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 (3677) - 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.
davidflores99 (225) - Long Beach, California, USA - NOV 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Najas Place, I decided to try a pint of this and wow, this is a great brew! Appearance was copperish and a creamy thick head. Aromas was definitely hoppy and sweet, with some malts maybe......Flavor was awesome, bitter sweet, but nice and smooth.
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 3, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On Tap Nellos Pizzeria (10/04) Pours an inviting copper color with an inch thick head and very nice lacing. Great looking beer to start with. Aroma is bursting with fresh hops, sweetness, and some caramelized, malt notes. The hop flavor in this beer is just wonderful, notes of citrus, grass, pine all blend together with the darker malt elements of this beer perfectly. It makes a wonderful APA. So glad I was able to try this beer, at my local pizzeria of all places. Go Nellos!!
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 Draught @ Redbones 11/04. Well well well, after 3 years of searching for this beer, here it is, in the pint in front of me. Not too bad looking for an APA, though to be fair, the Cisco I just drank looked much deeper, darker, and cloudier. This one was more of a yellow-cream color, with dark beige and light honey-orange tones. Small white head, mostly clear body. Aroma has hops, yes, and light yeast, but it is not hugely hoppy, nor extremely bitter. Fresh and light it is, with notes of tangerines, mint, pine sap and orange blossom honey. Flavor starts out restrained, interesting, I’m getting lots of sweet caramel malt and then the hops second, which are moderately bitter, but only lightly citric. A good dose of yeast is apparent, and is enjoyable, for me at least, as I’ve always liked Sierra Nevada’s yeast strain. Finish has a zip of carabonation, a good amount more citrus flavor (light lemon zest and oranges) and ends with a note of lightly toasted malt (probably caramunich or something similar). It’s a good deal sweeter than I expected, but has a very warm feel to it, with a medium body and a smooth consistency. Whereas Cisco’s Harvest is much sweeter and malt dominated, this has a thinner body, but showcases the green hops more effectively. A very good beer, to be sure.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2006 On tap at the Crescent Moon. Clear copper brown in color. No red overtones like the oktoberfest. Grassy and hoppy aroma. Nice load of bittering hops to the taste, malt is less than the Celebration. Maybe a little more balanced than say, the Wheat or Celebration, but not as tasty as either. Grapefruit hops plays out the strongest. This beer went fast at the Moon and was gone before you could say "1056."
UPDATE: 6/23/6, Had this again on tap at Brewski’s in Fayetteville AR. Big nose candy aroma, sweet floral hops. Green fresh hops are present throughout this beer from beginning to middle to end. Sticks to your tongue.
jaymobrown (1588) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Map Room. Very crisp hop nose, which also dominates the taste. Mostly just a bunch of hops thrown in. Found this to be lacking in many subtlties. Much like many of the overhopped beers one pint is fine, but anything more woudl destroy the palate.
kujo9 (1091) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap: Coppery brown, orange highlights, w/ a lasting off white head. Citrusy and piney hops, bready toasted malt, light caramel sweetness in the aroma, also lightly fruity. Bitter and hoppy w/a semi dry finish. caramel and toasty malt flavor, citrusy hops in the finish & aftertaste. Well balanced by malt flavor, moderately fruity. Prickly higher carbonation(may be the establishments fault), sort of burns from carbonation, medium body, dry m/f. A very good pale ale, not my favorite style, but a very good representation.