michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 4, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2004 2003 - wonderful batch - love the deep red copper color and nice head - bitterness is very well balanced with the malt. It is easy to drink many of these in one session ;-)
2004 - a little less perfect than 2003, but excellent nonetheless. hoppiness not quite as apparent in the nose, and slightly off balance in the bitterness.
garrison (792) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2006 I love the complex, festive nature of this ale! The barley and the hops are just right in this... if only it had a little bit more bitterness, it’d be my fave beer!
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - DEC 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2004 2003: Wonderful flowery aroma, along with a nice copper body. Full of flavor.
2004: Dark copper color with a nice white head. Tangy citrus aroma with malt & pine resin the flavor, backed by citrus and nice residual bitterness. Spicy. Delicious.
OberonTheifEMT (56) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
BIG hops in the aroma. Smells like an IPA for sure. Wonderful copper color, nice head. Sweet hoppy goodness makes this a wonderful example of the style. Mmm...Sierra Nevada
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2008 Deeep amber colour with hints of red. Some haze. Wonderful creamy white head. Hoppy and fruity aroma (citrus, herbs, nuts). Nice hoppy flavour with hints of lemon, hazelnuts, caramel and herbs. Small spicy alcohol notes in finish. An exellent x-mas brew! Tasty!
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beautiful looking brew that I just want to jump up and celebrate. Beautiful head, especially in my la chouffe glass. Makes life feel like the holiday season immediately. Very full feeling and the alcohol flavor is somewhat noticable. Very hoppy, so hopheads will love it. Let the party begin.
icarus (57) - The Colony, Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2004 Good quality IPA. Wouldn’t add anything to it, wouldn’t take anything away. Nice bitter finish. (They should make this year round; and just call it an IPA!!)
jayc (28) - USA - NOV 29, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looks good, feels good, but a bit tart, almost snappy, on the taste-good side. A solid ale though if you don't like the malty, thick normal holiday seasonal ale. Good content for a fun time ale and a good color. Makes good conversation --- one of a kind holiday pale ale perhaps?
craven5000 (116) - Westville, Indiana, USA - NOV 28, 2003
2.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma was not one I could pick up. The head was white and light as it slowly dewindled over a very nice amber color releasing bubbles sparingly. At first, it was harsh but as it warmed some of the harshness left. Light bitter after taste. Great looking beer.
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice and rich but not cloying. Bitter end fades the further into it you go. In the end, hops coming mostly from the smell. An interesting and refreshing little beer.