Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A quality holiday ale, again, like some others, it tastes like a lot of the rest of the holiday ales. A little hoppier than most. Also gets points for being one of the first, so I suppose that the others are copies of the style.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a great amber color, very bright. Lots of hops in the aroma, very green. Body not so heavy, with some astringency from the hops. Probably a good food beer.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 22, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep but clear amber. Nothing Christmas in the nose. A great fluffy head. Lots of citrus hop notes from lots of cascades. VERY Bitter in the dry sort of way. Very solid IPA. Not much Christmasy about it but very good. One of SNs best beers.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 2003 vintage. The first taste you get is that Sierra bite which does mellow to a bitter finish. There was really nothing else going on besides that. It's a good beer.
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2008 2003 Vintage: Rusty orange/red with a quarter inch and falling cream head. Smells quite hoppy. Definite grapefruit nose. Actually has a lighter flavor than the smell might lead you to believe. It does end in quite a nice bitterness. This is the entire characteristic of the beer though. I’m a little disappointed because I thought the beer would be a little more complex. Just another IPA. Rated 3.2
2008 Vintage: Nice amber hue, frothy cream colored head, about quarter inch. Again the grapefruit and bitterness in the nose, slight sweetness. Some floral notes as well. Very bitter. OK just not my favorite. Rated 3.6
raymow (893) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent reddish coloring and nice hoppy, slightly sweet flavor and aroma. I'll have another (and keep them coming).
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - NOV 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Less spicy than most holidays I've tried, it is never the less one of my favorite IPA's that I wish I sould have year round. Had it tonight with leftover Thai Chicken Panang, and it was super.
LordHedgehog (144) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 bottle. Nice and hoppy, well spiced, and well-developed. High-quality Christmas ale with good, but not heavy, spices.
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Take their pale ale, mix it with a little bit of their Bigfoot ale, hop it up a bit, and dump a bit of spices in there for some flavor. This is a pretty red ale with a nice and thick head. Not as bitter as Bigfoot. Not as smooth as the pale ale. But it's not astringent in the least dispite its extra alcohol. Slightly spiced for an added flavor burst. This is a fine beer from the maker of one of my favorite daily drinkers (the pale ale). The floral cascade hop smell is trademark of Sierra Nevada. Very high quality with the best natural ingredients. You can really taste it in the beer... And don't forget to turn the bottle ever so slightly to get that fabulous bottle-contitioning yeast to mix around quite well. Cheers.
flemdawg (537) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 bottle. Beautiful red color with a white head on top. Reminded me of a candy cane, sort of. Aroma was hoppy and spicey, but I could not tell which spices. The taste was great. Hops, bitter, and a host of others. Finshed rather crisp and bubbly. One bottle is heading down to the basment for future reference.