sloth (2340) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice orange copper color.citrusy aroma with some malt backing it up.Leaves a little lace on the sides of the glass.Feels full in yer mouth.Tasting not much but some grassy hoppiness and maybe some malt, not much though!Oh yea do i detect a little alcyhol also?One big bitter finish. Imagine that a bitter rogue brew.HO HO HO!
mikejmadden99 (103) - Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The beer is a reedish brown with an orangish foam. Smells fruity with a hopppy mix. Taste is smooth and hoppy, with a fruit aftertaste. Not what I expected but not oo bad because it does have that Rogue quality.
hopscotch (8375) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer rocks.
The juniper and perfume-like notes assured me that this would be a Left coast, lean, mean, well-hopped machine. Very pleasant and Christmasy.
The label says, itís a reddish/copper color.
Thatís about right, except, in my eyes, the stuff is almost orange. The head is also an unusual color... one which I can describe only as khaki/orange. Attractive. Sparkling clear, beautiful beer. Good lacing.
The flavor is very malty up front. Very well-hopped on the backside. I chewed a juniper berry once... only once... drinking this was similar. Not overly bitter, though. Very interesting IPA-like Winter warmer.
Soft carbonation. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel. Long, warm, nicely bitter, slightly dry finish. Hint of clover at the very end of the finish. Another strong offering from Rogue. Definitely a Winter warmer designed for HopHeads. Not exactly my kind of beer, but I enjoyed it and can certainly appreciate the time put into the crafting of this brew. More high marks for this Oregon brewery.
GermanBrews76 (676) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
fruity and floral on the nose. very sweet aroma. the smell doesnít translate to the taste however. Pretty tasty brew though. much more appropriate for a winter seasonal than what Iím used to for this half of the country.
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
this tasted like either a hopped up red ale or an americanized british ipa
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Starts with a flash of hops that never really goes away and finishes dry and grassy. I was kind of wondering if this were actually the Yellow Snow Ale with a few extra hops, but apparently it is the St Rogue Red...interesting. Very hoppy but my main qualm is with the flavor of the hops. They are wonderfully bitter, but the flavor isnít there beneath it all. Looks great and smells appetizing, but Iím not convinced.
mribm (446) - Hurley, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2003 I'm glad Santa came to visit me this year. This is a damn good beer. More like an IPA than an English strong ale. Lots of hops from start to finish. Will definitely try again! Merry Christmas!!!
Indra (2531) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 29, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2009 Distinct Chinook hop aroma, with a piney spiciness and some lightly toasted caramel maltiness. Clear ruby red in color, with a vigorous, off-white head and plenty of lace. Flavor has some toasted honey-caramel sweetness, and, more predominantly, hops! Piney, sprucy, spicy hop juices abound. Finish is largely hoppy and bitter, very dry and spicy. Overall a pleasant beer, satisfyingly hoppy.
PhillyBeer2112 (2473) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich grapefruity and pine aroma. Dark red-amber and large tan head. Nice caramel sweetness up front, quickly followed by spicy and citric hop flavors and then a solid finishing bitterness.
jaymobrown (1587) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber copper color with a nice head. Strong hop nose. A bit of spice, but huge hops all the way through. Stays well after on the tongue. Itís like a sting in every taste.