Heat99 (56) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2001
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
(2001) I don’t know what it is with Sierra Nevada and their signature hop flavors....Excellent. The second the aroma hit my nose, I said ’Mmmmm’ (Yes...out loud). To be honest, if I had my eyes closed, I would have sworn (by aroma) it was their pale ale. The color is much darker, and the flavor a bit more full, but their Pale Ale is quite similar in hoppiness. I expected a very spicy beer as most Christmas Ales are, but instead got the wonderful hop and citrus flavors this wonderful brew had to offer. The color was copper and very clear with evident carbonation rising to the top to form a beautiful head. As I tipped the glass to drink I saw plenty of lace left on the edge, and even after leaving it sit for a while, the lace remained. I generally don’t consider myself a hop-head, but when it comes to Sierra Nevada, I am. After reading PhillyBeer2112’s review of this brew, I have to say that the analogy of chewing on a lemon rind is right on...but it is balanced perfect with the sweetness. Bottom line...I WILL go pick some more of this up SOON! Way to go Sierra Nevada...you never fail to inspire me. UPDATE! After enjoying the 2001 brew that I wrote about above, I was extremely fortunate enough to run into a store having the 2000 brew. I picked up a six of it and found it to be just as great as the 2001. However, the 2000 recipe tasted a slight bit hoppier and citrusy. Excellent!
60minuteman (605) - Frazer, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light brown pour on draft at xfinity live. Hop centric aroma accompanied by malt, wheat, floral arrangements, and light citrus, probably orange peel. Taste is mostly hop, rye bread, malt. Clean and well rounded. Very nice. Thought it was an APA
Sarpa (671) - FINLAND - APR 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at O’Connells. Pours clear amber with an off white head. Fresh fruity hops aroma, some grass. Fruity hops, caramel flavor, nice and fresh.
arnold931 (184) - Iowa, USA - APR 11, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a nice pale tan head. Good fresh fruity nose. Taste is strong grapefruit hop. Very nice.
JanVah (50) - SWEDEN - APR 11, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
På flaska från systemet. Bärnstensfärgad med en liten skumkrona. Doftar blommigt sött. Härlig blommig smak med ett sött inslag av honung som avrundas med en perfekt beska.
John25 (204) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours amber with a fluffy off-white head and tons of lacing. The aroma is mainly pine. The taste adds some caramel notes and sweet citrus on the back end. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a syrupy undertone. -- This particular bottle is leftover from a few months ago from the 2013. It’s still great but, not as fresh as the others I’ve had. I didn’t rate it until now but I’ve had a bunch of fresh ones. Classic SN brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
fiammanghilla (426) - Genova, ITALY - APR 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottiglia 355ml, ordinata su birraland e bevuta a casa.
Ambrata con bella schiuma persistente.
IPA ottima, luppolatura da manuale!
Abio (1519) - Waasland, BELGIUM - APR 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head could maybe be some bigger, but holds good. Good sticky to the glass. Earthy and grassy hops, caramel. Good bitterness. Not bad to find on a holiday where you expect no beers will be good enough to drink more as once. Even better i found it at the first regular supermarket we entered.
danlo (903) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
350ml bottle. 2013. Hazy orange-brown amber colour, foamy white head leaving some lacing and aroma of caramel, mango, citrus, grassy hops. Taste is malt caramel balanced with fruity mango notes and grapefruit, earthy & spicy hop bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, soft to medium carbonation, dry bitter finish. Very drinkable.
JimmyBoy74 (109) - Örebro, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
355 cl systembolaget. En helt okej öl men jag hade förväntat mig mera. Kanske en av de sämre dryckerna från Sierra nevada.
Beerhunter111 (5610) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein oranges Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr malzig, hopfig fruchtig, bitter. Geschmack intensiv fruchtig hopfig, stark malzig.