SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JUN 23, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2003 A nice foamy head that reminds me of the top of a root beer float. Not a great nose but very good flavor. A good balance of the malt and hops that goes down very smooth. On tap its even smoother, and pleasantly drinkable for how hopped up it is.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice looking deep amber ale reminds me of a glass of apple cider. Millions of tiny particles floating giving it a cloudy like appearance. Thick creamy head with an almost blanket like lacing. Aroma is predominantly cascade hops, a trademark of this fine California brewer. Very smooth on the palate, a medium to full bodied ale which finishes with a little crispness. This is a great winter time ale and one worthy of celebrating.
eczematic (1306) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 14, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
very classy indeed. I had no idea this is supposed to be an "IPA" until right now - I wouldve pegged it as an English strong ale or something, except for the citrussy stuff. Very soft and mellow in the mouth, with deep, full, buttery, plummy malt perfectly balancing the leafy, spicy hops - you can tell they used whole hops.
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUN 14, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich orangish color with a moderate light tan head, and with some sediment floating around. Really does have the grapefruit aroma. Quite hoppy and bitter with orange/lemon peel flavors. I thought it was kind of raspy in the finish, so I'm going to put a couple of them downstairs and try it again next winter. I just rated Liberty Ale and although it seemed even hoppier, I thought the finish was smoother.
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - JUN 14, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 Bottle: Yep, liked it, like their Pale ale, this was nice and soft, with a perfumy flowery, piney hop nose, i could sniff this for a while. Very well balanced flavour, the start is sweetish malty with a bit of raisins or something, with a failry sharp, bitter, grapefruity hop finish, very tasty, and thankfully not over the top, very yummy.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2008 One of my all time favorites. A little heavy syrup taste is the only thing I don’t care for.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 13, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep copper color. Medium white head. Hoppy/Grapefruity aroma but not strong.Feels nice in the mouth. Slightly dry finish. A great IPA.
Cobra (1100) - In a van, down by the river, Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2004 Another winner from SNBC. I picked up a six pack of the 2002 vintage right before Christmas 2002. It pours a nice amber
color, with a creamy white head. The head is fairly thick for a beer of this alcohol level. It lasted to the bottom of the glass,
which is always a good thing. It smells of citrus notes, probably Cascade hops used in it. It also have vanilla notes, and a great
deal of maltiness. It is one terrific beer in my book. Too bad it's only around at Christmas time, because it would make a great
summer time beer as well. Maybe they'll start offering it year-round.
2004 Update: I got a couple cases this year. Chilled one down right away, just to try it, and judge it against an aged sample. The fresh stuff has a more subdued hops presence this year, and a stronger malt backbone. Top notch stuff, very warming this year. I believe the ABV is slightly higher than in years past. Higher bitterness, however. Rougher around the edges this year, maybe because it's so fresh. The cases I bought were only 1 week out of the brewery. It might need some aging, but very little.
BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - MAY 3, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Never disappointed by this one. It hits you right up front with crisp hoppiness and a full mouthfeel. This applies to either bottle or draught, which seems unusual these days. Maybe it's the connotation of the holidays, but SNCA just always hits me right. Slightly different every year, but never regresses.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - APR 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
For six months, this has been the most-rated beer that I had not yet rated (due to an oversight). Well, no more! I didn't think I'd like it, but it was surprisingly tasty and the hops weren't overwhelming like I'd feared. There was enough malt that I could enjoy this. If there are other spices and flavors in it, I missed them.