Case (279) - GERMANY - JAN 22, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2014 version. Pours ruby red with large off-white head. Fresh hops aroma, grass, citrus, pine. Taste is caramel, oranges, loads of grapefruit. Fruity hoppy fresh with solid malt backbone. A winner!
WABeerFiend (271) - - JAN 20, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 12 oz into a tumbler on 11.11.14.
A: Caramel and flower. Sweet smelling.
A: 1 finger head. Hazy red, burnt caramel body.
T: Flower, citrus, and caramel dominate. Honey, and a slight sharp pine bitterness, along with sweet graham cracker are subtle.
P: Crisp and bubbly.
O: This was pretty subtle for an IPA. It actually seemed more like an APA. It had the typical balance that Sierra Nevada has mastered. The flavor of flower was front and center, though. It had a really nice honey, graham cracker, and flower aftertaste. Sierra Nevada says that fresh hops can be dried, but wet hops are un-dried. So a lot of the fresh hop ales are wet hop according to them. However they define a fresh hop ale, theirs is good.
nittanytide (239) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured deep copper with a big, foamy head. Floral and grassy aroma. Taste is grass, grapefruit and orange peel. Good IPA.
Mjp12 (489) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Drinks more like a DIPA, with loads of hops, but a solid malt backbone. Great, long bitter hop finish.
kevinsenn (1178) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Jane’s Beer Store. Fruity aroma. Bitter taste, also sweet and fruity with pine notes. Long bitter finish.
Joel (111) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 6, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear golden amber with a thick, long-lasting head. Aromas of pine and floral hops with sweet aromas from the malts. Tastes nutty with caramel and finishes with moderate hops flavor both grapefruit and mildly grassy. A well balanced, full-bodied IPA. Not a hop bomb, but has a respectable hop presence and finishes with a lingering bitterness and nutty sweetness. A very nice and very drinkable IPA.
rproff78 (121) - - JAN 4, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty good ipa from Sierra Nevada. Good hoppy flavor from the start and has a nice finish.
Ontape (389) - Valley Village, California, USA - JAN 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours a rich amber / copper. Aroma is a bit subdued relative to the taste, which carries a big West Coast hop punch. Still tasting super fresh. Lacks some of the flair / enigma / magic of my favorite IPAs but clearly expertly designed and made.
77ships (4403) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 4, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thx! 355 ml. bottle sampled @ “Nog-een-half-jaar-tot-de-volgende-EBT”. Bottled on 10/11/2014. Hazy orange, solid white head. Sweetish thick grapefruit nose, light sugar. Taste is orange, bitter peel, caramel, some malt sweetness, bitter peel. Pretty solid malt backbone. Decent brew.
PriorL (2235) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at "Nog-een-half-jaar-tot-de-volgende-EBT"- clear blond beer, small unstable white head.
NOSE: hoppy, caramel, sweet.
TASTE: hoppy, caramel, sweet, dry, bitter.