cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2004 11/15/03. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, bought at Liquorama in Upland, CA 11/7/03. 2002 vintage. Hazy flat amber color with fluffy cream tan colored head that lingers. Lacing is pretty weak. Nose is mellow, light hops and malt with syrupy honey sweetness and almost doughy. Taste is initially reminiscent of a sweetened honey milk tea, spices and very pleasant maturing malt character. Then the finish comes along. . . bitterly hoppy and almost numbingly dry, very slightly sweet and still doughy with a hint of sourdough. Medium-full mouthfeel and smooth texture with very dry body. Quite a long finish, a little bit sticky to the palate. Quite a good beer. Better than the '03 I had, but I don't know if it's the maturation or the recipe. 7/3/9/3/16/3.8
11/5/03. On draft at Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel, CA 11/5/03. 2003 vintage. Very pale nose. Slightly hazy, medium amber color. Cream-colored head that fluffs and then falls flat. Decent ash lacing that fades quickly. Nice, medium-full mouthfeel and creamy texture, but not much going on in the flavor. A little sweet, a little hops, a little ash. Strong bitter finish that is a little too forward and harsh compared to the rest of it. A bit dirty and punishing, not very well balanced, but still decent. No more, no less. A definite disappointment compared to the reputation, and also compared to the '02 I tried later. 5/3/6/2/12/2.8
Final rating above reflects averages of these two ratings.
JK (4579) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2005 Nice copper color. Medium sized head. Sweet candy aroma with some floral elements. Taste is typical ipa. good but one dimensional and boring.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 16, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2006 Nice healthy hop aroma, matching a very hoppy but slightly sweet first taste, that sweetness disappears quickly and its nothing but the hops. A true hopheads perfect Christmas brew(2003-4). 2004 fuller and even hoppier. Th best holiday brew this year
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
initial head is thick and creamy. lacing left on edges of glass. orange-brown-red body. hoppy aroma. hop flavor with some florals. bitter finish. another good sierra nevada beverage.
Bov (9674) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - NOV 16, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2002 vintage - pale amber colour, big initial head which is quickly reducing, deep flowery hoppy nose (thank you, Cascade), very bitter, medium-bodied, flowery, dry and bitter hoppy finish - one-dimensional and below my expectations
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2004 Slightly hazy amber with a very thick diminishing white head. A mostly citrus hop aroma with hints of pine and spice. Medium palate with a decent amount of carbonation. Flavor explodes with grapefruit and pine, then finishes with hop bitterness, spice and malt. A great IPA, very tasty.
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 15, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2004 Another great IPA Doesen't lack in any area, although i prefer more citrusy hop character and this was more on the piney side.
I 'm not complaining here, it's a tasty ale for sure.
Kinz (3347) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice amber brown with a hint of orange, decent head. Aroma of pine resin, grapefruit, biscuits. Flavor follows the aroma, very well balanced. Grapefruit becomes more pronounced at the end. Nicely crafted.
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2004 smells fruity and malty. starts sweet, with a hefty super hoppy bitterness. very piney as well. this has become my session beer.
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - NOV 15, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I especially like this year's batch. A nice hop twang this year, yet still well balanced. But, this is simply a great IPA in a world of quite a few great IPA's. I wish it would just be one of their regular beers so I could buy it all year.