canary dog (683) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - DEC 21, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2003 2003: This stuff is about the same every year, as far as I can tell. Citrusy, cascadey hops, but warm and mellowing as the glass is consumed. A fine companion to a night of romantic isolation and needful contemplation. Re-rate 2002: This year's version has a sturdy orange/citrus nose. Light copper body. Strong, citrusy cascade hops. Not a complex Holiday brew. Tastes like an aggressive IPA. Original rating from 2000 or 2001: This brew has superb hop character. Cascade hop finish is dry and smooth; not overly citrusy like other beers. Nice orangish-copper body and thick foam head. There may be a very subtle hint of orange note in this beer. Considerable alcohol presence is managed wonderfully. A fine beer.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly hazy light orange appearance. Nose is piney/citrusy with a good amount of malt present. Body is very hoppy with good amount of malt backing the hops. Long hoppy finish. Refreshing Wintertime brew.
freekyp (1564) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2003 Nice copper color, but quickly diminishing head. Pine-like nose. I never thought I'd say this, but, too much hop. There is no balance in this beer. Their American Pale Ale has a better balance and more recognizable taste. For hop maniacs only.
Vikingbeau (67) - Albertville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
she smells a little bitter but she has a nice creamy head and you can see right through her copper colored belly...i could be getting my women confused but i think she tastes similar to the goose island christmas ale but perhaps more hoppy..i like hoppy..she is not as flavorful though and not as good in bed. Overall Solid.
khayman70 (154) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2002: Hoppy, Hoppy, hoppy. Good blend of hops with a very nice floral nose. My favorite of the seasonals. The copper color sit nicely beneath the nice moderate head. The crisp dry finish is superb
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 17, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2003 (2003) Release
What a thrill it was to stop by my “most favorite” watering hole “Papago Brewery” and to find on the shelf this years release of this stupendous beer.
Once it departed its tomb (bottle), and filled my glass, I simply marveled at its wonderful translucent burnished copper color, the head a large crown of creamy tan, and as it slowly fades in to oblivion the lace becomes a thin curtain to seal off the glass. Hop floral aroma reaches your first, followed by the citrus like crispness, then the sweet malt backing ends this fantastic nose, start is malt laden and sweet, the top moderate in its feel to the palate. Hops are persistent in their spicy bite and the carbonation pleasing with the aftertaste dry and lingering. Being the “Beer Pig” that I am, I bought all they had tee hee, tee hee aren’t I mean?
The beer pours a translucent deep copper color with a magnanimous head and thick clinging sheets of lace. Hop floral tones at the front and the malt underlying also citrus crisp and fresh, ah that nose. Front malt and lightly sweet, the top middling and the finish moderately carbonated with a special hop spicy bite that makes this a great IPA. The aftertaste dry and lingering and I have a case now aging away, yummy for the tummy.
Pours a lightly hazy deep amber to copper color, the head is frothy, mountainous, the lace in thick sheets that cling to the glass till the very end. Nose is hop floral, malt takes second fiddle, quite "Sniffable". Front is malt, lightly sweet, top is moderate, the finish is magnificently hopped, potently acidic, the dry long lasting mouth feel, adds much to this beer. Ranks #286 on my current 1000 beer master list
OutHouseDilemma (70) - Crowley, Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2002
1.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
The aroma rocks... Kinda like an evergreen.
It has a nice redish tint to it. The taste is a lil bitter for my style. A lil too much evergreen taste for me. It goes down a lil better after the first taste.
muzzlehatch (4422) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 16, 2002
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
2001 ed: Great thick head that you could write your name in; nice rich reddish-brown color. Nose was strong enough to get through my head cold, earthy and vibrant; flavor vibrant too, again earthy -- the last rater could be right about the sage -- definitely different from the usual cider/pumpkin/fruitcake flavors of holiday brews; a little rough on the finish if you ask me. Still another fine brew from the best ’big micro’ around. 8/5/8/3/15=3.8
2002: nose perhaps even more impressive than last year’s, very spicy and fruity. Flavor has a lot of citrusy tang, but is overwhelmingly hoppy; hey SN guys, just ’cuz you’re West Coast doesn’t mean you have to kill us on the hops here! Really hard to get past the bitterness; palate is rather unidimensional. A disappointment after last year’s more balanced brew.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spicey and hoppy, auburn, with a vanilla head. A big hoppy ale, enjoyably bitter, crispy and chewy. Delicious!
Radek Kliber (6589) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 16, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very light haze, a bit looking like orange imperial tea. Aromatic, very fresh and light. Same goes to taste. Nicely blended, very enjoyable to drink. Recommended. Celebration it is.