beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good stuff a little bitter lots of hops. Going to be drinking alot of this one over the holidays.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 13, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good carbonation with a solid, amber color. Strong malt profile and a slight bite on the tongue. Hop flavors fade nicely into a sweet but assertive bitterness. There is a spiciness to this beer, pine, slight grapefruit but not as much as others. All around well done.
jelifish (10) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2002
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It is like a spicy IPA. I liked it, but wouldn’t be able to drink more than one at a time.
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bitter. Hoppy aroma, the flavor makes me think this is like an arrogant bastard junior. The finish was the worst part for me, I could taste all the alcohol. If you like your IPA less hoppy and more bitter then this is the one. High marks on appearance. Kind of disappointing overall, doesn’t live up to the hype. Sierra Nevada’s Stout is still their best, IMO.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap: This has been my favorite IPA for years- and this years is just as good as the years before if not better. It is strong but you cant notice the alcohol. Very smooth in its bitterness- not sharp and harsh like hopdevil- which is good in its own right. I just think this is a very easy to drink IPA despite its big flavors. Very hoppy in all respects- aroma taste- and moderately bitter. Awesome beer.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours slightly hazy amber with a well retained off white head. huge piney hop aroma. sticky, resiny hop mouthfeel. very bitter, but a little background fruitiness is nice with all the hops. big grapefruity, piney hop finish lingers. very tasty.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 10, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2010 2010 edition, fresh: wonderful piney hops and a voluptuous off white head. Citrusy hops dominate the flavour and the palette is velvety and amazingly smooth and creamy. Late, strong bitterness that leaves a crisp orange peel on the tongue. 3.9
2002 edition: Very large hop aroma eminates from a frothy head. Burnt orange hops hit the palate hard, but diminish very quickly with very little lingering flavour. Initial flavour is pretty good, but the beer really doesn’t finish well or leave the best taste in the mouth. 3.2
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my favorite American beers. Nice amber color, great balance of malt and hops, very warming and oh so good.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Re-rate: This years edition is not nearly as good. The hops seem to dominate the aroma, but the flavors are weak. In fact, they seem to get sour, and not in a good way. I like this a lot more with the 2001 a few months ago. 10/30/2002, 4.1 2001 edition. I thought this would be a good beer to drink after getting my first job out of college. I’ve had it for a while, so I know it’s ’past it’s prime,’ but I found it to be pleasant and easy to drink. Wonderfully hoppy, without being overdone. Nice notes of citrus, pine, and juniper. The palate is incredibly creamy and smooth. I cannot wait for the 2002 edition. Now that I have a job, I can actually afford it.
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2002 edition. Oh this is a fun one. Very sprucey, and very bitter. Thick dark beer, which is naturally thick and rich on the palate. Well done