ElGaucho (2116) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2001 - Although a year old, what a fantastic brew! Heavy hop nose with hints of raspberry. Rocky/creamy, off-white head with good lacing. Head is mostly lasting. Clear, sparkling, reddish-orange body, with medium-sized particles. Heavily hopped, with a dry, robust finish. Superb.
2002 - Would give the same category ratings except a 3 for Palate and a 17 for Overall. Not quite as good as the ’01 (was it the aging?). Flavor was a little sweeter and more floral than the ’01; perhaps a little heavier as well. Still, very good.
kyzr (1143) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - DEC 1, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hops and hops, what a great beer. Great color, great aroma, great taste, and great finish! Whats not to likel. Year after year, this beer ROCKS!
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice red color with strong hoppy aroma.
A great Ipa.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
poured a beatiful amber with a nice medium sized head, floral and citrus hop aroma, good citrus hop flavor, with hints of pine and some malt up front. very nice
PorterPounder (4943) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2005 Rerate Still excellent, just not 4.4 worthy! Same description - still an excellent clean, smooth drinking IPA. Great standby and it packs an extra little punch. Original 4.4 The more IPAs I drink - the more I like. Fresh, clean, clear, citrusy aroma and a rich amber appearance. Flavor is very hoppy and citrusy, but in a subtle, pleasant way - was expecting a winter type ale from the bottle - but was pleasantly surprised when it was an IPA. Sierra Nevada continues to impress me.
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2002
1.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
I think this bottle was skunked somehow. By the date on the bottle it was definitely over a year old. I will definitely give this another try some day, but for now... poor ratings.
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - NOV 27, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hops galore - big floral nose and a stricking hop bitterness. Beautiful amber color and full body fit to this beer and support its aggressiveness. I particularly appreciate the bright clean hop resolution.
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - NOV 27, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2004 2002 on Tap at the Old Bay, NJ, New Brunswick> Hoppy with hints of malt nose. Golden amber color. Nice bitter spicey taste, I would carraway. Dry bitter finish. Pockers! Wonderful
Terminus (3041) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - NOV 26, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2004 2004-I have quite the love for this beer. Its my all-time fav, even though its not my highest rated beer. This beer is what its all about to me. This years is the best since 2001. The body is so full and rich this time around, where last years suffered from a thiner palate. I LOVE those hops!!!!! so floral and in your face. For me, this is the quintesential beer!
2003-Well, these bottles have started to come around now and they are showing maturity. Its beginning to taste alot like last years version. Malts are starting to come through and there is even some sediment!
Tap-11/25/02 2002 at old chicago-Rockford, IL-im not boosting this rating any, but this beer on tap is bliss!! i will be at old chicago about 2-3 times a week just to have this wonderful brew on tap.
ReRate: 2002 10/24/02-I was pleasently supprised when i walked into my local grocery store and saw a stack of 5 cases of SNCA in the middle of the beer isle. Needless to say, at $6.50 a 6pack, this makes a very good session ale for the winter. I sampled the 2001 last year and thought it had a rough finish-this years is WAY more smooth-the Nose is incredable-one of the best i have ever wiffed-appearance is copper with minimal head-palate is huge malt up front with a very nice hoppy finish. with the looks of this years batch, i dont think aging this one is a big deal since its so good already. I plan on making this a regular this winter.
dlclark (73) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I have been an IPA fan and a fan of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, which currently is in the kegerator. I never thought of trying this beer until reading the forum and found this to be very refreshing. This tastes like their pale ale mixed with Victory Hop Devil. A great combo.
I just had to bump this rating up as I was lucky enough to get a keg of this wonderful brew. If you can find it on tap, try it. This is not the hoppiest beer but one of the best balanced beers there is.