HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is one of the best examples of an American IPA. Nice and hoppy and with enough malt to back it up. The fact that its seasonal only adds to its appeal. Although I like all of SN's beers, this is the only one that I seek out and buy consistently.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 27, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2005 I’m not a big fan of this beer. It was a bit too spicy for my tastes. Good head, good mouthfeel, good hops, good malt, but too much damn spice. 3.2
Sampled again at clogs in corvallis on tap. Wow. This shiite is very good. Tons of solid citrus hop flavor and aroma. Plenty of body and alky to boot. 4.0
Jon123 (36) - Emmaus, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The bottle pours a deep amber color that produces a thick head. This thick head generates a heavy lacing as the glass empties. The beer starts off well but finishes too smooth for me. I like a nice kick and generous "mouth-feel" for the finish.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Copper colored with high carbonation. Piney nose. The taste is strong with Chinook hops and bitter aftertaste. A little too out of balance for my tastes.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Coppery color big head redducing to a nice lace. Nose is citrus with some pine. Flavor is full and hoppy with a bitter finish that stays around for a while.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark orange body with a frothy beige head. Grapefruit and dough in the nose. Creamy, bittersweet flavor. Very good brew.
beastdog75 (363) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Certainly not a balanced brew, but a hophead's dream come true. Strong pine and wood presence. Also has some notes of herbs, citrus, and mintiness. Pours a very nice reddish amber color. A very well made and interesting beer, I just have to get used to the style.
swtchcrook (3) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2004 does not count
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
04 edition-this batch is not as earthy as last year's, but still an excellent beer nonetheless. SN never really goes wrong with this one.
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brownish red color. Little white head. Smells of aromatic hops, kinda spicy. Nice balance of sweet malt a spicy, earthy hops. Good stuff.
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - JAN 14, 2004
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark Amber color, white foamy head that diminishes, good strong lacing, from a good strong beer. Just tasted at a bar, I thought it was the best beer on the wall; it probably was out of the forty or so. Flavor is strong "pine tree" hops, as you'd expect from an IPA, the finish is balanced a tad more bitter than sweet. No noticeable aroma, kind of disappointing, might be because I'm getting over a cold. I'm sure there's some more complex flavors in there, however I wasting there to do serious tasting. Good IPA, doesn't beat Stone's IPA but it comes close, good strong winter beer, as the label suggests.