tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice clear orange amber with small head that disappears fast. Big floral hop nose with some citrus overtones. Big hop taste mild bitterness. Good IPA but a little thin in the finish and a little light in body.
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice hop aroma, great color and clarity. Nice hop flavor and bitterness with some balance of the crystal malt. This is a classic American IPA but I would just like to see a little more malt body by incresing the mash temp a few degrees. A very good overall beer.
Reid (1905) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 23, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good appearance pours a nice murky brown with a smallish head that leaves a lace down the glass.
The smell is unbelievable..marvelous the last few nights I have had some great smelloing beers this is another!..malt and big hop smell combine, a work of art.
very treacly taste bitter aftertaste on back of tongue..strong coffee even..a meal in a bottle.
Lovelly over the tongue warming..
Very drinkable for such a strong brew..and none of the stringent alchol taste..great beer.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A quality holiday ale, again, like some others, it tastes like a lot of the rest of the holiday ales. A little hoppier than most. Also gets points for being one of the first, so I suppose that the others are copies of the style.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a great amber color, very bright. Lots of hops in the aroma, very green. Body not so heavy, with some astringency from the hops. Probably a good food beer.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 22, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep but clear amber. Nothing Christmas in the nose. A great fluffy head. Lots of citrus hop notes from lots of cascades. VERY Bitter in the dry sort of way. Very solid IPA. Not much Christmasy about it but very good. One of SNs best beers.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 2003 vintage. The first taste you get is that Sierra bite which does mellow to a bitter finish. There was really nothing else going on besides that. It's a good beer.
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2008 2003 Vintage: Rusty orange/red with a quarter inch and falling cream head. Smells quite hoppy. Definite grapefruit nose. Actually has a lighter flavor than the smell might lead you to believe. It does end in quite a nice bitterness. This is the entire characteristic of the beer though. I’m a little disappointed because I thought the beer would be a little more complex. Just another IPA. Rated 3.2
2008 Vintage: Nice amber hue, frothy cream colored head, about quarter inch. Again the grapefruit and bitterness in the nose, slight sweetness. Some floral notes as well. Very bitter. OK just not my favorite. Rated 3.6
raymow (817) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent reddish coloring and nice hoppy, slightly sweet flavor and aroma. I'll have another (and keep them coming).
jzzbassman (1516) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - NOV 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Less spicy than most holidays I've tried, it is never the less one of my favorite IPA's that I wish I sould have year round. Had it tonight with leftover Thai Chicken Panang, and it was super.