pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Draught. Kaya in the Pittsburgh Strip. This is true Sierra Nevada... Great hop aroma, but with a great malty sweetness that really makes this beer a quality product. Nose is hoppy and spicy... God I love hops. Pours a deep and dark golden orange with almost a spicy look to it. Mouthfeel is full and carbonated with a joyous burn. Full malty hops and spices galore in the taste. I love Sierra Nevada... You guys rock. LiamPatrick16 (124) - Montgomery, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2004
poured amber color had a nice big head. the lacing stuck to the glass through out the experience.full of hops and spices could of passed as a spice beer. alcohol and spices in the aroma and taste. overall very nice beer espically in the winter sdechert (13) - The Colony, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2004
Aroma hints of oranges and spice. Head is medium and color is on the orange side of deep amber. Initially hoppy, slightly sweet. Strong finish with a long lingering aftertaste that only went away with a mint. Not bad, but a little to harsh to be an every day beer. DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2004
Pours an increadible hazy red Christmas color. This beer’s merangue-like head is massive, foamy, pillowy, and fragrent; it settles slowly alowing the aroma to rise and fill the area around the glass. A fine example of how beer should look. Aroma is simply outstanding. Agressive hops fragerance stands out while malt and alcohol linger in the air. Notes of grapefruit, Christmas tree, and sweet fruits such as cherry and plum dance in the aroma of this fine beer. Flavor starts off as an intense barrage of hops followed by a mellow wave of malt sweetness. Notes of alcohol, fresh flowers, grapefruit, citrus seeds, pine, tobacco, cedar, and cherry fill the palate with a gustatory colage that is both seductive and satisfying. Finishes bitter and savory. Just allow the flavor to linger a few moments before the next sip. And the next. Overall, I wish this beer was available year round, it’s one of the finest beers I’ve ever had the pleasure of drinking. Honestly, this beer is cause for celebration! chandernagor (39) - Oak Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2004
Pours amber color, clear, big white head. Aroma is fruity (peach, pear, apricot), pine, spices and grapefruit. Flavor has a strong hop character (grapefruit, citrus, pine, grass) with an undeniable malty presence. Dry mouthfeel, lively carbonation. Very pleasant.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2004
Pours with a head that would make John Holmes envious. Anyway... this is a wonderfully hoppinin’ (hehe) brew that is only missing the log fire... and Jamie Lynn "Meadow Soprano" Discalla. (I’m sure I butchered her last name. Oh well. If she has a beef, she’s more than welcome to face me and let her gripe be known.) wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2005 Great red pour with very good carbonation. Good taste and a bitter aftertaste which is quite exceptional. I would not call this a christmas beer either. Nice citrus in the taste as it goes down. Sierra Nevada is a very good brewery. theFritz469 (16) - Brunswick, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Not you’re typical Chistmas ale.Strong hops,dry mouthfeel and citricy flavor give this away as an IPA.I could drink this all year round.Great beer! Pailhead (6541) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2006 Bottle: Nice sweet grapefruit, pine, and spiciness in the aroma. Pours a transparent amber with a pretty small short lasting off-white head. The flavor starts with a light tropical fruitiness. The finish has lots of spicey hoppiness with notes of grapefruit and pine. Ungstrup (37905) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2004
[Vintage 2001 - sampled 2004] A hazy deep red beer with a small light brown disappearing head. The aroma is sweet with notes of fruit and alcohol. The flavor is fruity with notes of strawberries, without much sweetness, but a good hoppyness, that gives it a very dry end.