aledrinkerLS (101) - New Brunswick, USA - DEC 3, 2001
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Awesome beer, any IPA lover should give this stuff a try. Immensely hoppy but with malt backbone to support it.
Oakes (10941) - Savusavu, FIJI ISLANDS - DEC 2, 2001
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2007 Copper, hugely hoppy nose - rich, earthy piney, resiny aromas; very bitter. Classic IPA.
Torpedo Ale (#2) on draft at the Taphouse, Seattle. Golden-bronze colour. Fairly light cascadey old school aroma. Good body. Spicy, minty, woody flavours. Lots of minerals, earthy malts. Great balance and easy drinking, too. Aroma score is a 6, all other scores the same.
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 1, 2001
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2011 Hazy amber with a thick, dense, cream colored foam. Pine, citrus and herbal in the aroma. This starts out bitter but is quickly balanced by the malt middle and finishes bone dry. Satisfying.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2010 Tried this last night at the bar. Assuming it was the 2001 version. Copper is the right color, creamy white head that lasted a long while. Aroma- HOPS, pine, citrus detected (tough to do in a smoky crowded bar). Taste- Well, well balanced... hops dominate, pine and floral reminders over a great caramel malt backbone. Very nice mouthfeel, felt creamy. Finished bitter, but a very pleasant refreshing bitter. A top notch beer and my new favorite from Sierra Nevada.
Northernbrewer (147) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2001
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very few other IPAís can match the citrus and spice fragrence of this pungent example of the style. Like Alpha King, Two Hearted, and the Hop Devil, this beer is for hopheads only. That said, this beer also offers a remarkably balanced body hidden under the robust bitterness. Sligtly sweet and toasty with a restrained warming character.
lizziesage (180) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 26, 2001
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very hoppy and along the lines of their Bigfoot. Floral fragrances are abundant. This light amber ale brings forth a large head. It has a creamy mouthfeel. Good for an IPA, but I question itís place as a winter seasonal.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2001
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I cracked open a bottle of this on Thanksgiving at the kickoff of the first football game. The snacks were delicious and the beer was superb. A more complex, hopped-out version of SNPA, this is a wonderful brew.
Aurelius (3444) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2001
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Positively grapefruity with Cascades hops. Rather mellow and nutty under the stupid Cascades, good palate, tall head. Had they hopped this differently, it would be a much better beer.
bhenry76 (101) - Landenberg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2001
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice, hoppy flavor. Hint of sweetness; a nice holiday beer.
Balthazar (86) - Clinton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 23, 2001
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2003 Tastes very similar to other Sierra Nevada beers I've tried. A little bit bitter.
These guys got the recipe right this year. Lightly bitter, A hint of orange rinds and a light spice quality