jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2005 Huge frothy head with gobs of lingering lacework. A perfect copper color...highest marks for beauty. Less aroma than Iíd expect for a winter beer, but has a chesnut quality. Assertively hopped, bitter and flavorful. Grapefruit and more grapefruit, some complexity, but the bitterness overwhelms. Poorly balanced as it is meant to be. Not as warming as some, but the huge hops makes up for some of that. I look forward to this beer every year.
sixpackcharley (19) - barclay, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What color! What aroma! Hops, Hops, Hops! Nice malty finish with a delicate, but industrial palate. I like this 2004 enough that my friends will have to bring their own. To bad I can only rate it once!
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003: Poured amber with smallish off white head...smelled floral and grapefruity...taste was malty, nuts maybe and then hops...clean finish...excellent malt backbone!!
Cornfield (5552) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good IPA. It pours a reddish-amber color with lazy beading and slight off-white head that soon turns to a lacing over the drink and on the glass. Carries a good mixed hoppy aroma, citrus predominant but with pine and a hint of floral, as well. Medium bodied with slight malt flavoring, the hop bitterness takes over in the flavor. Good crisp, bitter finish.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 - Clear dark sparkling amber, creamy off white head. A hopheads dream aroma of bitter pine resin, spruce, white grapefruit backed with a slight sweet caramel backbone. Flavor matches aroma, and is very one sided with hops dominating. Fine by me! Medium to full bodied, prickly carbonation, dry bitter citric finish. A classic year in year out.....
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - OCT 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2006 Crystal clear mahogany in color. Very foamy off-white head. Aroma is hoppy. Taste is extremely hoppy as well. Malt flavor is just barely noticeable. Itís very refreshing to find such a good, widely available beer.- Also sampled year-old 2003- malt character has increased considerably- very nice beer.
í05- Dark copor color. Hoppy nose. Malty taste with a metallic, bitter aftertase.
í06- Reddish copper color. Malty nose with definite hop character. Grapefruit notes. Clean and hoppy with a good malt balance. Oh, what a beer!
Hangover (1064) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - OCT 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark copper with some ruby highlites. Lasting tan head. Spicy hop aroma. Very, very hoppy taste. More spice. There is also a nice malt backbone present. The finish is a peppery hop blast which comes close to killing the palette, but who cares, this stuff is great!
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bright amber color with a deep golden orange hue. Pungent floral, candied orange and grapefruit aromas. Rich, malty sweetness with lots of chewy soft caramel with a subtle balancing of hops. Hugely spicy, thick and slightly sweet. Strong alcohol flavour that comes through, but is rounded out with the fruit flavors. While there is a distinct hoppy bitterness at one end and plenty of malt fruitiness at the other, itís not as hoppy as most IPAs are, which is a nice change for those of us who arenít hop heads.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2005 Poured a magnificent hazy rich golden copper with a head that lasted throughout the entire session.
The aroma was of citrus hops and a low malt presense.
The flavor was overwhelmingly hoppy with hints of grapefruits and other citrus flavors. Not a lot of malt presense in this beer. As my palate started to adjust towards the bitterness I actually started to enjoy this brew.
Rentalman (103) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 30, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2004 (Bottle) After drinking this it is hard to go back to sierra pale ale. Beautifull color light head. citrus and spruce with winey friut in the background. Needs to be slightly heavier in body to be a fire side sipper.