JMerritt (1887) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Red in color, huge tan head with nice retention and lacing. Aroma is strong with hops and orange zest. Intial flavor is very hoppy, followed with spice (coriander?). Finishes with a very strong hop bite that lingers. Quite a warming beer, and a definite must-have for the winter season.
tzakiel (81) - Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good, warm and interesting... a nice treat. Can’t drink too much though, starts to feel a bit strong in flavor after a glass.
007lund (92) - Ann Arbor, USA - DEC 14, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very hoppy. Citrus aroma, quite possibly the longest finish ever. Subtle spice. A good IPA.
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of grapefruit and clove. Odd to have an IPA for a winter. I’m not a huge fan of the style, but it sure made an interesting winter. Complemented nicely by the spice.
Andrew196 (1095) - Katy, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was a bit disappointed in this beer only because of the run it has received on this site. Still a great beer though. Sweet, slightly citric aroma. Taste was of sugar coated hops, nice mellow maltiness as well. Rerate: Legion gave me a pint of an aged 2001 batch....mellowed out tremendously!!! Super hoppy, super creamy, super good!
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.