rougeau13 (1769) - Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2012 Clear golden, with a thick, lacing, off-white head. Aroma full of grapefruit and resin, rye, and a little sweet malt. Taste is malty and a little sweet, with a solid finishing bitterness. Medium bodied. Very good.
markwise (4093) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Brass Tap in Wesley Chapel. Pours a clear gold with a white head. Nose is malt, citrus, grapefruit, bits of pine, and spices along with hints of rye. Flavor is similar- medium in body, bitter orange and kumquat with citrus all over the rye and caramel. A hint of booze around, but all in all a nice, drinkable beer.
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
you know what, this is actually a good beer. its big, spicy, hoppy, malty, sweet and bitter, its tasty. pours very light, drinks very hoppy and light more like a iipa or something. theres a lot of tropical, soay and astringent hops in here, all very nice. drinks well, not sure how it will age, but it seems like a celebration type beer in the aging potential category.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Whole Foods Market Charlottesville. Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized frothy white head. Fair head retention. Aroma of fruity hops with floral, citrus and tropical notes. The taste is bitter hops, berries, tropical notes, toasted grain and a resin finish. Medium bodied. Nice beer.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 20, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Lush in Chicago. Pours amber gold with a white head. Floral and citrus aroma. Very pale malt backbone, and loaded with spicy and citrus hops. Dry finish, and slightly resiny. Very easy to drink. Perhaps a tad overattenuated for my tastes, as I think a little more residual sugars would make the hop flavors pop out.
snotrocket (20) - USA - DEC 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I agree with most, this is more along the lines of an ipa than an American Strong Ale. Pours a clean, solid gold color. Just amazing how clear this beer is. Strong fruity nose, some peaches, some pineapple. Very citric. Taste is almost the same, lemony-pineapple. Medium body that you’d think would be stickier that it is. Some of the alcohol comes through but very drinkable. Such a great beer.
MattH (578) - California, USA - DEC 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Light orange pour with one inch head that quickly recedes. Aroma of pineapple really jumps out at you. Aroma also includes pine, sweet red grapefruit, and sugar. Taste is brown sugary sweet with a little hop bite. I can see why this is classified as an American Strong Ale, as the taste really is not that hoppy. This was really good. I want more.
italianjohn (2149) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2013 Clear golden/copper pour thin white head light lacing .... aroma is of pungent floral hops and resiny citrusy/piney hops .... taste is piney with sweet resiny citrusy hops pungent floral hops and bitter spicy rye with some light sweet malts on the backend .... finish is dry and bitter with a spicy kick that lingers for a while ... mouthfeel is of hop oils and lively from the spices, slick and oily .... ibu’s def well represented ... abv hidden well not a bad brew
FudgeSociety2 (311) - Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty much a double ipa. Big citrus, with bitter pine or peel notes; melon/peaches. Similar to a good Southern Tier 2xipa. Good lead in to Hopslam next month. Leaves a great resiny hue on the palate.
joeneugs (2576) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. It pours very clear yellow/gold with a small white head. The aroma is super pungent with pine, cat pee, dank, and tropical fruit. Love it. The flavor is more of the same with insane hop flavors balanced nicely with some sweet maltiness that does not distract from the hop character or gum up the body. In fact it is very light and drinkable considering the ABV. My only complaint is about the very confusing packaging. Nothing about this beer suggests "holiday" to me.