Lunkie (1936) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUL 15, 2017 Heat99 (56) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2001
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
(2001) I don’t know what it is with Sierra Nevada and their signature hop flavors....Excellent. The second the aroma hit my nose, I said ’Mmmmm’ (Yes...out loud). To be honest, if I had my eyes closed, I would have sworn (by aroma) it was their pale ale. The color is much darker, and the flavor a bit more full, but their Pale Ale is quite similar in hoppiness. I expected a very spicy beer as most Christmas Ales are, but instead got the wonderful hop and citrus flavors this wonderful brew had to offer. The color was copper and very clear with evident carbonation rising to the top to form a beautiful head. As I tipped the glass to drink I saw plenty of lace left on the edge, and even after leaving it sit for a while, the lace remained. I generally don’t consider myself a hop-head, but when it comes to Sierra Nevada, I am. After reading PhillyBeer2112’s review of this brew, I have to say that the analogy of chewing on a lemon rind is right on...but it is balanced perfect with the sweetness. Bottom line...I WILL go pick some more of this up SOON! Way to go Sierra Nevada...you never fail to inspire me. UPDATE! After enjoying the 2001 brew that I wrote about above, I was extremely fortunate enough to run into a store having the 2000 brew. I picked up a six of it and found it to be just as great as the 2001. However, the 2000 recipe tasted a slight bit hoppier and citrusy. Excellent!
Hop malt caramel spice aroma. Murky red Amber colour good head and lacing. Caramel chocolate malt flavour. Smooth palate.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone bwy (87) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2017
More of an earthy taste. Kind of a toffee taste. The hops are overpowering everything else. Expectations are misleading.
Reviewed - A Brew With You, Ep. 62
BeerRenter76 (1015) - Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2017
Originally rated on 1/18/2009. Had this one today at Opal Devines in Austin. Flavor of floral hops with a nice bitterness, with a decent malt backbone. Normally you wouldnt think of an ipa as a christmas brew but this is a pretty good beer no matter the season Beer5000 (6492) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 28, 2017
355 ml bottle. Unclear reddish amber body with a medium sized off-white head. Aroma has malt, caramel, citric fruit and flowers. Flavor is sweet, smooth malt with some caramel, citric fruit, spices and moderate bitterness. Fine balanced body and long lasting, pleasant aftertaste. Not the most bitter IPA in the class, but sure a fine ale anyway, smooth, tasty and balanced. beer_rookie (566) - Arkansas, USA - FEB 17, 2017
Pours a beautiful copper amber color. Lots and lots and lots of head. Some black sediment at the bottom of the glass, it never was suspended, went straight to the bottom. Excellent lacing, excellent retention. WOW!!
john44 (3101) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2017
Aroma is like sweaty socks...yeah. I’ll call that earthy hops. Light citrus and citrus rind. Some tropical fruit. Meh
Taste is pretty good. Malty, hoppy bitter. It’s more bitter, but it takes a few sips to really kick in. There’s some good tropical fruit salad stuff going on here.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bitter, but takes a while to kick in. Oily. Lingering bitterness.
Overall, it’s pretty good. It’s somewhere between an IPA and a DIPA. The lacing and head retention on this are amazing, and it’s easy to look over some of its flaws because it does look so amazing. I acquired this through a trade, and it’s a shame. I’d like to have a couple more. I’d recommend it, and I’m thirsty for more.
Draft Half Pint at White Horse Old Ale Festival 2009, Parsons Green, London in Nov 2009 - Intense hoppy aroma and intense taste. Very Hoppy; resiny spicy peppery floral American hops. Very fruity; bitter oranges. Solid Malty base; caramel, toffee, hint of honey and almonds. Fruity sweetness leads to resiny hoppy bitterness. Very dry bitter hoppy finish. Lovely Beer! (2009-11)
euniceradio (538) - Worthington, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2017 On tap. Pours clouded dark copper, large tan sticky head. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, orange, cedar, dark fruit, roasted caramel malts. Taste of same with lots of roasted grain and grass to balance the quite bitter citrus, spicy hops. HourGlass13 (909) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2017
Pours a dark copper color, with a foamy white head and ample lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, some malt, sweetness and bit of grain. Taste is citrus, pine needles, malt sweetness. Nice bitterness and a fairly dry finish. Medium body, creamy with a nice blend of citrus and malt character. Enjoyable beer KevinReddirt (169) - Midland, Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2017
Tried once at a beer fest. This time was a single 12 oz. bottle. It is a gorgeous medium amber and a slender whitish head. It smells of malt and perhaps a slight citrus. It tastes better the more you have of it. Moderate hoppiness, bitter start and bitter finish. The 6.8% abv is well covered. Very decent, just that there are others that are better. shawnmurphy (495) - Plattsburgh, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2017
This has been one of my favorite beers for many, many years. I anticipate the holidays every year for, among other things, this beer. A 12-ounce bottle was poured into a pint glass, creating a two-finger white lead with residual lacing. Appearance is a slightly hazy copper color. Aroma is hard to make out, but I detect the spicy hoppiness along with caramel-glazed popcorn. The flavor is stellar: I make out butter cookies, white pepper, candied blood orange, and a woody and smoky bitterness.The mouthfeel is medium. This is the perfectly balanced bittersweet brew -- not too astringently hoppy, not too cloyingly sweet.