sloth (2341) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 1, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A little better balance this year!? Still one hoppy sumbitch though! Hey thats what its all about, right? Great piney, citrusy aroma!Good head(nuthin like good head huh?!)That lasts, with good lacing, sticky.Good hop flavor! some malt detected in the background.Clean spicey bitterness.Flavors hang with you.Pretty damn beer to.Nice copper color, clear a gem to the eye.Damn nice IPA!I look forward to it every year.This,ll do.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 1, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2003 New: No. There are nice memories of this one, without any doubt. It was a great introduction to the style in 1994. But I find this now needlessly bitter and without enough other flavors to make me like it. I can name 10 others of its style I would prefer. Please note that it hurts to say this about an Eminence Gris.
Old (11.02)What a great beer. Tremendous head and marvelous lacing. Big citrus hops which have the courtesy not to elbow the fine sweet malt out of the way. In my youth, I found this to be THE big beer, maybe overwhelming. I suppose my tastes have changed. Now, I view it as a great pale ale that I'd like to drink almost any time.
Nuffield (3547) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2002 edition. Attractive looking beer (generous head), and a good palate. I was completely taken aback by the aroma--so unmistakeably of pink grapefruit. This was strongly present in the tasting as well, although the hopping was complex enough to draw out some other flavors and bitterness. I donít think the whole was greater than the sum of the parts, but I liked the individual parts quite a bit.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 31, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not really impressed with this beer. It works for now until I can run get some Point Bock.
rauchbier (3503) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle conditioned? 2001 edition. Amber colour, moderate head and condition. Excellent hop aroma mingled with malt and fruity berries, lots of hop flavour with a yeastiness and sweet/sour cherry note to offset it. Dry finish is dominated by a hop bitterness. Wish I could get Sierra Nevada beers in the UK more often.
garyp699 (9) - Fresno, California, USA - OCT 30, 2002 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I P A!! This beer is loaded with hops. A terrific hop nose and flavor finish with a crisp bitterness that lingers. And still a nice malt background the is detectable. If you love IPAs youíll love this classic.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - OCT 29, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Suhhhhh-weet wheatiness" is the phrase that comes to mind. Not your typical IPA, I got strong apples in the aroma and flavor along with the rather crisp hoppiness. Quite nice and almost candylike, I enjoyed it tremendously. I think Iíll have another next time Iím out.
WileCoyote (9) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2002 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002 edition. Just had my first taste of the season. It made me want to sing "America, the Beautiful!" This is an All American Beer. Donít wait for the hops to mellow out, drink it now. A wonderful brew!
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark orange with a thick long lasting head. Strong grapefruit smell. Very citrusy with a the traditional SN hoppiness. Good stuff.
stephen (308) - California, USA - OCT 25, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002. This beer gets a high rating because it is a tasty classic. Cascade/Centennial hop flavor and aroma. Fairly bitter and iwth citrus aftertaste. Delicious