xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2003: Pours with a fairly thick head, lots of fruity hops in there, big-time grapefruit smell. Tasted like just another IPA to me, I was expecting more. Hoppier than average, but I can't find anything very unique about this one. Hops overpower anything else.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - OCT 26, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003 celebration. Has a root beer type appearance with a thick head. Soft inviting hoppy citrus aroma. Initial taste is bitter with a medium body. Flavor is not too complex. Smooth and somewhat watery is the aftertaste. Hops are too overwhelming for the malt to come through. I was anticipating this new arrival, but a little dissapointed. Still a nice seasonal.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - OCT 26, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2006 Nice head. Copper color. Nice malty IPA. Good bitterness after the medium body malty palate. Not a bad buy. I would like to taste this next to another full body IPA like Yulesmith. Iím sure the Yulesmith is a bit stronger, but I think they maight have some similarities. Rerate 2004 vintage 032706. Tastes pretty darn good right now. Now as much hop bite as I remember, but doesnít taste stale. Help up very well over a couple years.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 25, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice copper color with an excellent head and active carbonation. Aroma is very hoppy, very floral and spicey. Also smell malt sweetness. Very excited to taste this one! Flavor is excellent. Great "fresh" hoppy flavors. Floral and citrus balanced perfectly by the malt. Nice sticky body with an average dry finish. An excellent west coast IPA.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2004 Re-rate. Bottle, 2004 vintage. Pours beautiful coppery color with a fluffy white head that lasts well and leaves good lacing. Aroma is delicious malty with dominant pine and citrus hops. Flavor is again dominated by hoppiness but has good sweet malt undertones as well. Medium body and good carbonation. A yearly treat!.
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2004 2003: Deep amber robe, hazy, well-laced white head from which a good part never disappears. Rich citrus (grapefruit) aroma with notes reminiscent of the christmas tree (piney, resinous, herbal). Good hop character, finish is moderately bitter, just hoppy enough I found. Medium body, good balance. Itís certainly good, but it doesnít impress me.
2004: Superb appearance, generous head never leaves. Earthy, creamy grapefuity, big hops flavor. Straightforward and classic. It makes you say itís well balanced, but at the same time, malt is kind of hidden. Probably a 3.5.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep copper (amber) color with nice bubbly head and great lacing. Citrusy, spicy hops in the nose. Nice malt flavors with quite a bit of hop character. Nice bitter finish. Very smooth IPA. Too bad it's a seasonal.
smoosh (535) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft: amber color with nice, white head. Spicy/grassy hops in the nose and flavor. Pretty nice malt content as well. Good, but I prefer others.
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2003
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I tried the 2002 version of this on tap. It has a nice hoppy smell. The color is deep amber. It does seem to have a variety of spices in the flavor. The increased alcohol content is not really obvious. The taste is smoother than most IPAs. Overall this is above average, but not all I had hoped for. I had it on tap at MacGregors in Perinton, NY.
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2003 Rerate: Just had this on tap - man I love this beer. Balanced it is - and so nicely!Clear reddish amber with off white rocky head. Mostly lasting with some lacing. Mild citrus hop aroma with nutty malt lying just beneath. Touch of fruit and brown sugar in the nose as well. Rich and creamy texture. Finish is nice balance of hops and malt that seems to linger forever.