jgentgesdo (692) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 7, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber with thin head. Nose is mild floral. Flavor is powerful floral hops with a sweet barley malt taste at the beginning that quickly segues (ha! Thanks English lit!) to the strong hops character. Has a very long resinous fir finish. This is a good IPA and I’m glad I got a six pack of it rather than a single.
PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 6, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber pour. Bitter hoppy aroma. Grainy maybe rye taste with a good hop character. Bitter dry finish. I like it.
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2005 2005 version on tap at Water Street Brewing in Pt. Townsend.
Notes are a bit tough to read by this point. Crystal clear amber beer, thick rocky white head. Very fresh, citrusy hop aroma, herbal as well over a sweet brown sugary maltiness. Flavour is very well-balanced, combination of spicy and citrusy hops against a bright sweet bready malt backbone. Awesome beer.
2004 version from bottle.
Amber colour with a reddish tint. Thick sticky yellow head that lasts and lasts. Flavour is very hoppy with some vanilla. Pine hop aroma. Long bitter finish but well-balanced. A good beer, but over-rated.
donvitozou (141) - memphis, Tennessee, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
a great crisp ale, similar to other sierra nevadas, slight citric tastes, inbetween the pale ale and the stout in color and depth of flavor, a great balance
pinotwinelover (18) - USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a very good beer, just not the style I like, very rich malty flavors.
zathrus13 (1764) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber color with a white head. Hoppy pine and grapefruit aromas. Taste is very much like the aroma, but some sweetness come thru too. Not like other Christmas/holiday beers, but pretty good.
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
light brown/copper color.strong, enjoyable hop aroma....taste is mostly hops, very little "holiday" flavor//but very good nonetheless
hayduke (4755) - Eureka, California, USA - DEC 4, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 Bottled. Sold by the case at my local Costco. Poured a nice copper color wtih slightly off-white head. Nice odors, and killer hops. Citurs tinge. This is too good to only make during the holidays. Maybe it is just because I like IPA so much, but I feel this is the best offering from a brewer that produces a lot of quality beers. I now have versions from multiple years on the shelf. I feel this beer keeps getting a little better every year There may be slightly better IPA’s around lke Stone which costs three times as much per ounce. but for the quality - value ratio you cannot do better than this.
piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tilted toward the bitterness end of balanced. Great malty sweetness, full range of hop bitterness/flavor/aroma. Makes winter in Chicago utterly bearable.
beerlover82 (230) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2005 Dark amber with with frothy white head that sticks to glass. Aroma of hops, citrus and malt. Upon first sip, hops hit you and malt comes through. Full-bodied and strong, this is one of the very best beers I’ve ever had. One of the best IPAs. Makes the holiday season worthwhile.