Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JAN 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a warm, somewhat opaque amber red, with a light orange-tinted head. Piney sweet hop aromas, with mild roasted malt, caramel and orange peel. Orange-citrus feel on the lips. Body is soft and pleasant. Initial taste some slightly sweet maltiness. The hop presense comes in late, but then lasts and lasts. Resinous piney hoppiness that sticks to the mouth, tying the current sip to the previous sip. And now as I finish the glass, it begins to remind me of...Christmas Tree! Hmm. How appropriate. A fun seasonal that I will look for again next year.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2007 *Deep copper with huge beige head, decent lacing. Huge resinous aroma. Pine resin and c-hop citrus up front, otherwise rather muted, malt very faint. Flavor again very resinous. Toffee, with pine and zest. Slight earthy/woody character in malt. Tons of sweetness, from crystal malt, never becomes cloying though. Soft carbonation leads to smooth, oily mouthfeel. While nothing great, glad I revisited.
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JAN 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great Appearance with a big lasting head. Flavor is dry and bitter. Unbalanced in my opinion. Needs some malt to offset the large hop presence.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
beer pours an attractive ruby red with a well-developed tan head. aroma a nice combination of caramel malts and citrus-y domestic hops. flavor is more of the same, with a rich malty sweetness balanced with a solid dose of hop bitterness and flavor. the good balance makes this winter-warmer relatively easy to drink, despite its size.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Decently strong aroma of citrusy hops and smokey malts. The color is a dark red almost brown with a tiny bit of head. The flavor is a pretty bitter with a thinner mouthfeel. This ends with a more acidic mouthfeel and a smokier aftertaste. Not too bad, but reminds me more of a bitter than an american strong. Good beer regardless.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 31, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Deep chestnut color. Tan head with decent lacing. Fairly good malt aroma. Medium bodied. Spicey and malt flavors. Different. Not exceptional but not bad either.
Tejas (973) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
’03 Model. Hasn’t calmed down much, still quite hoppy. Plenty of flowery aroma. Leaves a tingle on the tongue. Too hoppy for my tastes but nevertheless less it’s still a nice brew. I wish it tasted as good as it smelled.
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Watery and too bitter. Sour, buttery. Some caramel. Not as good as I had expected.
Pailhead (6278) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Aroma of floral citrus and some hoppiness. Pours a reddish-brown with slight transparency when held to the light. Small off-white head that diminishes quickly. Aroma is not a very indicator of flavor. Some maltiness up front that is quickly overtaken by a big grapefruit hop finish. Hops come on so quick that indentifying any initial flavors becomes rather hard. Maybe a little caramel and citrus up front. Leaves a lingering hop aftertaste. Very nice.
HopsformyHips (113) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - DEC 27, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Long lasting big frothy head with lovely lacing. Wonderful fruity aroma (blueberries perhaps?) Yet not well balanced at all. The anemic malty backbone cannot support this highly hopped brew. Woodsy hops and not sweet. Dissapointly weak palate. Santa’s elves took too many samples when brewing this one though.