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. 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.
Dunbar72 (133) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a bit hazy golden with a medium sized off-white head. Not to intense aroma, hoppy, dry. Bitter to the taste, hops, resin, citrus, some caramel.
Pyrmir (2714) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 16, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Dark golden with white head. Aroma of candy, fruit, violet candy and yeast. Taste is malty, nicely balanced, violet candy, sap, resin with bitter finish. Not a lot of complexity going on
Osprey87 (1098) - London via, WALES - MAR 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cold bottle, 2013 vintage. I’m not sure how old that actually makes it, but this has only just come in to my local shop. Orange / red, lightly sparkling, big foamy white head leaves some lacing. Aroma - musty malts, drying salty hops (like noble hops). Body - medium to light, foamy, low carbonation. Taste - toned down rose and leaves, toffee, astringent dry finish. Below average for the style.
JimmyBoy74 (81) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
33 cl systembolaget. Orange grumlig färg. Doft citrus och grapefrukt. Smakar massor av olika frukter. En klar favorit.
mzaar (1336) - Varberg, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Flaska. Något grumlig orange med lätt smutsat vitt skum. Dofter av tropisk frukt, kåda och stickig alkohol. Smakinslag av tropisk fruktighet (främst citron och grapefrukt), karamell, kåda, gräs och röda bär. Alldeles för enahanda beska, som smakmässigt tar över ölen helt och hållet. Oljig munkänsla.
BeerSkull (1080) - SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle). Aroma and taste of tropical fruits, citrus, caramel, pine and resin. Aftertaste is excessively bitter, and slightly unbalanced. OK IPA but no more than that!
Erasmus_ro (1147) - Alabama, USA - MAR 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 14/03/14, bottled, 10/08/13, BBE 01/09/14, thanks bluus. Pours a dark peachy orange with a decent, off-white head. Aroma is grapefruity, citrusy and piney. Taste is dry and bitter. A lot of pine, lesser fruitiness. A bit harsh perhaps, could use more of the fruitiness. Well carbonated. Good, Sierra Nevada quality, but rather forgettable. I mean, why this instead of Torpedo, one might wonder.
elosop (112) - SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Ofiltrerad, ljusorange med fin skumkrona. Doftar skarpt av kåda och tropisk citrusfrukt. Smaken direkt humlig och besk. Lång lite bitter eftersmak. Ingen favorit-IPA. Lite väl mkt experiment.
Dazz3 (1467) - Hällefors, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours golden with a huge white head. Smells and tastesfresh hoppy, lemon grass, a bit sweet and some floral with a slight dry bitter finish.
Ktwse (1400) - SWEDEN - MAR 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear amber with fairly tall off-white head. Aroma of resin, grapefruit, citrus, light malts. Taste is medium bitter with slight bready sweetness, resinous bitter finish. Light, somewhat oily body with soft carbonation.