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.
johndoughty (3856) - 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 (269) - 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 (134) - - 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 (80) - 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 (498) - 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 (185) - 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.
SaintMatty (5083) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Amber with a slight haze. Syrup, apricot and peach in the aroma. Bitter and fruity taste with peach, elderflower and syrup detected. A bit tired.
Grumbo (525) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at the Ale House, Chelmsford. Pours a slightly cloudy, golden colour with quite a large creamy off white head. Aroma of pine, caramel, hops and oranges. Slight bitterness, not swete. A little on the dry side, with average carbonation.
ration (1922) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
220514. Bottle at home (ABM). Pours slight hazy copper with a nice head. Aroma fruity hops, citrus. Nice pacific hop notes. Very nice overall. Not Bad.
Cunningham (4299) - Halden, NORWAY - MAY 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Unclear orange golden color, with a finger thick off white head that last. Ok lacing.
Aroma: Grapefruit hoppy and balanced rich fruity.
Palate: Medium + body. Tad sweet, and a fine bitterness. Average carbonation.
Taste: Rich ropical fruity, pleasant grapefruit hoppy and a some butterscotch in the back.
Overall impression: Lovely IPA.
Personal stats: Bottle from Systembolaget web order, Sweden