rabuc (143) - carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
all of sierra nevada beers look soooooo delicious and this one is no exception. poured clear golden tan/orange with rich thick whitish head. lacing was present. tasted malty/citrusy/fruity with distinct hoppiness. the aftertaste finished with a good hoppy bite. wow, this is a good beer as is what i expect from this great brewery!
GREMLIN (5) - USA - MAR 2, 2004 does not count
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great amber color, big floral hop nose. Smooth moderatly malty body with big hop finish. Decent head, good seasonal brew.
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Orange/golden, a little hazy and with a small head. Aroma is fruity from peach. Sweet and fruity flavor.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2005 This is an awesome IPA. Pours a beautiful dark amber/red with tiny floating particles a thick white head. Aroma is grapefruit, cascade hops and pine. Strong cascade/centennial hop flavor with a great spicy, pine, pepper, grapefruit/citrusy taste. Also has some toasted malt and caramel. Goes down smooth with a great balanced overall taste. Has the perfect amount of malt to go with the hops. Very bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel was very full, round and creamy with moderate carbonation. Great lacing and head retention.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - FEB 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2004 2003 Edition. Yellowish-amber color with a thick head of large bubbles, very loosely connected. Smells of citrus hops (grapefruit dry), sweet dark cherries and winter spices. Taste is powerful grapefruit hops up front sitting atop a syrupy sweet, butterscotch base. Cherries, pit fruit and winter spice round out the palate. Aftertaste is mostly lingering sweet, and oddly enough, drying. Tasty beer. Very IPA like.
***2001 Edition*** Smells lightly of hops. Ruby-amber/gold body. Sweet taste. Smells lightly of hops. Sweet banana, pine, brown sugar on palalte. Drying aftertaste with smoothness attributed to its old age.Sampled at RFD in Washington, DC.
VTHopHead (1505) - Barre, Vermont, USA - FEB 16, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2011 11/13/11 Update - Pours a darkish amber in orange color with a very small white head and little carbonation. Hop aroma is intense... grassy and citrus with just enough malt understructure to provide some minor balance. Flavor is hoppy and quite bitter with plenty of citrus/pine hop flavor. Awesome! 12/25/06 Update- Dark orange amber in color with a foamy white head. Intense hop aroma... full of citrus and pine. Flavor is quite hoppy, but some malt supporting structure. Nicely bitter on the finish. Original Rating on 6/13/04 - Dark amber with a sparse white head. Aroma is of hops ... citrus/pine. Flavor is citrus/grapefruit with a spicy bitterness that I crave. This is a really good beer. Can’t wait until next year!
hophead1962 (11) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I look forward to this every year. I like the idea of storing some for next year or longer....hmmmmmm.
Holdwine (1071) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice complexity to an older bottling (99). Seems to have mellowed the hops hit and added some citrus spice. Golden brown/orange in color.
rlgk (9492) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden/orange, somewhat hazy. Nice whiteish head. Has a sweet, fruity and somewhat yeasty aroma. Flavor is sourish, but also sweet and fruity. Some peach in it?.
r464 (1789) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
An orange-brown hue with a spicy aroma. Sweet, dark, and spiced flavor with a feel for the alcohol.