dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice hoppy dark amber brew with a honey flavour and a distinctly smooth aroma. Very typical of the pacific coast brews. A warm welcome during a cool winter night.
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - JAN 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 bottle from Sainsbury’s. Excellent amber hoppy concoction. Piney floral hop aroma, good mouthfeel, long fruity hop aftertaste. Utterly delicious.
braudimusprime (75) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet and hoppy, a little bit of fruit and honey with a bitter finish. Probably too sweet to be a regular choice of mine, but a nice bitter finish and no strange or discordant notes at all.
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed this brew with Regal and Shag...copper color, heavy hops (duh) -- citrus/grapefruit -- and bitter finish. Couldn’t put my finger on what I was picking up in the aroma, until Regal said "Scotch Tape"...that’s it exactly!
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Deep coper color with white head. Aroma is hoppy and bitter. Taste is nicely hoppy with a touch of friut. Dry finish. Nice.
Nate (3800) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The Plain Kitchen, Göteborg, thanks to rickgordon. Fruity citrus grapefruit hop oily aroma. Smooooth. Very nice aroma. Some sweet malt character. Reddish amber clear with thin off-white lacing head. Medium-heavy watery body with mild-medium carbonation. Starts with medium sweet malt, biscuit, neutral fruit, and a nice doseof fruity oily hops. Acidity is mild, but increases with the hoppy bitterness tonthe finish. After has bitter apple taste, chalky, with some sugary remnants. Nice ale.
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - JAN 19, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(draft) One of the better IPAs, but that’s not saying too much for someone like me that doesn’t like the style. Just decent, nothing more. Not bitter but a little sour.
Gorbalev (2974) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, cafe volo. Wonderful looking orange pour. Small white head. Fruity hoppy aroma. Medium body mouthfeel. There was a nicely balanced hoppy taste here, not too strong but certainly of the American interpretation of the style. A really solid brew that had a little more malt and strength to it that similar products and it is something I would definitely try again. But this isn’t at all what I was expecting. I guess the whole seasonal Christmas beer angle they are going for (love the label) made me thing I would be sipping on a dark malty bock or porter with some a unique spicy character or something festive, not a beer I could crack open in the summer. I’m sure I’m just being picky, but I couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed and mislead. All in all though, good beer.
jonas (5937) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JAN 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pine and berryaroma.
Red coloring, low carbonation, low head.
Piney hops, orangepeel, berries - bitter finish.
Gareth (5) - USA - JAN 15, 2005 does not count
1.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
This beer has the best aroma. I got my first 6 today and it smells exactly like a pine tree and tastes like one going down your throat. extremely hoppy. The one bad thing I personally am not fond of is the extremely bitter aftertaste. However this is truely a winter only beverage. Gives the sensation of holiday spirit with the smell of pine right under your nose.