phfyysik (1489) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JAN 19, 2018 Nephilium (1821) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2007 This is a wonderful beer. It starts out with an aroma of hops with a hint of spice. After pouring it, you get a dark amber ale, with minor cloudiness. The taste is of a good IPA balanced with some traditional winter spice. This is definitively one that I am recommending to those I know. I have also cellered several bottles of it to see how it turns out. When I try those, I will update this rating.
[Update - 6 month old bottle]
Hops still present in the beer, but a toasty smell of malts is now the main note in the aroma. Pours out amber with a large off white head that grows quickly, then fades to a craggy head. The flavor is still has a strong citrus hop presence, but the malts are starting to come out and play, with tastes of caramel. I’ll keep updating this as I open more as time goes on.
(Update - 1 Year old bottle) Not much hops left in the aroma. More of a toasty aroma, with just a touch of caramel lingering behind. Still pours with a giant head that fades to a craggy off-white head. Hop bitterness has almost entirely faded out, and gone over to a more malt flavor. Predominant flavors being toast and caramel. Tastes more like an Oktoberfest then an IPA at this point.
Pours copper red with medium white head. Aroma is hoppy, fruity, some hay, metallic, some fruit sweetness. Taste is fruity, fresh, hoppy, metallic, dry, hay. Very nice beer! Emeister84 (2655) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2018 12oz can from Kroger (Staunton, VA). Piney aromas, resiny, some grapefruit. Clear amber with orange highlights, and a fully lasting off-white head. Dry, citrusy, resinous. Medium bodied. snowcrash000 (99) - Cologne, GERMANY - JAN 16, 2018
Pours a coppery, brown coloraion with a large, creamy head. Smells of sweet, bready, bsicuity malt with a strong pine presence and just a touch of tangerine citrus. Taste follows the nose, with strong, biscuity malt and pine and just a touch of dank, floral, slightly citrussy hops: orange peel, tangerine and toffee, followed by a medium bitterness. This review is from a 2015 bottle which was about 2 1/2 years old. Would love to taste this fresh for comparison. I guess the hops have faded a little, but this is actually still quite nice with the strong malt and pine notes with just a hint of citrus. Actually reminds me a lot of Uerige Jrön, a fresh hopped Alt beer. BeardedAvenger (1274) - Addlestone, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2018
Keg at Rose and Thistle, Frimley. Not getting much aroma over food. Light chestnut. Creamy white head. Graduappy gains bitterness. At first had a caramel sweetness. Then hoppy bitterness gains prominence. Underlying malts. Medium bodied. Slick. Low key fizzy carb. Long finish with astringent bite. Not too bad. A malty IPA. Does leave a bad taste in the mouth I'm not entirely keen on. However works as a winter beer. 3.4 thebeerbandit (38) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2018 1/1/18
Had with Abby during the first quarter of Bama vs. Clemson sugar bowl. Roll Tide!!
Poured from bottle. Deep hazy orange with a 1 finger white head.
Aroma is piney hops with a little sweetness.
Taste is more piney hops with a fair caramel malt presence. Really well balanced. Both bitter and sweet.
Not too much carbonation and medium feel. Hoppy bitterness lingers on the finish.
Overall, this is awesome! Balance is exceptional! Lots of malty sweetness with a great showcase of the hops. Would have assumed it was a Double/Imperial from the malt presence. I’ll definitely get it next year too!
EerieDrinks (356) - Malmï¿½, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2017
4 finger off-white head.
Clear, amber coloured beer.pachecoweld (29) - California, USA - DEC 26, 2017
Aroma is grapefruit, lemon peels, apricot, caramel, light passionfruit and pine.
Taste is grapefruit, bready malts, pilsner spiciness and pepper with a boozy finish. Hint of clove and roasted malts.
Mouthfeel is semi-sticky with a slightly dry feel. Medium-high bitterness. Low carbonation.
Overall: An OK IPA with a good maltiness but it felt quite anonymous most of the time. Pleasant but not something I'm longing for to drink again.
An excellent winter time ale. Aroma is light pine a pinch of citrus and some roasty notes thrown in. Color is a medium brown to Amber. Flavor is a bit of pine with lots of rich caramel malt and toasted nuts, a medium bitter finish. Not too sweet and not fruity like a typical IPA. Just what I'm looking for in the winter to enjoy. jagross (5) - - DEC 25, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2017 Orange gold pushing light mahogany color and light head. Some pine and citrusy hop aromas and roasted malty balance. Medium body mouthfeel and true to style. Crisp finish. Pithikos (24) - Utah, USA - DEC 22, 2017
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---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone SONOFWODEN (77) - New York, USA - DEC 17, 2017
Celebration just made my Top 5 of any style. Pours a dark orange with a very thick, rocky, tan head which laces nicely and sticks around to the end. I like IPAs but was not sure if I would like fresh hops -- I do now! You get a tasty balance of hoppy bite and sweet malt delivered in medium body. If you like IPAs, but weren't sure if they were for winter --- this is your answer. It's delicious -- I normally don't buy beers twice because I like to keep trying new ones, but, I am definitely going to pick up another six for the holidays. Awesome.