gsmitty80 (1736) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2004
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2005 This was an excellent beer. The spicey and bitter tones of the beer overcome the winter cold. I woudnt consider it an ipa but then again im not a brewmaster. I think this beer is the best seasonal ive ever tried and higly recommend it.
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[2003 Bottle]. Light amber color with a nice white head. The taste is bitter and hoppy, but not unpleasant. It features a nice balance.
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A hoppy tasting beer with a nice red color to it. Strongly flavored, it was a very nice treat. The worst thing about this beer is that it isn't available all year. A solid brew.
drywallman (320) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours nice and dark. Has the raisin, plum, carmel, and citrus in the nose, along with the same plus pine/juniper in the taste. This is a great seasonal.
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2007 On tap at HDG. Orange in color. Very hoppy brew, cascades. Pretty good. Not one for cascades though. Nice and refreshing. Big beer. Enjoyable.
OldGrowth (2417) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 2003: Butterscotch, carmel, pine, orange in the nose. Clear orange copper color. Small head that tapered down to nothing. Piney/orange/carmel flavors. Kinda syrupy, nice spicy bitterness. What a brew. I can't believe I waited so long to have. Had on draft at Sunset Grille and I'd score 8/3/8/3/18
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JAN 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Swift's, East 4th Street, New York. Crystal clear, deep, full amber colour. Lacy whitehead. Big, scrumptious, hoppy aroma. Long bitter finish that goes on longer than you can handle without a taking a sip.
Jayb0 (976) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2004 2003, on tap: A very crisp, dry beer with strong hop character. Fluffy head, dark orange. Nice lacing. Mouth filling, spicy, somewhat herbal towards the finish. An IPA with perhaps just a little bit of holiday spicing. A little sharp, I’d like to try the bottled version in a year.
2004, bottle: Very nice.
BBB63 (5699) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This rating is from the 2002 bottle, also had a 2001 and 2003 this day: Hazy apple cider hue with small but solid off-white head and some lace. The aroma is pine, grapefruit, honey, toasted malts, sweet spices, and floral qualities. Crisp fruity and pine flavor to the forefront followed by a nice creamy malt undertone. Bitter taste lingers upon the spicy finish. Simple yet sublime complexity. Lively and slightly creamy mouthfeel. Classis holiday brew that you can't go wrong with. A must have each and every XMAS season. (notes, the 2001 is slightly less hoppy and more spicy and the 2003 is very green, hoppy and lacks malt backbone for now, will age some more)
presario (4522) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 25, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2004 2003 bottle. West coast hop aroma. Deep orange amber out of the Snapple-like bottle. Warm malt, hops and pine. And more hops and hops. Warm finish. I hope Santa brings me one again next year.