peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Candy orange body with a thin head. Nose is a grassy orange that is well balanced against the malt. Flavour is orange creamsicles with a candy sweetness that is full and chewy. The tounge cleans to a strong bitterness with some acidity. Fluxuation of flavours and balance make this a very fun beer.
Tejas (973) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught --> Flying Saucer. Creamy body. Good hoppy cherry flavor which reminds me of Celebration. This seems to be Celebration’s little brother. Kind of surprised at the 98 rating.
ABUSEDGOAT (2489) - California, USA - MAY 9, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2007 Tap at O’Briens in San Diego. Amber body with a grapefruity and piney hop aroma. Some caramel. Sorta like a strange twist from their APA. Pretty enjoyable, and the other 99 times out of 100 I would have loved this, but there were 3 other 5 oz samples next to it I’m rating 4+/5 and a BA Numbskull. So yeah..
rerate from fresh 2007 bottle: nose is somewhat unexpressive, getting some fresh mowed lawn notes, but mostly muddled PNW hops. Flavor brings some of that magic flavor, but the house character and pale and caramel malts unfortunately dominate. Bitterness is moderate to high, but the hop flavor is lacking. Any IPA/APA (whatever it is) can have bitterness, but not all of them can get that great flavor of the wet hops. Dammit. For me it seems that wet hop beers are MUCH better on tap. 6/4/7/3/13
mjg74 (2950) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 13, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at O’Briens. Pours a medium ruby/amber color. Aroma is somewhat hoppy with a solid malty backbone. Smooth mouthfeel. Moderate bitterness. Well balanced brew.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - APR 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at O’Brien’s in San Diego. A very nice array of malt character built as a delivery vehicle for the hop array. IOW, nicely balanced with great hops flavors. I like it.
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - MAR 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another wonderful product from sierra nevada. Good rich malt body and light caramel flavors with a wonderful hop bouquet and flavor. Hops are woodsy, and citrusy. Very fresh and clean hop profile.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Dark orange amber with a small white head. Muted vegetal hop aroma. Some caramel with a floral and resinous hop flavor. Sweet malt and residual hop grassiness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light medium.
jzzbassman (1560) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Gingerman in Austin. Big hop aroma from the pour, was hurt by being a bit tooo cold, but it quickly redeemed itself as a super ale. Definitely had the SN house flavor, but just a lot more hoppy without kicking you in the teeth.
sandygoonie (48) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
ON TAP at Sierra Nevada Brewery on a trip down. Ver worth while because I had this beer one of my all time favorites. Nice orange cooper color with an emormous citrus hop nose flavor. Malt flavor of 2-for or 6 row barley. Excellent Overall Palate and flavors balanced with the hops. Bitterness was perfect with restraint as some west coast do not. they kept it in line with the overall beer. If I were to grade it...oops I will above. BESTEST OF BEST
SDalkoholic (2318) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2011 On tap: I was served this ale in a sierra nevada pint glass and to tell the truth i thought i was served their celebration ale because of how much hops i could smell. I guess thats all there ales though. Anyways, bright orange gold color with a perfect topping of head. Flavor was bitter and full of hop. I wonder if it could of have been as good from a bottle as it was draft? (2006)
Bottle from South Bay Drugs: Created a thick development of fluffy foamed head while the liquid was a golden honey color. As for the aroma, my nose is able to pick up signature Sierra Nevada hops that have a pleasant scent of pine and ripe grapefruit while also smelling earthy and of rich moist soil. The flavor is mild with a soapy flavor accompanied with a light squeeze of citrus and again with notes of earth. Has a natural and organic taste and a much rounder balance than their regular pale ale but maybes that’s why I thought this recipe is too tamed. (2010)