kwoeltje (2152) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2003 (re-rate for 2003) Gorgeous deep color. Nice hops aroma. Nice pine hops flavor. Well balanced. Even better than I remember the 2002 being.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 26, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2004 10/08/04 bottle drank on 10/29/04: Actually this is the 18th bottle that Iíve tried in the past few days. I think that this beer kicks some serious ass. It did ten years ago, too. Bottle empties with a thin layer of yeast on the bottom. Fluffy small-bubbled head that leaves a good lacing. Strong pine and rich sugars in the aroma, juicy, chewy mouthfeel with good level of natural carbonation. (2002) Huge C-hop nose, hazy dark orange color, aggressively hopped. Iím knocking this down 0.2, not because it has changed, but because I have changed. (2001) One hoppy beer. Packs a punch for an IPA. An IPA worthy of winter.
MrRomero (1973) - Nolanville, USA - DEC 25, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A great brew. Total hoppiness and bitter finish. I didnít want a spicy holiday brew and this ainít one. Itís very good.
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - DEC 24, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gotta love the holidays! The hops are amazing in conjunction with the Christmas spices.
MCO99 (6) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 23, 2002 does not count
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great Christmas Beer. Aroma is excellent with great hearty finish.
heykevin (1272) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 22, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is sweet with a glorious hop aroma--centennial is what strikes my nose most. It is probably my favorite nw hop these days. Sweet crystal malt body, is the perfect foil for the charge of hops. Finish is nice, lingering bitterness, with kisses from the sweet malt and the hop flavor. Excellent.
k2 (146) - USA - DEC 22, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the best "Christmas Beers". Great hoppy flavor, very bitter.
canary dog (622) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - DEC 21, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2003 2003: This stuff is about the same every year, as far as I can tell. Citrusy, cascadey hops, but warm and mellowing as the glass is consumed. A fine companion to a night of romantic isolation and needful contemplation. Re-rate 2002: This year's version has a sturdy orange/citrus nose. Light copper body. Strong, citrusy cascade hops. Not a complex Holiday brew. Tastes like an aggressive IPA. Original rating from 2000 or 2001: This brew has superb hop character. Cascade hop finish is dry and smooth; not overly citrusy like other beers. Nice orangish-copper body and thick foam head. There may be a very subtle hint of orange note in this beer. Considerable alcohol presence is managed wonderfully. A fine beer.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly hazy light orange appearance. Nose is piney/citrusy with a good amount of malt present. Body is very hoppy with good amount of malt backing the hops. Long hoppy finish. Refreshing Wintertime brew.
freekyp (1449) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2003 Nice copper color, but quickly diminishing head. Pine-like nose. I never thought I'd say this, but, too much hop. There is no balance in this beer. Their American Pale Ale has a better balance and more recognizable taste. For hop maniacs only.