lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: smelled like a cross between a pine forest and a grapefruit grove.
Appearance: copper red-orange
Flavor: Very hoppy, dry, piney, with acidic flavors thrown in (like drinking a glass of grapefruit juice). Made me pucker up!
Palate: Dry and very hoppy
Overall, prefer a more smooth and more mellow holiday ale, but good for the style I suppose.
3fourths (7537) - Boulder, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 8, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Soft amber appearance. Smells of pine, "west coast" hops and very strong. The aroma you would expect from an IIPA. Thick as hell, dry with the requisite hops present everywhere. Sweet apple, tangerine and pineapple flavors. Nice woody aftertaste with some smaller tones of citrus.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - DEC 7, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pale hazy amber. Thick holiday spice aroma, but it could be a bit stronger. Crisp, bold, and flavorful. Not as overbearing as many west-coast IPAs.
egajdzis (5119) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2003
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2006 Poured a cloudy orange amber color with a small tan head, and some lacing. Strong citrus hop aroma. Very well balanced, with a grapefruit hop, then resiny pine taste and then a superb malt finish. Full / creamy mouthfeel.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My second beer from this great brewery was this one, and it was excellent. They brew huge beers, but with balance and finesse. This was big and piney with a little fruit. I wonder if I need any new IPAs, though.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This would be my number 300, except for the seahorse fiasco. But it is still a monumental treat. Bountiful aroma of hop flowers, pine and a slight hint of cherries. Slightly cloudy, deep auburn brown. Rich and creamy mouthfeel. The taste explodes with malt and pines and a hint of creaminess, like a swirl of vanilla ice cream.. A slight touch of alcohol reminds you of the season. This ale is a pleasure. Thanks to EyeDrinkAle - I am glad I have two more.
EddieG (168) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My 100th rating and I could not have made a better choice. Another great example in the category. A deep amber beer with a thin white head. Teh hops present the signature citrus notes offset by a deep malt backbone that was thin and refreshing for 8.5. Nicely done! Thanks Captain Cougar
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2004 Had this on cask last night and it was awesome. Citrus flavor along with a perfect hops/malt balance. 2004 version not as hoppy with a bit more malt.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I have waited eagerly for this wonderful brew to arrive from my brother via FedEx. Today as I watched college football (GT vs UGA) a knock came on the door, there it was, finally, my YuleSmith! Hazy orange color with a small tan head and very nice glass lacing. The citrusy grapefruit aroma hits you the minute the cap comes off of the bottle. More malty spiciness comes through as you breathe the aromas in deeply. The flavor is a wallop of hoppy grapefruit with some piney flavors. A slight pleasing sourness develops after the swallow. Very smooth medium body. This is a seriously good Imperial IPA.
argo0 (11124) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 27, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(draft 2003) Opaque copper with big beige head. Aroma is sharp grapefruit. Taste is sweet, big hoppy -- grapefruit with some pine and orange. Thick/chewy full body. Yummy!