notalush (5955) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2004
Most reviews of this seem to be right on the money - moderate acidity, some phenolic qualities, both of which destroy whatever malt balance it attempts - a touch of apricot - looks, smells and tastes like a watered-down combination of Celebration Ale and Hop Devil - inspires more of a ho-hum than a ho-ho-ho. jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2004
2003 Vintage - Mostly clear (may have a slight chill haze) copper body. The head is a frothy tan affair that clings to the glass in large particled bubbles. The aroma is pine and citurs with a slight bit of off phenol aroma. The flavor falls a bit flat with only a middling of both hops and malts. The bitterness is there but it is sitting out there on its own. There is a plesant roasted nutty malty flavor in the finish. The body is medium and very dry with a short burst of bitterness at the end. I expected more from this one than I got. JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2004
This is a delightfully crisp and refreshing IPA. Hop flower at the nose with a hint of sour malt. Lively hop flavor, not earth-shattering in its bitterness, but it delivers. Well balanced with a nice malt backbone. Finishes crisp. Very nice IPA. Thans to ecrvich. fly (1487) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Cask at harborside tap room. Another that just faded under scrutiny of warmer than local room temp cask. Low carbonation that this created lost most if not all hop character. I did ask for a taste of "regular" draft which was much more lively, crsp and showed far greater potential. PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2004
Amber in color white head with lacing. The smell is that of a hoppy pale ale, but the flavor is kind of a let down, too watery, and just empty.
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2004
Dark amber color with little to no head. Strong hop aroma with a hint of pine and a fruity sweetness. Harsh hop flavors and somewhat light to medium bodied. It just doesn't add up to a quality IPA. BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2004
Pours a dark clear gold with a thick head and good retention. Has a strong hop aroma with a nutty malt in the background. Body is a bit thin for the style. Flavor reminds me of SN Celebration Ale yet not as good. Blend of hops and grains with a slight metallic finish. Overall ok but nothing outstanding. Crit (4099) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2005 Re rate Dec 05: This gets worse every year.Hazy amber,small lasting beige head.Cat pissy hop nose and taste,absolutely no balance. Thin, and fades to a wateriness at the end BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 29, 2003
Bronze color with a nice off-white head and light lacing. The aroma is dusty musky hop with sweet caramel malt. The flavor isn't balanced at all, but it's still easy drinking. A good refreshing winter seasonal without all that spicy malt and pine that is standard in a normal winter beer. Suttree (6537) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 26, 2003
Nice Copper with tan/beige head. Some veggie and alcohol on the nose. first flavor is hops, the a woodsy earthy malt. Hops are persistant and domonating throughout. Full bodied and satisfying.