awaisanen (1310) - 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 (3085) - - 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 (463) - 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 (6368) - 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. malrubius (3086) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - OCT 19, 2007
24 ounce bottle split in pint glass. Bright copper with lasting tan head and lotsa lace. Fresh hop aroma (duh) with some yeastiness. Fruity (golden raisin?) and hoppy flavors with the emphasis on hoppy flavor more than bitterness. Lingering hop flavor. Medium-full body with medium carbo. An absolute delight, Strong but very quaffable, and extremely enjoyable. I’ll have to save one to do a side-by-side with Celebration.
mmmbeer (1433) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2007
From 24 oz. bottle- As soon as the bottle was opened, the aroma of hops and slightly of pepper came forth, very nice. Appearance- copper color with an off white head. Hits the mouth with hops from the start to finish, medium body, finish a bit earthy. Very drinkable on a cold day, bit of a warming affect. theisti (4237) - Kansas, USA - OCT 19, 2007
24 oz. bottle from mreusch. Pour is orange amber, clear with a one inch off white head. Aroma of resin hops, malt and a touch of pine. Taste is big, resinous hops. Bitter from start to finish. Nice earthy / orange peel after taste. Pick up on some black pepper spice. Nice and complex beer. Cheers Matt! MaltOMeal (1094) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2007 24oz bottle. Pours a half-finger, off-white head which lingered throughout the drinking. Great lacing on the glass. Clear golden/copper color. Aroma was of hops, but did not pick up any citrus. Taste was of wet hops and a bit soapy. Medium to thick mouthfeel. Could not taste any citrus either. Some bitterness throughout and on the aftertaste. Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 18, 2007
This is what a "wet" hop ale should be. The nose is filled with hops, and is peppery. Pours a brilliant amber with nice white head, and great lacing. The flavor is crisp and balanced almost perfectly. A true hop lovers beer. wickedpete (636) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - OCT 18, 2007
Great spicy hop aroma. Very intense and pleasing. Amber body with a tall fluffy cloud of a head that leaves gorgeous webs of lacing on my Sam Adams glass (perfect use for it!). Flavor is a nice balance of bitter hoppiness and sweet malt with a pleasant hop finish that isn’t overpoweringly bitter. Feels thin but satisfying.