fiulijn (19096) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2006 Draught, 2006-12-16, 7-4-8-5-16=40
Beautiful hazy light amber color. The aroma is hoppy, a bit fruity and flowery. The taste is malty enough, with a powerful and aromatic hopping, a lot of hop oils, some resins and little fruitness. Good.
Bottle, vintage 2002, 1 year old, 2003-11-15, 9-4-7-5-15=40
Light amber color. Wonderful hoppy/Cascade aroma; fruity, apricots. Dry, ordinary mouthfeel, less interesting than suspected. Of course, very strong and long final.
IDogg (72) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2004 Good orange amber color, medium sized head, pleasant smell with nice kick to it, very very bitter taste and flavor...too much for my taste.
jamesp (13) - Thornton, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2003 (2003 Vintage) Nice amber color. Smallish head, but good lacing. About the bitterness I expect from a normal IPA (which is a good thing). Not exactly what I'm expecting when I think of a winter seasonal, but good nonetheless.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 14, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really nice IPA. Pours a deep amber, with a thin off-white head. Aroma is hoppy and citrusy. There also pine overtones as well. Medium bodied. Nice bitter and smooth finish.
1more4dessert (334) - Upstate, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
a terricfically balanced IPA,multiple hop notes and malt tones. Dk amber with lasting cottony head. These would go down quite easily in succession.
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 14, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sierra Nevada 's holiday beer goes against the grain. Rather than a spiced beer, or a dark ale, Sierra Nevada offers an IPA. Celebration Ale is a rich deep copper color with a fluffy off-white head. The intensely hoppy nose is filled with the smell of citrus fruit and pine. The taste is at first strongly hoppy as well, but then the strong malt base shines through. The mid-taste is a rich mixture of grapefruit, lemon, caramel, toffee and biscuit. The aftertaste is lingering and bitter.
brownaler (547) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer has a ruby-red appearance. The flavor has smooth hops throughout and has a nice bitter finish.
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2004 Foamy white head over a clear reddish-copper body. Ample carbonation. Aroma’s hard to pick apart, I get some pluminess with some lingering sprucey hop notes. Just a touch of cardboard in there, I think. Nebulous malt backbone, this beer seems to center around its hops. They start out gently bitter (tempered by malt sweetness) but finish with a very enjoyable citrus/spruce taste. This isn’t a "big" beer, but is a nice way to get your hop fix.
psychoanalyst (16) - USA - DEC 10, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber color with lots of hops in both smell and taste. Complex and intense flavor.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2004 2003 bottle (5/7/04). Head is big and frothy but doesn’t stick around too long. There was some powdery particles in the red-orange body. Nose is pretty citrusy, with some nice toasted caramelly malts, and I swear I caught a bit of brandy in there. Flavor seems a bit like bitter brown sugar. It starts wtih bitter oaky grapefruit, but then the tongue picks up on some brown sugar sweetness. That then fades into a light grapefruit rind finish. (7 / 4 / 7 / 4 / 16).
2004 bottle (fresh, 12/8/04).
A touch hoppier overall. I’d say the hops don’t die out at all throughout the taste... quite hoppy into the finish.
1-yr old 2003
Very large frothy head. Aroma isn’t quite as hoppy as fresh, but its still there, with quite a bit of brown sugar. Hops in taste are noticably duller, older, maybe leathery/soapy; but really good. (7 / 5 / 8 / 4 / 16)