cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2006 2005 bottle - Pours a clear copper color with a good size head that lasts. Light lacing. Nice citrus hop aroma. Very similar to the SN pale ale we all come to love. Medium body. VAYankee (353) - Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2004
Clear red/amber body with a small cream colored head. Full floral hop aroma. Flavor starts out strongly bitter and hoppy. Gradually fades away (but never completely disappears) to allow a bit of maltiness through. Dry, bitter finish. atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2004
2004. Nice clear red with an off white head. the aroma is largely of citrus hopps with a nice secondary floral hop aroma. There is a crisp bitterness in teh flavor and a little maltiness. It has hints of Alpha King in the hop bill. The finish is nice as there is a clean hop bitterness lingering. steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2004
Pours burnt orange with soft puffy head. Nose is hoppy with citrus undertones. Slight sense of pine. Flavor is a nice balance of malty sweetness and hop bitterness. Finishes with lip smacking stickyness, begging for another sip. jgentgesdo (694) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 7, 2004
Pours amber with thin head. Nose is mild floral. Flavor is powerful floral hops with a sweet barley malt taste at the beginning that quickly segues (ha! Thanks English lit!) to the strong hops character. Has a very long resinous fir finish. This is a good IPA and I’m glad I got a six pack of it rather than a single.
PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 6, 2004
Amber pour. Bitter hoppy aroma. Grainy maybe rye taste with a good hop character. Bitter dry finish. I like it. JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2005 2005 version on tap at Water Street Brewing in Pt. Townsend.
Notes are a bit tough to read by this point. Crystal clear amber beer, thick rocky white head. Very fresh, citrusy hop aroma, herbal as well over a sweet brown sugary maltiness. Flavour is very well-balanced, combination of spicy and citrusy hops against a bright sweet bready malt backbone. Awesome beer.
2004 version from bottle.
Amber colour with a reddish tint. Thick sticky yellow head that lasts and lasts. Flavour is very hoppy with some vanilla. Pine hop aroma. Long bitter finish but well-balanced. A good beer, but over-rated.
7/3/7/3/13 donvitozou (141) - memphis, Tennessee, USA - DEC 5, 2004
a great crisp ale, similar to other sierra nevadas, slight citric tastes, inbetween the pale ale and the stout in color and depth of flavor, a great balance pinotwinelover (18) - USA - DEC 5, 2004
This is a very good beer, just not the style I like, very rich malty flavors. zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Amber color with a white head. Hoppy pine and grapefruit aromas. Taste is very much like the aroma, but some sweetness come thru too. Not like other Christmas/holiday beers, but pretty good.