davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reserve 2002. Nose is of pine cones, slightly sweet malt and citrus. A little perfumey as well. Copper color, slightly hazy. Medium carbonation, good sized tan head that dissapates, but clings to the side of my glass. Mouthfeel on this beer is huge! First taste impressions is the malt, but the hops take over quite quickly. It has a very earthy hop flavor to it, previous posters have referred to it a chalky. This is a very sturdy beer. Lots of hops, but there is plenty of malt as well, so the hops are not overpowering. Quite a nice beer to have after I've spent the better part of the day hanging Christmas lights on my house in breezy, 30 degree weather!
Reid (1969) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 10, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW oh wow what a beer! Even before i poured this brew from the bottle the head was rising up over the top! and it had not been shaken. This is a seasonal beer I think well it says "Reserve 2002" on the label.
The appearance of the beer is truelly great..hazelnut brown with just the righ murkiness..nice one 2 finger head ..that dissapated quick to form a rich lace down the glass..I oove the look of this beer.
Smell what can i say if you love hops ( and I do) the smell is dreamy..very strong..a bit of dark chocolate and liquorice too.
Taste is really quite bitter HOORAY but not so bad that it masks all the malt..
Lovelly in the mouth, just the correct carbonation
Overall an extremelly drinkable IPA..strong though I recommend this one.
Hope Reserve 2003 is a s good : )
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 5, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2003 This is a huge, hoppy IPA. Smells like fruity pine needles, nice and thick.
legion242 (2289) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Partly cloudy rust; head had good satying power; nose was golden peachy. Too roasted for my tastes. Good effervescence.Sorat boring in the begining.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color is a hazy pale orangy light brown of peach skin, one finger high head thats yellowy cream colored, tight frothy spongy foam, settles slowly to a nice skim and ring with lace in oily spots and strings. Smell is lightly peachy, dry sense of pinewood, slightly juicy and oily green of all kinds of hops with a very slight caramel malt backing. Taste hits of hoppy bittering dryness immediately, pineyness, bright, green, and fresh, a touch of peachyness, nice and clean, smooth in places where the balancing of caramel malts in the background are barely detectable. Excellent bittering dryness into and through to the finish. Feel is medium body, solid bittering middle and smooths, thins into a drying tingly, slight piney finish that lingers with good quaility. One excellent IPA.
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper color, nice long lasting head. Complex aroma, citrus, toasted malt, pine. Malt and hops are in prefect balance, the flavors are very blended and smooth but then this is a winter beer and I drinking it in June. Hints of raisins and flowers and a very full but not thick palate. A real winner
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
If you have the opportunity to try Wreck the Halls, don't waste it. A lovely seasonal IPA, this pours a nice dark head atop a light brown opaque ale. The bouquet is redolent of hops and a subtle nose of sweet malt. A nice, smooth body with floral and citrus hops exploding in the mouth. The aftertaste is very hoppy, but not unpleasant. Had the privelege of also trying off the cask (I got the last pour as the man behind the tasting bar at the brewery looked on in sad disbelief).
JorisPPattyn (8095) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange-brown, bit hazy. Brownish thick head. Explosion of noble hops, a bit of chalk. Fine hopflower nose, very nice. Taste gives malt first, good underbuild, then very bitter finish, kind of spice-herbal extract, in the nicest way possible. Retronasal, I'd hazard lemon-grass! Sweet vegetable frying oil-flavour. Not overly full-bodied, more restrained. Oily again. Bitter-effect is very long; nice bitterness, honest hops. I might have wished for an extra, though.
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I have to say that this one looks like apple cider. A nice hill top head also. An interesting combo of hops, citrus and stomach acid in the aroma. Lots of thick malts make up the body of this brew, and I must say that it has a strong washington apple flavor to it along with some chalk, hops and some type of citrus, probably grapefruit.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 25, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer pours a burnished copper color, the head masterful in size, spumous in texture, the color a winsome light tan, as the head evanesces, the lace left behind a fine covering upon the glass. The aroma of hops quite evident, sweet malt and a bit of citrus twang also noted, a real sniffable beer, with the start sweet and thickly malt, the top full in its feel to the palate. Finish has a perky acidic bite, the hops bountiful and spicy, quite dry aftertaste that is also long lasting. A quite decent drinking IPA, not overwhelming, just about right in my humble opinion.