danimal (10) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful, deep amber body with lasting head. Very strong hoppy/astringent aroma -the song remains the same from the beginning, middle, to end with adequate toasty malts to balance. Lively carbonation. We’re moving to Chico.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2003
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Superstar (45) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lively aroma and flavor. Slightly too bitter for my taste, but overall quite good.
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 2, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was disappointed in this as a celebration ale, because I normally expect something heartier than this proved to be. Hoppy nose, bitter palate.
spydog (75) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hoppy nose. Smells like a pine tree. Bitter finish to abrupt for me. Not bad, though. Tastes like a scaled down version of their Bigfoot.
MrGregAD199 (65) - Medford, Oregon, USA - DEC 31, 2002
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 3/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 30, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2003 2003: This has always been a classic winter beer for me, winter just wouldn't be the same with a couple if these in my fridge all the time. This years version seems a bit more hoppy than last years. The pineish hops and nutty malt make a good balance that cheers you up and gives you a feeling of celebration. This is another Sierra Nevada ale that puts them on everyone's list.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - DEC 29, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was my intro to IPA’s a couple of years ago and I still love it now. (2002) Reddish amber hue, good off-white foam. Sweet citrus and malts in the aroma. Toasty biscuity flavor, dominant citrus, good bitter finish. Many IPA’s have out-IBU’d this now, but it’s still an excellent version.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2003 (re-rate for 2003) Gorgeous deep color. Nice hops aroma. Nice pine hops flavor. Well balanced. Even better than I remember the 2002 being.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 26, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2004 10/08/04 bottle drank on 10/29/04: Actually this is the 18th bottle that I’ve tried in the past few days. I think that this beer kicks some serious ass. It did ten years ago, too. Bottle empties with a thin layer of yeast on the bottom. Fluffy small-bubbled head that leaves a good lacing. Strong pine and rich sugars in the aroma, juicy, chewy mouthfeel with good level of natural carbonation. (2002) Huge C-hop nose, hazy dark orange color, aggressively hopped. I’m knocking this down 0.2, not because it has changed, but because I have changed. (2001) One hoppy beer. Packs a punch for an IPA. An IPA worthy of winter.