SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2007 This ale should be celebrated at only $7.50/sixer. Pours a beautiful honey/straw with a bubbly white head. The nice citrus aroma is woven together with some tasty malt undertones. The flavor is somewhat meaty, and warms slightly in the finish. Great winter warmer. RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 26, 2005
Pours amber with beige head. Aromas of dry floral hops and maybe some holiday spice. Nice rich flavor and body. Moderate ABV is disguised well. Sierra Nevada doesn’t do great beers, but ones that I am never disappointed to sit down and drink. ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 18, 2005
This is my favorite christmas time brew. I look forward to when this comes out every year. Such a tastey beer, flowery holiday taste. In a class all its own really. Try this next christmas for sure! Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2008 Interesting choice to put out an IPA as a winter seasonal brew--I love it. Typical Sierra Nevada floral aromatics with really great crisp hops notes. Medium mouth feel bolstered by the higher alcohol makes for a really positive drinking experience--try on tap. brkc (11) - USA - APR 16, 2005
I’m not a big hops fan but the hops in this is just so over the top that I drank about 2 sips and dumped it down the drain. I can’t think of a beer that I like less.
highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - APR 11, 2005
Fierce, alcoholic Californian IPA (6.8%). Poured an amber colour, with a moderate head that laced well. Zinging aroma of gin and tonic and lemon cough drops, with an underlay of sweet spices. Oily mouthfeel. Full of lemony hops, with a classic US IPA bitter finish. Fiercely bitter. Plenty of warming alcohol. To be honest, I found this challenging until the hops had bludgeoned my palate into submission. By the end of the glass, I was a convert. (Bottle, 2001 vintage)
Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2006 Great beer. Reminds me of SNPA but hopped up (no pun intended) on steroids. Very flowery bouquet of hops and pine also sweet and bitter. Complex but smooth . Very enjoyable. Crockett (1119) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2014 Hazy amber with a light tawny pour. Short but ver well lacing rocky white head. Hop flowers, grapefruit, salt water, toffee aroma. Hop juice, nutty malt, toasty. Very warming. Very green bitterness. Some molases and brown sugar. Finish smooths out, but still has a biting acidic long end to it. Very appetizing.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 1, 2005
Draft, shaker. Strong pine and citrus (grapefruit) hop aroma. Malt profile is of bread and grain. Rich copper hue with a nice, tight, creamy, white head that’s well lasting. Moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter flavor becomes a lightly sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter finish. Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: a solid (and one of my favorite) IPAs. radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
Bottle. Brilliant amber in colour with an off white head and very nice lace. The aroma was a beautiful balance of piney hops caramel malt and cookies. The flavour had lots of hops, pine, grapefruit (lots), malt (cookie dough). Very well balanced, medium body, high carbonation. Finishes with a long hoppy bitterness. Thanks for the beer Rastacouere.