Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 16, 2002
Ruby amber hue. Small beige head. Sweet spicy aroma, lightly hopped. Lightly earthy, sweet, light to medium bodied. Finishes sweet, and lingers, kind of bland. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2012 Not a bad winter ale; it’s just not as bold or richly flavored as some others. Has a pleasant roastiness with toasty notes of bread crust, nuts, and a nip of tar and char. Subtle brown-sugar and toffee sweetness. Easy-drinking beer. kyzr (1530) - Montana, USA - NOV 13, 2002
Average head, nice deep copper color. Minimal hops, but good malt. Nice little bite of an after taste. wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2002
One word comes to mind: WEAK. I agree with JakeFr5150 that it
tastes entirely to metallic. When homebrewing I sometimes go crazy
at Christmas time and dump the spice cabinet in the beer. Similar thing
happens. The malt flavor is unbalanced and watery. I usually like Redhook
and I have memories of this beer being a lot better.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2002
Typical Redhook house taste. Kind of thin, with decent malts and mild hopping. Strange metalic taste, why? Other than that, a pleasent finish.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 9, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2003 The beer pours a limpid deep garnet color, the head impressive in size, the color a light tan, frothy in texture, as it self-destructs a sealing sheet of lace is formed. Nose is malt loaded and sweet, hints of caramel, crisp and fresh, the start is lightly sweet, the top skeletal in feel. Finish is striking in its acidity, the hops indifferent in their spiciness, very dry and lingering aftertaste. Drinkable beer, but is a bit thin-waisted for me to give it much credit. heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - NOV 4, 2002
Heavily heavily spiced. Extremely anisey with a fat sweet finish. Yuck. AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 4, 2002
Poured a dark redish brown with a tan head. Malty with a roasty finish. This is a good beer, but not really a high enough ABV to compete with some other strong ales out there. PhillyBeer2112 (2820) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2003 Deep red-amber with large beige head. Buttery spicy aroma (cinnamon? mint? spruce?). Smooth and malty with chocolate and caramel notes and a strong earthy finish. Lingering butterscotchiness. A little twangy in the finish as it warms. Fun to drink. igneous1 (1535) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - OCT 28, 2002
clear reddish-orange color, thin head dissipating almost immediately. aroma is a bit fruity with some apple and pear flavors. overall a thin beer, one i’d hardly call "robust"