brewrater (92) - uniontown, 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.
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - NOV 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Lucky Baldwins, Pasadena
Golden orange in colour below a medium sized, dense, rocky, off-white head. Sweet floral aroma much like a garden or pasture with some pine notes. Strong, lasting hop flavor. Sharp and crisp. Little malt flavor. Medium bodied, lasting, full mouthfeel. Average lacing.
HopsformyHips (113) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - NOV 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Oh so yummy. Well, I did have a cold when I tasted this one, I also later had a pale lager which tasted like club soda to me. I like those strong hoppy beers that can comfort me in the midst of my cold....in the midst of the cold winter.
Coppery with a nice frothy light tan head and nice lacing. Citrusy/piney hops. Looking forward to having this one again.
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle. Slightly cloudy orange/red/gold, and thick chunky head. Aroma is a subdued hop feel. Not as much bitter hop bite as I figured from these guys. A very nicely balanced beer. Not as spicy as their pale ale, and creamier than I expected as well. Very good and very drinkable. My favorite Sierra brew.
Dextolen (151) - Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Coppery red with a thick, frothy, off white head. Good lacing. Hoppy aroma, some faint sweetness - a caramel like sweet. Bitter taste, a classic IPA. A slight warming feeling, indicative of the increased alcohol. I would have never thought of an IPA as a ’holiday seaon’ ale, too summery in my opinion. Not what I was expecting. A good IPA, though.
SDalkoholic (2261) - Linda Vista, California, USA - NOV 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Full on copper colored with big opened pores in the head. Can barely smell anything in the aroma but some pine is noticable. Flavor is of nuts with citrus and is mildly hoppy. A dry finish and a fair IPA.
rudolf (2345) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pinier version of SN PA. Ok but nothing amazing. Lemony finish really takes away. A bit of lemon-floor-cleaner n there. I don’t get all the hype. Maybe I’m losing my love for non-malty IPAs....
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2005 Most enjoyable IPA in every sense of the word. Look foward to its release every year now. Like a perrenial all star, case buy worthy. Recieve a 91 vintage bottling and wow was that wild. Dark thick brown muddy pour. nose of figs, and raisins and some caramel. Flavor was huge fig and chocolate. Young its still a creame of the crop. Huge hop, some nice maltiness, but mostly crazy bitterness. Fabulous. Rating is for the fresh bottle.