bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2005
(Bottle) Pours a lightly cloudy amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of "strong" pine, cereal, and caramel. Flavor of PINE!!! Lots of it! Almost like sucking on a pine tree. If you love pine you will love this beer. Somewhat bitter finish. frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2005
Bottle: Golden brown, nearly copper in color with dense white head. Fruity hop aroma with notes of apricots and grapefruit, some toasted malts as well. Crisp bitter hops, a faint hint of caramel sweetness, more bitterness and a light spice in the finish. jgseley (7) - California, USA - FEB 3, 2005 does not count
Eagle cap’s finest, hop head heaven. Not for the faint of heart. Definitely worth a try. ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Bottle. Aroma is not very hoppy at all, which is odd for a West Coast IPA. Caramel malt notes, fresh and citrusy. Particalia pervades the amber body. Avg.-sized off white head that mostly diminishes. Beautiful lace. Flavor is considerably more hoppy that it smells. Bitter is probably a better word than hoppy. Well done and well balanced. Has a perfect level of sweetness; just enough to offset the dry bitterness. Pepper. I like this a lot. Gets better as it warms. Nummy! An exemplary IPA. I am not overly enamored with the label art. The fonts are too generic. Thanks Slikwily for sending this brew! DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 1, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2005 (12 oz bottles: Obtained in trade with derekarent, thanks Derek!; Also purchased from Liquid Solutions in Tigard, OR) This is quite an unusual IPA. The nose is sweet and VERY fruity, peaches and oranges mostly, but oddly enough, there’s hardly any hops going on. The sweet fruitiness is also present in the flavor, but talk about a 180 on the hops. This isn’t the in-your-face hops that blasts you right from the first sip, rather, this one builds to a crescendo after several sips, and then each sip results in a very bitter grapefruit rind finish. The flavor has nice complexity and while the beer seems fruity up front and bitter in the finish, you get a sense of solid balance on the whole. The palate is nice and round, and isn’t very crisp because the sweetness is moderately strong and bitterness isn’t felt in so much in the mouth as it is in the throat. The color is apricot, and it’s quite cloudy with plentiful number of specks suspended in the beer. Fluffy, off-white head diminishes to a thin film, but remains bubbly around the edge of the glass and leaves plenty of dense lacing on the glass. Very solid IPA.<hr>And now for that second bottle. I’m not sure which bottle is which, but who cares. They’re both fresh. Maybe it’s the beers I’m comparing the T.G. with in the two sessions, but after two outstanding, fruity, hoppy IPAs, I’m getting a fairly prominent maltiness out of the T.G. this time around, and even a hint of roastiness, but that fruit just isn’t nearly as obvious in this session. And the hoppiness is more up front rather than sneaking up on you in the finish. So yes, it’s malty and hoppy and bitter, and it’s extremely well balanced too. That gentle roastiness is present in the nose as well, as are solid malt and hops aromas. The color is again apricot and cloudy, but there are NO particles suspended in the beer this time. Very odd. There is very little head on the pour, and barely a wisp of film topping the beer a few minutes later. And there’s not much lace either. In both sessions, I’ve liked the beer very much, but my observations have varied greatly. Since I doubt the beer is actually different, this goes to show you how much your ratings depend on the day, your mood, what beers you’re comparing it too, and many other factors. That’s why I’m all for rating beers more than once. I’ll go ahead and keep the same ratings across the board, although the appearance score would drop to a 3 for this particular bottle.
SpringsLicker (3660) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 22, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2005 This comes to me from wohlfs!
This makes a beautiful, aromatic pour!
Huge, even, creamy off white head that fills the nose with not just aromatic hops, but some malt aroma too.
The flavor is every bit as good as the aroma. This starts just a bit dry followed by the bitterness, ending with a malty fullness with a long, smooth, dry finish. Shag (3028) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JAN 22, 2005
This stuff rocks right here. A deep orange appearance with a fluffy head. A citrus fest of an aroma including some lime. Very well balanced with a good malt presence mixed in with mainly oranges in the flavor. A nice bitter bite. Hopheads NEED apply. Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2005
Good amber/brown color,Strong hoppy aroma to the point of smelling like cat spray almost.Much better flavor then i was expecting.Nice mild malt side then the hops come in not nearly as heavy as i was expecting eather.There is that strange cat spray taste to go with the aroma but it’s no biggie it seems to fit nicely.The garpefruit taste is nicely done with a not so over powering side and the hops don’t exactly jump out at you but seem to make this a very nice easy drinking brew.maybe a little ageing would mellow off some of the aroma but over all it’s a pretty good brew. Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2005
Bottle: Aroma a nice balance of malt and sweet grapefruit. Pours a dark amber with a nice yellowish-white head with fair retention. Excellent lacing. Rather malty all the way thru with a nice hop addition in the finish. Very nice IPA but more hops is needed to balance the malt. 11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Bottle. Medium amber color. White head fades out rather quickly. Sweet hops pervade the aroma but do not overpower the malt notes completely. Very nice balance between malt and hop upon tasting. Pleasant long hop finish. Very well done.