can8ianben (1465) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this beer on tap at Starr Hill brewery in Charlottesville, VA. Taste was great! I loved the paring of spice and hops. It took me by surpise, I would definitely get it again. Not sure how it handles the bottle, but if you find it on tap, order one up!
joergen (25677) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange colour with a small beige head.
Aroma of malt, hops and fruit.
Malty flavour with notes of fruit, that ends up with a nice and lasting bitter finish.
Mathis (48) - KBH K, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
bitter sweet hops - allmost smoked aroma and flavor fla! Its a beer that bites and I love it! Allthough its a damn good beer, its not special enough.
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2005 Vintage 2002.
Hazy amber body, foamy lasting tan head. Nice and fresh aroma of hop, fruit and toffee. Lots of hop in the flavor as well with flowery and fruity notes. Not as bitter as a fresh example, but still very nice and fresh. A wonderful IPA!
Brewnoser (28) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 14, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had the first day of release in SF, on tap. Simply amazing hop aromas (Cascade family) with big amber malt to balance. Distinct fruitiness from yeast adds up to a reason to Celebrate. Quite something, and so much better than the bottled versions I’ve had before. Rated higher than I would a bottle because of the freshness.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2005 hekll ya 100th bEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR @!!! i rule and so does mike in SD!!!!!!!! It was awesome looking with no head ands spicy and amazing..........
hahahahahaha, i am reading this for the first time since i posted it like a year ago. god i was drunk. this was my 100th beer if none of you knew, so i was hammered. so, i have recently had the 1996 version of this as well as the 2005. this year’s was very very bitter IMO. had some grapefruit and citrus hops as well as some corriander and some spice that for unknown reasons, is kind of offensive to my taste buds. both times i had this i had to have mike finish it. i prefered the 96 because it was mroe mellow and calm.
snowtiger (106) - Brighton, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 edition. Pretty clear deep orange color with big white head. Aroma has lots of northwest hops, along with apricot and some malt. Very floral. Taste starts off really bitter, has enough malt to back up the hops (barely) and finsihed dry and bitter. Excellent beer.
jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2005 Thick foamy long lasting, orange thinged head. Beautifu dark orange/brown that just looks like a good IPA. Has a nice alcoholic spice which is again derived from a classic IPA with a touch of holiday spice. Also, even though this beer is made just for the winter it might be a nice tangency in the middle of the summer when your getting tired of all the wheat beers. Let it warm up a little if you get it right out of the fridge. You can tastes special characters if you do. Rerate: 2005 vintage: Red tinged orange body with a orange offwhite aggressive forming head. The head has such a stiff foamy quality that I have not seen in many beers. Intoxicating strong hop, rich malty nose. Flavor is sweet malt, aggrisive bitterness, and a excellent rich malt backbone which is my favorite character istic of a good IPA. I really did not know how to rate beer with my first rating of this beer. I feel like I have such a more safisticated palate now. Beer is freekin’ so great!
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Now when I think winter seasonals, barley wines, spiced ales, and belgian styles are the first to come to mind, Not IPA’s. But when I first smelled this brew, my second thoughts were over. This has a somewhat light spiced hop nose, with all our favourite citrus and floral notes. This does indeed come across with a bit more spicy side than the usual IPA, making it a wonderful wintertime treat.
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - MAR 6, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
a nice ale for its price. very tasty and hoppy. i can drink this any time.