obguthr (4076) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hoppy nose with pine and caramel notes and foot funk undertones. Hazy copper with fine suspended sediments. Raucous bitter flavor, resinous pine needles. Caramel malt also detectable. Full mouthfeel. Weak bitter finish, lemon zest perhaps..The high quality of the ingredients are evident, but Iím not sold on what Sierra Nevada is trying to do with this one. Simple and without balance. Also, my sample seems flawed.
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.
BenDover (203) - 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.
thebeertourist (4901) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Glorious orange colour with a medium head. Lovely citrus aroma, grapefruit, but also more soft notes. Sharper in the mouth, at least initially, but mellows on further contact. Solid citrussy hoppiness, some herbs. Highly quenchable, but yet more complex than it seems. Rich hoppiness can never go wrong.
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.
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!
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2013 Bottled. A copper coloured beer with a nice lasting white head. I was expecting a higher level of hoppiness with this, but actually found it quite mellow. Piney hops with lemon and melon. Bitter but never harsh. Easy drinking yet still good quality.Score 3.8
Subsequent ratings scored 3.9, 3.9, 3.6, 3.8, 3.7, 3.9, 3.9, 3.8 and 3.9 Score remains 3.8
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.
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.