mribm (445) - Hurley, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Poured with barely any head, and no lacing whatsoever. It had a malty nose and taste with some caramel notes as well. In my opinion this isn't an IPA. I'm not sure who designated this as an IPA, but they are wrong. There are barely any hops present in this beer. I expect a winter ale to be strong in either hops, malt, alcohol or any combination of these ingredients. This beer was lacking strength in any area. It was just a mediocre ale...nothing worth making it a winter beverage.
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 7, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour is a clear dark copper, with a smallish white head that mostly last, good lacing. Aroma is fruity, buttery, with some earthy hints in the back. Flavor is mostly butterscotch, toffee, with some sweet fruitiness as well. Medium body. Very typical ringwood stuff present here, nothing new or special, IMO.
jimhilt (2340) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 1, 2003
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The label is a mystery. The color is pure amber and it pours with a three fingered, white head that leaves a good lace. No nose, well maybe faint hops. Very smooth. Starts with a good malty/hoppy mix and finishes with just a hint of hoppy aftertaste. This is no IPA - hops that would be ripping your face off are not there.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 6, 2003
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bronze colour. Aroma is raspberry, butter, earthy hops – holy Ringwood! Candyish flavour. Sweet and fruity. Astringent minerally note. Finish grows more bitter, but not enough to save it. Based on this and other recent Geary samples, I think maybe they’ve lost control of their yeast. This is ugly.