IPALover (63) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 12, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is one of my favorite american style IPAs, too bad its a seasonal brew. The aroma offers a complex combination of aromatic hops dominated by northwest cascades. This inviting smell leads to an equally strong hoppy taste. Being a hop head this is definitely one of my favorites. I can’t recommend this beer higher for all you hop heads.
xmandax (130) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
not nearly as spicy as i was expecting from a holiday brew, which was a pleasant surprise. nice amber pour with a generous aroma. i like.
jgb9348 (4694) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2008 2005 Batch:
Nice deep amber coloured body with a ruby tint and a great nice tan head. Aroma of fresh cascades, pineapples, malt and alcohol - a good aroma! Medium-bodied; Sharp pine and spruce hoppiness with some floral notes and a short malt flavour. Aftertastes focuses solely on the hops, no malt or alcohol tasted at all. Overall, not as good as previous years’, but good in its own right. Not enough malt this year - definitely! Sampled from a 12 ounce bottle purchased from Norm’s in Vienna, Virginia on 19-Dec-05. Rating for this sample: 8,4,6,2,13.
Dark amber colour with ruby highlights and a thin white head. Very hoppy aroma with subtle malt scents. Fresh hop flavour with a great balance of malt. Aftertaste bittered from the hops. Overall, a nice beer-truly a great seasonal! Rating for this batch: 8,5,8,3,15
Somewhat spicey, but a great overall cold weather beer. It’s not too dark, but it’s got some good spicey tones. Not close to my favourite winter beer! Rating for this batch: 7,3,7,2,14
Still a lot of hops in the nose. Died down hoppiness in the taste, but its still damn hoppy! No spice nor malt, however. Aftertaste clean but hoppy. Overall, a great aged beer-super nice to try! I sampled this pint on draught at RFD in Washington, D.C. on 20-June-2004 (making it over 2.5 years old) with JonR888710 & Haddon90. Rating for this batch: 8,4,8,4,16
Steak (124) - New York, USA - JAN 9, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Looks nice with a medium brownish body and good sized off white head. Hops are surely there in the aroma, but there is an underlying malty sweetness. Taste actually has a good malty backbone which, oddly enough reminded me of a very sharp cheese. Dosen’t last too long as the hops kick in and take over. Finished very bitter and dry, but there is that moderate malt presence that gives this beer depth, not just one-dimensonal hops all the time. Very good stuff. I think Sierra Nevada should start "celebrating" all year round.
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2003 2002 bottle. Wonderful deep amber colour with a nice white head that clings well to the glass. Marvellous aroma with grapefruit and plenty of hops. Front is lightly sweet but this is quickly followed by some ’juicy’ hops. The finish comes ’hammering’ with hops and is long, dry and bitter. A very good IPA.
Kodos (200) - USA - JAN 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2001 on tap: Deep amber on the pour with a large head. Lots of nice lacing. Nose is all hops! Light malt sweetness with a hint of spice. Finish is acidic, piney and sharply bitter which lingers...An excellent winter special IPA!!
wildpig99 (3) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 8, 2003 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer has a great malty taste and is highly hopped. Surprisingly, it’s a very smooth drinking beer considering its high alcohol content. This is the kind of stuff that homebrewers strive for!
slinkymello (137) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Damn kids, I enjoyed this one quite a bit... floral, fir tree, spice aroma with a full hop flavor; bitter and citrusy with a nice dry finish that lingers for quite awhile... toasty malt presence alert; again... for lack of creativity; good stuff
HH (165) - Everett, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
IPA? I don’t recall seeing anything on the label where this claimed to be an IPA.
A good hoppy beer anyhow, recommended.
danimal (10) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful, deep amber body with lasting head. Very strong hoppy/astringent aroma -the song remains the same from the beginning, middle, to end with adequate toasty malts to balance. Lively carbonation. We’re moving to Chico.