BillPierce (22) - Burlington, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The definitive example of the "imperial IPA" pseudo-style. Beautifully clear orangish color with adequate but not large head. Strong aroma of citrus hops but not sharp and piney. The bitterness is very pronounced but not overwhelming and is balanced with a restrained malty sweetness and some nutty notes in the finish. A little warmth of alcohol on the palate. A strong, hoppy winter seasonal IPA that is satisfying and very close to being a classic beer. Enjoy!
fryjohn (12) - Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(2003) Mild hoppy aroma, dark amber appearance, strong hops flavor with citrus/spice aftertaste. I look forward to this beer every December.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Now *this* is what a winter beer should be!
Exceptional beer all around. The only thing I can really add to what's been said is that it didn't have much of a head at all. Other than that, this beer is awesome.
Very nutty, hoppy taste without being over the top. My first thought when I was done with it was "do I have anymore of these?"
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear orange beer with a decent head. Big citrus hop nose. Flavorful hoppy palate, balanced with a big malt sweetness. Sharp citrus hop bitterness and flavor, but not overwhelming. Drinkable and worth laying down a couple for the spring.
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 19, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber in color with a quickly dissapating head. nutty aroma, with hints of fruit and lots of hops... Oh yeah... THe flavor is hoppy and slightly sweet. nutty
rmpjr (5) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2003 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
At Christmas,my kids wait for Santa and I wait for Celebration Ale. My favorite beer of the year. Like all Sierra Nevada beers this is hoppy but has a sweeter finish than the IPA. An amber color and a full head. Too bad its not Christmas all year!
Zeswaft (1379) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2007 One of my all-time favorites. Definitely a lot more bitter than the Pale Ale. Brite red in color with nice fruity aroma. Doesn’t feel as complex in the mouth as the Pale ale. Nothing that stands out about this beer except the alcohol content will keep you toasty.
rerate. Just got my hands on two of the 2007s. Drank one and it wasn’t that great. Kind of watery. Opened up a 2006 and a 2007 side by side. So ends the aging experiment. The 2006 is total shot. Aroma is just caramel and pear. Man i’ve smelled this before. flavor is richly malty and vanilla. No hops anywhere. I have to chase it with a 2007. Comparatively the 2007 is massively spicy and very resinous. This is how I remember CBA tasting. This is really the only beer that I look forward to each year. I even busted out my CBA sweatshirt today.
fiulijn (14978) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2006 Draught, 2006-12-16, 7-4-8-5-16=40
Beautiful hazy light amber color. The aroma is hoppy, a bit fruity and flowery. The taste is malty enough, with a powerful and aromatic hopping, a lot of hop oils, some resins and little fruitness. Good.
Bottle, vintage 2002, 1 year old, 2003-11-15, 9-4-7-5-15=40
Light amber color. Wonderful hoppy/Cascade aroma; fruity, apricots. Dry, ordinary mouthfeel, less interesting than suspected. Of course, very strong and long final.
IDogg (72) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2004 Good orange amber color, medium sized head, pleasant smell with nice kick to it, very very bitter taste and flavor...too much for my taste.
jamesp (13) - Thornton, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2003 (2003 Vintage) Nice amber color. Smallish head, but good lacing. About the bitterness I expect from a normal IPA (which is a good thing). Not exactly what I'm expecting when I think of a winter seasonal, but good nonetheless.