dberger624 (1028) - Voorhees, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2003
Bottled 2003 vintage. The first taste you get is that Sierra bite which does mellow to a bitter finish. There was really nothing else going on besides that. It's a good beer. thehoff (598) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2008 2003 Vintage: Rusty orange/red with a quarter inch and falling cream head. Smells quite hoppy. Definite grapefruit nose. Actually has a lighter flavor than the smell might lead you to believe. It does end in quite a nice bitterness. This is the entire characteristic of the beer though. I’m a little disappointed because I thought the beer would be a little more complex. Just another IPA. Rated 3.2
2008 Vintage: Nice amber hue, frothy cream colored head, about quarter inch. Again the grapefruit and bitterness in the nose, slight sweetness. Some floral notes as well. Very bitter. OK just not my favorite. Rated 3.6 raymow (1732) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2003
Excellent reddish coloring and nice hoppy, slightly sweet flavor and aroma. I'll have another (and keep them coming). jzzbassman (1638) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2003
Less spicy than most holidays I've tried, it is never the less one of my favorite IPA's that I wish I sould have year round. Had it tonight with leftover Thai Chicken Panang, and it was super. LordHedgehog (144) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2003
2003 bottle. Nice and hoppy, well spiced, and well-developed. High-quality Christmas ale with good, but not heavy, spices.
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2003
Take their pale ale, mix it with a little bit of their Bigfoot ale, hop it up a bit, and dump a bit of spices in there for some flavor. This is a pretty red ale with a nice and thick head. Not as bitter as Bigfoot. Not as smooth as the pale ale. But it's not astringent in the least dispite its extra alcohol. Slightly spiced for an added flavor burst. This is a fine beer from the maker of one of my favorite daily drinkers (the pale ale). The floral cascade hop smell is trademark of Sierra Nevada. Very high quality with the best natural ingredients. You can really taste it in the beer... And don't forget to turn the bottle ever so slightly to get that fabulous bottle-contitioning yeast to mix around quite well. Cheers. flemdawg (563) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2003
2003 bottle. Beautiful red color with a white head on top. Reminded me of a candy cane, sort of. Aroma was hoppy and spicey, but I could not tell which spices. The taste was great. Hops, bitter, and a host of others. Finshed rather crisp and bubbly. One bottle is heading down to the basment for future reference. Aesir (130) - Tustin, California, USA - NOV 20, 2003
2002 - Nose is as flowery as a $2 hooker, it is as hoppy as a $2 hooker and about as bitter as a $2 hooker. If I was going to drink a $2 hooker, you can bet your backside I'd be gusslin' one o' these!!!!!!!111 dwyerpg (6368) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 19, 2003
To date, this is my favorite beer. It tastes just like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, cept more hoppy and stronger. yes. DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 18, 2003
Bottle, 2003 edition. Nice copper/ruby color, medium white lacing. Has that instantly recognizable Sierra Nevada aroma, pine and citrus hops, probably tree bark from the high Sierras in there too, plus something like clothes dryer sheets. Hmmm. Flavor ranges from quite bitter, to a nice sweet malty bread aftertaste, to more of a harsh bitter finish. Feels oily as well. Hops to the max here. I was expecting more, though I don't notes I think I remember last year's being a bit better. I'll store some of these for a few months and check back. Think I was expecting more.