CapFlu (4659) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(650ml bottle) Santa reddish body with a thin, white head. Cascade hops nose. Grapfruite taste. Somewhat of a disappointment after the nose and for this brewery.
DiamondD (38) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber. Pours a deep red tawny. Very hoppy nose. Aromatic.
Taste is definitely a hopped up red, as the description says. A fairly decent bittering in the finish(more than I care for). Body is very nice. Almost full. This a very well thought out beer. Quality abounds. Extremely smooth and rounded. Good value for what you pay.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ruby-chestnut. Tan head. Fresh, hoppy nose w/ good chocolaty malt sweetness. Medium body. Good malt character w/ some solid earthy hoppiness. Long finish.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - DEC 9, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice ruby color with a medium light tan head. Aroma is wonderfully hoppy. Great citrus and pine notes. This is not what I expected at all so far but in a good way. Flavor is balanced quite well between the hops and malt. Bitterness on the swallow. Very dry, champagnish finish. Better than I expected.
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy reddish amber with a large, lasting off white head. Very hoppy aroma with grapefruit, pine, grass and a hint of dough. Medium creamy palate with low carbonation. Flavor begins sweet with caramel, and then the hops kick in to give a nice citrus and pine bite. A pleasing hoppy woody dry finish. Not a memorable beer, but still enjoyable.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ruby red color for Santa. Hoppy aroma, some toasty malt. Flavor was assertively hoppy, some malt but not in a very good balance. Bitter finish. Not bad but not great. Thanks frielock.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 7, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky, ruby-topaz color. Sweet and hoppy aroma. It has a bitter start with a great hoppyness at the end. Rogue rocks for their Hops addiction. :)
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hoppy aroma(of course) with a hint of malt too. Clear ruby, with a small toffee head, and a bit of lace. Hoppy flavour, with some almonds as well. Very bitter woodiness. Happy Christmas Santa. Thanks for bringing this along frielock.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 7, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark redish brown color, light brown head. Dry malty and pnw hop aroma. Malt flavors upfront, but lost of hops on top of that. Very hoppy finish. Not bad.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a touch hazy amber red with a real nice tan head and lots of lace. The aroma is quite hoppy. The flavor has the ASA profile flavor with the malt and the long lingering hop finish. Overall, this one stands out against all the other Holiday releases, including SNCA.