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!
fiery_1 (295) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 23, 2016
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught @ Elizabeth Station. Pours a clear amber. Nose of sweet grain and malts. Flavour is essentially bitter hops with a slight malt sweetness.
Maracuja05 (734) - Mainz, GERMANY - OCT 7, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[backlog] 25-06-16 // bottle at Sixties, Mainz. Pours amber copper coloured. Sweet malty body, some barley. Some caramel. Then nice herbal bitter hops.
Geokkjer (7346) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 24, 2016
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours deep golden with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, bread, some herbs and floral notes. Flavor is sweet and malty with some bitterness, herbs and bread. Medium body, average carbonation.
Brandman (2848) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 13, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber body, offwhite head. Aroma has caramel, malty bread, spices, some earthly notes, grapefruit. Flavour add dried fruits and some nuts.
aleksander9 (1377) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 7, 2016
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep red with bubbly white head. Citrus, caramel and burnt sugar. Sweet, harsh tea and green finish. Overall: nope. Where’s the hops?
IPAgutten79 (920) - Skui, NORWAY - AUG 5, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mørk gylden med høyt hvitt skum. Aroma av humle og karamell. Smaker søt, så en vag bitterhet. Bær av noe slag? Medium konsistens.
nilsas (3547) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUL 29, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lukt: Citrus og karamell.
Utseende: Honning farge.
Skum/kullsyre: Dekkende skum.
Smak: Citrus og karamell.
Hvor: Kjøpt@VP Kvadrat, Nydt@Tasting kveld hos Untapd Jostein med Bryne.
Medium: Flaske@330ml, ABV@6,8%, Når@28.07.2016
Drukket Som Alias@Sierra Nevada Celebration Fresh Hop IPA
Arve_Christian (4844) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 26, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On bottle from Vimonopolet Norway. Deep golden color, slightly hazy with good foam. Medium/high
Aroma intensity; hops, caramel, malt and some fruitiness . Medium body & complexity. Some immediate sweetness,
Ok bitterness - ends up a little
Bit too sweet. Very enjoyable
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
AnG_BrgNor (534) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 23, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2016 Bottle. Hazy dark amber with nice lasting head. Aroma is caramalt, pine, floral and malt. Taste is much like the aroma but the malty parts stands out. For beeing a malty ipa I think its very good.
OminouSC2 (466) - Mora, SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark orange color. Sweet caramel aromas, fruits and alcohol, some hops. Sweet bread taste, caramel, sugar and pine hops.