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 (4735) - 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.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 8, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Wonderful medium brick color, lasting head. Complex aroma. The multitude of hops overwhelm any maltiness. Peppery but not overly. Destroyed my palate for several hours.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAR 10, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark oarnge/red beer,with a frothy,pillowy,head. Web-like lacework clings to the glass.Bitter(oarnge,grass)aromas,with some mushy malts.Mouthfeel is over carbonated and too bitter. Decent malt presence but they are mushy and overpowered by the hops.Finish is strikingly bitter.Some sweetness in the finish too,but this beer is all about the hops.Not as good as I remember it being last year.Oh well,some beers you just lost taste for.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer aspired to be sierra nevada celebration ale. Cloudy amber in color. Dominated by hops and sweet malt. Not as good as the SNCA....finish was slightly soapy. I fear that this rating may not be totally accurate....this beer foamed upon opening like it was infected....smelled fine though.
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - MAR 6, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
It's March already, so I was hoping for one last taste of a good Christmas type ale, but this is pretty much just an IPA. Typical west coast IPA "hop the shit out of it" flavor and smell.
kyzr (1152) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - FEB 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I guess I can't add much more than what the bottle says. It lived up to its name, and as usual, I was happy with the results.
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - FEB 19, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tawny red color. Small quickly dissapating head. Pine-like aroma. Hops very noticeable. Long aftertaste.