dsw4b (5) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2009
4.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer was an impulse buy prompted by a surprisingly low price. I took note of the brewery and little else. It should come as no surprise, then, that I expected a very malty beer with little hop presence and a very full body. It seems a large number of beers brewed for the holiday season fit into that mold. The initial aroma did little to convince me otherwise. My wife disagrees with the mild aroma assessment, so maybe I’m imagining that (or have a cold or something). Anyway...
Wow. Lurking beneath the mild aroma was a mouthful of hops. The body is medium-light and the head is soft and seems to last forever. But the hops... There is almost no balance contributed by the malts, and for me, that is a good thing. A little more in the area of aroma might be desired (if for no other reason but as a warning to unsuspecting drinkers), but overall, this could easily be my favorite beer for now.
Had I known at the time of purchase that this beer was this good, I would have picked up a case or seven.
knasputte78 (284) - SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Halvljus och grumlig. Trevlig frisk doft med fruktighet och lite tallbarr. Smaken är balanserad och trevlig lite för mycket beska för min smak
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
TedE (730) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 12, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 Fl oz bottle into shaker. Orange/copper beer with solid two finger head. Carbonation is constant and fine. Nose is subdued fruit toffees. Flat clean mouthfeel with aspirin bitter finish. Quite light and easy to drink, surprising given its ABV. Nice albeit one-dimensional. Of course it’s meant to be a Winter beer but here in Sydney it is 25 Celcius at 11pm so I’m drinking it straight out of the fridge. Probably better a little warmer.
Samuel214 (220) - SWEDEN - FEB 9, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flaska från SB. Mörkorange klar vätska med högt gulbeiget skum. Frisk doft av citrus, koriander, örter, selleri, tuggummi, blommor, färskt gräs. Åt det sötare hållet med en del maltighet undertill. Medelstor kropp. Frisk beska från början. Något torr. Inte lika mycket fruktighet som i doften, mer aggressiv i humlen. Maltigheten drar åt pilsnerhållet. En ganska lätt öl, men samtidigt med bett i. Välhumlad och trevlig.
linusb (369) - SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2016
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: Amber coloured, huge off white head N: Floral, caramel, lots of hops, hint of liqourice T: Decent bitterness, quite deep wooden flavour. O: Lots more malty than expected. Still a good beer though.
foyle (360) - Wyoming, USA - FEB 3, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass
Appearance: pours a 3" pillowy off white head that falls very slowly and leaves abundant lacing behind. Color is cloudy reddish-amber.
Aroma: strong pine and citrus dominate but there is an evident malt in the background.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, viscous and quite sticky with a quite dry finish.
Flavor: fine balance between the hop notes with a bready-sweet malt.
Overall: extremely well done. I am a rare IPA drinker but this one is definitely worth having.
Dorkenstein (257) - - FEB 1, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aromas of lemon rinds and caramel. Taste is lemon rind, red grapefruit, caramel malts, and some peppery biscuits.
Oldschool_Mike (266) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 22, 2016
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle into IPA glass. Pours a clear copper colour with off white head. Aroma is earthy and grassy. Taste is grassy hops with a nice maltiness to go with a pleasing bitterness. Good beer.
DuchessOfIowa (145) - Iowa, USA - JAN 22, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a bottle. Ruby mahagony Brown hue with medium vanilla head. Spicy malt flavor with citrus, pepper, and slight juniper. Like the subtle bitterness balanced with the malt. Still has a nice dry finish.
KansaiBeerLvrs (3801) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 20, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sierra Nevada Hop Celebration 2015
This fresh hop winter IPA pours a deeper russet gold that kind of makes me think of Aki no Kimagure.
It’s got a great fragrant hop bouquet juicy fruits(mangoes & guava) with minty lemon as well.
Nice full body and very bitter hitting you with a pine whallop, then a hearty dose of fruits and finishing with a nod towards the malts. Even though it’s bitter it remains balanced good stuff.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
xfire73 (64) - - JAN 19, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
cloudy dark orange~brown colored
aroma full of hop, grass
taste malty, dry finish with less bitterness