cAPSLOCK (156) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep red color... nice. Lovely spicy/hoppy aroma. Not much body in here, kind of light and watery body. Lots of citrusy hops in front and the more evergreeny ones on the finish. As far as Cristmas beers go this one ranks high for me by being spixy, but not using anything overtly holidayish like nutmeg.
The finish is my favorite, bitter, and complex. This is a nice beer.
In a way I would imagine that an Arrogant Bastard would taste sort of like this if you pulled the maltiness way back.
masedawg (156) - Statesville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red with a froathy light tan head. Solid hoppy aroma with a hint of some malt. Tastes a lot like a pale ale, but has a mellow sweetness that comes out as you drink the beer.
mackus2 (156) - Edison, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours ruby aber with nice off-white head. Nose is yeasty and piny hops. Medium body, soft with nice carbonation. Taste is hop heavy- dried fruit, earthy, fresh pine. A little bitter on the finish with the malts making an appearance afterwards. Good stuff.
Bjshades (156) - Iowa, USA - DEC 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a dark amber with white head, earthy aromas with a strong malty flavor with hints of pine.
ampp (155) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big Pine hop smell. The hops are very evident from the first sip. Not overdone though. There is a nice blend of flavors. Good stuff on a cold night.
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice amber bownish opaque color with a nice head. Nice aroma; bold taste, nice complex hoppiness. Very good holiday beer overall.
DrewTaylor (154) - Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brown red coloration. Nice white head. Aroma is fruity and malty with a touch of spice. At first taste very similar to their Dead Guy Ale. A litte unbalanced, but a sold brew.
k4df4l (154) - DTown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark coppery color with a fresh hoppy aroma. Has that "rogue" ale flavor with a little extra hop kick.
paulmetzger (154) - Pocatello, Idaho, USA - JAN 24, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A clear mahogany that almost matches my desk and a strong frothy head make this a very pretty beer. Typical northwest hop aroma but subdued piney, also somewhat musty/dusty. Starts crisp and fades to a nice lingering bitter, but somewhere in the middle is a dry spot. Delightful mouthfeel -- who doesn’t love pacman? Looking forward to trying it again next year.
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. Bottle. Pours a deep reddish amber, with plenty of thick head. The aroma is very hoppy, with ample pine and citrus. The taste has a nice hop bite at first, but mellows in the finish. Leaves a great lace. A very nice beer, but more like a strong American pale ale rather than a winter seasonal.