Crit (3737) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 18, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish brown,lasting beige head.Good deep hop nose.Hoppy throughout with very long finish, lots of balancing malt
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown with a white head. Glows off orange in the light. Suprisingly this did not smell like what I was expecting given the name. Had a hoppy floral aroma with lemon, almost similar to trix cereal. Very hoppy beer, I don’t really think Santa is drinking this up at the north pole. It must be for his delivery runs near the equator where it is still hot. Has a nice bitter aftertaste. Lots of citrus with a dry finish. This would be really good on a hot day. Not really sure how this beer gets its name though.
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown body with hints of tea in the nose. The nose also has a roasted malty-ness. Flavors include roasted malt and brown sugar. Celebrated during the first night of our Hawaiian honeymoon.
DYCSoccer17 (3590) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 1, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, very floral and sweet citrusy aroma. Lots of citrus with noticeable C-hops. Smells yummy. Slightly hazy light mahogany/dark copper color with small yellowish off-white head. Start is very citrusy and piney giving way to some smoked maltiness in the middle. Finishes hoppy, dry, and bitter. I admire the tug of war between the hops and malts in this beer. Kind of reminds me of the Great lakes Christmas brew. Yummy.
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy reddish brown color with a medium head. Strong aroma of floral hops and spices. Flavor of spices and floral hops, bitter finish. Medium body, tangy mouthfeel. It’s good but has more hops that you would expect from a Christmas/ Winter beer.
obxdude10 (2220) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown in color, nice fluffy tan-ish head, lots of hops in the nose, great balance with a good malt profile, sweet maltiness follows the nice hoppy characters, an all-round great beer
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - JUL 26, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2005 I’ve never been a huge fan of any of the Rogue beers, with the exception of their rauchbier, and once again, Rogue proved to me to be a little too much frosting and too little cake. I tasted malt, malt, and more malt. It wasn’t particularly bad, it just wasn’t particularly good either.
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I would consider this an "imperial pale ale", which I guess puts it in a style all it’s own. Pours a brown root beer color, pillowing tan head rests atop, GREAT lacing. Flavor is woody and malty, with a very grassy thing going on for much of the flavor, ends bitter and dry with a straw-like flavor. This is fairly earthy throughout, and is very different. A great beer to enjoy in July!
jzzbassman (1557) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a reddish brown with an ivory head that seems to last forever. Very hoppy in the nose and flavor, although it doesn’t overwhelm. Almost an IPA, with lots of pine/ citrus notes.
heemer77 (5242) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 7, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle drank in July 2004. Has a large long lasting yellowish head. The coloring is a gorgeous dark red. Aroma is rich with a little pine and vanilla. The taste is pine with bread and a spicy finish of cinnamon and black pepper. Also has a hint of grapefruit. A little too dry for me.