Dickinsonbeer (5075) - 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.
BREWMUSKCLES (2441) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
stronger abv %9.2 this year. mellow almost syrup like and deep tangerine color with light orange and beige lacing. Creamy slick with refined orange hop and Vanilla. like an orange liquer with some soft foamy and vibrant carbonation. hop and fresh malt flavor kinda in the backround with minimal additional spice maybe pepper. some alcohol.
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at Brazen Head. Clear copper/orange with a fairly substantial head considering the cask pour. Bright citrus and floral hop aroma. Fresh tasting orangey and tea hop flavor, with a bit of spice and citrus zest bitterness on the finish. Medium bodied with a smooth non-carbonated real ale palate, making it very drinkable. The alleged 8.4% ABV is imperceptible. I’m actually wondering why this is designated here as an APA rather than an "American Strong Ale."
blipp (7342) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Buffalo Cask Ale Festival. Pours Dr. Pepper red with a thin beige head. The aroma is fruity and floral hoppy, like an orange hard candy. The flavor is caramel malt, oranges, candy sugar and floral hops. Seems a little bit muddled, but really it is quite nice and drinkable.
jercraigs (9041) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008-12-06. Dark mahogany brown body with a smallish foamy off-white head and some lacing. Light sweet aroma of malt, muted spices. (7+) Smooth average plus palate is very lightly carbonated. (3+) Rather good. Touch muted at times but lovely overall. <i>Cask at Coles, Buffalo</i>
tgncc (3035) - 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
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.
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Barcade.
Clear brown with some off white head. Aroma is hoppy with citrus and a light grassy note. Very bitter, fairly full bodied, more grass/earthiness on the palate. A very solid, flavorful, pale ale.
zdk (1852) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
tap at barcade - nice citrusy, floral hopping, sweet caramel. candy. nice smooth palate. tasty
hivemind (840) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Pony last night with Paul and Streets. Pours dark amber/brown with a full, thick, off-white head (no bubbles). I was expecting a lot of vegetable, earth, spice, etc. but this was really just a balanced and refreshing ale with a good level of hop bitterness and no pungent aftertaste. There was some spice and the mouthfeel was thicker, which is what I’d expect from a holiday beer, but it was almost more like an IPA or a pale ale in terms of flavor. Some reviews say 7%, RB says 8.4%, and the Pony chalkboard listed it at 9.2% last night ... in any case, it hides the high abv very well. Good beer. EDIT: I now see this is classified as a pale ale, so that makes sense...