Ndg2e (36) - Arizona, USA - FEB 11, 2012 tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a medium to dark brown color with thin head and moderate lacing. Nose is pretty weak, smells like brown sugar on top of a fresh grapefruit. Taste is a little more powerful and complex, nice hint of spiciness from the rye, resinous pine and bitter grapefruit form the hops, and a good amount of residual sweetness form the crystal malt. not your traditional holiday ale, but then again, when does it snow in bakersfield? a rad beer for just $4.99
Good beer had a strong flavor. Would drink again. Had a nice finish of earthy notes. A SDalkoholic (2444) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Bottle from South Bay Drugs: Poured a dark tea brown color while a delicate layer of average sized head had developed on top. My nose doesn’t really pick up a lot of aroma other than a subtle blend of green hops and pine but other than that not much happening. The flavor is smooth with a refined palate, but the flavor seems hollow with the only taste being some overly bitter green hops with a squirt of citrus. The malts are heavily drowned out by the hops but I want to say I taste a faint background of maple syrup. This is a really good beer and surprisingly, a holiday that emphasized the usage of hops. bb (9790) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 23, 2011
Draft. Amber-brown beer with a big cream colored head. Nice pine and grapefruit aroma. Pine and grapefruit flavor with caramel and light earth. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Caramel and pine lingers with grapefruit and light earth. nickd717 (4999) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Growler thanks to good ol’ Craig. Hazy chestnut brown with a small off-white head that fades to swirls. The aroma has lots of rye evident, spices, and earthy and piney hops. Pretty nice. The flavor is rather rye-forward and hoppy, with pine and citrus, slight spiced notes, and considerable earthiness. Dry and fairly crisp on the mouthfeel with medium-plus body and average carbonation. A pretty well-done rye ale overall, but not near the level of Just Outstanding. Dogbrick (14326) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2011 Sample at the brewpub. Pours a clear mahogany color with a medium light beige head that burns away steadily. Stringy lacing. Sweet spices and malt in the nose. Medium body with flavors of caramel malt, grapefruit and spice. The finish is malty with a short spiced aftertaste. Decent overall.
Snojerk321 (2984) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 10, 2011
22oa bottle. Pours deep amber with a small off white head. Light floral hop notes in the nose, watery finish. Not sure what happened here, the only lame beer I’ve tried from Kern. jonno (3013) - JAPAN - DEC 28, 2010
Tap at O’Briens. Wasn’t a fan of this - in fact I didn’t finish it. Faint spicy nose. Spicy and not too hoppy even though it’s listed as a Rye IPA. Maybe not the best condition? Didn’t do anything or go anywhere. Very Ho Hum. BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 27, 2010
On tap (no vintage labeled) at Blue Palms. Pours with a light brown body and an off-white head. Aroma is hoppy. Citrus, dryness, and dirt are the main characteristics. Flavors are citrus hoppy, earthy, caramel, bitter with lively bubbles. Okay, but I don’t see anything holiday or interesting about it. hopscotch (11451) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Bottle... Dark, mostly clear, copper ale with a large, frothy, off-white head. Great, but not permanent, retention leaves an interesting ring of weeping lacework. The bouquet offers spicy grains and spicy, piney, fruity hops. Full-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and prickly carbonation. The spicy, toasty flavor presents bitter hops and a marriage of flavorful rye and barley malts. Finishes bitter, coarse and dry. LtDan (1808) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 24, 2010
Appearance: Pours a deep dark amber with a froth white cap.
Aroma: Big citrus hop nose, earthy chocolatey malt.
Taste: Earthy savory malt, citrusy and piny hops.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, average carbonation.
Overall: Really tasty.