robforbes (2055) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear yellow with an orange tint. Very small white head. Good lacing.
Smells of citrus, a touch of caramel, spice, lime, hops, some floral, and malt in the back.
Taste is bitter and a little sour, pine, caramel, malt, and spice. Ends nicely bitter.
glennmastrange (2145) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Moderate malt notes of roasted and caramel, moderate to heavy pine and grapefruit for the hops, light soap for the yeast with hints of wood, pepper, medicine and a mix of dried fruit. Head is average to large, frothy, slightly off-white with good lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is sparkling clear light amber. Flavor starts slightly sweet and moderately acidic, then the fairly long finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter and a touch sour. Palate is light to medium, a little slick with a lively carbonation and a tart aftertaste. I wasn’t expecting this much complex American Strong Ale aromas and flavors from a Holiday Ale, which only gets more prominent as it warms a bit.
DruncanVeasey (6950) - NUNEATON, Top 24, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap, Tap room 307, Gramercy, NYC, 17/12/11. Clear gold piled with foam. Deeply green, leafy, lemon and grapefruit zest aroma. Utterly piney, lean and honeyed. Sherbet and lemon zest impressions. So clean and good, even after a fairly exhaustive trawl around town. Beautiful.
Crit (3245) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 3, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is aptly named, it really does kind of suck
Deep gold,lasting white head.Cat piss nose and palate. Astringent citrus hop profile, poorly balanced, devoid of malt.One dimensional
freeofthoughts (634) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2014 Pours clear gold with off white lacey foam. Smell is sweet with grapefruit peach rose and various grains, more floral with age, along with than classic lagunitas yeast smell (and taste). The taste is slightly bittering and a little herbal with piney pineapple mostly with a sweet golden malt caramel grain. There is a grain heavy palate and a residual sweetness in all of it, a few months sitting has increased the grain and mellows the hops quite a bit from the freshly distributed brew. I can see this being a bit thrown together but still very nice and easy to drink. If you like most of lagunitas?s beers you?re going to enjoy this.
sloth (2400) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 3, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thin white head. Retention is fair as is the lace. lightly hazy amber/copper hued ale. Nose is grainy malt with some light citrusy notes, bit much on the crystal malt. Body is med/full, soft carbonation, lil chewy. Grainy malts, lightly sweet with a citrusy, piney hop charge. Lil cat pee goin on, earthy and fruity. Fairly bitter finish. Not sure what all the fuss is about? Bottle procured @statelineliquors.
phaleslu (5875) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from my Secret Santa- thanks, Santa! Pours a clear gold with an inch of just barely off-white uneven head that laces the glass a good deal. Aroma of big herbal and oily hops, orange, citronella, and sweet malts. Flavor of herbal and oily hops, winter spices, rye, orange, and fresh leaves. Light-medium bodied, with a bitter, smooth, and dry mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Really nice winter IPA.
oteyj (2127) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of craftycarl21. A clear golden pour yields a frothy white head with decent retention. Excellent hop character! Citrusy herbals, nectar fruits, fruit cocktail, and a hint of resin lead to a subtle caramel malt profile. Juicy citrusy resinous finish. Medium body with great carbonation. This beer is surprisingly great!
DiarmaidBHK (3169) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Mellow Mushroom Charlottesville. Pours orange with some pine on the nose. Nice hop flavor with some nice holiday spice. Clean finisher.
dkingsella (152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Love the humorous description for the ale, but no apology needed as this is one fantastic brew. Pours a pale copper with minimal white head (left a nice ring and small island of foam in the center) and a small bit of lacing. Nice nose with pine, citrus and pineapple. Good mouthfeel due to the lively carbonation. Taste is full of hops with a good malt backbone. Somewhat resinous reminding me a bit of Maximus. Clean and crips finish with moderate lingering bitterness. Not the typical winter brew, but a nice change of pace from one of my all-time favorite breweries.