sethatuml (38) - USA - NOV 27, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A celebration indeed! This has that distinct bitter flavor that the pale ale of the same brewery does, but even more of that wonderful alcohol!
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Just your standard IPA. Hops with some mild malt undertone. Unexciting. Since I don't like the style it scores low for me.
Aggie80 (785) - Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very nice color and pretty head with nice lacing. Flavor is dominated by hops but has a nice malt undertone. A good sip.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 26, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What happens when you take a great pale ale and add more malt and hops to get an IPA? It's time for a celebration! Bottle (1999).
haddon90 (1385) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another great brew from Sierra Nevada. They are definitely one of my favorite brewing companies. Nice ruby/copper pour with a frothy, lacing head. True to Sierra Nevada, the hops spring out of the glass. Deep hoppy flavor, with a hint of bitterness at the end. Very good beer.
CapFlu (4364) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Medium, white head and copper body. High hops! Grapefruit with a lasting bitterness. Very good.
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice clear orange amber with small head that disappears fast. Big floral hop nose with some citrus overtones. Big hop taste mild bitterness. Good IPA but a little thin in the finish and a little light in body.
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice hop aroma, great color and clarity. Nice hop flavor and bitterness with some balance of the crystal malt. This is a classic American IPA but I would just like to see a little more malt body by incresing the mash temp a few degrees. A very good overall beer.
Reid (1805) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - NOV 23, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good appearance pours a nice murky brown with a smallish head that leaves a lace down the glass.
The smell is unbelievable..marvelous the last few nights I have had some great smelloing beers this is another!..malt and big hop smell combine, a work of art.
very treacly taste bitter aftertaste on back of tongue..strong coffee even..a meal in a bottle.
Lovelly over the tongue warming..
Very drinkable for such a strong brew..and none of the stringent alchol taste..great beer.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A quality holiday ale, again, like some others, it tastes like a lot of the rest of the holiday ales. A little hoppier than most. Also gets points for being one of the first, so I suppose that the others are copies of the style.