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!
Beerblogger100 (50) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 3, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of my favorite brews. So big and complex, curious it is mentioned an IPA. So much more in malts here than a typical IPA. Biscuit and toast along with the big huge pine hops. Great complex finish.
RichTheVillan (4835) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; light copper pour with a creamy beige head, aroma has caramel plus some hints of pine, taste has caramel, mellow pine, some grapefruit, quite a bit of malt action, bitter finish.
likeatrainwreck (210) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange copper beer with white head. Heavy malty body with piney hop character. Bitter finish. Okay.
R4N5H (386) - SINGAPORE - AUG 4, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle on 01/08/2015. Hazy reddish brown colour with a thickish beige coloured head. Sweet aroma of fruit, pine, spices and malt. Medium bodied and carbonation. Rich flavour, although a little on the sweet side of biscuit, malt, fruit and lots of hops. Nice bitter hoppy finish. A nice ale to sip.
rosskyle (208) - - JUL 31, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Served on tap. Red Orange with a thick white head. Orange melon hops aroma. Medium heavy body. Malt hops citrus bitter flavor.
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bergstaden (1766) - Røros, NORWAY - JUL 26, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber with off white head - Fruity hop aroma - Good malt body with some caramel notes with a good hop profile with fruity tones and hints of peppers - Fruity hop finish that has some pepper in the back - This was nice
Desverger (4597) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at Black Swan, post CBC - fuzzy amber coloured pour with white head. Tropical and citrus fruity, hoppy and malty, some caramel, toffee, orange, pine, grapefruit, bitter finish. Decent.
Gorgosh (349) - - JUL 3, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Inget är som det borde. Jorden ruckas en aning ur sin bana för här här vi ett Sierra-öl som inte får hjärna och hjärta att slå frivolter av lycka. Men så har Sierra en helt egen måttstock som är lite mer kräset kalibrerad än alla andras. Det här kan med andra ord vara en braksucce, förklädd i en annan etikett.
villevav (364) - FINLAND - JUL 2, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Punertava väri, tiheä luonnonvalkea vaahto.Tuoksussa märkää nahkatakkia ja sitruksista humalaa. Maultaan maltainen, katkera ja täyteläinen. Tasapainoinen ja suutuntumaltaan virkistävä olut.
gopherfan99 (983) - CROATIA - JUN 30, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle; pours cloudy amber with a khaki head; aroma is caramel, grapefruit, and malt; taste is malt, citrus, caramel, and a hint of spice; finish is bitter with some spice notes; nice IPA