Metalhead (634) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2006 At first I thought this sucked and was pissed at the hoppiness. Then I decided to grade it on what it was vs what I expected(malt and spice). VERY good ambercolor IPA,easy drinking and goes super with BBQ anything. Solid.
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Possibly a little out of season, but still good. Slighly darker amber appearance, decent beige head. Perfectly hopped, malty aroma. Well-balanced hops, spices. Good pine aftertaste. Smooth beer.
cstuartj (1018) - Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
An interest take on winter brews. Something I will need to revist this winter for sure.
waveman352 (178) - Saratoga Springs, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2005 bottle. 4/29/05 2003 vintage. Virtually no head with sweet malty aroma. Pours a cloudy red orange color. Sweet tasting not very bitterfor. Kind of a dry start and finish. The alcohol percentage is a very favorable almost 7% and is disgusied extremely well. I still have a few bottles of this so I hope to have it in the years to come and see how it progresses. A wonderful beer for a cold winter night with friends and family alike.
madsberg (10684) - Søborg, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, Vintage 2001: Red coloured. Clear. Beige medium sized head. Lasting. Fruits and well hopped aroma. Hops, fruit and a little yeast in the flavour. Light spiced. Has a well balanced bitterness in the end. Some might say, that it is to be drunk fresh, with the sharp hopsbitterness, but I quite like this aged version.
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - JUL 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003 edition from NAB NYC
Has a nice looking reddish orange color formy head.not a super hoppy IPA but it’s there.Very smooth drank this one too fast.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2004 2003 bottle:This one was tasty my friends. Pours a nice thick amber. Very deep red amber hue. Head is extremely fizzy, as was the beer, detrimentally so. Excellently bitter, excellently floral. Alcohol and hops combine to create pure hoppy love in my mouth hole. However far too fizzy. Far far far too fizzy.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light Brown Coloring. Very much so a winter ale...orange, spice, maybe a little pine? Very enjoyable beer.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this beer over the past 3 years, but haven’t bothered to keep track of vintages unfortunately. My favorite brew so far from Sierra Nevada. Amber color with a medium light tan head. Slight haziness, plenty of carbonation. I love the aroma from this beer - pine, citrus, spice, pepper, floral, can we say hops? Hoppy taste as well, but not over the top. Pine, floral, grass, bread, malt, hints of fruit. Wonderful bitterness and flavor balance. Drink this beer as fresh as possible.
heemer77 (5169) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 15, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2012 Newest rating. A solid IPA. My how times change as I can get fresh in Iowa. 2003 vintage in the bottle. Very cool to find this in Wichita. Had a light tan, medium head. A very dark orange color body with a little cloudiness. Lots of carbonation. The aroma was strong pine, oranges, caramel and some spicy black pepper. The taste is fairly hoppy. Lots of orange peel and some bready malt to counterbalance the bitterness. Excellent beer. Easily my favorite from SN. Tried this again with 2004 and 2005 vintages. Fresher means more citrus rind hops.