awebster (166) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 6, 2005
Very appropriate for the holiday season. A spicy (not hot, but with spices) and complex beer. jefcon (1935) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2005
2005. Walnut brown in the glass. Some nutmeg spice aroma, dry hop aromas (grapefruit and some orange). Lots of hops on the tongue with a drying finish. There are also some spiced and malt elements, but they are a bit nondescript. Palate is tangy with the grapefruit and piney hops but a bit thin when it comes to mouthfeel. This is certainly not the most aggressive IPA, but everything seems to be in balance. The whole hops are apparent. As a winter ale, the spicing is a little harder to run down. mrnutsnbolts (204) - anywhere usa, - NOV 4, 2005
Bottle. Drank it out of the bottle this time, but I’ll re-rate it next time I open one. This tasted like a hoppier, more chewy, more substantial version of their IPA and Pale Ales. It was decent. asheft (3125) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2005
[on tap at State Line Liquors in Elkton, MD]
Appeared a nice pale ale colour and clear with an excellent head, though it was served to me in a styrofoam cup. Fresh citrusy hops with not very much pine and a slight vegetal character and no malt. The flavour is dominated by a fresh US hops flavour and quite a bit of hops bitterness (but not too much), and a hint of diacetyl. This beer needs a little more body and a lot more caramel malt flavour. Light to medium body, medium carbonation, and almost astringent from teh hops bitterness. Very refreshing and clean. Very good stuff. jcr (2784) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2005
2005 bottle. Big grapefruit and pine aroma from a large-bubbled, long-lasting head and amber pour. This is really nicely balanced between the hops and malts, leaning heavily toward the bitter, citrus (grapefruit, pine and orange) hops as it should be. Resiny mouthfeel, nice bite and bitterness that lasts. An emjoyable IPA.
DrBayern (1140) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 4, 2005
2005 12 oz. bottle. Slightly hazy amber/copper, good off white head that leaves a little lace. Piney hop aroma dominates. Medium mouthfeel with just the right mild carbonation. Hops again dominate the flavor profile, with just a hint of malt sweetness. Bitterness starts quickly, and continues through the long dry finish. Quite enjoyable. With seasonals, I expect some spice addtions, like ginger, nutmeg, juniper, cinammon, etc. So, it’s surprising that this is an IPA, and a good one at that. tjthresh (1873) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2005
2005 bottle in a standard pint glass. Pour a bright amber/red with orange and yellow splashes. Long lasting, resiny head with some lacing here and there. Huge grapefruit and pine hop aroma. Plenty of malt to back it up. Each drink is full of the grapefruit and pine hops. Hop resin coats the entire mouth. The bitterness lasts until the next drink. Big bite. SNCA is a true American Classic. jb (3454) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2005
Surprised to see an IPA as a winter seasonal. I love their flagship ale and saw nice ratings for this so I grabbed it. A nice dark amber color with a fast-fade white head. Hoppy aroma, malt and hops in the palate and a strong hops finish. Not as good as the flagship. truegen (167) - Puyallup, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2006 2005 Bottle. Big head on the pour that dissipates rapidly, nicely lacing the top inch or so of the glass. Strong hop bite in front that is slow to fade. Medium bodied IPA style is fairly unique for a winter seasonal. Sammy (13013) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2008 2000 edition, scooped at Route 59 Liquor in Monsey, NY. 5 year IPA that still rocked. More like a top Belgian, still well hopped with spicey yeast and barley and grapefruit hop, tastes up front, followed by honey and then bitter finish. Drying. Copper with sizzling white head, lace. Rich full mouthfeel.
2007 edition, orange citrus, satisfying above aveage IPA.