ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m not finding this one as hoppy as some others.....spicy, chocolatly, slightly buttery aroma; nutty malt and toasted flavor, hint of smokey/peat ; certainly some citrusy hoppiness there, but really nicely balanced; prety tastey
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On Tap@ Rogue San Francisco. Absolutely Beautiful looking beer! Dark mahogany with a thick, frothy tan head. Aroma is dominated by hops. Almost no malt balance in the taste. Very nice hoppy aftertaste though.
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not sure this is the best descrption of the aroma, but it smells like christmas to me. Fitting. It is a nice red colour with a large rocky ivory coloured head. It has great lacing as well. It us very hoppy. Citrusy and piney. It is pretty thick and chewy in the mouth too. I really liked this one and just might pick up a few more bombers worth.
davidflores99 (225) - Lakewood, California, USA - NOV 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a reddish amber color, w/ a light head. Hoppy aroma, w/ citrus, and lightly sweet. Flavor was nice and bitter, citrusy as well, I enjoyed this brew a lot, wasn’t too shabby.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - NOV 22, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice light caramel color with a bountiful tan head. Light to medium hoppy aroma with some sharp citrus notes. A big hoppy flavor, no malt character. A pleasant beer to drink, just not the oomph of a holiday beer, somewhat lifeless. If Santa wants the hops this beers for him.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - NOV 22, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep red/copper hue with almost no head and minimal lacing. The nose is hoppy with a hint of a malty backbone and sweetness. Nice hop flavors abound: citrusy grapefruit, floral, and bitterness. Smooth considering how much hops are used. A nice and solid, yet not very exciting offering. Would drink again.
bpauley (3) - USA - NOV 21, 2004 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beuatiful clear copper pour. Hoppy aroma with some malt tones. The first taste is smoth at the start with a pleasantly hoppy finish. Overall it is a great brew to look forward to throughout the year.
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark copper pour with a small chunky head, nice lace. Aroma is a nice balnce of hops and malt, some bitter hops prevailing. Initially the malts show, then get shoved aside by bitter hops. Hoppy aftertaste ensues. Nice rich mouthfeel. Das good, da?
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This pours a reddish-copper color with a slender light tan head. The aroma is nicely hoppy with some nuttiness to it. It’s got a solid malt backbone with mainly grapefruit hop tastes and a bit of pine. This could almost be an IPA. Pretty tasty with a lingering citric finish.
jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2007 Pours a nice ruby red with a thick beige head. Malty and floral citrusy hop aroma. Taste has prominent hop notes of citric grapefruit and pine. Lots of caramel toastiness and bread leaving a pleasant malty sweetness underneath. Bitter, but not harsh aftertaste. Full, round body, smooth texture and moderate carbonation. Improved over the last time I tried it.