BearBrewer (86) - New York, east village, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
tap @DBA, really enjoyed this one. nice and clear amber pour decent off white head. Nice lacing. Medium bodied with great hop character, finishing with malty smoothness. Yum.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear amber color. Mild citric hop aroma with compementing caramel malt aroma and flavors. Subdued in both malt and hop profile - I was expecting something a little bolder or bigger. Thin to moderate body, clean finish. Good and interesting, but not as memorable as one might expect.
DarkElf (3028) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draft: Wet Hop Beer Festival, OíBrienís in San Diego, CA) 2003 "vintage". Iím underwhelmed by this beer. Itís rated extremely high, yet I find it one of the least interesting of the 16 beers at this Wet Hop Festival. For a wet hopped beer, there is surprisingly little going on in the nose. It has a lightly malty aroma, but thereís hardly any hops emanating from the beer. The flavor is definitely tipped toward the hoppy end. Itís fairly bitter right from the start, but especially in the finish. Medium body, clean, crisp palate. Amber color. Light tan head takes eons to settle down, but eventually is reduced to a sheen. Thin, but dense layer of lace fully coats the glass. Iíll try this again some day, but Iím certainly not in a hurry.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Pizza Plant. Got some fairly rich port-like aromas mixed in with the slight malt and dominant hops from this good looking coppery red beer. Crisp and hoppy refreshing mouthfeel, with a somewhat dry finish, but a very nice flavour. Havenít had enough of the style to know whether it deserves its reputation that way, but in general thought it was a very enjoyable beer.
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - NOV 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I totally disagree that this is perhaps the best American Pale Ale on this website. This is a good beer, for sure... but NOT a Great Beer! This is a medium bodied, full flavored ale with hints of smoky wood-chips, citrus and grass. A quick, but satisfying finish.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap, Pizza Plant. Hazy reddish amber color, wispy beige head. Aroma was a little mild, fresh hops, a little bit of citrus, and some toasty malts. A little fuller flavor, some caramel along with grapefruity hops, nice balance. Medium bodied, very drinkable, easy on the palate, but still left some lingering bitterness. Quite nice.
joshpiledean (315) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 Harvest from OíBrienís wet hop festival. Nice dark golden color and very smooth aroma, piney and citrus. Very smooth and rich, nice hop bite, but balanced. Nummy to the most.
Odeed (1774) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
yet another on tap @ hollingshead.amber body with a nice foamy head.very well balanced flavor.this one also reminded me of celebration ale alot.
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, weíre 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 Iíd have to travel to California to try, and now Iíll have to return to the pub to satisfy this hop-craving Iíve 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 heíd 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, Iím thinking he wouldíve hurled when it first met his lips.
guzzler67 (1484) - 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.