dukeredhair (241) - California, USA - JUL 13, 2011
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
ok. first things first. This tastes more like a barleywine than a lot of the barleywines Iíve had. I am not sure what makes this an IPA. I guess the IBUís are right but the malt here is huge. Anyways.
Aroma: INCREDIBLE Juniper, sage, malt, hops, herby, spicy. really amazing
Appearance: Beautiful clear reddish brown with a big velvety tan head that lasts. Nice lacing
Taste: big malt, complex malt, juniper a hint of sage and a nice hop linger but really the malt and the juniper play here so nicely
Palate: a bit thin for all that flavor.
Overall a really great beer. A great idea for those familiar with Highway 395 it really sums up the journey. A great use of local ingredients and an outstanding ale.
hayduke (3081) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 28, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This pours a deep cranberry color with a very attractive and robust tan head. Nose is malts, citrus, and juniper. Medium body and a smooth creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is rich a good balance between the hops/juniper. and the malt. The finish is a combination between citrus hop bitterness and and juniper. Excellent beer.
keepersj12 (2460) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I might be a tad higher on this bassed on the aroma. Loved it with a big pine hit and what I guess is the sage. A bit lacking in the flavor department, not close to the aroma. It was a bit thin in the mouth as well. A great beginning is not always a great ending.
rmussman (1587) - California, USA - MAY 4, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hello spring! This is what I come to expect from a IIPA. Pours a deep burnt orange color. Great brew. Has a bit of carbonation to it but that quickly goes away. Flavor is sweet and really nice on the palate. Great brew!
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 17, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Rating #96. Hazy dark brown pour with a little bit if orange highlighting the borders, the head was a little rocky leaving a moderate lace on the glass and somewhat beige in color. Very herbal, sage I think and some pine squeezes it way through just a little bit. The herbalness is really up front with the flavor as well and it is just a little sweet as well, very odd to me, but not bad overall. (1645)
Drury (14) - Incline Village, Nevada, USA - MAR 15, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iím fonder than most of this beer. Itís got a great aroma-- herbs (and I usually donít pick out herbs, so makes getting herbs nice). Itís lightly malted with a hint of coffee. The color is a rich, dark amber.
Niko100 (1680) - Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber/brown color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of malt, floral hops, rye, & rich spice; Flavor of sweet malt, caramel, pine hops, spice (sage), and citrus. Finish is bitter; Nicely balanced; Overall, quite different but good - the spice can be a bit much at times though.
beersearcher (2175) - Glendale, California, USA - MAR 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very herby aroma. Sage in the taste. Spiciness really sticks around. Nice amount of bitterness. I really like this beer. Pours darker than I expected.
DYCSoccer17 (3158) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
16 ounce sample on tap at the Davis Graduate. The initial aroma is a bit spicy--perhaps there is some rye in this? Earthy hop notes are also present with a scant sweetness, too. Not overly aromatic, though. Transparent dark amber/cola-colored body with a small light tan head and decent lacing present. A little spicy hop flavoring to start. Maybe some rye? (in hindsight, I guess this was actually the sage/juniper). This has some chewy maltiness in the middle. Hints of chocolate and some roastiness also comes through. Tannins make an appearance before this finishes with more herbal, earthy hop flavor. Mildly bitter at the end. Decent.
gabbama (203) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark reddish, amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is an odd mix of juniper, sage, and sweet malt, with the hops taking a definite back seat on this one. Despite the odd aroma, the herbal flavor works. Lots of sweet malt and juniper up front with the hops coming through on the finish. Nice medium body, with average carbonation. Overall, not one I would drink everyday, but I am glad I tried it.