ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUL 2, 2005
Hoppy aroma with fruit and some malty molasses that makes it not quite ideal. Still a nice aroma. Very nice hazy amber/copper body with very small particalia. Off white to light tan head. Hoppy and bitter flavor; tastes like it smells. Very good. Not sure why this is billed as a holiday beer. I didn’t taste any of the spices that are added to the typical holiday beer. Glad I didn’t wait until December to drink this. Palate is a little disorganized. Molasses, tannins, dark chocolate and some dust. A little odd that I found this in late June at Whole Foods, Redwood City. loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JAN 26, 2005
Crystal clear mahogonay color with a small off-white head. The aroma was really nice...citrus (grapefruit and lemon,) slight earthy character and some woody tones. The flavor was very similar to the aroma...quite hoppy bitter aftertaste (this thing is definitely a west coast IPA.) Slightly thick, crisp feel with a semi-dry finish. Very nice! flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - JAN 26, 2005
Clear amber color with a small beige head. Nice grapefruit and floral hops aroma. Very strong citrus and floral hops flavors with a touch of honey. Medium thick feel with a crisp dry hops finish. Very good! AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 31, 2005
This was an excellent west coast IPA. Pours copper with with fine medium head. Aroma is of hops citrusy and floral. Aroma also had lots of malt to balance. This was a nice full bodied IPA with a real nice thick and smooth mouthfeel. Plenty of bitterness present. Aftertaste is bitter and sticks. Very good. HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 24, 2005
Handpump at the The Englander. Now this is an IPA. Hoppy aromas, of fruit, flowers. The flavor is very intense (maybe due to lack of any carbonation),
again of fruit, and it finishes with this typical bitterness. The beer pours a little darker than most IPAs, and it is medium-bodied. This is obviously the 2005 edition by the way.
bhensonb (15617) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 3, 2007
It’s still 2004 (or at least the bottle says the hops are). Time warp. Really nice piney hop aroma. Ruby coppery color, a bit like Pete’s Wicked (current 2007 version). LIghe beige head that sticks. Light lacing. Starts with piney evergreen, some malty sweetness dances around the edge, and then the hops kick that stuff right out of the mouth. It’s hop. Hard to believe it’s only 56 IBU. It’s really, really good. The mouthfeel is medium, and the finish is tangy, piney bitter. It may get better than this, but not often. The preservative quality of hops could not be better proved. Two or three years old and pasteurized. It’s fresh. rmussman (1701) - California, USA - MAR 3, 2007
Another nice winter brew. Seems like im finally finding the good ones after the holidays. Pour is nice and carbonated. Leaves a nice head. Appearance is dark brown. Mouthfeel is smooth. Slightly bitter but nothing to frown about. Flavor is full of hops and perfect for the holidays. jazz88 (2683) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Bottle. A dark reddish-orange color with an off-white head. An intense hop aroma that could have led me to believe this was a double IPA. Full bodied with a big hop flavor and bitter finish. grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Full aroma rife with chunky, viscous maltiness and a sticky, fruity hoppiness. Still quite a hoppy nose for being perhaps a few months past its optimal date. Reminds me in the nose a lot of Drake’s IPA (a good thing). Flavor is quite sweet with a lot of body for a sub-6% beer, but not too much. Flavor proves to be not quite as bold as the aroma, but still good. Very floral and with a quite assertive but comfortable bitter edge. Quite tasty stuff! I’ll be looking for some others from this brewery. Only flaw is that it’s just a touch too sweet. luvcasks (178) - USA - JAN 29, 2007
2004 Vintage - 22oz - Rare treat indeed
When cold smell of big citrusy, piney, floral hops... almost like the blas coming from the boil kettle when hops are added... yup that green after almost 2 years As the beer warms up a nice soft malt backbone comes thru
Pours a nice mahogany with a quickly fading tan head... with some nice lacing... almost looks like the SN Celebration.
Flavor: When cold... flavor of big piny, spicy and earthy hop character... with a long lingering dry finish.. the malt is very subdued... some chalkiness as the beer warms up, nice biscuity and soft honeyed malts and a low fruitiness comes thru yum!!!
Overall: Bottled fresh-hop IPA, not botltle conditioned & almost 2 years old... talk about blowing expectations away ... this is just great... I wish they would make this every year would give Celebration a run for the money.. my scores are probably skewed by the rarity of this... but who cares... a must try