Brigadier (3780) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2005
Sweet, very fresh aroma. Pours medium brown with lots of head that stays around for a long time. The first impression is of spices and malt, slightly bitter but mellowing on the tongue. Very full bodied and worth a try. johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2005
Sweet, strongly fragrant hoppy nose. Slightly cloudy, orangey copper body, quickly dissipating thin head. The flavour is sharp, dry and bitter with an intensity of fragrant hop characters that satisfies me as a confirmed hop monster. A winner. stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2005
Pour copperish in color with a nice tight large head, aroma of malts and spice, god tasting with a little bittneress, spice also present, good full bodied brew, worth trying. Rib Eye (148) - USA - DEC 29, 2005
Clean and hoppy; not at all what I would expect from a winter beer. Too bitter for my taste, but ok. UNCCTF (588) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Bottled. Copper coloring with a big fluffy head. Lots of spice that I would expect from a holiday beer and a big hop presence that got better and better the further I got into the beer. I’ll be stocking up on this one.
SeasonalAleMan (6) - USA - DEC 29, 2005 does not count
Very nice seasonal ale. nice top when poured with unique color. Adds a litte bit of splash to the holidays. Taste is smooth and soft turning bitter till the end. May rerate this ale after secondary taste. maltdog (626) - New Mexico, USA - DEC 28, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2005 2005. In the rerate, I gave +1 for aroma, -1 for flavor. Attractive copper/amber, dusty with motes of hop residue. Frothy head leaves raccoon-tail rings of lace in the glass. The hops hit my nose as soon as the cap comes off. Once poured, the beer flaunts grapefruit, hot grass clippings, grape, orange peel, iron, baking spices, and faint cheese aromas. The flavor is so fruity as to suggest residual sweetness, with bladelike hop bitterness; resiny and junipery with an impression of mace. Nearly invisible, very fleeting whole wheat bread and pine nut malt presence. Almost-medium mouthfeel has a glassy texture and somewhat explosive fluffy carbonation. Long woody (snicker), bitter charcoal, catty, and metallic aftertaste. I love hops, but this beer is unbalanced, one-dimensional, and undeserving of its reputation. delmecum (87) - Western Illinois, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Not a beer for the Pilsner lovers...as I found out on my turn to bring the beer night. However, I liked it. Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2005
Poured a nice transparent amber color with a white head that left some lacing. Piney hoppy aroma and some spiciness as well. The first few drinks of this didnt go over very well in my mouth, but as I got farther into the beer, it seemed to mellow out a bit. Its an interesting mix of the spices and the bitter hops all at once. The hops definitely linger on your tongue for quite a while. Different from any other IPA I’ve had. henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - DEC 23, 2005
The bottle poured a dark amber hazy (bottle conditioned) liquid with a modest sized off-white smooth head that lasted well and left good lacing on the glass. The aroma was spicy. The hops were notably overwhelming the malts. Three were notes of grapefruit, grass, pepper and clove. The body was full with moderate carbonation and a smooth creamy texture. The flavor started off somewhat sweet and spicy but that was overtaken by the hop bitterness quickly. The finish was long and the Hop bitterness lingered along with an alcohol warmth.