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 (443) - Alexandria, Virginia, 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...
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - OCT 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2007 (Draught - 2005) Lovely copper amber. Hops in the aroma and flavor, but well balanced. I like Celebration a bit better, but this is excellent.
(bottle 2007) still a great IPA. Medium amber. citrus hops aroma. Citrus and pine hops flavor.
hopdog (10491) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Kennett Square Brew Fest (’05). Poured a medium amber color with smaller sized off white head. As expected, hoppy aromas and tastes. Overall, a decent APA.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 8, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
09.30.05 GABF You gotta love it when a beer can live up to years of hype. Insanely lasting beige head over lovely pale copper. Aroma is tight with controlled and complex resinous hops, big pine, some citrus pith. Excellent balance with a long and chewy hop finish. Touches of mint and light smoke. Tingles the lips; coats, then strips the teeth. Woth the wait.