madsberg (11798) - Søborg, DENMARK - AUG 1, 2004
Bottled: Orange coloured. Unclear. Huge beige dense head. Hops, citrus, flowers, sweetness and fruit in the aroma. Flavour is hoppy as hell. Fruit, chocolate, alcahol and some mild malt tones. Is lightly burning the lips in the end, but its the immense bitterness that closes down the party. folkisnybui (1) - Kaupmannahöfn, ICELAND - SEP 11, 2004 does not count
Godd chill beer. I prefer this one on a easy friday night. I was taseting this beer fort the first tim an hour ago and I still feel a good taste afterwards. I think it´s no wounder that he´s called Holiday ale It just Fits zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 14, 2004
Pours orange/amber, with a small, white head. Citrus/pine hop aroma, with some malt as well. Taste is hops, pine, and bitterness. Malt is also there, but it kind of in the background. Body is medium.
Thanks to sick_boy282 for this summer 2004 edition of Yulesmith. Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2005 Orange.
Fine-tuned, but fairly subtle and disappointing nose (considering it’s Alesmith) of grapefruit, tangerines, orange, biscuits and caramel.
Hefty, unorthodox, but succeeding attempt at the style, possessing a lot more acidity than most. Front is rich, citrusy notes of pine and spruce. Mid-palate comes through with hints of grapefruit, bark and vanilla. The finish is full of toffee,peanuts and hop oils. In all, the malt backbone is fairly sweet, possesing a lot of doughy notes but mainly a caramel sweetness. Unbelieveably balanced and simply stunning as it warms.
I’ll still be tasting this tomorrow. Just an incredible offering. I don’t know what to say about Alesmith. Out of my current top 20 beers, 5 are from Alesmith. The best brewer I have ever come across at this point in my young life. TheBeerGod (6284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2004
Had this at the DC/MD/VA/WV/PA gathering. Bottle courtesy of jasonp, I think. Clouded copper. Nose is rich hops - light pine and citrus, light maltiness, and a mild underlying sweetness. Taste is hoppy (citrus) with a big malt notes as well. Nicely balanced. Some bitter fruitiness coming through at points too. Body is slightly oily and obviously bitter. However, it seems rounded enough. Finishes with more bitter hops, light fruit notes, malt, and some grassy notes. Good stuff! Need more of this!
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2004
You know, I don’t think I can add much to the commercial description of this beer, which is rare. This is a nice, hoppy, yet balanced, strong DIPA. Good hoppy aroma. Gorgeous copper color. Tight, soft, tan head that sticks to the side of my glass. Big malt and hop flavors going on here. They have a nice interplay throughout the initial taste (which is hops), through the middle, (which is malt), to the finish (which is a hop dominated combination of hops, malt and alcohol. A nice, festive, winter warmer. Big and bold, no gimmicktry (is that a word?). Solid from beginning to end. chriso (7536) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2004
Ginger colour. The aroma is dominated by a massive resiny pine hop rush. However, although it’s still pretty hoppy on the palate, it’s not as extreme as I anticipated and a malt backbone provides a counterpoint to temper the hoppiness and produce a well balanced and dangerously drinkable beer. Very nice indeed and far more refined from many of the big US IPAs I’ve tried. Bottled at the DC gathering.
bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2004
(Bottle, Summer 2004 vintage) Pours a cloudy amber body with a small beige head. Aggressive grapefruit aroma. Spicy, hops flavor. Somewhat creamy texture with a bitter finish. asheft (3125) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2004
This was a cask release on Dec 12. It was too hoppy for this rater’s taste. For all the hops, though, this was less vegetal/grassy than expected. It also had a very pleasant citrusy nose that wasn’t rediculous. A detectible pine flavour, but a little overshadowed by the hops. Surprisingly smooth finish for all the hops up front. Great drink, but a bit one-sided. turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2005 AWSOME!! Bottle poured dark amber with a smallish but thick head and great lacing.
Good hoppy aroma...yessss.
Great spicy, hops flavor with a tangy bite that sits on the palate.
Malt...God this is goood!...Letting it warm up a while....the creamy head stays with this beer the entire time....Ahh.
As this beer warmed the aroma and hoppy flavor started jumping out of the glass..sooo good!!