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!
krumbum (325) - truckee, California, USA - MAR 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy reddish copper. Sweat hop aroma. A tangy piny citrus hoppyness, well balanced for how big it is. Leaves a nice sweet stick on the palate.
commonshawn (233) - - MAR 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at devils advocate. Copper color with frothy head in pint glass. Smells hoppy, piney. Malty to start then some bitterness. Full body, finish not great. A muted celebration for me.
MattiasA (235) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Backlog. One of the standard winter-seasonals that show up every year, never really made an impact with me.
Meilby (6228) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 355ml @ home
Pours slightly hazy orange/amber with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, citrus, orange and hint of pine. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a long malty and orange fruity finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
varanid99 (402) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 version. Dark amber, slightly cloudy pour with thin pale brown head. Aroma mostly malt, some citrus and a little resin. Malty, sweet, slightly citrus and slightly resin taste, medium bitterness which persists a while, it ends with darker caramel /burnt sugar and still slightly bitter.
SamTheBarrel (272) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
350ml bottle, 2013 years vintage. Appearance is clear dark amber with a large frothy beige head with good retention, that when reduced left some lacing. Aroma of orange peels, apricots and grapefruit. Flavours of orange peels, grapefruit, dried apricots, resin and a hint of caramel. Taste is light sweet and medium bitter. Palate is medium bodied, soft texture and average carbonation.
Grzesiek79 (2899) - Radom, POLAND - FEB 27, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vintage 2012. Piwo super. IPA ale wyjatkowo dobre, smakuje prawie jak Imperial Double IPA. tyle ze ma sporo mniej alkoholu. Ale cale mnostwo roznych chmieli, amerykanskich. Wszystko pachm=nie jak dobre perfumy. Piana spora i trwala. Po wypiciu piwa jeszcze zalegala na dnie. Minimalny osad na dnie butelki. Gozdikowy posmak kwiatowo goryczkowe. Piwo. Polecam na swieta szczegolnie, ale i nie tylko
Geraldusek89 (9) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2014 does not count
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great offering by SN. Aromas not as strong as I had hoped, but I was pleasantly surprised by the taste. Worth the try.
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AdiBeer (423) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: typical IPA hoppiness, flowers, some grass, some citrus, but also hints of malt. Appearance: hazy dark gold, medium head. Taste: light bitter. Palate: getting very bitter, average-long finish, bit dry. Overall: really nice IPA. Pint at Craft Beer Rising festival, London.
vikage (160) - SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Resin and a bit sweet citrus like tangerine in the aroma, unfourtunately accompined by some metal. I guess my bottle is a bit old ’cause the hop aroma is a bit on the weak side
Appearance is clear amber with nice white head
Taste begins malty sweet, has a short spice interlude and finishes bitter, The bitterness is really nice and long lasting. After a while the bitterness gets accompanied by some spicyness
Medium body, dry texture average carbonation. Would prefer a bit lighter body due to the style
It is really nice tastewise with an interesting spiciness, A pity it couldn’t be more aromatic.