jpfrog (130) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002 Bottle: Amber in color with a creamy and semi-rocky head. not much lace on the glass, and the head is thinning quickly. Hops permeate the aroma. Hops and malts are well balanced. Not sweet like most Winter brews. Some characteristics of an IPA, that seems a little fuller and more chewy. An all right beer, however not their best.
beerbumble (42) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great aroma. Nice, semi-dark ale color. Good taste and better palate. Nice alcoholic kick for the winter. It will definitely warm your belly.
Veldy (65) - Coon Rapids, Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2003 I just tasted this years edition [at Old Chicago], and while still very good, it is not nearly what it was last year or in prior years. The change to me seems more like that of a Schell Pale Ale yeast. A little bit more minerally. The hop choices are good, but a little more in favor of aroma would be a plus. The malt is balanced well with the hops, with the typical favor of the hops. Probably some Centenial in there. A little bit darker than last year, but the caramel notes are still perfect.
badgerben (4385) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber color, white head that lasts and lasts. Lots of hops in the aroma, and maybe a floral scent? The malts kick in on the taste big time. Very nice blend of flavors. It's a shame this beer isn't out all the time. Although this does allow us to appreciate it all the more.
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This slightly hazy amber beer has a light white head with some lacing. The nose has fresh herbal hops and light maltiness. The hops marry well with the malty character on the palate and create a warm pleasing mouthfeel. The finish is lightly grapefruity and spicy with an afterthought of the light, caramely, malt.
3fourths (7861) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2012 Pleasent aroma of apricots, plums, and roasted wood, cascade hops and others which I can’t identify. Pours a deep amber, slightly murky, with small head... farily large bubbles. Taste is extremely bitter and dry; first taste is a bite on your lips and tongue, which changes slowly to an intricate malty experience with hints of fruit. The tongue tingles dry, and is left feeling scratched. I am a huge fan of really full bitter dry ales, and this one is outstanding... a wonderful winter IPA.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - FEB 19, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had on tap at Danny K's on February 18, 2003
The celebration ale, a nice find still on tap, pours with a small whitish/tan head. The beer appears reddish brown with an aroma of strong spices and malt. The taste is strong with cloves and spices, but not overwhelming. Aftertaste is weak, but enjoyable with a slight citrus flavoring. Drinkable, but didn't knock my socks off.
STUARTMILLER (10) - flushing, New York, USA - FEB 17, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very good hoppy ale.
Wish it was available year round. The 6.8% alcohol by volume adds a good punch.
WabashMan (1009) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2012 A very nice seasonal IPA. Pours a dark, orange tinged reddish brown with off white head. Nose is hops and orange citrus, with some spicy elements and a touch of sweetness. Flavor starts with a mildly sweet spice note and then fades into waves of citrus and dry hoppiness. The back end of the flavor dominates, leading to the overall impression of a dry, largely hoppy beer.
desurfer (1209) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2007 2006: Still awesome, just notching another year.
2005: A perennial favorite of mine.
2004: Rich, hoppy, smooth, crisp, what more could a beer lover want? Almost as good as it gets.
2003: This year’s version seems a bit more mellow on the hops side, although overall it’s still great.
2002: What a beer! It has a copper hue and small head, which leave light lacing on the glass. The flavor is strong, lots of hops and citrus. It tastes like Christmas. And the generous alcohol content keeps you warm during those winter nights.