lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma at first seems to most closely resemble a pine cone. Hint of orange is also present. Appearance is coppery-red-orange. Flavor is veyr citrusy, orangey up front with a bitter, hoppy finish. Depth of palate isn't as much as I was expecting - seems a bit thin. Had this one at the Southern Ratebeer Gathering in Austin, TX on December 6, 2003.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2005 Bottle. Pours reddish brown with a small off white head that diminishes rapidly but left some lacing. Aroma is bursting with hops - pine, citrus - along with some malt sweetness. Flavor starts oh so briefly with fruity malts, then gives way to the hop blast. It’s almost like sweet orange juice up front with a bitter and tart grapefruit finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium body and lightly carbonated. Wow, this is a hop monster and a nice treat from Alesmith.
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - DEC 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big alive head, great forest pine smell with citrus. Flavors of roasted malt blened so well with the hops. Terrific balance between the two. Creamy finish that makes you want more.
Nuffield (3692) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good loose foaming head. Copper-red-orange color. Orange grove aroma, as if walking in Florida, plus pine cones. I was loving the first two sips, with such bursts of orange. Then I was unimpressed by the bitter end. Good palate, sweet with some life, but ugh, what an ending. (Sampled at Southern Ratebeer Gathering, Austin, TX, December 6, 2003)
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a copper/reddish/orange color. Aroma and flavor is pretty much all hops, but they are very well-balanced and not overpowering. A "hopbomb" if you will. Very, very nice.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma was very grassy and hoppy. Color was a crisp orange. I like how it had a defined malt presence throughout the storm of citrusy hops. Nice spiciness to the finish. I liked it, but I dont feel it deserves top 50 status.
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 (8100) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - 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 (1375) - 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 (5365) - 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.