Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 bottle pours ruby amber with decent white head. Nice lacing. Strong aroma of citrus hops with some hints of malt. Taste exactly like the smell would indicate. Very well balanced easy drinking beer.
Madhatter707 (2) - USA - FEB 1, 2005 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A winter favorite since 1981, Celebration Ale never fails to maintain its bountiful, full-flavored charms. The lively hop mouthfeel hints of caramel, citrus and spices. A zesty floral hop aroma rises from the creamy head. The dominating hops escort a swirl of malt sweetness and aromatic lemony notes into the long, satistying finish.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark golden, somehow cloudy colored. Little white head. Bitter hoppy aroma, some citrus tones come up too. Strong flavored: starts with bitter fruits, ends with lasting dry and bitter tones. Medium to full bodied. Aftertaste lasts long with strong bitterness from hops. Nice brew!
Joem1 (5) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 31, 2005 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
They say the recipe is different each year, well this years batch was great. Hoppy without tasting too citrusy, great alcohol flavor without being too pronounced, just a world class beer
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JAN 31, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
on draft: huge tight tan head with a orange copper glow below. nose of citrus mango hops and vanilla. down the hatch is a perfect suttle sweetness and then the hops come to dominate fruity and flowery and crisp and spicy. a tangy buzz that pushes the palate and feels like a frothy pillow. good f@ck’n stuff. better then i remember.
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled, 2004 vintage. Rich copper with a silky white head. Familiar sharp hop nose tempered by creamy spice.This goes down like a sorbet; one minute you have this hops, vanilla, spicy but subtle and then it’s gone, evaporating in a tingle. As I was only charged 79p in my local supermarket for this I’m going back down there to get some more before they get the price right.
TBone (16159) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, 2004 vintage (BB 10/2005)
Dark copper brown, good creamy brown head. Aroma has aromatic American hops. Flavor has more hops! Mouthfeel is carbonated and soft. Balanced IPA.
sayravai (4708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottled) Hazy amber/orange color with a smallish, lacy head. Very fruity, aromatic-flowery-hoppy aroma. Somewhat port-wineous and sweet. Fruity, flowery, hoppy, slightly wineous. Long, aromatic and bitter, slightly sugary finish. Medium-bodied, very bitter, dryish palate with balanced carbonation. Slightly thin for a winter ale, and not very warming. Nicely hopped brew, but I expected even more.
GregClow (3183) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2005 2004 vintage. Copper-amber colour with a longlasting white head. Rich, full, piney hop aroma. Flavour is similarly hoppy, with a pleasant spiciness. Kudos to Ralph at Volo in Toronto for bringing this one in. (Not a real re-rate, I just had to correct a typo.)
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 27, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours and amber with a small off white head. Nice hoppy aroma with a hint of malt. hoppy flavor with some added spices. Nice bitter finish with the warming of alcohol.