Doon (109) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked up at Total Wines in Roseville, Ca. Pours a coppery amber color with a light cream head that dissipates fast, but leaves a ring at the water line for the duration. Smells of alcohol and malt. Tastes very similar to a barleywine. Not what I was expecting. Especially just after a Pliny. The flavor of alcohol is somewhat strong, and itís a little buttery. No real aftertaste. Not bad, but not complex either...
Fratto (2616) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from ericandersnavy. Hazy brown-orange pour. Aroma is caramel and nuts. Tastes hoppy, caramel, grains, and pine. Dry.
Cavie (3795) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of ericandersnavy. Murky orange pour. Interesting head formation. Has some hurricane swirls. Nice fat hops, very wet smell. Taste has a little tartness with a hopped bitter that slowly ebbs onto the palate. None of the sweetness that sits on the nose remains in the flavor. Kind of a leafy taste with soil and wood. Slightly hoppy but mainly strongly bittered.
JoeTheYounger (1144) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - OCT 13, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle compliments of Dale. Dark cloudy orangish red with small white head. Aroma of grapefruit, orange, sweet candy and dried fruits. Taste of orange zest, hops, a little alcohol, some mild bitterness. Pretty well balanced. Medium pallet. Overall I enjoyed this and would like some more. Thanks Dale!
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22oz bottle bought in Mammoth. Solid malt backbone is ruined by too much sage/juniper. Drinks even heavier than the 8% ABV. Hops donít have enough presence. Really just not my thing, but besides that itís just a mess of a flavor profile that doesnít come together.
dwyerpg (4566) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 9, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2013 Really enjoyed the less hoppy body of sage and juniper the second time around.
Original 3.5 Looks great but the aroma is a bit funky. The flavor has hops that come out at the end, but overall the flavor is not that good. Great finish, but disappointing body.
skmikeg (900) - Poway, California, USA - SEP 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a amber, iced tea like color with a quick fading off-white head. aroma is grassy malt, sage, juniper, and pine. flaovr is of juniper, grapefruit, and pine intially with some sage in the finnish. alos some some carmel malt to balance out the hops. has a medium mouthfeel and the alchool is well hidden. overall, this is a very unique and tasty DIPA, defenitly underated.
daleharshman (908) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber purchased at brewery while on a mountain biking trip to Mammoth. Pours a reddish amber color, almost like brewed tea. The half finger of off-white head quickly diminishes. Just as the bottle promises, the nose is full of sage and juniper, much like a Sierra Nevada forest. The sage and juniper dominate, but other aromas include hoppy pine (more on the forest theme) as well as a little bit of citrus. Taste is initially strong on the juniper with the sage more prominent toward the finish. There is some grapefruit in there too, but the wild Sierra sage and juniper are the real story here. A nice malt-hops balance and imperceptible alcohol make this a great IPA and very easy to drink.
JaBier (4888) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bonus beer shared by Dogbrick at the Sam Adams Beer Loverís choice tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 7/30/09. Opaque amber pour with a thin off-white head. Grainy malt aroma with some grass, a bit of hops and a lot of herbal influence (oregano mostly, although that isnít one of the ingredients). Overly herbal flavor with some sweet malt and a semi-bitter finish. Not a bad idea, but overdone on the herbs.
Dogbrick (8123) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample at the Sam Adams beer tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 07/30/09. The beer is a clear orange-copper color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Stringy lacing. Herbal hops and fruit in the nose. Medium body with flavors of herbs, floral hops and earthy malt. The finish is fruits and herbs with a mild hops aftertaste. Just average overall, and honestly a little disappointing.