RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - AUG 23, 2003
1.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2007 Once one of my least favorite beers, I decided to retry this one last night after years of despising its memory. It had a dark amber pour with an inch-thick rocky off-white head. Peppery, hoppy aroma: very earthy. Flavor is earthy hops over the thinnest of malt backbones. Itís extremely bitter and not even close to what I would consider well-balanced. Itís not as horrible as I remembered, but I definitely see what I didnít like in this beer. Wonít try it again, thatís for sure.
Silphium (3111) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 13, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A tasty red ale, with a very nice citrus bite. Pours like Rudolph's glowing nose, with minimal head and slight lacing. Aroma is earthy and hoppy with notes of prune and caramel. Very rich flavor- plenty of hops bitterness, but with raisin, prunes, and breadiness mingling with citrus. If the hops were toned down this would rate as excellent, not merely very good.
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells like your typical English Pale Ale. A little spice added perhaps. Brown in color with yellow highlights. Very nice head of small bubbles. Cozy. Nice and hoppy with plenty of malt for balance. I purchased this at the end of July, so the seven months of aging may have made it better. Another winner from Rogue, currently my favorite brewery.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Now this one just pissed me off i opened the bottle only to have it explode all over my carpet,luckily it missed the keyboard.Dark brown color,small fast fading head mild lacing left behind.Good malty aroma with a mild spiciness and possibly dried fruit presence.The taste was malty raisny and fairly well hopped a slight spicy note but mainly the hops and raisin are the big players here.The after taste is mostly hoppy with a mild fruit presence.It's a pretty decent brew and i would rate it higher if it hadn't shit all over my floor b4 i could get the glass over to it.
TheBeerGod (4907) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this at Bon Vivant Beer Lover's Club on 7-25-03. Thanks for this extra one Mike! Unknown vintage. Reddish brown body with a light brown head. Nose is slightly spiced and a little hoppy. The body has a malt sweetness mixed with more hops, but they are not overpowering. Pleasant finish. Look forward to more from this brewery!
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2003 A deep red color which reminded me of red velvet cake and a dark vanilla colored frothy head. An intense hoppy aroma followed by a sweet German malt presence and a little of something I can't seem to put my finger on. Flavor is hoppy bitterness and a slight spiciness. This is one bitter beer from start to finish.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 17, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this on tap at Eli Cannons (Middletown, CT) during the Rogue tasting. It was listed as "Santa's Dry Hopped Red Ale". I'm assuming this is the same stuff. Deep red in color, with an almond tan head. Aroma is very hoppy and manly, almost surly. Not much in the way of malt, as far as I can tell in the smoky pub. Flavor is hoppy, with a nice roasty malt balance. Semi sweet, with a grassy herbal hoppiness. Body is medium to full, with moderate carbonation. I wasn't disappointed.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured very nicely, with a great tan head. Strong, spicey aroma. The use of hops is very apparent here in tasting the beer and it has a lingering aftertaste. Overall a solid beer, although I've had better Holiday brews. I had the 2002 batch in a 22 ounce bottle from Beers of the World, Rochester, NY.
jgb9348 (4285) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 12, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2003 2003 Batch:
Dark copper colour with a dense off-white head. Aroma of hops, caramel and brown sugar. Medium-bodied; Definite water taste-initially hoppy-fading to a spice finish. Aftertaste clean and a bit spicey with some hints of tea! Overall, not really worth drinking-same as all the other Rogue Beers! I sampled this from a 65 cL bottle provided by Haddon90 (Phil) purchased from Norm's in Vienna, Virginia. I sampled this bottle on 28-November-2003. Score for this rating: 6,4,6,2,12.
This is the 2002 bottle with a different picture on the front (compared to the picture). The colour is dark red and dark amber...very nice looking with a good tan head with huge bubbles. The smell is simply great. Smells like a nice IPA mixed with a barley wine. Full bodied, the hop bitterness is very strong initially, but calms down to a malt flavour after a bit. I was hoping for a more complex beer, but this one is pretty simple. If you like the bittering factor of hops that leaves your mouth dry and waiting to take another sip, definately try this one. Seriously, not that bad, but not as complex as I was hoping for. I had this in a 22 ounce bottle purchased from Beers of the World in Rochester, New York. Score for this rating: 8,4,7,3,13.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 13, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is a very dark red ale. The taste is extremely strong - slightly sweet, but a lot of hops - again very strong taste.