lithy (3000) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to nearbeer. Crystal clear red-orange with two fingers of off white head and crunchy lacing. A mildly spicy citrus hop aroma, some caramel base. Taste is a slick citrus hop note over a solid caramel body and a nicely bitter finish. An IPA version of their Pale Ale in my eyes, a very nice beer if only it were available in Tennessee. Damn 6% laws.
Stine (1434) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 11, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice resiny orange. Capped with the glue-like sticky bubbly white. Floral, fragrant citrus aroma, and a slight bit mineral. Kinda dirty and woodsy in a wet way that isnít good or bad.
Flavor is plenty of hops, and surprisingly peppery. Itís like pine needles and rose petals rolled in black and white pepper. So itís quite earthy, but it isnít especially crisp. Itís heavily impacted by the dulling, slick effect I often perceive from highly resinous hops that arenít blended with the sweeter, brighter citrusy or flowery varieties. Thatís a palate thing really though. The flavor of the resins and earthiness here is really bold and damp like strongly steeped tea, and itís hard not to be struck by it. Malt flavors open up a little as it gets warmer, and these are mostly delicate. Sweet little flashes of almonds, and cotton candy, and white bread, barely there. Citrus flavors present are mostly rind-like tastes of bitterness, grapefruit and clementine mostly, I think.
As Iíve already whined the palate is a little heavy and syrupy, which isnít something I generally like in something that isnít complex in malt flavors. The firmness is good though, and supports the loudness of the peppery flavors really well. Itís the slick, crystally bit of the texture that I donít care for, and occasionally makes me think of any number of lagunitas pale/red/boring ales. Finishes lengthily in the pithiness and the resins, quite sticky in fact, with something like caramel far in the back. Whatever I guess, itís good enough, I really wish it were crisper in the finish.
MrBeerFanatic (722) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a medium bodied amber with a semi frothy head. Sweet and juicy aromas of hops. mmmmmm. Flavors of sweet citrusy hops. The flavor is just about on the same level as the aromas. Palate is just above average having a slightly resinous feel. Lovely beer all around.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAR 10, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle, thanks to LooseCannon. Clear amber with a nice eggshell head. Citrus nose of white grapefruit and tangerine. Somewhat herbal but certainly citrus bitter flavors, caramel and a touch of earth. Dry finish, great lace rings. Excellent.
Ratman197 (7622) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured a clear tarnished copper with a lasting amber head. Aromas of pine, grapefruit, orange zest and light carmel. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a lightly dry finish. Flavors of carmel, orange, pine and light grapefruit with a smooth lightly dry lingering bitter finish.
smackie (54) - St. Augustine, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale is more of what I like about IPA. I pulled this instead of the usual Terrapin Rye Pale Ale (athens, ga) thinking it would be as consistently good like their other stuff. Not so much so this time.
Too sweet and syrupy. Lots of alcohol, yummy.
keepersj12 (2248) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very good. I had it with a Troegs Nugget Nectar which is my favorite and it holds up pretty well. Nice aroma and good hop flavor. Nicely bitter and dry finish.
rader58 (695) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAR 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper coloured. sweet floral aroma with hints of grass. Full hoppy taste with pine. Finish is bold and dry. Has that íSierra Nevadaí taste...which is good.
JorisPPattyn (7308) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Huge, even yellow head, leaving textbook lace over clear copper-amber beer. Deep maltcake with hopsyrup nose; extremely seducive. C-hops to the fore. Very bitter onset, then more aroma hops, but finishing pretty metallic all the same. Bit of fruity lemonflavour, but not much else. Short sharpish MF, quite carbonated. Hops go on & on... Seriously Indian pale ale. Big thanks to DavidA!
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice golden color with white head. Mild hops and faint malt on the aroma. Very very nice hop body with a mild malt balance and a bitter aftertaste.