jeffonyc (3) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2004 does not count
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A bit bitter, but all these Sierras are a bit bitter. Anyway, could have had more of a "holiday" taste and smell. The taste gets better as you drink. It is worth the drink, and above average(my average) The Sierra Nevada Brewers are above average to begin with, so this "seasonal" brew was no great feat. They couldíve done better, címon, itís christmas!
pineypower (2955) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
An over the top hoppy aroma when you first open it. It pours out a dark almost reddish amber hue. It has a very hoppy taste that has little balance by malts. This isnít a bad beer, but not nearly as smooth as some of the other better IPAís
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2004 Had unlimited samples of this at a vintage beer tasting. Was vintage 2003. Had a hoppy, grassy, citrus taste. Tasted like a pale ale to me. Was amber with a white head. It didnít quite taste right to me. Something about the grassy bitterness. I will try a fresh one when I get the chance. Re-Rate: Had this on tap. Had a great hop presence with nice spice character.
Metalhead (643) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2006 At first I thought this sucked and was pissed at the hoppiness. Then I decided to grade it on what it was vs what I expected(malt and spice). VERY good ambercolor IPA,easy drinking and goes super with BBQ anything. Solid.
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Possibly a little out of season, but still good. Slighly darker amber appearance, decent beige head. Perfectly hopped, malty aroma. Well-balanced hops, spices. Good pine aftertaste. Smooth beer.
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
An interest take on winter brews. Something I will need to revist this winter for sure.
waveman352 (178) - Saratoga Springs, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2005 bottle. 4/29/05 2003 vintage. Virtually no head with sweet malty aroma. Pours a cloudy red orange color. Sweet tasting not very bitterfor. Kind of a dry start and finish. The alcohol percentage is a very favorable almost 7% and is disgusied extremely well. I still have a few bottles of this so I hope to have it in the years to come and see how it progresses. A wonderful beer for a cold winter night with friends and family alike.
madsberg (11248) - SÝborg, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, Vintage 2001: Red coloured. Clear. Beige medium sized head. Lasting. Fruits and well hopped aroma. Hops, fruit and a little yeast in the flavour. Light spiced. Has a well balanced bitterness in the end. Some might say, that it is to be drunk fresh, with the sharp hopsbitterness, but I quite like this aged version.
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - JUL 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003 edition from NAB NYC
Has a nice looking reddish orange color formy head.not a super hoppy IPA but itís there.Very smooth drank this one too fast.
grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2004 2003 bottle:This one was tasty my friends. Pours a nice thick amber. Very deep red amber hue. Head is extremely fizzy, as was the beer, detrimentally so. Excellently bitter, excellently floral. Alcohol and hops combine to create pure hoppy love in my mouth hole. However far too fizzy. Far far far too fizzy.