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. It’s 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. There’s also a minor caramel malt note to balance things out. I’m a little disappointed in the fact that I don’t really pick up any Citra (melon, mango) hop notes, though. Having said all of that, it’s really not a bad aroma at all - actually, it’s 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 isn’t the quality - that’s fine and dandy - it’s the fact that there isn’t 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. I’d even suggest it’s a touch less coarse. Great drinkability for nearly 7%.
O: I get a real sense of de ja vu drinking this - put Torpedo’s label on it and I wouldn’t 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.
shadey (1996) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 17, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Burger Up in Nashville. Orange pour with minimal head. Stiff hop aroma. Body is substantial enough to support it, but this is hop centric. Solid ipa bitterness, but surprisingly gulpable.
Beer5000 (5052) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
355 ml bottle. Clear golden body with a few floaters and a medium sized white head. Quite nice aroma with citric fruit and a nice malty balance. Flavor is sweet malt, citric fruity and balanced bitterness. Did not find much of the piney stuff here, probably a bit too old? Nothing extra special going on here, but it’s a fine hop, malt balanced IPA anyway. Nice body and OK aftertaste.
nihtila (1721) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2.8.2014. Beer camp #93 2013. Hazy orange, quite big head. Nose of pine, citrus and tropical fruits. Taste also comprises of similar notes, biscuit, bitter finish. Pretty malty. Quite easy, not very attacking.
TET (2104) - FINLAND - FEB 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
An slightly orange beer with a medium and blond head. Aroma has strong caramel malts, peaches and some other tropical nuancees, pine needles. Taste is strongly bitter, piney and resin, caramel malts, some citrusfruits. Medium+ bodied, smooth carbonation. The strong bitterness is dominating and only hint of aromas are noticed. Good anyway.
zacgillbanks (3184) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. Aged for around 2 years. Hazy golden coloured with orange marmalade and tropical fruit flavours, toffee, malt and juicy pine on the finish. Superb!
DWestrick (474) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 8, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. had randomly with a friend. decent, run of the mill IPA. pretty nice
AdiBeer (2089) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: honey, resin, floral hops. Appearance: hazy amber, medium, frothy, white head. Taste: medium bitter. Palate: resin, pine, grass - all comes up in the intensifying bitters, relatively short finish. Overall: nice IPA, bit on the bitter side for my taste. Bottle from The Bottle Shop, Bermondsey.
olio (7512) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
355 ml bottle.
Pours golden color with a large white head. Piney and resinous aroma, citric hops and fruits with fair amount of malts. Caramel malts and resinous hops on the flavor, orange and faint gooseberries too. Quite crisp, almost harsh bitterness. Nice fruitiness but the amount of mats don’t really work for me here, decent anyway.
Beerhunter111 (10462) - Hasborn, GERMANY - OCT 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orangegelbes Bier mit schöner weißer Schaumkrone. Geruch nach reifen Früchten, sehr malzig, hopfig, frisch. Geschmack kräftig malzig, sehr fruchtig, reifes Obst, bitter hopfig, ok!
pricey290483 (675) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle from the bottle shop a really good beer that has a massive amount of hops going on i got loads of fruit flavours coming from the beer a banana aroma with a nice grapefruity taste i nice beer that i wish i had got more of