MartinT (10239) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2009 A ring of foam laces around the lightly clear golden amber...Quintessential IPA perfume of orangey hops (very aromatic) and seductive caramel malt...Grassy, resinous and grapefruit hops appoint their bitterness to earthy sweet apricots...Body is perfect, equilibrium reached and flavors tantalizingly lascivious, without ever coming close to being agressive...This is as good as Bell’s Two Hearted Ale...Maybe not as bitter as West Coast IPAs, but surely as flavorful and aromatic...ClarkVV (7050) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 8, 2005
The newly-bottled version is as luscious as the fresh tap version; this is a wonderful American IPA, and it’s on the east coast! Hurray!!
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2005 On tap January 2005. Odd appearance for an IPA. Looked more like what my hefeweizen sitting next to it should have looked like. Deep golden, very hazy with a big white head on it. Aroma strikes a distinct hops note, it’s very floral, with a touch of citrus and something like lime juice too. Flavor starts out with a good amount of pale malt for balance and quickly progresses in to the hops flavor. They hit quite bitter and seemingly quite green and juicy/fresh. It’s a wonderful flavor from the hops, but this seems to be the focal point of the beer, while the rest of it seems to be a bit lacking. Not much going on malt wise, a medium body and just an average, smooth mouthfeel. I appreciate the highly unfiltered nature of this beer, but beyond the good hops profile it just needs something more. The hops halt the finish and it just stops dead and dry, though there is some underlying toasted malt, to its credit. I’m about as far from a hophead as it gets so I guess this one is a bit wasted on me.Eyedrinkale (3235) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2004
Rerate On draught 3/25/05. I should definitely up the palate score on this a point. It has a smooth, lightly bubbly/creamy mouthfeel and I don’t have any problem with balance issues (it’s not too bitter). I still wasn’t wowed by the malt however, it’s there and gives a good balance, but I’ve had much more interesting/complex examples.
Exactly what I want my IPA to taste like. This stuff has all of the good things blending nicely making it a tongue buckleing experience. Full on grapefuit and hops, I’d guess this is a bit higher than the 50 IBU’s advertised. Nice dryness as well. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Clear, bright coppery/ crimson color, topped with a fine layer of beige suds, looks nice.
The instant my nose gets nearer the glass, I know I’m in for a treat!This is the stuff, fresh, piney, bold, citric, a flood of fruity flavors, but not too bitter. Floral, fragrant, and, aromatically, an instant favorite.
Impressive entrance on the palate, the brew grips and grabs all areas of the mouth and sends it’s bittersweet flavor in every corner! Vibrant, flavorful, with a long, bitter finish.
There’s just enough malt hanging in here, to make it magnificently drinkable.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - JUL 11, 2004
A great IPA. Darker than most. Well done with the hops. Does not have that "earthy" flavor to it like some IPAs have. Taste is extremely fresh. The restaraunt sucks, but the beer is great!
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 24, 2004
Pours deep golden with a large off-white head, which lasts and leaves sheets of lacing. Body has lot’s of tiny bubbled lazy carbonation in it. Aroma fills the room with big citric hoppiness, some floral and pine in there as well, with a bit of toasted bread in there to keep the hop aromas in check. Flavor starts with a hint of grainy maltiness, then the middle and end are all about the hops - citrus flavors abounds, and the bitterness is huge, but never overbearing. Medium in body, the flavors last forever in the mouth, and the hop burps from this brew last for days. Incredibl drinkable for a beer that is this bitter, I could drink this all day and night (in fact, I have) and not get tired of it. IMO, deserving of a perfect score. dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 24, 2004
Deep golden in color with a small white head. Huge citrus aroma consisting of orange,grapefruit and pine. Toasted malt flavor finishes dry,bitter and very hoppy. Excellent IPA.