Odysseyalien (44) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma is tropical...pineapple, papaya...yes! Taste is hops hops and more hops! Yummm...but with a nice malt profile holding things in check. Nice balance. Sorry I only bought one of these.
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Pumpkin87 (11) - - NOV 25, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Orangey-yellow pour, medium head stays for a bit.
Nose has the dreaded Pine Sol and "grapefruit" hops _ an insult to citrus fruit everywhere _ but an encouraging bit of spiciness as well.
That gets more interesting in the glass, as light lemon and coriander fight their way through the resin.
This is an American IPA, by no means a seasonal beer, but it offers some complexity in place of brutality. Not great, but it doesn’t suck.
growler6 (9) - - NOV 25, 2014 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really enjoyable. 8% alcohol well hidden. .
More of any IPA than a seasonal.
jesperhammer (3029) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22-NOV-2014, bottle @home, from Systembolaget Emporia, as Sucks Holiday Ale.
Seems like there are more versions of this. Several reports of a dark beer. Mine was golden, clear golden with a White head. Citrus driven hops. Grape fruit and some spicy elements that I cannot nail. Ginger?
Sweet malt but finish is quite dry. Bitter and IPA-ish. Not a lot of X-mas here but that’s OK with me.
HULK777 (406) - - NOV 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tropical fruit, caramel, light spice aroma. Mild grapefruit, caramel, and bread taste.
Earlier Rating: 5/25/2014 Total Score: 4.2
Beautiful beer. Big aroma of tropical fruit; peach, passion fruit, grape, ananas... Hoppy flavor; bready, but foremost fruity, filled with tropical tastes. Well-balanced, where initial sweetness is evened out by a modest bitterness in the aftertaste.
Hermod (3415) - Vantaa, FINLAND - NOV 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle @Kitty’s 21.11.2014. Poured amber in color, thin, lasting white head. Nice dark fruity, hoppy aroma, oranges and sweetness. Flavor has pine, resiny notes, malt sweetness and finishes with a punchy bitter hoppyness. Sweet, but works no nicely here. Full bodied, slightly boozy perhaps, but really good.
gkeh (231) - Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Crystal clear copper amber pour. Rocky white head. Aroma is grapefruit, pine, caramel malts. Lots of tropical fruit notes on the nose as well. Taste is lacking, however. Thin mouthfeel, and I’ve tasted normal IPAs with better taste. Disappointed
GJF (1267) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice clean brew. A smooth malty backbone lightly hopped, semi-sweet finish. It’s not as strong or full-bodied as I expect an American strong, but what do I care?
mcclainc50 (193) - New York, USA - NOV 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a light golden color with a thin white head. Aroma of a lot of hops. String hot flavor off the bat, with some sweet overtones in the end bit still a lot of hoppiness. Good holiday beer, just the right amount of spice.
gripweed57 (755) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
32 ounce bottle. Pours a honey gold color with a dense rocky beige head. Rich pine and citrus hop aroma. Notes of caramel malt as well. Flavor is caramel and toasted malt with a light spivey nuance. This is a real nice balance of tropical fruit malt and spicy hops that provides a very nice big ale. Lovely clinging lace when all is done.
joshbeerme (4) - - NOV 22, 2014 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours light with a thick white head. Full on floral nose. Very balance palate and quite the refreshing beer.