drywallman (328) - 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 (2140) - 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 (2645) - 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 (1022) - 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 (6011) - 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 (4608) - 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.
EdPaulsen (117) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 25, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
all i tasted was hops. maybe i had a funny bottle. they should rename it to prevent confusion that it is a normal holiday type beer. definitely a hophead ipa. pretty thick though, probably bc of the abv and gravity eh? available year round?
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003. Copper color, big fluffy white head. Hoppy. A good IPA, leaning toward APA. I like it, but it doesn't seem all that distinguished as a seasonal beer, more like a regular hoppy pale.
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Pours an amber color with come faint haziness and a thin white bubbly head. Good smooth hoppy flavor with a nice grapefruit aroma.