MrBunn (2536) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2006 Lots of hops go into this one. The 2004 vintage seems a bit better than last year’s brew. Maybe a little crisper? Nice copper/red color entices you to jump right in and makes this one a little darker than some of my favorite IPA’s. The flavor matches color, with a bit more of a malty flavor than most... which turns out surprisingly pleasant. Should be a year-round offering. 2006 vintage is nowhere near the product that Sierra Nevada has offered in the past. Flavors are buried under a wheat/grain dust body that covers up some of the more subtle offerings.
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this on tap at Hard Times in Herndon. Pours a dark amber color with a small frothy tan head that disappeared fairly quickly. The head does create a nice lacing around the glass as it is drunk. Great aroma, which is huge in hops with some herbs and spices hanging on for the ride. Hops and fruitiness dominate the taste with a hint of spiciness and an excellent bitter finish. A great brew for a hophead to get his fix from. The mouthfeel is about average for an IPA. I find this to be a very drinkable brew as I usually have about 6 of these will playing pool, of course you will feel the 6.8% after a few. An excellent seasonal and all around brew, one of the best IPAs I have had.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - NOV 27, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Pours amber with a tiny white head. Hop aroma is pleasent. Taste is earthy hops with a smooth bitter aftertaste. Taste would best be described as a SNPA with more hops. Very enjoyable. It’s a shame this stuff is only available for a limited time each year.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 26, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2006 This gets better every time I have it, gotta love this brew: serious citrus and caramel malt nose; pours with a large, creamy head; amazing balance of substantial citrus hops and abundant caramel malt; moderatly full bodied; awesome favorite of the season. Hoard while you can!
biznizness (1124) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent IPA. Hoppy and crisp. I am very impressed with this brewery now that I have given it a chance. For a microbrewery that is fairly widely available, they certainly do produce a quality product. Definitely worth getting, especially if you are an IPA fan.
walleye (1073) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 bottle.at 5.99 a sixer not a bad buy poured a copper red. with a light tan head. aroma hops, malts, pine, citrus, some yeast. flavor, citrus, hops, pine, nice clean taste and finish. will get more of this was told that this ages well. flemdawg said he has a 2003 that we can compare.
Hmright (101) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2004 Great beer with a nice spicy taste, great full even flavor, with a nice long finish.
brewrater (92) - akron, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another great product from a superior brewery. (Definately NOT overated in my book) Good balance at front and middle. A little heavy on the hops at the back end for me. But for the hophead probably a great ending too. Not that much of a departure from their pale ale so I wouldn’t consider this a special (i.e. celebration) product. Excellent nevertheless!!!
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not my favorite style or company. I find Sierra Nevada over-rated. That said, a crisp, bitter clean finish and solidly strong IPA. Personally, I don’t find this as flavorful or charming as a celebration and holiday ale should be.
mkato (18) - USA - NOV 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A great beer. Nice hop flavor, sharp and pepery. Piney smell and taste. I have to say that the price, 5.99 a sixer makes it one of the best values around.