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 (11942) - 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.
ericnixon (740) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice light amberish color with a somewhat complicated piney aroma to it. that aroma continues into the taste giveing it a powerful piney-hoppy flavor. pretty good.
DCopperfields (145) - Alabama, USA - DEC 23, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful bronze hue topped with a fluffy, off-white head. This beer is rich, and the lace adheres thickly to the glass. How appropriate, I am using a Sierra glass and didn't know it.
Aroma is of baked bread, citrus hopes, spicy melon and graprefruit. Very, very nice nose on this beer.
Full mouthfeel of invigorating carbonation. Body of malt balanced and overwhelmed by hops, but in the most pleasant way.
This is a hopheads dream, yet is equally enjoyable for those not so hop centered. A masterpiece, at once deserving of its high regard on this site and elsewhere. Cheers
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2003
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nicely hopped up IPA. Great hop bite and nice malty body. Finish ends with a nice lingering hoppiness.
defCon (19) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
a musky, pale taste of a finely aged beer, a little hard on the palate but a hard to find flavor, aroma and appearance are very basic. Small amount of head, some backtaste, but overall not a bad seasonal beer.
dirtyjj (3) - Healdsburg, California, USA - DEC 22, 2003 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
citrus and pine and flowers and caramel candy-like alcohol huff. Great cerebrator year in and year out.
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 21, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very hoppy grapefruit aroma.Copper appearance with full head.Hoppy fruity grapefruit pine strawberry peach flavors.Lingering bitter finish.Not my idea of a winter special.
BillPierce (22) - Burlington, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The definitive example of the "imperial IPA" pseudo-style. Beautifully clear orangish color with adequate but not large head. Strong aroma of citrus hops but not sharp and piney. The bitterness is very pronounced but not overwhelming and is balanced with a restrained malty sweetness and some nutty notes in the finish. A little warmth of alcohol on the palate. A strong, hoppy winter seasonal IPA that is satisfying and very close to being a classic beer. Enjoy!