doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - OCT 31, 2005
This beer has a nice hoppy aroma with pine and orange. Definitely smells like a SN. The haed was average with a white, rocky head. There was virtually no lacing and the head disappeared. Th body was clear with a nice amber.orange color. There was moderate hop bitrterness initially that became stronger. The finish was long. It has a medium dry mouthfeel with a good bit of carbonation. There was a nice and surpirsing resin finish. I wish they brewed this one all year. PeterLikesBeer (104) - Berwyn Heights, Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2005
pours a dark amber color with a small of white head. aroma is very hoppy, however there is some sweetness in it as well. flavor is very strong at first. Lots of hops and bitterness, however flavor is rounded off by sweetness in the finish. a very nice beer! BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2006 [2005 bottle, 2006 re-rate] Pours out an almost red color with an excellent head- thick and foamy, traveling down the entire glass. I taste grapefruits, sweet citrus and pine (much like the aroma). This has an excellent hops bitterness- resinous, fresh hops and a solid malt presence. The 2006 is certainly up to par, but seems to be lacking the strength of bitterness I remember. Still, a really great beer- I look forward to this one every year.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2005
Pours coppery color with a nice large white head. Scent is very hoppy with some maltyness. Flavor is very much the same. GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2005
Aroma:Strong hops aroma,grapefruit...
Appearance:dark cooper ,huge head...
Flavor:big bitternes,grapefruit,ligh malt...
SSSteve (4006) - - OCT 26, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2005 strong hop aroma. color is copper with a foamy white head. flavor is ridiculously hoppy. very bitter finish. i taste a hint of pine. very good and very bitter. pinkzambia (1931) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 26, 2005
Bottle: This is what an IPA is supposed to taste like! It pours a clear, copper color with a frothy, off-white head and super, sticky lacing. The aromas are wonderful -- heavy hops, juniper shrub and a slight trace of pepper. The taste is quite hoppy and have a great bitter bite to it. The feel is smooth and creamy and the bitter aftertaste lingers for a long time. This is a future six pack purchase! lethe (177) - New York, USA - OCT 26, 2005
Been waiting for the ’05 to come out and not disappointed. Color is a light amber with a medium, fizzy head that bounces with hop aroma. The flavor, as expected from a Sierra brew, is aggresively hoppy, but the beauty of this installment is malty undertones that are consistent throughout and lend it a layered complexity. Despite the seeming hops overload this is a balanced beer that gets better with each seasonal release. 3daddict (139) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 26, 2005
Medium brownish-red looking beer that poured with an eager head which subsided quickly. Aroma was all about the tightly blended hops. I expected more of a typical spiced brew for this seasonal but it refreshingly drinks more like a light crisp English IPA. With an added prickly pine-cone mouth sensation. Hop lovers only need apply. I’m definitely springing for another six! blanstuf (16) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2005
This was a hoppy one. Geh. Wasn’t my kind of beer (obiviously). I tried it... you give it a try...