BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JAN 22, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light, slightly hazy, pale golden color. Lively carbonation, short lived foam. Faint mustiness in the nose, then a nice sweet malty aroma. I also get a little fruit, grain and a slight herb. Spritzy carbonation greets the palate, making for a tingly and refreshing mouthfeel. The crispness and sharpness is appreciable from the first sip right through to the finish. It’s a little heavier than you’d expect from a typical pilsner. There’s an initial fruitiness that’s briefly orangey but more definitely lemony. The hop bitterness comes into play very early providing for a good counterbalance against what is essentially a malty lager. The hops also provide a little spice in the middle. There’s a sharp hoppy feeling to the finish, providing a nice satisfying dryness that fades out into a lingering lemony sugary aftertaste.
Heat99 (56) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2001
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice smooth beer. Darker golden color with very little head and a nice hop/malt aroma with matching flavor.
TAR (2346) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2001
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2005 Malty aroma along with some spicy hops. Softly bodied. Balanced and juicy with soft hops and doughy malt notes. Not bad.
Aurelius (3444) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2001
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tastes like Oktoberfest -- I wonder if they just change labels? Good orange appearance, with fine head. Malty aroma and flavor. Palate performs well.
legion242 (1999) - Richardson, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2001
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Oh boy, another summer lager. Not that bad though.
muzzlehatch (4425) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 22, 2001
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Massive head with a slightly cloudy, amber body; nice citrusy nose isnít strong enough, but the flavor sure is. Wonderful malty, full, well-balanced brew with just enough hoppiness to keep the palate, the best part, alive though also very smooth. Just great.
gonzimodo99 (26) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2001
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice summer ale. I like the fact that the citrus is not overpowering as it is in most seasonals Iíve tried.
lizziesage (180) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 14, 2001
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A nice try at a light bodied summer beer. To me the ideal summer ale should have a fair amount of spiciness. Sierra Nevadaís version seems a little too hoppy for the style and the bitterness quickly overtakes the spice bouquet. Not a bad ale ; however, definately not a winner.
blatz (138) - Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2001
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Iím not one for Summer brews, but this one is perhaps the best Iíve had - suffice it to say head and shoulders above SA Summer Ale. Iíve finally found one that is not overdone in citrus or lacking some resemblance of a body. This brew presents a nice head, golden orange comlexion and smooth feel. A little citrus and fair amount of hops. Worth a try and maybe a second look. Cheers!
21iceman40 (1732) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2001
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2003 A really really good beer from a really good brewery. Solid body and solid flavor. This one goes great with a summer cookout.