hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This ale welcomes you with its very pretty frosty, dark strawberry-orange color, and nice creamy, sticky eggshell foam. A hoppy aroma with a slight edge of flowery sweetness wafts up to your nose just before its light, bitter, hoppiness runs quickly through your mouth. I can't decide if it's refreshing like a summer ale or more substantial like a winter brew - I think it must be both!
egajdzis (5576) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2014 (2002 - 7/13/03)Poured golden amber with a large head that left nice lacing. Hoppy aroma, and an initial hoppy taste followed by a fresh bitterness.
(2001 - 9/17/03) Darker amber color, strong fruity hop aroma. Milder hop taste, then there is a slight fruity taste, followed by a slight tingle on the tongue. Still good after almost two years.
(1996 - 8/1/04) Has become way to old. Sweet and oxidized, no more hops here. I’ll take a 1 - 2 yr old please.
jercraigs (8494) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2005 Re-Rate Jan 2004. Bottle. Dark copper body, creamy off white head. Mellow citrus, chewy resiny hops and a muted touch of malt in the aroma. Flavour is very well balanced and quaffable, pleasant bitterness and citrus, dominate by grapefruit. Medium to full bodied. Very nice beer. Thanks for the bottles Jon Walker. 4/7/8/4/17 <P> Original RatingDec 2000. Yummy! Citrusy but not too much, i noticed the malt mostly in the aftertaste mostly. Very nice, it’s a shame I can’t get it in Ontario normally. 6/4/8/3/16
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Color is a golden orange with a off-white head about a finger high, top is lumpy with some big bubbles: settles to a nice even skimming with some nice clingy, patchy light lace.
Smell is a nice floral, lightly citrusy sharp hop, super clean and fresh. Taste is very smooth and bright with brightly floral hop thats a little bit spicy and bitter as well.
Feel is a lighter-medium body with a very crispy sweet dryness that starts in the middle and settles down through the finish and has a great evenly smoothed out bite with a very subtle but potent alcohol warming, which only now I'm starting to feel. Wow, some damn good stuff
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
a great holliday beer. Very hoppy and very earthy. It's not for everyone. I like so much that I basted my turkey for christmas dinner with it and everyone thought i was a genius.
Sturgess (173) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of my favorite beers, Celebration has a great hoppy bitet to it and is great for winter time to throw down a 6 pack with your buddy. Cheers to Sierra Nevada on this one.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JUN 23, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2003 A nice foamy head that reminds me of the top of a root beer float. Not a great nose but very good flavor. A good balance of the malt and hops that goes down very smooth. On tap its even smoother, and pleasantly drinkable for how hopped up it is.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice looking deep amber ale reminds me of a glass of apple cider. Millions of tiny particles floating giving it a cloudy like appearance. Thick creamy head with an almost blanket like lacing. Aroma is predominantly cascade hops, a trademark of this fine California brewer. Very smooth on the palate, a medium to full bodied ale which finishes with a little crispness. This is a great winter time ale and one worthy of celebrating.
eczematic (1322) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JUN 14, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
very classy indeed. I had no idea this is supposed to be an "IPA" until right now - I wouldve pegged it as an English strong ale or something, except for the citrussy stuff. Very soft and mellow in the mouth, with deep, full, buttery, plummy malt perfectly balancing the leafy, spicy hops - you can tell they used whole hops.
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUN 14, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich orangish color with a moderate light tan head, and with some sediment floating around. Really does have the grapefruit aroma. Quite hoppy and bitter with orange/lemon peel flavors. I thought it was kind of raspy in the finish, so I'm going to put a couple of them downstairs and try it again next winter. I just rated Liberty Ale and although it seemed even hoppier, I thought the finish was smoother.