0o9i (438) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. Rich, copper-colored body, clear, and slightly sparkling...topped with a large, fluffy head of beige that leaves behind sticky lace. Mouth is medium and pretty flat with a small zap of coarse carbonation and a wet finish. They arenít kidding about the juniper and sage. Itís in the aroma and the flavor. Besides the local flora, I smell the hills as you drive south on 395, approaching Topaz lake...oh wait...besides juniper and sage...hm? Thereís a definite floral-hoppiness, pine, hop-oil, sugared malts and even a touch of honey. The flavor is pretty similar, starting up front with sugar and sage to finish with a bitter finish of sage and juniper, with some hops along for the ride for some saving-grace-pine on the tail. I keep thinking about eating sage-brush, which is rather unpleasant, but the fact that itís sage-brush makes drinking the beer a life-like flashback to hiking and the like. Spicy. Itís all right. The flavor is kind of thin, if that makes sense. Iím also not sure how fond Iíll be of eating bushes after I finish the bottle. Creative and cool, but...yea. Maybe they should make a vegetable-herb brew?
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle courtesy of solomon420. Nice dark orange appearance. It smells almost like a DIPA but then the herbs come in, and nto the good kind. Once I tasted it I felt like someone had lit up a bunch of sage and waved it in my face. This was too strange and not something I look for in a DIPA. It is different though...
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-17-2008 03:59:37
alexanderj (3317) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a nice looking coppery, orange with a firm, medium khaki head. Aroma grapefruit, flowers, mesquite/wood, sugar and a nice juniper balance. Very interesting flavor. Did not realize that it had juniper and sage until reading the description on ratebeer; but after tasting it, the juniper presence is clear. Pretty easy drinking. Flavor did not wow me, as I am not a big fan of juniper. However,
hapjydeuce (938) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 31, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Clocktower Cellar Pub in Mammoth with jarspag and Maheu in January 09. Clear bronze color with medium carbonation and small head. Interesting aroma of rye and floral juniper with some toasted malt and light hops underneath. Low hop profile in the flavor, considering the style; however it is probably the spices overpowering the bitterness. Strange gin-like finish with more toasted grains. Kind of strange.
marcus (6489) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This reddish orange beer poured with a nice beige head and a caramel aroma. There is a sweet malt flavor with lots of caramel and a citrus and pine finish. The juniper flavor reminds me of genever.
bhensonb (11047) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the Coop in Davis, CA. Copper amber color with a three-finger beige tan head. Rather evergreen aroma, but not over the top. Medium body with creamy carbonation. There is so much hop. It is almost juniper. It is almost sticky with resin and malt. Sage? Might be. Mostly really evergreen. If you love gin, this is for you. The juniper just rolls around the mouth. This might be something to preserve the body for the ages!
DuffMan (6738) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 31, 2008
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
GABF 2008. Bronzy amber, low cream coloured head. Odd chemical aroma, like freshly torn plastic packaging, intermingles with the usual resinous and fruity cascade trademark. The same weird chemical flavour drowns out any sweet malt or aromatic hop character. The finish is long and bitter, but that can’t make up for the dominant flavour. This one did not hit the mark for me.
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - OCT 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
DTM scored this on a trip to So-Cali. I had a beer once called Spruce Ale. That one was horrible, however this beer was what I was expecting from that label. It was super piney, like licking an evergreen tree and it tasting how the forest smells. Nice departure from the norm and clear example of what a piney IPA brings to the palate.
pantanap (3357) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle as bonused by doublea....pours a red caramel brown pour with a semi thin off-white head.... strange aroma that had a sweet plasticy aroma, somewhat chemical with some other spices that really threw things off for me....that off aroma made its way to the flavor which didn’t quite work for me. sweet malts with some bitterness but ultimately difficult for me to digest. quite different with the spices involves but not to my liking. points for a totally different west coast DIIPA.
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - OCT 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Hi-Time Wine in Costa Mesa, CA. This was definately different from most IPA’s I’ve had. Usually its citrus hop, but the piney hops dominated the palate. The description says sage and juniper and I would totally believe it. Hopefully I can find this one up in Norcal.