archstanton (105) - mukilteo, Washington, USA - NOV 10, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
not bad for a ale i had 2 bottle of this stuff and had a buzz.i will also tell you this for some odd reason it really reminds me of IPA.overall OK
hotstuff (4532) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 9, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2002 On Tap:This beer's appearance was a small sized ivory head that was creamy and smooth and contained fine-small sized bubbles that was mostly lasting.The body was uncarbonated and clear with a reddish hue.The nose was hoppy and malty with a very bitter and hoppy flavor.The mouthfeel was fairly smooth and somewhat tingly and it was medium bodied.There was a fair amount of lacing with this beer.I am not a hop head by any means so this one tasted very hoppy and bitter to me.
thedm (5215) - Fort Wayne, USA - NOV 9, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2003 This brew poured a small head of fine to medium sized off-white colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a transparent uncarbonated brown colored body and a fair lacing. It had a malt hop aroma and a hoppy bitter tingly mouthfeel. The flavor was all spicey hops.
The head was larger than in 2002. This bottle had carbonation where the previous sample did not. The head is larger due to the extra carbonation. The mouthfeel was more bubble perhaps due to this sample having more carbonation. The flavor was the same thoug. Hop heads will like it a lot. I increased the overall rating by 1 for the extra carbonation and it's effects.
Hildigöltur (5104) - Křbenhavn, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003. Amber coloured. Very hoppy and tropical aroma. Notes of mango. Nice hoppy flavour with a long bitter aftertaste.
hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Burnt/Copper in color with an ample fizzy head. Aroma is hoppy, notes of spiced apple and pine. Flavor is bitter with some sweetness. Finish is hops as well. This is well balanced, smooth; excellent.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fantastic beige head on a medium amber body. Surprisingly light on the citrusy hop aroma from Sierra Nevada. The hop aroma seems more woody to me, as well as having a caramel and fruity aroma and hints of alcohol. Flavor is well balanced to the decidedly bitter, but it's an IPA and it should be that way. Very pleasant bitterness, not harsh or astringent. Caramel and fruitiness come in second to a lightly spicy hop. Clean hop aftertaste. Light medium body, moderate carbonation, but it's a little prickly, and a dry mouthfeel make this a very solid year to year consistant beer, although not terribly complex.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - NOV 7, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber red color with a fluffy tan head, crystal clear. Aroma is very hoppy, with a touch of malt. Flavor is hoppy and bitter throughout, a hint of malt in the background. A little less IPAish than SNPA, but a little hoppier. Not particularly well balanced.
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - NOV 6, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Citrus hop aroma with fruity overtones, but not overwhelming. Copper to light red Ale in color. Great IPA flavor without too over the top hop presence, extreamly well balanced. Very easy drinking and satisfying beer that is easy to forget that it is 6.8 in ABV! Palate is hoppy, bitter and mildly fruity with citrus lastings. I absolutely think this is Sierra Nevada's best beer! This one goes out highly recommended!....Don't miss this one this season!
bb (7754) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. 2003. Fantastic aroma of hops (mostly citrus hops with a little earthiness). Nice head on top of a golden body with a slight reddish tint. The feel is a little heavy on the barley and it has a certain creaminess to it. Otherwise hops with a decent amount of malt to back it up - pine tar, more citrus flavors and lingering hops. Noticeable alcoholic presence. I wish the creaminess and fullness wasn't there, but otherwise it's a great beer.
dankitydancer (58) - Arizona, USA - NOV 5, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
dank..itsd the best year since 97 its a grat IPA holiiday brew not to dark nioce head and a kicak ass taste taht knowcku on ur butt...i really like it cheers