jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
24 oz. bottle (thanks kmweaver!). Pours clear dark copper with a thick, off-white head. Toastiness, light marijuana, floral wet hops and a whiff of tropical fruits in the nose. Flavor starts with strong toffee malt backbone, wood then plenty of resinous pine, grapefruit and tea. Ample, yet non-harsh bitterness, moderate sweetness. Medium, creamy body with moderate carbonation level. Good. ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Tap at Max’s. Dark amber body with a medium sized white head. The nose is lightly sweet and floral with grapefruit, light caramel, cotton candy and tangerine. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter with grapefruit, orange, cotton candy and caramel. Medium body is soft with light carbonation. Very nice. asedzie (831) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 20, 2007
Bottle. Pours deep copper with frothy off-white head, with lacing. Aroma is crushed pine twigs and some sticky citrus fruit. Aroma not as pleasing as what follows. Nice fat, bittersweet malt backbone for all of the hop flavors. Piney flavors, along with pinneapple, bitter orange, apricot and apple. Biting bitterness in the cheeks throughout, very nice. Finish is lingering resin flavors, light bitterness and alcohol. Mouthfeel is creamy and full. Damn good. drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2007
24oz 2007 bottle. pours clear light copper color with fluffy white head. nose is very vibrant fresh green hops, grassy, piney, leafy, earthy/soil notes. but the aroma isn’t as big and hoppy as i was expecting. the flavor has big floral and peppery hop notes getting met with a big dose of cookie malt notes. a big resiny hop finish. the flavor lacks some more fruity hop notes. nice body and smooth carbonation. this is a fun autumn beer to drink. and in the days of a hop shortage, it’s a steal at $2.99/24oz bottle. great stuff. FROTHINGSLOSH (8069) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2007
Sampled on draft at the Rivertowne Pub in North Huntingdon PA this beer poured a dark caramel-amber color with a small tan head. The aroma was light, dry and had floral and fruity hop elements. The flavor was dry, sharp and bitter with a strong floral and a mild fruity hop presence and not a whole lot of malts to balance it out. The finish was dry, bitter floral hops.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - OCT 20, 2007
Had this on tap @ The Winking Lizard with my boys Tony & Sean after a hard week Friday night. Nose of citrus, perfume, and flowers. Pours a clear copper orange. The frothy white mostly diminishing slightly sticky head leaves fair lace. The brew starts balanced with decent acidity. The bitter and toasty finish is long and gratifying. The medium dry body is lively and feels clean at the finish. awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2007
From a 24oz Bottle. A nose of herbal hops, light on the citrus, creates a floral perfume. It almost reminds me a bit of warrior in the cleanliness of the aroma, but it certainly doesn’t have that resinous quality. Slightly dank, but a honey dipped graham cracker maltiness softens it up somewhat. Medium bodied, mostly creamy mouthfeel. Rather an odd texture and heavy body for the style. Flavors start off with some lightly spicy hops and honey sweetness. As the sweet, sticky malts slowly fade off the palate, some resinous hop flavors build in intensity, leaving a blanket of pithy pine lingering on the palate. A bit too heavy and sweet, and actually has a surprising amount of bitterness and lack of hop aroma for a fresh hop beer. User37895 (3042) - - OCT 19, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2008 Re-rate, bottle, 7/08: As with the first, this doesn’t stand out in a pleasing way like some of the other SN products I enjoy. But, the experience this time was memorable and not like the slightly "sour" one before. Appearance after my daughter’s pour was huge-mongo head, great ringed lacing all the way down, copper amber body with depth. Nice looking. It stood out in its degree of smack-in-the-mouth bitterness that it finishes with. The "green" or "wet" hops were noticeably that. Citrus, pine, evenf floral notes were noticeable too, alongside a pretty firm caramel base. Spicey elements to the hops were also there. Tons of hop action, some faint tea bags too, but I don’t tend to favor the IPAs out there that mix such caramel malt depth with the spicey piney green bittering hops. A decent brew, can see why many like it, but it was only decent to me, not excellent. The numbers get bumped up a tad, but only because the sourness is now presumed to have been an off sampling moment? Original rating, draft at SL. The pour was full amber, nice initial head and decent lacing. The aroma was citrus hops, light spicey notes. The flavor was slightly soured / lactic citrus and fruity over the top and in the aftertaste with subtle citrus and woody spicey notes whereby this gets its festiveness from? The off sour notes were what stuck with me the most, certainly not turning me on to this one. Not a big pleaser like many another SN product out there. Thanks, Robert! mribm (462) - Ocala, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Tastes like a weak Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, with a little less malt and hops. Makes me want a Celebration Ale really bad! Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Large bottle 2007 edition. Pours copper with a mahogany tint and a thin white head. Aroma reveals pine, caramel, resin, some spice. Tastes of bitter peppery hops, caramel, some metallic hints. Lots of sweet perfumy hints in this one.