monkeyman (57) - Alabama, USA - FEB 7, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
11-15-02 bottling date. This ale has mellowed so much over the years; 1997 was stingingly bitter, with a huge hop kick -- like a permanent vaccination against Yuengling! Back to the real thing (December 28, 2002 tasting notes): Immensely pleasing balance of sweet substantial malt and first-whiff flowers of Cascade hops. Why oh why do I choose this every time over "Hop Devil"? The malts have it!
Murph06 (121) - Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very pleasant brew. Nice color, aroma, decent balance, but not outstanding considering it's called a "Celebration Ale". Slight citrus/lemon and nice bite on the tongue at first. Winter of 2002 batch. There are alot of beers that taste at least this good ALL YEAR LONG...
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 27, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Has a nice amber color and a hop smell. Taste is first smooth malt then finishes with crisp hop bitterness. Overall it was not what I expected, but it ended up being pretty good.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2003 2002 Edition: This beer poured a reddish gold color and formed a huge off white foamy head, retaining a nice sudsy amount that left some nice circular lace. There was a good deal of carbonation present. An aroma of malt, hops and citrus. A flavor of malt and strong presence of hops. A bit of a citrus aspect with a touch of spice. A bit of a bitter finish. A very hoppy beer for this style, but I like that.
666seth (222) - California, USA - JAN 24, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber in color. Malty in aroma with hops present. Very full bodied and warming which fits perfectly to the season.
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What an interesting idea ...sort of like an IPA with balance. Pours darkers and more golden than IPA, with a big tan head; not really a pale ale. Malty, but not as malty as I expected from the color, sweet, floral hops, grapefruit PNW hops but not the pine tar and orange of a Cascade, with a moderate bitter finish. All this, a moderate price, and a screw-off cap. Great. Not great-great like Stone's Ruination or Victory Hop Devil or DFH 90 minute IPA, but great
Verne (261) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A real shame that this is seasonal beer the extra malt flavor makes this a favorite mine
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 18, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lots O Hops. Another American IPA with cascade. This type of thing is
getting a liitle boring. I also find it weird for a brewery to make an IPA their
seasonal beer. I found it good, but not exceptional. Very hoppy, with an
obvious cascade aroma and flavor. Strong finish.
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!