glowing coppery vibrant orange body with a thin wispy white head. The aroma is still hoppy buy has some light cheesy things going on. MrFacto says it’s Isovaleric acid. Very strange. The flavor is hoppy with some grassy bitter lingering hops. Surprisingly not that degraded (other than the Isovaleric acid) after 8+ years... The palate is decently bitter. Would have liked to see it in its prime. puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2009
Bottle shared by EDA as part of a complete vertical. We drank the 2nd anniversary, too, which is too old to be put on the site; however, it was arguably the best of the four IPAs finishing with the 5th anniversary.
This one was crazy oxidized, retaining hop bitterness but little in the way of aromatics, maybe just a little bit of orange. Vegetal and farty flavor (mmmm). Pissy, catty, wet cat fur. A huge mess.