AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours with a moderate size head. A little carbonation. Bitter hoppy aroma. Nice bitter flavor, just as the name would suggest. A little metallic in the finish.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 29, 2002
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nice stable head and tawny orange hue. Good floral boquet, probably Cascades. Quite mellow--no real assertive hops or body characteristics. Very blah.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - DEC 25, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Big malty aroma. As it warmed, the aroma took on a nice sweet apple/pear tone. The flavor was crisp up front, and mellow throughout. Decent beer.
beb5000 (23) - Avon, Connecticut, USA - DEC 20, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just the right amount of bitterness and malt. I really like this beer.
CherokeeJarod (54) - , USA - DEC 19, 2002
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Found this bottle in the basement so it is a year old, but, it poured into the glass a dark copper color. There was only a skim of a head present that was white in color. The aroma was of hops, fruit, alcohol and some lite malt. The taste first was of malt, and fruit, then HOPS and some fruit. It finished up with the hop flavor. Still well carbonated and bitter. If this beer is this good for its age, then fresh has to be better.
khayman70 (154) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not extremely bitter as I was hoping for, but not too bad. I little too watery to be crisp, but I enjoyed it.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 17, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2006 Bottle (ReRate) Previous rating: 12/17/02 (6-2-6-1-10)
Amber copper color with light but sticky head and very nice lacing. The nose is light with some diacetyl and some other light melanoidins along with a touch of crispy cascade hops. The flavor is sweet like candi sugar or caramel added after pasteurization to sweeten the body. There is a light metallic tinge in the mouthfeel and a light skunky tail. Not balanced as the flavor disembowels itself right on your palate, letting you taste everything individually and not being able to appreciate the beer as a whole. Better than I remember.
ChristerL99 (17) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The old standard, I think I’d like this beer better if it weren’t the fall back "good beer" for all the parties at the University of Washington, but now tasting it again and editing out all the hungover memories of an esb aftertaste i think it’s still a very good beer.
homerman (40) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - DEC 15, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Say now I like this stuff. Had it on tap by golly and I think I will definately have it again.
Frank (2817) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very moderate in every respect. Clear amber color, thin head, trace amounts of lace. Semi-sweet malty nose. I detect the slightest hint of citrus. Nice dry finish. Good flavor overall but a little on the watery side, keeping it from being truly crisp and delicious.