jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2005 This is an awesome IPA. Pours a beautiful dark amber/red with tiny floating particles a thick white head. Aroma is grapefruit, cascade hops and pine. Strong cascade/centennial hop flavor with a great spicy, pine, pepper, grapefruit/citrusy taste. Also has some toasted malt and caramel. Goes down smooth with a great balanced overall taste. Has the perfect amount of malt to go with the hops. Very bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel was very full, round and creamy with moderate carbonation. Great lacing and head retention.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - FEB 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2004 2003 Edition. Yellowish-amber color with a thick head of large bubbles, very loosely connected. Smells of citrus hops (grapefruit dry), sweet dark cherries and winter spices. Taste is powerful grapefruit hops up front sitting atop a syrupy sweet, butterscotch base. Cherries, pit fruit and winter spice round out the palate. Aftertaste is mostly lingering sweet, and oddly enough, drying. Tasty beer. Very IPA like.
***2001 Edition*** Smells lightly of hops. Ruby-amber/gold body. Sweet taste. Smells lightly of hops. Sweet banana, pine, brown sugar on palalte. Drying aftertaste with smoothness attributed to its old age.Sampled at RFD in Washington, DC.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - FEB 16, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2011 11/13/11 Update - Pours a darkish amber in orange color with a very small white head and little carbonation. Hop aroma is intense... grassy and citrus with just enough malt understructure to provide some minor balance. Flavor is hoppy and quite bitter with plenty of citrus/pine hop flavor. Awesome! 12/25/06 Update- Dark orange amber in color with a foamy white head. Intense hop aroma... full of citrus and pine. Flavor is quite hoppy, but some malt supporting structure. Nicely bitter on the finish. Original Rating on 6/13/04 - Dark amber with a sparse white head. Aroma is of hops ... citrus/pine. Flavor is citrus/grapefruit with a spicy bitterness that I crave. This is a really good beer. Can’t wait until next year!
hophead1962 (11) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I look forward to this every year. I like the idea of storing some for next year or longer....hmmmmmm.
Holdwine (1131) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice complexity to an older bottling (99). Seems to have mellowed the hops hit and added some citrus spice. Golden brown/orange in color.
rlgk (13393) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden/orange, somewhat hazy. Nice whiteish head. Has a sweet, fruity and somewhat yeasty aroma. Flavor is sourish, but also sweet and fruity. Some peach in it?.
r464 (2044) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
An orange-brown hue with a spicy aroma. Sweet, dark, and spiced flavor with a feel for the alcohol.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours orangish-gold with a fluffy creamish colored head. Light carbonation, ubersticky lacing. Sweet malts, hops, and some grapefruity citrus arise from the glass. Up front you get a semisweet malty feeling that gives way to a smooth IPA finish. Mouthfeel is superb. The hoppiness lingers a bit, but it isn't overbearing. Some twang of spruce tips perhaps. Well balanced and easy to drink. One to enjoy every Winter season.
haukur (1432) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - FEB 13, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
great floral aroma, ruby red with a beatiful white firm head. Taste is hoppy, a little spicy, hoppy with a dry bitter finish. I wish I had access to this, this is something I would buy on regular basis!! VERY nice, cheers Mike (tidiaguy)
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Lots of hops like a typical SN brew, but it was balanced by some sweet spice and toasted bread flavors. A nice easy drinking winter beer, not overly sweet.