kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAR 17, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2005 trhis is one bitter beer that is very potent and strong. Careful not to drink when its too cold, let it warm up a bit and the flaovr really comes out. I had this on tap and it was pretty darn good, better than the bottled version.
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - MAR 16, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a hazy amber color with a nice white head...wonderful aroma of hops and carmel malt, hints of citrus and sweet grass. very smooth body with a great hoppy flavor, bitter, and a bit earthy. i'd like to be drinking this in the cabin on the label...by the way, very good IPA!!!
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The 2003. Poured yellow/ornage/light amber with a good amount of head. Aroma was full with spice/nutmeg/cinammon/ orange peels and a bit of what I swear was brown sugar. Very smooth going down with a slight bitterness from the hops. Halfway through the bottle the hops opened up more almost to an IPA character. Not was much hops as I like but defintely a good amount.
Duke (117) - New York, USA - MAR 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber color. Hoppy floral nose. Very close to SN Pale Ale. Good but I just assume have the regular pale ale.
roder60 (1285) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2007 Nice amber color and aroma. Lot of hop in aroma and flavor, earthiness to it. First few times i tried it i hate it. now i love it. great beer.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Upon release the hops are a bit caustic. I had one last night and already the hops are mellowing into a beautiful bitter spicyness and allowing the significant malt backing to come through. I also detect candy cane around the edges but I'm not sure if its the psychological impact of the name and label. A really good IPA.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really nice red color. Moderate head. aromas of sweet crystal malt mix with assertive hop bitterness. Full of carmel and rich bready flavors and a crisp hop bite. Very balanced. Big hoppy finish with some citrus and warming alcohol notes. Delicious.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - MAR 11, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful glowing amber color with a white head. Strong apple and citrus hops aroma. Pretty sweet flavor, with lots of citrus and apple hops, malt and floral flavors. Very dry hoppy finish. REALLY enjoyable!
rabuc (143) - carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
all of sierra nevada beers look soooooo delicious and this one is no exception. poured clear golden tan/orange with rich thick whitish head. lacing was present. tasted malty/citrusy/fruity with distinct hoppiness. the aftertaste finished with a good hoppy bite. wow, this is a good beer as is what i expect from this great brewery!
GREMLIN (5) - USA - MAR 2, 2004 does not count
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great amber color, big floral hop nose. Smooth moderatly malty body with big hop finish. Decent head, good seasonal brew.