ElGaucho (2282) - 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 year’s. Has a harsh malt that is pervasive and overwhelms the hop that was so key to last year’s batch. Smell’s 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 it’s 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 glass’ end. Wow! I hope this brew makes an annual visit to these parts. Ar 8, Ap 5, Fl 8, Pal 5, Ov 17.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - 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 haven’t 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 Tyler’s 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 Tyler’s 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. I’d say it’s my favorite pale ale since alpha king tastes more artificial to me.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Clear amber color withan off-white head. Big citrus hop aroma with caramel underneath. Big hop flavor with a fair amount of malt behind it. The hops travel through to the big long bitter finish.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at he Grey Lodge in Philly. This was pretty good. Nice mellow malt flavor going for it. With a hint of hops. Only thing missing was that Sierra Nevada hop bite.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oh my lord was this phenomenal. I love the melding of the flavors in these fresh hop harvest ales; they are a bit piney but the really seamless fit into the bready malt and all together there is a touch of iron, stong earthiness. Goodness do I love this flavor. The aroma is not strong, but has more pure pine elements, almost sappy. Gorgeous color and mouthfeel; I could dring this all morning, as I did in Memphis at the Flying Saucer. Katie was one good lookin’waitress...