Brewnoser (28) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 14, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had the first day of release in SF, on tap. Simply amazing hop aromas (Cascade family) with big amber malt to balance. Distinct fruitiness from yeast adds up to a reason to Celebrate. Quite something, and so much better than the bottled versions Iíve had before. Rated higher than I would a bottle because of the freshness.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2005 hekll ya 100th bEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR @!!! i rule and so does mike in SD!!!!!!!! It was awesome looking with no head ands spicy and amazing..........
hahahahahaha, i am reading this for the first time since i posted it like a year ago. god i was drunk. this was my 100th beer if none of you knew, so i was hammered. so, i have recently had the 1996 version of this as well as the 2005. this yearís was very very bitter IMO. had some grapefruit and citrus hops as well as some corriander and some spice that for unknown reasons, is kind of offensive to my taste buds. both times i had this i had to have mike finish it. i prefered the 96 because it was mroe mellow and calm.
snowtiger (106) - Brighton, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 edition. Pretty clear deep orange color with big white head. Aroma has lots of northwest hops, along with apricot and some malt. Very floral. Taste starts off really bitter, has enough malt to back up the hops (barely) and finsihed dry and bitter. Excellent beer.
jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2005 Thick foamy long lasting, orange thinged head. Beautifu dark orange/brown that just looks like a good IPA. Has a nice alcoholic spice which is again derived from a classic IPA with a touch of holiday spice. Also, even though this beer is made just for the winter it might be a nice tangency in the middle of the summer when your getting tired of all the wheat beers. Let it warm up a little if you get it right out of the fridge. You can tastes special characters if you do. Rerate: 2005 vintage: Red tinged orange body with a orange offwhite aggressive forming head. The head has such a stiff foamy quality that I have not seen in many beers. Intoxicating strong hop, rich malty nose. Flavor is sweet malt, aggrisive bitterness, and a excellent rich malt backbone which is my favorite character istic of a good IPA. I really did not know how to rate beer with my first rating of this beer. I feel like I have such a more safisticated palate now. Beer is freekiní so great!
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Now when I think winter seasonals, barley wines, spiced ales, and belgian styles are the first to come to mind, Not IPAís. But when I first smelled this brew, my second thoughts were over. This has a somewhat light spiced hop nose, with all our favourite citrus and floral notes. This does indeed come across with a bit more spicy side than the usual IPA, making it a wonderful wintertime treat.
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - MAR 6, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
a nice ale for its price. very tasty and hoppy. i can drink this any time.
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2005 very good product. strong flavor, body, finnish -- just plain strong. Iíve forgotten how good this beer is nice balanced hops - not as good as their harvest ale
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - MAR 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 bottle. Poured beautiful. Big head, and great lacing. Aroma was weak at first, but picked up pine in the middle, and was malty with caramel as it warmed. First sip hits you like a logger truck. Hello, hops! This is why they call it Celebration Ale. Itís like drinking a Christmas tree. As it warms, it really mellows out. Toward the end of the glass, it picks up caramel, brown sugar and it gets really good. At the beginning of the glass, it finishes like chalk (or what I assume chalk would finish like.) Toward the end of the glass, it finishes much smoother. Sweet, hoppy, a little bitter and dry.
Note to other newbies out there, buy a six pack of this. You may not like the first bottle, but by the time the sixth comes around, youíll want more.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 Vintage. Moderately cloudy/hazy copper w/ a creamy, lasting pale tan finger of foam. Fresh, flowery hop nose of pine, grapefruit, & mint. Medium bodied, sticky feel w/ a subtle effervescence. Initially the flavour is sweet & malty w/ a lovely fruity, caramel quality, then moves to a dry, bitter hop finish that lingers. Very nicely balanced.
RichardGretton (4653) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish syrupy looking beer with a lightly hopped aroma and a very deeply hopped flavour with a long finish. Overall a reasonable dryly hopped beer in the English vein but a little more robust.