KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at JPs
Pours a subtle sappy amber with nice lace. Aroma is apple, melon, and malt. Taste is a malted IPA. Palate is a bit thin, but does the job. I’ve had this beer before, but I can’t place the name.
Tejas (872) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2005
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Like the majority of New Belgium beers, this is plenty drinkable to the masses but not to those who like really good beer. Fruity strawberry / cherry flavors with a respectable hop finish.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Not quite what I expected a Holiday ale to be. It is golden - almost coppery, with a modest head. It smells flowery, maybe even a little hint of coriander.
It has a hoppy taste to it, not sweet at all.
Again the hops is noticeable on the palate.
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
What a lovely surprise. I enjoyed this wintery ale at the Flying Saucer in Little Rock, AR. Attracive amber color with a head that just didn’t last at all. Interesting hoppy and malty aroma with some alcohol hints. The flavor felt really malty with lots of citrusy and spicy hop flavor, but not much bitterness. The alcohol provided much warming. Great use of dry hopping brought this one some great flavors without bringing in much bitterness. Probably made it feel more aged than it was, and I mean that as a compliment. Good, and I’d order it again, but then again, I’m glad I didn’t get a six of it, unless I was sharing.
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Amber/copper color with a nice off-white head. Rich malt aroma with some cocoa. Flavor has some malt, toffee, and a bit of cocoa. Body is a little wattery.
legion242 (2187) - Richardson, Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
WOw, what a pleasent surprise. Though I think it is a strange style to present for Winter, it was spot on. Very pretty copper color with no head. Reminded me of what I wish FT had always been- great maltiness without the breadiness or that signature biscuit flavor.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught. Copper colored liquid, below a thin covering cream. Vibrant floral hop nose, with hints of grapefruit and orange, combined with an aromatic, but uninteresting malt contribution, which provides light notes of husky malt, nuts and caramel. The malt composition is fairly simple here, but the body is fairly lively, full and creamy. Hints of toffee, fruit and caramel come from the malt, and become much more vibrant as it warms. The hops are very substancial, providing a nice blend of fruit, as well as a hint of flowers, along with a lingering flavor and bitterness.
jtxx (148) - san antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
small white head. dark gold with some spice. another good beer for NB.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 8, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2007 Draft. Clear, dark golden with a sizable white head. Grainy, toasty aroma. Flavor is very grainy as well with tons of toastiness. Very different , I Ilike that. But I didn’t enjoy this beer.
Re-rate. Bottle. Rosy, copper color with a frothy ivory head. This beer has a very toasted malt aroma that seems somewhat off to me. Toasted malt flavor with a good bitterness. A good tasting beer. I actually drank 2 beers directlly from the bottle and enjoyed them more than the beers I poured into a glass. This beer has a good flavor but I can’t get into the off aroma.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 7, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Old Chicago in Lincoln. Poured amber with a foamy white head. Aroma had some slight hints of citrus and hops. Decent malt body. Tastes very similar to fat tire, but has a little more flavor and some hop character. Very smooth and too watery for me.