Nuffield (3819) - 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 (1096) - 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 (8555) - 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 (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 (5551) - Pennsburg, 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 (169) - 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