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 (120) - 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.
evinal (49) - Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 - rich copper color, nice spicy nose. hoppy all over, a little more malt would seem more appropriate for the holidays.
sethatuml (38) - USA - NOV 27, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A celebration indeed! This has that distinct bitter flavor that the pale ale of the same brewery does, but even more of that wonderful alcohol!
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Just your standard IPA. Hops with some mild malt undertone. Unexciting. Since I don't like the style it scores low for me.