barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - JAN 19, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(draft) One of the better IPAs, but thatís not saying too much for someone like me that doesnít like the style. Just decent, nothing more. Not bitter but a little sour.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, cafe volo. Wonderful looking orange pour. Small white head. Fruity hoppy aroma. Medium body mouthfeel. There was a nicely balanced hoppy taste here, not too strong but certainly of the American interpretation of the style. A really solid brew that had a little more malt and strength to it that similar products and it is something I would definitely try again. But this isnít at all what I was expecting. I guess the whole seasonal Christmas beer angle they are going for (love the label) made me thing I would be sipping on a dark malty bock or porter with some a unique spicy character or something festive, not a beer I could crack open in the summer. Iím sure Iím just being picky, but I couldnít help but feel a little disappointed and mislead. All in all though, good beer.
jonas (6644) - Garching b. MŁnchen, GERMANY - JAN 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pine and berryaroma.
Red coloring, low carbonation, low head.
Piney hops, orangepeel, berries - bitter finish.
Gareth (5) - USA - JAN 15, 2005 does not count
1.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
This beer has the best aroma. I got my first 6 today and it smells exactly like a pine tree and tastes like one going down your throat. extremely hoppy. The one bad thing I personally am not fond of is the extremely bitter aftertaste. However this is truely a winter only beverage. Gives the sensation of holiday spirit with the smell of pine right under your nose.
ross (2137) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours out dark red in color with a nice hoppy smell. really impressive smell. taste is hoppy grassy and all that. a wonderful ipa, surprisingly low rated. i thought this used to be 4. oh well, :) best sierra nevada brew ive had before. now i wish i had bought a 6 pack instead of a single :(
tobias (208) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle: pours a reddish orange rust color with a creamy head andthe aroma of malt and citrusy hops. slightly sweet aroma. the flavors is a nice up front balanance of bitterness and maltiness that is very resfreshing. a nice toasted malt body, which blends with a resiny citrusy hop flavor that balances the slighty sweet beer a very smooth balanced ipa that reminds me of 60 minute.
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2005 Pours a rich creamy head. Typical amber IPA color. What sets this beer apart is its intensity. In both aroma and flavor, itís as if the volume has been turned up 3 notches over the typical IPA (including Sierra Nevadaís own flagship brand). In its intensity, this beer delivers plenty of hop bitterness to counteract "floral acridity" present in some less well-crafted IPAís, some of which nevertheless remains subliminalized in this beer. I can say however, that I rather enjoyed Sierra Celebration.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6536) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2010 I have had this one a few times in the past but not recently so I decided to try it again, especially as I am rather fond of their regular pale ale. sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a caramel color with a medium sized tan head. There was a nice flowery hop aroma. The flavor was nicely malty, a bit sweet and had a strong flowery and grapefruity hop presence. There was a light hop bitterness on the finish. A nice IPA overall with a good malt balance.
macguy (146) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Has a aroma of pine needles and spice. The taste is smooth with a nice bitter finish.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Color is a translucent reddish-amber. Aroma is moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin), sorta malty (toasted grain), with a nice yeast chaser. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately bitter, moderately acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, quite bitter, moderately acidic. Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, with some astringency. I like this better than their Pale Ale. Iíll have to leave a sixer for next year!