chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Light orange gold in color, with a pillowy foamy head that floats atop this years offering from Sierra Nevada. Milder hop aroma than I expected. The very first sip though - POW! It is in your face hops - no holding back. Immediate and sharp hop bite digs into every part of your mouth. Mellows quickly to a nice Chinook hop flavor - thick and chewy. Malt body takes a few seconds to develop into a mild caramel / nuttiness, before finishing with the signature citrusy Cascade twang. It's more than just in-your-face hops though - this is a multi-dimensional beer that is quite complex as the flavors develop and intermingle as you enjoy it. This wonderful winter tradition is an absolutely perfect example of Pacific North-West hops - Chinook, Cascade and Centennial.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2004 Big, fluffy off-white head on a copper body with a dense load of fine suspended particles. Thick, sagging legs like Star Jones. Aroma of citrusy, tangerine hops and substantial maltiness that is fruity, vegetal and caramel-like. Fresh hoppiness and lingering rich, fruity malts give this a nice, long, well-balanced flavor. Warm spicy quality marries the hops and malts together very nicely. The alcohol also makes itself known in the flavor. Comments based on the 2004 batch, but this beer has been my beer of choice for Thanksgiving and the fall months in general in recent years. One of my most eagerly anticipated seasonals every year.
MaBeer1972 (1263) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had some of these last Christmas. I was expecting the typical spiced winterbrew, but was pleasantly surprised to find out it's just a nice, rich hearty beer worthy of a special occasion. I don't know if I would lump it in the IPA category though. Amber ale may be more suitable.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2005 Like the Bigfoot this one varies slightly from year-to-year and is always good. Very nice reddish color with a full white tight head. The aroma primarily consists of hops, citrus. The flavor is hop bitterness with a good malt sweetness that lingers on the palate. Very good mouth-feel, not to thick and not to thin with lively carbonation.
hopaholic (3) - Puyallup, Washington, USA - JUL 24, 2003 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a beautiful ale to look at, and even better to drink. Rich copper color with a tight head. Hops hit first then finishes with a nice malt aftertaste. I look foward to it ever November.
hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This ale welcomes you with its very pretty frosty, dark strawberry-orange color, and nice creamy, sticky eggshell foam. A hoppy aroma with a slight edge of flowery sweetness wafts up to your nose just before its light, bitter, hoppiness runs quickly through your mouth. I can't decide if it's refreshing like a summer ale or more substantial like a winter brew - I think it must be both!
egajdzis (5253) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2014 (2002 - 7/13/03)Poured golden amber with a large head that left nice lacing. Hoppy aroma, and an initial hoppy taste followed by a fresh bitterness.
(2001 - 9/17/03) Darker amber color, strong fruity hop aroma. Milder hop taste, then there is a slight fruity taste, followed by a slight tingle on the tongue. Still good after almost two years.
(1996 - 8/1/04) Has become way to old. Sweet and oxidized, no more hops here. Iíll take a 1 - 2 yr old please.
jercraigs (7456) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2005 Re-Rate Jan 2004. Bottle. Dark copper body, creamy off white head. Mellow citrus, chewy resiny hops and a muted touch of malt in the aroma. Flavour is very well balanced and quaffable, pleasant bitterness and citrus, dominate by grapefruit. Medium to full bodied. Very nice beer. Thanks for the bottles Jon Walker. 4/7/8/4/17 <P> Original RatingDec 2000. Yummy! Citrusy but not too much, i noticed the malt mostly in the aftertaste mostly. Very nice, itís a shame I canít get it in Ontario normally. 6/4/8/3/16
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Color is a golden orange with a off-white head about a finger high, top is lumpy with some big bubbles: settles to a nice even skimming with some nice clingy, patchy light lace.
Smell is a nice floral, lightly citrusy sharp hop, super clean and fresh. Taste is very smooth and bright with brightly floral hop thats a little bit spicy and bitter as well.
Feel is a lighter-medium body with a very crispy sweet dryness that starts in the middle and settles down through the finish and has a great evenly smoothed out bite with a very subtle but potent alcohol warming, which only now I'm starting to feel. Wow, some damn good stuff
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
a great holliday beer. Very hoppy and very earthy. It's not for everyone. I like so much that I basted my turkey for christmas dinner with it and everyone thought i was a genius.