Allseeingeye (223) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2002: Amber red glow with tangerine highlights. Medium head disappates into a thin cloud of foam. Grapefruit and pine resin aroma. Toasted malt and citrus flavors joined with a sour hop bite. Slightly astringent on the tongue. Dry acidic finish.
aracauna (2931) - Georgia, USA - DEC 1, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber, thick head is pockmarked. Nose is huge. Floral, citic hops over a crip toasty malt. Flavor: Grapefruit and pine sap hops, tingly, Crisp maltiness. Butter and flower nectar. Damn good. Much better than the regular Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
ElGaucho (2120) - 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 (4955) - 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