Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - DEC 1, 2006
Bottled. Hazy amber coloured. Grapefruits and hops in the aroma. Sweetish hoppy and fruity flavourMedium to full bodied. Bitter aftertaste. Quite nice. Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2006
Golden body with a thin white head. Great pine hop aroma, light honey. Excellent taste, hoppy pine again with nice spices. Smooth ending. smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2006
Bottle - immediate huge hop nose. Grassy, piney and somewhat citrusy - and amazing. If it weren’t for the whole "I wouldn’t get to drink it" thing, I could just sit and take in the aroma. A beautiful orange body and a beige head that was gone with surprising speed. A smooth drinker for 9.5%, this brew is malty enough to balance the ton of grassy hops. This is a sweet spot beer for me, for sure! I was a bit afraid seeing the "holiday" label on the beer, thinking it may be a Belgian with spices, etc. A very happy surpise. My very first Alesmith beer and now I understand the hype revolving around them on the site. Amazing! maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bottle at BeerDig 2011 on 03/06/2011. Clear amber body with a small tan head. Sweet floral and citrus hop aroma with some caramel. Sweet fruit and floral hop flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 7/3/8/3/16 3.7
Sampled at the Richmond Beer Industry Gathering 2006. Slightly hazy amber body with a medium off-white head. Sweet caramel and floral hops aroma. Sweet strong floral hops flavor with a caramel background. 8/3/9/3/18 - 4.1 jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2008 Bottle from Cbkschubert, Thanks craig. Shared with for Thanksgiving. Good aroma and awesome appearance. Looked great in the glass. Flavor is well balanced with a somewhat grape flavor hitting near the end. Good flavor left over in the mouth. Hoppy but rough. Good ale. Cheers!
PhiloPsych (15) - California, USA - NOV 24, 2006
Update: This is a rating for a 2006 bottle. The sweet malty flavor was exceptional. This has turned into a great beer. Light hops are present and overall thi beer is smooth and delicious.
This is a nice, fun, flavorful beer. If you like Arrogant Bastard, you will like this too. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - NOV 23, 2006
Bottle. Color is a dark, rich amber. Big frothy head, soapy. Aroma was fantastic. Aromas of malt and hops. Citrus, yeast and spice hints. Taste was much of the same. Great palate. Rich and complex. Fruit tastes. Really great, especially during the holidays. auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2006
Aroma is a crisp sating lemon peel and coriander flowing with resins and ample citrus. Yet, from the depths rises a submarine of considerable malty heft. Pour of basketball orange, clear with a fringe perfect soapy ivory head, with stellar lacing. Flavor is a rich, sweet spicy lemon and bold alcohol warmth that isn’t disconcerting. Rich creamy malt follow of raisins pan fried in butter, mellowed by a field of savory wheat. The blinding bite of the acidic hop juices has transformed itself into that glorious warm spicy yeasty quality, that blends in harmony with the terrific body of malt and sugars, taking the beer to a new level. Admittedly, my tounge is used to hop abusive beers now and I don’t think that any level of hops could really blow me away any more, but what I mark int is beer is the fantastic balance that this beer achieves, something that for me, is the most important marker of quality. Right up there with the best! Thanks Andy! CMUBEERMAN (457) - - NOV 22, 2006
This beer is remarkable...easily my favorite dipa. color orange with a big cake-y head. aroma is huge citrusy hops and a hint of sweet spice and yeast. flavor is similar, but huge and balanced and creamy...perfect. merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - NOV 21, 2006
2006 bottle pours a clear copper body topped by a huge beige head. Lacing is sticky and extravagant. Grapefruit and orange citrusy aromas with hints of pine and honeyed caramel underneath. Creamy and full bodied, with brisk carbonation. Dry and bitter, with juicy citrusy hops. Orange pulp and pink grapefruit to the taste. Subtle, but respectable, malt bill adds a pleasant balancing sweetness. Exceptional!