Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2003
This beer poured a copper amber color and formed a nice foamy white head that left thick circular lace as it subsided. Some carbonation was present. An aroma of malt, hops and a touch of caramel. The flavor was of malt, hops and caramel. The finish was a touch bitter. Okay, first off when it comes to IPAs, I confess, I am a "hop head". This beer had none of the characteristics that one usually finds in American IPAs. That being said, this beer didn't seem to even carry many found is a tradional English style. I don't know if this was in it's attempt to be organic, but for me, it fails for this style.
freekyp (2466) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2003
Light malt aroma with strong straw-like overtones. Small white head with decent lacing, but quickly diminishing. Light floral initial taste with medium bitterness turned to significant sweetness later in finish. Decent, but too "earthy". igneous1 (1538) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - FEB 21, 2003
orange color with a moderately thin egg shell white head. aroma is quite sharp and with deep inhalations you can pick up a fair amount of pine. alcohol is present in the flavor (surprisingly strong!) and there is a grainy quality to the finish. for me this beer scores a lot of points for aroma but drops them in the flavor category...surprises me since i enjoyed their pale ale so much. Discofish (152) - USA - FEB 13, 2003
Not a bad IPA. Pour a golden color with a thin head. A nice hoppy taste, but the flavor is a bit thin and fades out before you thinking it should leaving a bitter finish. Drew (2470) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2003
There's a nice malty backbone to this - thick and sweet. The hops (supposedly the spotlight here) begin nicely but by the end they fail to shine - only a single note bitterness remains in the finish that becomes watery. I have no complaint about the severity of the hops - they don't all have to be palate killers - it's ust not entirely integrated. (Mine was bottled on 1/8/03 and indicates that it's brewed by Otter Creek)
jgb9348 (6586) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2003
Great golden colour, typical of an IPA...Hoppy smell, not overpowering, but a positive sign. A decent initial taste, but the flavour fades quickly, leaving very little to savour. stephen (308) - California, USA - JAN 14, 2003
Copper colored with quickly dissapearing head. Clear and carbonated. Malty aroma with some sour notes. Slightly malty flavor with a slight astringency and sourness. Some fruity notes. More like an english style pale ale. JCW (1279) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2003
Started off well. Light honey colored poured with a 1/4" head which it maintained. Malty in taste. It may be English IPA, I'm betting its hopped with fuggles. If so its pretty good, but it doesn't cut it as an American IPA. A little bitter on the finish, but not a citrus or piney bitterness. Crit (4102) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2003
Hazy amber,off white head. Small bead. Citrus hop nose. Fruity hop palate... Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2003
Light copper color, little head. Faint hop aroma. Good flavor balance, but overall everything was weak. The maltiness and hop character was definitely not 'abundant'.