Here’s my best guess. If this beer was around 15, 10 or even 5 years ago (I don’t know if it was), it would have enjoyed a much higher profile and status than it now does. It’s a very servicible IPA as it stands in 2005, but it’s really lost in what seems to be the ever increasing micro American IPA market. What might have been cutting edge in the past seems mundane now.
Decent orange based pour with some definite hop aromas coming through strong. This initial promise is soon tempered by a “flatness” that overcomes the beer both in terms of its carbonation and the general feel. If you can get past this presentation problem, the finish is surprisingly crisp and dry and points to a better quality product than I was expecting.
Having said all of that, not much more than a decent alternative to macro swill, but a beer that promised more than it actually delivered.