BenDover (198) - Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a medium/dark amber, bit of off-white foam. Aroma is hoppy and spicy, a hint of pine/resin. Taste starts out just a hint sweet and malty, well balanced really, and then the hops kicks in. Pretty citrusy, a fairly strong pine taste. Not too thick -- really one of the best mouthfeels Iíve ever experienced in an IPA, and this is more than a regular IPA (although less than a double or imperial IPA). Really great stuff.
boomer0813 (100) - denton, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Thanks to bhensonb. Smell of cramel and cherries. Taste of butterscotch and pine. Ok beer to drink every once in a while. Not my style.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I am not going to lie, this beer scares me, so drinkable and tasty. So easy to pound a 6íer in a a few hours time. So easy to get pretty much completely hammered without noticing you are even past the tipsy point. This is the kind of beer that could make a beer drinker or even beer connoisseur an alcoholic. Great IPA maybe on the edge of IIPA, but either way, great grassy citrusy hop, with just enough malt backbone to make it very easily consumable. Fantastic and a new regular in the fridge (as long as it stays there anyways)
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JUN 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Citra hops, is that right? Ran through a torpedo thatís essentially a hopback? A little red for an IPA but I donít like to judge on skin tone. Sweet citrus aroma punches through the foam and assaults the olfactories. The sweet malt tries to assert itself. It never takes the floor. All hops all the time, everything that isnít hops are behind the stage and merely supporting. A firm hop grip finishes the beer and aromas continue to ressonate in the back of the throat, especially after a burp. Well balanced, a hop heads relief. Evidence that one of the first leaders in hoppy beers can change with the palates of their devotees.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle thanks to bhensonb. poured a nice gold with an off white head that laces. aroma of caramel, citrus, slight butterscotch, and some pine. flavor was pine, floral notes, caramel, and alcohol. light body with medium carbonation. pretty good stuff......thanks bill.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - JUN 3, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber with a thick white head. Grapefruity hop aroma and taste. Sharp and citric with a decent malt backbone. Not a bad IPA.
Doon (109) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
OH BABY! I always get sad when the Celebration Ale goes out of season. When this beer debuted I was ecstatic to learn it was similar to the celebration! It is now one of my beer staples. Hazy dark amber color with a thick head! Bottles tend to foam up easily if not careful. Aroma is knock your socks off hoppy! It has a great ístrongí IPA flavor without the syrupy thickness of some double IPAís. I know itís not a double, but itís got something more to it than a regular IPA. Great beer!
buckyp (32) - Macon, Georgia, USA - MAY 30, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great new brew from Sierra Nevada. It delivers everything it promises. Great hop complexity with grapefruit citrus and nice but not overwhelming bitterness. Balanced with a nice mouthfeel as malt settles in. I hope this is not a limited edition but remains a new stable mate to the old stand by Pale Ale.
SaintMatty (4281) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (Helsinki Beer Festival 2009) - Dark amber in colour. Hoppy aroma with grapefruit and tea. Hoppy taste with strong hints of grapefruit and tea. A nice bitterness, but not too overwhelming.
ajbitt (47) - , Indiana, USA - MAY 29, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma: Almost non-existent. Appearence: light golden, thin white head, visible carbonation. Flavor: light hops, nothing really stands out. Palate: Almost watery, too thin. Overall Impression: Nothing wrong with this beer, but nothing outstanding either. Would prefer sometihng hoppier and bolder for an "extra" IPA.