Hansen (8601) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2005
Nice floral aroma. Appearance is yellow, medium head. Flavor is very bitter, too bitter. A bit thin. Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2008
Jan 08 Bottle from Bitter Virtue. Much better this time. Good hop aromas, some grainy malts and without the astringency I found before. 3.6
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2005
Feb 05 Bottle. Spicy pine aromas. Pine grows leaving a piney astringency. Strength apparent with lots of bitterness. 2.8
Very hoppy nose, citrusy and piney, good fruityness too. Body is dark orange to golden, with a small white head on top. Fruity flavor, some malt and ends with good hop bitterness. Very nice one! Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2006 I have had bottles of this, Poured amber, with a off-white head. Aroma of malts and hops pine and alcohol. Mouth feel is mid level but there is a kick in this alcohol. Nice, can’t wait to age a few of these.
re-rate of a 2004 1-28-06
Beautiful a cloudy amber color. Tan fizzy head, left real good lacing. Nose was hops, then faded to malt. Carbonation was balanced well with sour malt. Bitter hops first, and a sub dude hop ending. The alcohol is felt but not really taste much, unlike the New-fresh ones. Improved well with age. I have another to next year.
"04 re-rate Nose is mild hops and some malt. Much easier to drink, still very tasty and potent. Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2007 Bottle from Sainsburys. Deep brownish copper. White head. Aroma is hops, hops and more hops. Piney and resiny with a citric aroma and background alcohol. Flavour is malt and dead bitter with a load of piney american hops and strong alcohol character. Floral and fruity, citrus fruit (grapefruit) and sweet malt. Really great, tasty US beer. My favourite American beer to date.
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 15, 2005
on tap 2/14/2005. lovely amber/copper color, decent head retention leaving behind a thick trail of lace. aroma is pleasing showcasing this brew’s hops. the taste is very well balanced. and becomes more carmely as the beer warms. medium bodied with a nice lasting bitter/slightly spicy finish. i would definately have this again. redave (166) - squaw valley, California, USA - FEB 14, 2005
Very nice, always glad to accept a Celebration ale! Great hoppiness, nice color and aroma. Nicely balanced. Not like some "holiday" beers that are nutmeggy or the like, this is like a darker richer version of their pale ale. bigger. nquantz (28) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 14, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2005 Bottle (2004 vintage). One of my favorites. Dark orange color. Small tan head. Evident, but not overwhelming hoppy taste (not as hoppy as one would expect from an IPA), with a hint of spice, and a balanced malty and bitter finish. Wish Sierra Nevada brewed this one year round! JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2005
UPDATED: APR 4, 2009 Pours a lovely reddish colour with a fantastic hoppy aroma and flavour, one crackin brew.......a fave ! civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2005
Pours a deep amber color with a lasting small head. Aroma and taste primariy of hops, but with a decent malt balance. Dry, an exceptional mouthfeel and wonderful level of carbonation. An excellent IPA.