snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - JAN 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2003 2003 Update: Need to knock it down a point from last year. A little too up front and brutal with the hops this year.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2003 This has to be my favorite of the winter beers this year. I wish that this one would stick around longer, I went to my favorite pub and it was already gone. Damn!
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2004 Best beer I've have by Sierra Nevada. Has alot of malt and hops in the smell, taste, and finish. Nice amber color with a little spice that lingers in your mouth. Excellent. Its ashame that this is a seasonal.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 13, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2005 Bright Clear amber color with a thick foamy head and good lace. Sweet fruity hop aroma with a slight spiciness. Sweet very hoppy flavor with a touch of alcohol flavor and spice. Medium to full bodied and dry.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2003 See, nice surprises can be found on the front of the shelf!!! My problem was that i enjoyed my sample so much it was gone within 6 minutes. The aroma is very complex..hints of a roasted malt, definite citrusy hop character..a hint of spices, perhaps a caramel malt base...very pleasant aroma to say the least. The pour is a fiery orange color with wonderful dancing bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass creating a foamy, just ever so slight tannish head that adds a nice depth to the taste. The taste is generally malty in mouth and leads to a nice bittering aftertaste brought on by those hops. Some fruit and spices become apparent..something like grapefruit and nutmeg..but i cant quite peg it down...very dry ending, leaves you wanting another one that for sure. The spices are not overwhelming, and the hops are in good check by the malt at the midpoint of the tasting and in the aroma. A well done job by Sierra Nevada here.
IPALover (63) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 12, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is one of my favorite american style IPAs, too bad its a seasonal brew. The aroma offers a complex combination of aromatic hops dominated by northwest cascades. This inviting smell leads to an equally strong hoppy taste. Being a hop head this is definitely one of my favorites. I can’t recommend this beer higher for all you hop heads.
xmandax (130) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
not nearly as spicy as i was expecting from a holiday brew, which was a pleasant surprise. nice amber pour with a generous aroma. i like.
jgb9348 (4439) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2008 2005 Batch:
Nice deep amber coloured body with a ruby tint and a great nice tan head. Aroma of fresh cascades, pineapples, malt and alcohol - a good aroma! Medium-bodied; Sharp pine and spruce hoppiness with some floral notes and a short malt flavour. Aftertastes focuses solely on the hops, no malt or alcohol tasted at all. Overall, not as good as previous years’, but good in its own right. Not enough malt this year - definitely! Sampled from a 12 ounce bottle purchased from Norm’s in Vienna, Virginia on 19-Dec-05. Rating for this sample: 8,4,6,2,13.
Dark amber colour with ruby highlights and a thin white head. Very hoppy aroma with subtle malt scents. Fresh hop flavour with a great balance of malt. Aftertaste bittered from the hops. Overall, a nice beer-truly a great seasonal! Rating for this batch: 8,5,8,3,15
Somewhat spicey, but a great overall cold weather beer. It’s not too dark, but it’s got some good spicey tones. Not close to my favourite winter beer! Rating for this batch: 7,3,7,2,14
Still a lot of hops in the nose. Died down hoppiness in the taste, but its still damn hoppy! No spice nor malt, however. Aftertaste clean but hoppy. Overall, a great aged beer-super nice to try! I sampled this pint on draught at RFD in Washington, D.C. on 20-June-2004 (making it over 2.5 years old) with JonR888710 & Haddon90. Rating for this batch: 8,4,8,4,16
Steak (124) - New York, USA - JAN 9, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Looks nice with a medium brownish body and good sized off white head. Hops are surely there in the aroma, but there is an underlying malty sweetness. Taste actually has a good malty backbone which, oddly enough reminded me of a very sharp cheese. Dosen’t last too long as the hops kick in and take over. Finished very bitter and dry, but there is that moderate malt presence that gives this beer depth, not just one-dimensonal hops all the time. Very good stuff. I think Sierra Nevada should start "celebrating" all year round.
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2003 2002 bottle. Wonderful deep amber colour with a nice white head that clings well to the glass. Marvellous aroma with grapefruit and plenty of hops. Front is lightly sweet but this is quickly followed by some ’juicy’ hops. The finish comes ’hammering’ with hops and is long, dry and bitter. A very good IPA.