Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gravity at BT. Pours an amber brown body with a lifeless tan lacing. Aroma is very hoppy pine, grapefruit, and caramel. Drinks with a heavy hop body initially and then finishes very light with honey. This was excellent.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Blind Tiger as Hoppy Holidays ale 9.2%. So I dont know which entry to use for this one? Pours a deep amber, clear, nice head. Aroma is green, grassy, hoppy, caramel malts, toast, light sharpness, light burnt note, citrus and orange. Flavor is more citrus,, caramel malts, toast, biscuit, molasses, earth, and a pretty clean bitter finish. Pretty nice and very easy drinking despite the high alcohol and makes it stand apart from all the other high abv beers that were hard to drink last night.
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Barcade. Hoppy, pine, evergreen aroma. Sweet, thick body, viscous with sugars and a brash hoppiness. Sugariness is welcoming. Very gentle carbonation from the cask, easy drinking.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Blind Tiger. Aroma is slightly nutty with caramel and no real spices detected for a winter. The flavors are dulled somehow with a decent malt profile. Nice beer but not worth really seeking out.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Coles/Mr. Goodbar Fest.
Aroma is a full malt, pitfruit combo, almost ruby, with a trace of beige head. Flavour is malt, toffee and subdued berry/apple mix. Medium bodied, far too drinkable. Lovely. Apologies to all those sitting nearby as I warbled a few lines from the song Happy Holidays. Thanks to You know who, for joining me.
tgncc (3090) - Bellmore, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a true pale ale The appearance is a reddish amber color true to the style The aroma is very agreeable lots of floral hops and caramel malt The flavor was caramel malt fruit and citrus Good clean hoppy finish Nothing earthshattering but very respectable
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2007 Tap @ Barcade: I rather enjoyed this. Nice orangey amber pour which is slightly hazy, topped by an off white head. Leaves a brief lacing. Very aromatic. Sweet lemon/sherbert aroma. The hops also show through nicely in the flavor. Mainly lemon citrus comes through, and it has a nice malt back that gives a balancing light sweetness. Somewhat dirty middle, twiggy. The finish is a bit more bitter, more like lemon-rind, closer to grapefruity. Also the alcohol is extremely well hidden, wouldn’t have guessed it to be 8.4% ABV. This stuff is highly drinkable and nicely balanced.
Brandman (2831) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown body, creamy white head. Aroma has nice clear balance of cookies and fruity hoppiness. Flavour has caramelly malt touch and same balanced hop bite. Creamy and smooth palate. Quite nice.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Moderate hop bite from this decent Chelsea Brewing product that has more bitterness up front that doesn't linger all that long. This beer isn't spicy or particularly malty so don't come expecting a winter warmer or "Christmas Ale" because I'd simply consider it a mild APA or a bitter Amber. Solid and respectable, but I wish the brewers at Chelsea would take some risks and brew, say, a schwarzbier or a scottish ale.
pivo (2660) - GERMANY - JUL 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fresh hop and malt nose, amber color. Gritty dirty bitter that lingers. Has some character, but otherwise straightfoward.