Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 vintage on tap at the Blind Tiger in Manhattan. Copper color with a nice white, foamy head. Smell is very mellowed compared to what Iíd expected -- strong American hops are present, but take a background seat to caramel malt. Flavor is pleasantly sweet, with the hops coming in at the finish to give it a wonderfully balanced bitterness. Really enjoyable.
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. wonderful copper color with a thick and foamy off white to tan head. sweet aroma of caramel. initial sweet malt with some dried fruit flavor and rum-ish flavor. round and warming. pleasant hop finish. Itís July now but this would certainly make a nice Winter brew!
MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - JUL 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 1998 vintage. Pours a deep amber color, white head that left some lacing behind, cloudy due to what seemed like a lot of yeast in the bottle. Aroma was kind of subdued, but some gentle spicy hops, really musty I think due to the age. Maybe even a bit of dustiness on top of that. The initial impression upon taking a sip is a lot of sweet maltiness, really jumps on the front of your tongue, then a very subdued hoppiness. Lots of yeasty flavors come into play as it finishes, though it really isnít harsh, just gentle yet all-consuming. I think the hops really faded with age, the last time I had this beer was a few years ago (before I started rating) but I remember it being much hoppier. Medium body, carbonation level is on the medium to low side, but still smooth and drinkable. Not a great beer for aging, without itís hoppy character this beer isnít as good as when itís fresh. A friend who doesnít drink much beer had it sitting in the back of the fridge, so I figured that it would be worth rating this bottle. I plan to re-rate some fresh stuff.
blankboy (7171) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at BarVolo (vintage 2004). Pours a sparkling dark orange with an average size creamy white head. Looks great. Aroma is primarily hops then sweet malt, mild citrus, spices and pine. Very bitter flavour of hops, citrus and spices. Palate was a little harsh. Fantastic beer -- I love Sierra Nevada!
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUL 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vintage 2003, Light hazy orange-amber beer with light yellow-beige head. Very clean malty nose with faint figgy accents and with touches of summer flowers. Also aromaís of buttercakes, fruit-musly, spices and refreshing hops.
The beer has a smooth elegant taste with touches of nutmeg, masisbanda, apricot-pit, cookies, cedar-wood and the slight bitterness of avocadoskin.
The mouthfeel is medium body and has a nice balance. The beer has a lot of caracter and the refreshing boost of hops brings all the components on the right place. Thanks Joris for sharing this one with me.
JorisPPattyn (9392) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUL 10, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Off-white head, falling away fast over hazy orange-amber ale. Sweetish cookies and cake-bottom with a whiff of hops. Little aroma of sweetened juniperberries. Mix raisins, lychees, cookies, cardemoms, cloves, honey-laden flowers, apples and a lot of (American) hops into a very evenly mix, and one might come near to this. Retronasal some resiny harshness. Well-bodied without appearing very heavy, slight oilyness, typical for an American beer. Superb, superb balance giving both a restrained and a rich feeling. Thanks to Logan Perkins.
Gilamonster24 (8) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - JUL 8, 2005 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
very very high in flavor that tastes of christmas. i can hardly wait for the cold months just for this beer to come out and help celebrate the winter.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JUL 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2006 7/5/05: 2004 Bottle. Poured with a small off-white head. Virtually no lacing. Amber in color. Smells of spices, citrus, and alcohol. Very bitter from start to finish. Light to medium body and over carbonated. Not one I look forward to again. 5/3/4/3/10
3/10/06: 2005 Bottle. Poured a gorgeous orange-amber color with a small off white head that dissipated to a ring. Light lacing. Nice aroma of orange, lemon, and spices. The alcohol aroma is hidden this time around. Classic IPA flavor of citrus, pine, and a light caramel background. Light and dry. Great hoppy bitterness throughout. Possibly a bad bottle in my first rating of this. This one was very enjoyable. 7/4/8/3/16
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Red/orange w/ off white head foamy head. Nose is hopps. Taste is bitter and hoppy with a somewhat sweet after taste.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice hop aroma. Pours very nice with a frothy white head on a copper body. Citrus notes follow a mild malt profile and big hops are present through out. A less in your face IPA which is more to my personal style. Still was kinda sad there was no cinnamon or fruitcake flavors :-(