IrishBoy (3956) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Country Club Liquors. Nose is of ivy, dark rye bread, and hints of caramelized sugar. Clear light brown with a medium, nicely lacing beige head. Flavor is bigtime ivy bitterness, tons of rye breadiness, and hints of caramel. Excellent new version!
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a deep dark amber with a froth white cap.
Aroma: Big citrus hop nose, earthy chocolatey malt.
Taste: Earthy savory malt, citrusy and piny hops.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, average carbonation.
Overall: Really tasty.
hopscotch (10080) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Dark, mostly clear, copper ale with a large, frothy, off-white head. Great, but not permanent, retention leaves an interesting ring of weeping lacework. The bouquet offers spicy grains and spicy, piney, fruity hops. Full-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and prickly carbonation. The spicy, toasty flavor presents bitter hops and a marriage of flavorful rye and barley malts. Finishes bitter, coarse and dry.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Dark amber, off-white head and lacing. Nose is rye bread and grains with grassy resin. Flavor is rye-tastic up front with breadcrumbs and biscuits, light toffee caramel balanced by uber-bitter resin hop flavor and bitterness. Medium body and carbonation, chewy texture. A wonderfully bitter ale with intermingling rye and hop presence well-amplified.
SDalkoholic (2232) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from South Bay Drugs: Poured a dark tea brown color while a delicate layer of average sized head had developed on top. My nose doesn’t really pick up a lot of aroma other than a subtle blend of green hops and pine but other than that not much happening. The flavor is smooth with a refined palate, but the flavor seems hollow with the only taste being some overly bitter green hops with a squirt of citrus. The malts are heavily drowned out by the hops but I want to say I taste a faint background of maple syrup. This is a really good beer and surprisingly, a holiday that emphasized the usage of hops.
bb (7510) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Amber-brown beer with a big cream colored head. Nice pine and grapefruit aroma. Pine and grapefruit flavor with caramel and light earth. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Caramel and pine lingers with grapefruit and light earth.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a medium to dark brown color with thin head and moderate lacing. Nose is pretty weak, smells like brown sugar on top of a fresh grapefruit. Taste is a little more powerful and complex, nice hint of spiciness from the rye, resinous pine and bitter grapefruit form the hops, and a good amount of residual sweetness form the crystal malt. not your traditional holiday ale, but then again, when does it snow in bakersfield? a rad beer for just $4.99
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap (no vintage labeled) at Blue Palms. Pours with a light brown body and an off-white head. Aroma is hoppy. Citrus, dryness, and dirt are the main characteristics. Flavors are citrus hoppy, earthy, caramel, bitter with lively bubbles. Okay, but I don’t see anything holiday or interesting about it.
nickd717 (3638) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler thanks to good ol’ Craig. Hazy chestnut brown with a small off-white head that fades to swirls. The aroma has lots of rye evident, spices, and earthy and piney hops. Pretty nice. The flavor is rather rye-forward and hoppy, with pine and citrus, slight spiced notes, and considerable earthiness. Dry and fairly crisp on the mouthfeel with medium-plus body and average carbonation. A pretty well-done rye ale overall, but not near the level of Just Outstanding.
Dogbrick (9444) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2011 Sample at the brewpub. Pours a clear mahogany color with a medium light beige head that burns away steadily. Stringy lacing. Sweet spices and malt in the nose. Medium body with flavors of caramel malt, grapefruit and spice. The finish is malty with a short spiced aftertaste. Decent overall.