Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
appearance: clear and bronze, under a light, thin, creamy tannish head.
Aroma: now, we’re getting somewhere, fresh, fruity, ...citrus, grapefruit, peach, apricot, ...piney, floral, complex, and arousing.
On the palate, brisk and bold, grabbing and dominating the senses,a great hoppy blast with every swallow. Warm and toasty on the tongue, palpable hoppiness, hops never stop popping!
Great tasting, full bodied, with a long, fresh, hoppy finish.
My first encounter with this brew that I thought I’d have to travel to California to try, and now I’ll have to return to the pub to satisfy this hop-craving I’ve developed!
In fact, it reminds me of the time two years back when I bought a new acquaintance a beer, and he had no choice, offered that he’d have whatever I had. So, I bought him a SN Celebration. Before he was halfway done with the pint, it started gurgling out of his mouth, and he offered no explanation for why it fled his lips.
Next time I saw him, he was drinking Rolling Rock.
If I bought him a pint of this, I’m thinking he would’ve hurled when it first met his lips.
guzzler67 (1570) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 17, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled this wet hopped wonder on tap at RFD in Washington. Amber hued with an all out cascade and centennial hop aroma of citrus fruit. Smooth on the palate despite the hoppy bitterness, and very drinkable. Gives the Celebration some serious competition.
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’ve been waiting a while to get my hands on this one and it doesn’t disappoint. Nutty brown with a tangy and bitter citrus hop... goota love those hops. Cleans the palate and goes down extra smooth. Piney and nicely balance... dried fruit... vinous... excellent for a pale ale.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber, red tints, white head. Aroma has fresh hops, grapefruit, pine, grass, lemon, citrus. Light to medium bodied, this is quite easy to drink. Flavor is grapefruit, bitter grass, fresh hops, pine bark, caramel malt. Finishes dry, bitter, with the hops sticking all the way through.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - NOV 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
spent a 1/2 yr looking for this in CA and couldn’t find it. finaly had it on tap at le madeline NYC. reddish copper in color, creamy/foamy light tan head that has medium last and a marbled lacing pattern. nose is toasted malt, sweet and carmelized. flavor is sweet malty and strong hop balance. very fresh hoppyness, like I’d want a double IPA to be.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper in color, the aroma is somewhat muted for such a hoppy brew. Spicy hop flavor with a nice caramel malt backbone. I was glad to see this brew on tap at MacGregors, but was a little bit underwhelmed. It was tasty, of course, but not mindblowing.
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this on tap at RFD in DC. Had met Argo there to plan our commi-liberal coup but this beer was so good it just made me happy. Miittenstein does sums it up well with the deep but one dimensional caramel malt backbone but I found it fell right between a Bigfoot and a Pale and was easy drinking.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Sheffield’s. Boy was this a treat. Dark orange in color with a lasting cream colored head. The nose was screaming with fresh hops, earthy and floral. The flavor did not disappoint with lots of hop flavor and enough sweet malt to keep you satisfied. Some lasting bitterness in the end but not overpowering. This was very easy to drink with enough flavor and aroma to make you want to drink it all night. I wish this would be bottled.
FlacoAlto (3891) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on tap at the Hop Leaf, Chicago
This beer is a clear amber color, and it has a surprisingly long tasting tan head, at least for a draught beer. There is a fresh, herbal, hoppy character to this beer, and there is a hint of caramel to the nose as well. The taste is sharp and herbal, but there is perhaps a bit more malt character than is in the Celebration, I get note of caramel and biscuits. Of course this beer is about the hops, the hoppiness is quite sharp, definitely with an herbal quality to it, and it is just pungent. The sweet caramel like flavors of the malt mix with and, accentuate the orange-bergamot notes from the hops. The finish is fairly bitter, though this is a mix of traditional bitterness, and a contribution from the herbal hoppiness that is found in this beer. This is quite tasty, though it is perhaps a bit too green and herbal, though of course this is what this beer is all about.
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - NOV 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2004 Draught at Lucky Baldwins, Pasadena
Copper coloured body with a froathy tan head. Not much in the way of hop aroma, malts are a bit subdued but more appearant than the hops. Strong front-of-tongue hop taste but not bitter. Mild bitter aftertaste. Swelling hop aftertaste that turns to mild alcohol burn.