Ibrew2or3 (7565) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle pours with a clear copper to gold body that supports a white head which leaves behind spotty lacing. The modest aroma offers up a mix of hop notes like citrus, floral, dank hops and slivers of earthy tea. Smells pretty nice but it takes some coaxing to bring it out. The taste starts with the same wide mix of hop flavors such as citrus, floral, earthy tea and some dank onion. The hop bitterness grows to midway and takes over completely for a little while. Nice. Iím really enjoying the way the hop profile is coming together.
Ron (3103) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Pete. Hazy orange body, steady off-white head. Big citrus hop aroma. Good malty feel. A balanced, big IPA, some oily resinous hop tones. It is a very enjoyable IPA.
Headbanger (3555) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle 9/22/13 (Binnyís Downers Grove Mix A Six)-42į in Shaker-Pours a hazy orangish amber with a small tight off white head. Aroma of citrus and malt. Taste of citrus, pine, and malt. This medium bodied brew is well balanced and goes down real smooth.
J_man (810) - Tustin, California, USA - SEP 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Earthy, viney aromas from a clear orange/yellow body with a foamy white head. The initial taste is bitingly bitter and extremely dry with more of that dry vine-like taste and citrus pith. Almost seems like a bit of rye spiciness in there, but I donít see a mention of that in the deScription. Thereís a bit of a floral component behind all that. Very light caramel sweetness in the back, but not enough to tame the hops. Finishes (surprise) dry and bitter, but not sticky. Definitely a hop lovers beer and a bitter mess to anyone else.
douglas88 (7426) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear dark copper color with a large white head. A light sweet pine and biscuit nose. Smooth, medium bitterness, pine, some orange peel, more lingering bitter lemons. Not too balanced. The citra does come in, but the bitterness crowds it out mostly. Good overall though.
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a clear copper color. The head is very fluffy, and about two fingers high, with an offwhite shade. Itís pretty rocky in texture, and fades down to a slender film relatively quickly. Plenty of ringed lacing is left down the glass.
S: In the proper Sierra Nevada tradition, there is a dominant presence of bitter grapefruit and pine notes from Cascade hops. Thereís also a minor caramel malt note to balance things out. Iím a little disappointed in the fact that I donít really pick up any Citra (melon, mango) hop notes, though. Having said all of that, itís really not a bad aroma at all - actually, itís a pretty damn good aroma.
T: I have no actual complaints about the flavor profile itself: slight opening malt is quickly cast aside by a decent herbal, piny hop quality, with plenty of (welcome) bitterness to boot. After the mild palate shock, touches of caramel and toffee appear. At first, I was let down by the lack of Citra presence, but lo and behold, a twinge of melon flavor pops up after a while. My biggest problem isnít the quality - thatís fine and dandy - itís the fact that there isnít much difference between this and Torpedo.
M: This is where the brew pulls away from Torpedo - if only slightly. It seems to be a bit crisper and cleaner, with only a hint of residual sweetness to quash some of the bitter qualities. Iíd even suggest itís a touch less coarse. Great drinkability for nearly 7%.
O: I get a real sense of de ja vu drinking this - put Torpedoís label on it and I wouldnít bat an eyelash. I really wish that SN would have differentiated the two brews a bit more, but other than that, this is a fine IPA. Much like Torpedo, really.
Mittenator (1609) - Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Gold with a big beige head. Light citrus hops and sugar. Really sweet and light.
jkwalking05 (4331) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Amber in color with a good sized off-white head. Aroma is of cereal, floral, and grapefruit. Taste is of grapefruit, light bubble gum, and bitter florals. Clean and crisp.
Finhead (1400) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy, amber-orange pour with a rocky, white head. The aroma is mostly pine with some faint citrus. It has a light, slightly oily texture with lively carbonation. The taste begins bittersweet and finishes slightly more bitter and dry.
umich03jm (2899) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - SEP 15, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange color with a big foamy head that fades very slowly. Aroma is stale floral hops with a little citrus and tropical fruit too. Taste ok. Surprisingly rough to drink. Light sweetness with a moderate bitterness. Nice mix of floral, citrus, and tropical fruit hops but they just stale. Not a big fan of this one.