jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2004 Ah, finally got ahold of this yearís. Pours amber with a fairly large head. Great hop aroma. Very good hop taste with a little spice thrown in. Great aftertaste that leaves you wanting more. Good beer.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004. Crystal clear amber color with a small off white head. Nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops, citrus and sweet malt. Hop flavor is very assertive at first, but is quickly balanced by the malt.
Bitter finish. Not like most winter ales Iíve ever tried which tend to be more sweet and malty with more spiciness.
This was a pleasant surprise. Not that I
should be surprised by Sierra Nevada.
Myklanjlo (3) - California, USA - NOV 10, 2004 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(From the bottle, 2004 batch). Pours a clear amber with an orange tint. Bubbles are mild, but large. Head is small with moderate retention and little to no lacing. The aroma is slightly reserved, smelling of floral hops with grapefruit notes and a hint of candy sugar. The sip is mildly effervescent on the palate, tasting initally of citrus and spice, and finishing fairly bitter, oily, and hinting of nutmeg. Like most Sierra Nevada brews, this too is well-crafted. If one had the patience to cellar this beer for 1-2 years, the resulting smoothness would carry this beer from excellent to exceptional.
shadey (1977) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2009 on draft at MacGregors in Henrietta - It wasnít in the correct barware but it still looked nice. Bright red color with a soapy looking head. Very nicely balanced and quite refreshing. I will have to see if I can pick up a case of this stuff. Very tasty.
2005 Version aged one year. The hops have died down quite a bit, and the malt has really stepped up. There is still some bitterness that keeps the finish clean, but the hop aroma is severely diminished and it changes the perception of the beer. 6/4/7/4/17
2005 Bottle, consumed November 2007, almost 2 years old. Aroma has really evolved to show off its malty side. The hops are still there, but far more subtle. Its obvious this beer has experienced age but only because of its smoothness and faded hop character, not because of any noticeable oxidation. The flavor is a good match to the aroma. Still quite delicious. it doesnít age quite as gracefully as Bigfoot, but for its reduced alcohol, it holds its own. 7/4/8/4/17
2005 Bottle. Almost 3.5 years old. The head is minimal. The aroma is actually a fruity sweetness. The hops are only present in the finish. The pleasent sweetness is the primary character but the hops are still there and the beer is still nice. Doesnít taste stale at all.
2005 Bottle consumed in Feb 2009. 4 years old and still going strong. Nice hops even now. Impressive.
2007 Version. Bottle. Fresh. Aroma is fresh bitter grapefruit hops. Nice. Chewy hops constantly change the flavors of the buried caramel malts. Itís like a swirling twister of smooth caramel malts and fresh dancing hops. Really a beautiful beer. 7/4/8/4/18
jtxx (148) - san antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
best beer iíve had in a while. great aroma with an even better taste. will buy again.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2007 Bottle. Great clean hop flavor. Bitter finish. Very floral overall. A little over the top in the floral hops, but solid.
Re-rated with updated numbers (7/3/07):
Draft. Dark iced tea body with a Ĺ inch foamy head. Nose-bare floor, fresh cut lumber (mild), very light soap/detergent. Taste-low to medium PNW hops, light citrus zest, medium bitter, seltzer, medium to light CO2, tea, pineapple, light perfume, medium bitter on the finis, cottony, almost stale.
DontFearTheHops (6) - USA - NOV 8, 2004 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ruby/Amber coloring with fine carbonation and a generous head. Similar hoppiness to the regular IPA, but with a touch of fruit. Finishes great, leaving a satisfying bitter hops flavor crackling on the palate.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2006 Bottle poured awsome medium amber with a nice thick head and thick sticky lacing.
Strong hopps aroma. Taste is GREAT with a great hoppy kick and finish. I can taste the grapefruit in there also at the finish.
Friggin great !! I would like to buy a case of this!!
MrBeer (276) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this on tap and defiently enjoyed it. Amberish appearance with a nice thick head. Has a nice bitter aftertaste to it and I really liked the flavor.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - NOV 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear red orange color. White head, beautiful aroma of floral hops. Flavor is hoppy and verry assertive. Young, wet, Celebration :) Very tasty, cant wait to lay some down.