Ernest (6199) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is hazy dark amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin, grass), lightly to moderately yeasty (dough).
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Full body, creamy/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic, moderately astringent.
Very simple, predictable rendition...the most basic aromatic components for this sort of beer (caramelly malt and grapefruity/resinous hops) along with the raw, yeasty vitamin B smell Sierra Nevada is known for. Looks nice, and the mouthfeel is pleasant too. Exactly what you would expect when someone says "imperial amber / IPA" or whatever you want to call this. Reasonably well-made but quite generic.
after4ever (6112) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12-oz. Pours a murky and very dark amber with a very thin loose tan ring around the top. Sweet malty caramel and gingerbread nose also showing tons of piney hop. Very appealing. Creamy thick body, soft carb. Toasty caramel, pine, resin, roast, and some gingerbread on the mid palate. Long dark pine resin finish. Very nice.
BVery (6106) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bottle from Beercraft in Rohnert Park, CA. Clear amber pour with a small wispy head. Citrus / herbal hops with plenty of caramel and booze - comes off a little medicinal. Crisp on the palate.
blipp (6070) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours amber with an off white head. Spicy and grassy hops, medium bitterness, some sweet and bready malts, and a lingering bitter finish. Pretty good.
blutt59 (6017) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, red amber color with frothy tan foam , sweet crystal sugar and caramel aroma, flavor of malty sugar, pine, citrus, nice red
douglas88 (5926) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear reddish color with a medium white head. A sweet nose of caramel and citrus. Big fruity hops, medium bitterness some dusty caramel. Good. Very hoppy.
larsniclas (5591) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled from Systembolaget
Dark ruby red with a small head.
Vinous aroma with red berries and grape-juice.
Salty Liquorice, red berries and resin in the flavour.
ekstedt (5405) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (35 cl) from Systembolaget. CLear copper, medium tan head. Caramelly malt aroma followed by piney, spicy and citric hops. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Semi dry, medium to high bitterness.
alexsdad06 (5363) - Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from Dutch’s. Pours a deep copper/mahogany color with a medium sized fine beige head that leaves thick lacing. The aroma has a sweet caramel malt base, some citrus and juicy tangerine hops, a spicy note and even a light floral note. The flavor has adds some toasted malts to the caramel, citrus is there, but this is more citrus rind and earthy hops with a big bitterness to the finish. Tasty enough, my only suggestion would be more flavoring hops for the finish and less bittering hops.
b3shine (5335) - Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to snifter (shared with the Mrs.). Bottle says it’s Beer Camp #95. Looks good; a hazy dark amber with light beige lacing. Smells of big caramel malt with a fairly bitter hop profile and a bit of soapiness, but not unpleasantly so. Tastes like it smells with a solid mouthfeel. Enjoyable.