michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught: Floral, hoppy aroma. Smelled of Cascade hops. Poured amber in color with a small, off-white head that diminished slowly. Very good lacing. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is medium to heavily bitter. Tasted of Cascades, wheat, malts, and a little steamed rice. Medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Malty bitter finish. Overall, disappointing, but not bad.
Zeswaft (1362) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2007 Poured into my sierra nevada tulip, BOOYAH. Light copper and white head. Aroma is mostly pine. Flavor is reminiscent of the regular pale and iím tempted to go buy one and compare it side by side. Definitely more bitter than the pale ale. Flavor is more balanced and creamy. Lots of sweetness. Mostly pine in the flavor, a little grass, and minimal citrus. the more i drink the more it becomes like celebration ale. definitely somewhere inbetween the pale ale and celebration and nowhere near their terrible IPA. American strong ale is definitely inaccurate. itís only 5.9%. the description says IPA but iíd put it as an APA. regardless, a great beer.
rerate. I donít know if this thing degraded a ton over the last months but there really isnít much flavor or aroma. be it hop or malt. Still a lot of bitterness, though.
adrian910ss (2333) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a semi clear dark golden color with a medium white head. Aroma of pine needles, floral hops and citrus. Taste is hoppy with hints of pine, citrus and floral hops. Very nice, but slightly inferior to Celebration Ale.
brstp (201) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 11, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 bottle from City Beer Store. Clear brown/orange IPA color. Peaty pine aroma, surprisingly few floral/citrus hops considering how overpowering they are in the taste -- seems like they only got the sweet cascades in there, almost no bitterness. Not much malt to speak of. Iím sort of puzzled by this one but it was very pleasant.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle, 2007 edition, from City Market in Burlington, VT (August 2007), consumed a bit above fridge temperature from a Unibroue glass. The smooth, huge off-white head on this slowly breaks apart, forming huge bubbles that pop only very slowly and offering thick lacing as it finally descends atop the clear, bright copper-amber body.....I canít add much to what the description offers on the aroma; it is indeed redolent of pine resin, caramel, and plenty of citric Cascades; not as high-powered or forthright as some of the brewersí other works, but nice....the body is on the sweetish side, hoppiness restrained throughout until a lightly biting finish that is also a bit peppery....as with just about everything from SN, very clean, lightly musty/earthy, beautifully balanced and highly quaffable....this just isnít as distinctive as their best, but itís still not something Iím unhappy to have bought by the six-pack. And Iím astonished that here in lilí olí VT Iím the 7th rater total of this new California beer.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Caponeís. Clear amber/orange Color. Fair lacing. Seemed at lot more IPAíish than Iíve been reading in the other reviews. Or an APA with a strong hops presence. Aroma of pine and citrus hops with moderate balancing pale malt and caramel. I would say medium body. Itís really not covering any new ground for SN, but it is pretty good.
LinusStick (2823) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A great beer from one of my favorite brewers. More of an APA than American strong this beer has hops written all over it. Pour was a clear burnt orange with a thin white ring for a head. Aroma of cascade hops (the only hop I can distinguish) and not much out. Taste was piney and bitey, but thin enough to keep the beer sessionable. Warms the throat as it goes down. Delicious.
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fun, sort of between the Sierra Nevada pale and the full hop slam of the Celebration. Cascades, cascades,cascades, pine and citrus in the nose and the taste. Almost too hoppy, almost too astringently dry, almost too much of a hoppy finish. I prefer the stronger malt presence of the Celebration, but I appreciate the fact that this one is relatively low in alcohol. The flagship pale is less intense, but certainly easier to drink.
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Awesome stinging, piney, citrucy aroma. Amber, slightly orange color. Taste is typically hoppy with a slightly sweet malt presence. As the other raters said, it tastes very much like the pale ale but with elevated alcohol and hop presence. Medium bodied. Quite tasty. .
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - AUG 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Like the Pale Ale in first week of steroid treatment - not HUGELY different, but possibly a degree darker, very slight if so (I think, but donít have PA for comparison). This has all the elements of the pale ale, but amped up a bit. As I like SNPA, I really like this and have consumed a 6pk easily and thinking of buying a case. Not your mind blowing beer, but a 5.9% (sorta hefty) session beer.