ThisWangsChung (747) - 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.
Hanoi (374) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Nose is yeasty, and slightly musty, slight citrus. Suspect this maybe a bit old. Taste is muted citrus, honey leading to pine. Moutfeel is good. Decent IPA which I suspect was past itís best when it past me.
gegwilson (1026) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the Robert Gillow Bottle Shop in Lancaster. Pours amber with a cream head. Plenty of pine hop notes going on providing a long bitter finish. Some initial fruity sweetness. A nice easy drinking IPA, but lacks a little something in the way of a malt base to make it really good.
beer0clock (115) - Canterbury, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A good Sierra Nevada beer but a bit piny, golden Amber, murky, frothy white head, lots of lacing, classic American ipa but more refined, bottle at bottle shop.
s_hartshorne (1153) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle bier huis ossett. Hazy orange great creamy white head slight lacing great retention for bottled offering. Aroma is pine Caramel fruits. Taste is same well balanced malts with good bitter hops. Nice body smooth oily mouthfeel. Really very good this.
johndoughty (3937) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Orange with a small head. Sharp bitterness with some fruitiness. Hops in background with a bitter finish. A bit too bitter for me but still a very decent beer.
Mjp12 (310) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
You know what this will taste like before you take the top off, glorious pine and fruit aroma, with the sweet and bitter taste to follow. Great ipa!
tinylightsrecs (174) - - JUN 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Glug Newcastle. Pours dark hazy orange. Malty back with floral fruity hoppy flavours. Classic Sierra Nevada with extra bite.
Crille (83) - Varberg, SWEDEN - JUN 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy orange color with a nice white head. The aromas is full of citrus, tropical fruits, pine and resin. The taste is biscuit, dried fruit, malty and some grassy notes. Not the best IPA out there, but very drinkable...
melush (556) - SPAIN - MAY 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Botella de 35,5 cl, en Beer Inn Mugishutei en Sapporo, Japon. Color ambar. Sabor a lupulo, ligeramente afrutado y citrico.
Tsekouratos (195) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - MAY 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
355 ml at The Local Pub, Athens Greece. Orange copper, slightly hazy, with a thin white head. Aromas of citrus, lemon, pine and bread. Taste of citrus, pine, orange, tangerine, some caramel and bread. Sweet aftertaste, long and sticky, oily mouthfeel. Light to medium body with low carbonation.