Terminus (2891) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - NOV 26, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2004 2004-I have quite the love for this beer. Its my all-time fav, even though its not my highest rated beer. This beer is what its all about to me. This years is the best since 2001. The body is so full and rich this time around, where last years suffered from a thiner palate. I LOVE those hops!!!!! so floral and in your face. For me, this is the quintesential beer!
2003-Well, these bottles have started to come around now and they are showing maturity. Its beginning to taste alot like last years version. Malts are starting to come through and there is even some sediment!
Tap-11/25/02 2002 at old chicago-Rockford, IL-im not boosting this rating any, but this beer on tap is bliss!! i will be at old chicago about 2-3 times a week just to have this wonderful brew on tap.
ReRate: 2002 10/24/02-I was pleasently supprised when i walked into my local grocery store and saw a stack of 5 cases of SNCA in the middle of the beer isle. Needless to say, at $6.50 a 6pack, this makes a very good session ale for the winter. I sampled the 2001 last year and thought it had a rough finish-this years is WAY more smooth-the Nose is incredable-one of the best i have ever wiffed-appearance is copper with minimal head-palate is huge malt up front with a very nice hoppy finish. with the looks of this years batch, i dont think aging this one is a big deal since its so good already. I plan on making this a regular this winter.
dlclark (73) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I have been an IPA fan and a fan of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, which currently is in the kegerator. I never thought of trying this beer until reading the forum and found this to be very refreshing. This tastes like their pale ale mixed with Victory Hop Devil. A great combo.
I just had to bump this rating up as I was lucky enough to get a keg of this wonderful brew. If you can find it on tap, try it. This is not the hoppiest beer but one of the best balanced beers there is.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002: Mild hop nose with a touch of malt. Mostly earthy. Hop flavors are solid with grapefruit clearly dominating. Malt profile is a touch light, but there are caramel bread and toffee flavors to be had. Finish is dry and mildly bitter. Amber in color with a medium white head. 2001: When I saw this on the shelf and noticed it was the last 6 pack, I didnít hesitate for one second before I snatched it up. Didnít even bother to look at the price tag. Knew I had to try it. Iím glad I did. Solid hop aroma with matching piney hop flavor followed up with a decent malt punch. Others have said this is not a spiced brew, but I swear I detected some ginger in the finish. Maybe it was from the hops? This is also a beautiful beer - mahogony with a small off-white head. Not too heavy on the palate. Just pleasant all around.
obxdude10 (1883) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another great pale ale from Sierra Nevada, very hoppy nose, dark amber in color, kept a very nice soft lacy head, lots of tanginess & spices in the flavors & aftertaste, great IPA
mjmurphy2 (85) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 24, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hoppy, with some spice in the nose. Deep reddish amber color with skimpy head. A decent example of the style, but not particularly seasonal.
kumite56 (467) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - NOV 24, 2002
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2006 2002 Incredible aroma. Nice copper color. Medium bodied and quit a bit of hoppy bitterness . Nicely supported by a decent malt backbone.
earthgirl99 (25) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 23, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fresh, ripe, honeydew! Juice dripping from the sides of your mouth. Nice and aley, with a delicately sweet aftertaste. The freshness is reminicent of a glass of freshly tapped sugar maple sap, the liquid from the tree, still earthy and natural, before it is boiled down to become syrup. Low foam. Pretty red color. Pleasantly musky aroma. (Does that mean itís a muskmelon?)
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 23, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big hoppy brew with just the right amount of spice. This is a winner. Just wish they would put out more beers like this and Harvest.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very hoppy, mainly in the palate. Very smooth and appealing for an IPA. Probably one of the best beers from this brewer. Agreed, solid.
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sierra Nevada has a solid product here. Glowing golden/amber color with a big frothy head. Aroma is predominantly hoppy with grapefruit and lime. Flavor is also vrey well hopped but the malt evens things out nicely. Easy to dring very refreshing, alcohol adds a nice warming effect in the belly, a truly wonderful winter ale.