NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice hop aroma. Pours very nice with a frothy white head on a copper body. Citrus notes follow a mild malt profile and big hops are present through out. A less in your face IPA which is more to my personal style. Still was kinda sad there was no cinnamon or fruitcake flavors :-(
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 Vintage, 12 oz Bottle: Light transparent red/orange which pours a big tan head which is mostly sustaining, nice carbonation. Aromas of big hops with some pine and light grapefruit. Flavor is a nice sweet bitterness, a little bite, and a drying mouthfeel. Nice looking lacing.
Gmku (300) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 9, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2008 Re-rate, Vintage 2008: Wow, as good as ever. I don’t notice much difference year to year. This is a good thing, no?
Perhaps my favorite of the holiday brews. Love the rich body, the generous malt, the hearty hops. Much like an IPA, which might seem a little odd for a winter seasonal, but for some reason it just works.
johndoughty (4801) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Perfume like flavours dominate.Plenty of body yet in some ways quite gentle for a 6.8%.Reminds me of Anchor Liberty Ale. An all round top class ale.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drank nice and cold from a bottle into glass. Coldness definitely brought out an overwhleming (and delicious) grapefruit flavor, with a full body. Burnt orange with a foamy head. Very refreshing IPA.
murawski (160) - USA - MAY 27, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2005 While there are many "holiday" ales out there, Sierraís Celebration remains one of my favorite mainstream choices. While it does not beat any of the holiday seasonal micro-brews I have tasted; spicy flavor of nutmeg, but very drinkable. Always perfect for a winter weekend at a cabin in the mountains, sitting outside by the fire pit. And the shorter bottle fits perfectly into those drink holders on the camping chairs.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pine and grapefruit abound in both the nose and the flavor. Very drinkable IPA, but not outstanding in any catagory. I donít hold that fact against it...itís a very good brew.
Arayaga2 (2079) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 20, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This product is nicely spicy, and smells the same. Itís decent, but firmly middle of the road as it doesnít really distinguish itself in any way.
FrkAabenhuus (147) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy golden with a medium white head. Nice hoppy nose with flowers and spices. Taste is hoppy, fruity, spicy again with a floral touch. A very fresh and pleasant beer.
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap into shaker glass, Crescent Moon Ale House, Omaha NE. Clear orange amber in the glass. Not much white head, diminishes mostly. Nice lacing, ok racing. Minty, anise-ish highlights to a spicy hop smell full of corriander. I havenít smelled this much corriander in a beer since Traquair Jacobite. Taste is hoppy, hoppy, hoppy: nice level of bittering hops with spicy peppery hops dominant. Some grapefruity flavors linger beneath. There was some malt sweetness, but not much malt presence. The hops onslaught in itís spicy variety was almost harsh; the beer didnít seem balanced at all. Enjoyable, but a bit over-rated in my opinion.