jsquire (3228) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the 2003 Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival. Huge hop nose in this beer with a deep straw color and a sticky, frothy head. Strong malt backbone but this beer is about the hops. Nice citrus/grapefruit bite to it but not overpowering. Very smooth drinking and very enjoyable.
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very nice IPA. Almost no head, and a hazy appearance to it. Very sweet for an IPA. Has a hoppy aroma, with a hint of fruit to it. A winner.
HH (165) - Everett, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good hoppy offering, I would drink this anytime. Will have to try in the future when I'm not so already buzzed. I did however did enjoy it so I guess that says something....
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 19, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice strong IPA. Good bitter, quenching, earthy hops.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I am always surprised to find a winter ale that is loaded with hops - I tend to prefer malty winter beers - but this was quite good. Smells great - big hoppy nose, very perfumy and fresh. The hops show up as a huge effervessing kind of tingle on the palate, which is soon followed by a nice swell of malt. Very grainy IPA for sure. There is some flavor rolling around in the malt I can't really identify, but within mystery resides interest, and this is definitely an interesting beer.
HoppedHead (106) - seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A beer worth celebrating! Full sail always makes a qualty brew, but this one stands out a master piece. I love the spicy, fruity flavor created by the hops, malt sweetness with a strong session beer strenght, Merry Christmas!
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - DEC 27, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden red in color. Sweet hoppy aroma. Spicey resiny hops balanced out nicely by caramel roasted malt and cookie dough malt characteristics. Bitter flavor with a clean finish. Nice stuff.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2007 Either my sniffer is acting up or the beer didn’t have much of an aroma. Yellow and slightly cloudy in color. Mouth feel is oily, and pleasant. Hop bite on the taste and finish. I liked this beer, I hope to have a few more before the winter season is over.
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was very nice. A lovely amber color topped by a creamy off white head. Super hoppy, but still smooth, with a nice little alcohol warming. Love the fact that it comes in a 22 oz., because its a perfect portion for this. Very tasty.....try to find some before it disappears for another year.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a good one. Creamy long-lasting head. Amber color. Tons of hops, never too much in my opinion. There was spice behind the hoppy bitterness, too. I would drink this one year-round.