Suttree (5266) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mmmmmmmmmm, tasty. I was lucky enough to stumble upon this one (almost literally - it was late...) at Jack of the Wood in Asheville. Brown with a decent head. Great hop aroma grabs you right up front. Flavor, is as one might imagine, dominated by fresh, clean hop flavor - some grass, some resin, some grapefruit, all good. Its too bad I found this so late, I couldíve drank it all night.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. Amber-brown color, medium beige head with superb lacing. Hops and malt in aroma, very floral. Very tasty flavor, almost spicy, with a lot of hop flavors in the middle and end. Some graininess in finish, and a very bitter aftertaste that is bordering on astringent.
BeerandBlues2 (10073) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Falling Rock in Denver. Pours amber mahagony with a small off-white head. Fruity caramel malt and hop aroma. Grapefruit citrus hop caramel malt acidic bitter hop flavor. Medium bodied and fizzy, dry palate.
ElGaucho (2240) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2006 10/22/06: Re-rated one year later. This new vintage unfortunately cannot touch last yearís. Has a harsh malt that is pervasive and overwhelms the hop that was so key to last yearís batch. Smellís like a pale ale. Is a clear amber with an off-white, thin head and excellentlace. Disappointing. 10/21/05: I had no idea this beer was so good when I ordered it tonight at Old Chicago in Minnetonka, MN. Starts out with a fresh, bitter aroma. Clear, amber body with slow, dispersed carbonation. Good sized, tight bubble, slightly off-white head. Creamy, whispy head with excellent lace. Bitter flavor that tastes like itís higher in alcohol. I would have guessed 7-8%. The fact that it is only 6.3% gives it some session quality. This is really good. A full bodied bouquet of flavor. Sweet and fruity. It was initially served too cold, but in a 25 ounce glass, it at least was still cool by glassí end. Wow! I hope this brew makes an annual visit to these parts. Ar 8, Ap 5, Fl 8, Pal 5, Ov 17.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an orange golden color with a ring of white lace. Aroma of hops and fruits. Flavor of toasted malt, hops and fruits with a bitter finish. Light body with a dry texture and moderate carbonation.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 19, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours light brown with a thick white head. Head retention is long and lacing is good. Aroma had caramel malts, citrus and hop bitterness. The taste starts out bitter but becomes very smooth. Similar to the Alpha King I think.
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 18, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Summits Wayside Tavern...Pours a brown coppery color with a rich, thick white head...Nose of floral hops...Flavor is very hoppy and slightly bitter with just a hint of caramel malt...Very nice offering from Sierra i Like this better than this years release of Celebration although havenít tried it on tap so far this year
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Tylerís in Durham, NC. Clear light brown color. Prominent flowery, citrus hop aroma. Caramel flavor, again with prominent citrus hoppiness. Also a decent amount of hop bitterness. Smells and tastes similar to their pale ale with more caramel and somehwat more bitter.
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
this was a real nice suprise being on tap. GREAT brew. not much else to say. I though celebration was there best - -i was wrong
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this at Tylerís in Durham. Slightly cloudy appearance Has some of the malt characteristics of the pale ale, but with more oomph in the hop profile of course. Very nice and smooth drinking. Iíd say itís my favorite pale ale since alpha king tastes more artificial to me.