Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - JUL 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003 edition from NAB NYC
Has a nice looking reddish orange color formy head.not a super hoppy IPA but itís there.Very smooth drank this one too fast.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2004 2003 bottle:This one was tasty my friends. Pours a nice thick amber. Very deep red amber hue. Head is extremely fizzy, as was the beer, detrimentally so. Excellently bitter, excellently floral. Alcohol and hops combine to create pure hoppy love in my mouth hole. However far too fizzy. Far far far too fizzy.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light Brown Coloring. Very much so a winter ale...orange, spice, maybe a little pine? Very enjoyable beer.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this beer over the past 3 years, but havenít bothered to keep track of vintages unfortunately. My favorite brew so far from Sierra Nevada. Amber color with a medium light tan head. Slight haziness, plenty of carbonation. I love the aroma from this beer - pine, citrus, spice, pepper, floral, can we say hops? Hoppy taste as well, but not over the top. Pine, floral, grass, bread, malt, hints of fruit. Wonderful bitterness and flavor balance. Drink this beer as fresh as possible.
heemer77 (5186) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 15, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2012 Newest rating. A solid IPA. My how times change as I can get fresh in Iowa. 2003 vintage in the bottle. Very cool to find this in Wichita. Had a light tan, medium head. A very dark orange color body with a little cloudiness. Lots of carbonation. The aroma was strong pine, oranges, caramel and some spicy black pepper. The taste is fairly hoppy. Lots of orange peel and some bready malt to counterbalance the bitterness. Excellent beer. Easily my favorite from SN. Tried this again with 2004 and 2005 vintages. Fresher means more citrus rind hops.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - MAY 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled on 10/13/03 I donít normally rate beers that Iím really familiar with, but I wanted to see how this one compared with a lot of the PNW brews I picked up in Spokane earlier this month. Amber, slight yeast haze, whipped cream off-white head, bubby, retained head, slight lace. Big, citrusy spicy hop nose. Medium bodied, bitter. Massive doses of citric PNW hops, piney in the finish, a lingering almost chewy bitterness...a bit of malt lies underneath those heaping hop piles. Well bodied brew. Gets an extra point for broad distribution...even locally, I can find it at some of restraunts during the holidays that donít normally even carry SN brews.
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a great great beer. Absolutely beautiful rubin, reddish color. Nice head. Very spicey and bitter.
I am really loving the hoppy IPAís and this one is a madman regarding amounts of hops. However it is still refreshing and fruity. Amazing complexity!!
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours copper with a nice head. Hoppy grapefruit, resin aroma. Good flavor. Moderate malt, strong bitter hop. Aftertaste is astringant. Good notes of hay, pine with a hint of fruit (apricot?). Very nice brew.
dhblane (6) - USA - MAY 2, 2004 does not count
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
This was the 2003 edition, poured a deep orange amber color with about 1 finger of frothy head that quickly dissipated, leaving some fine lacing in my glass. Smell was grapefruit, banana and mild citrus, with a hint of a malt backbone. Very soothing! Taste is sweet malts that are quickly taken over with a velvety bite of hops, yet never truly bitter like a Stone IPA. The overall taste is wonderfully crisp, that is refreshing and finishes dry and smooth. (Outside Temperature at tasting was 100+) Mouthfeel had just the right amount of carbonation with a slight oily texture that was very pleasing. Overall, a great Cali IPA, in either Winter or Summer. Another quality offering from Sierra Nevada!
mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 1, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2004 2003 bottle: poured into a tulip glass. pretty small head, could have been poured better. Beautiful deep golden color, itís crystal clear in there..The aroma sets you up for quite an unpredictable experience, moderate hop/citrusy smell..alcohol notes. Tastes full bodied, hoppy, bitter finish, you feel it in your nose. Fairly mellow IPA, but it sure delivers nonetheless..