Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 26, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2004 10/08/04 bottle drank on 10/29/04: Actually this is the 18th bottle that Iíve tried in the past few days. I think that this beer kicks some serious ass. It did ten years ago, too. Bottle empties with a thin layer of yeast on the bottom. Fluffy small-bubbled head that leaves a good lacing. Strong pine and rich sugars in the aroma, juicy, chewy mouthfeel with good level of natural carbonation. (2002) Huge C-hop nose, hazy dark orange color, aggressively hopped. Iím knocking this down 0.2, not because it has changed, but because I have changed. (2001) One hoppy beer. Packs a punch for an IPA. An IPA worthy of winter.
Dapierce17 (44) - Pasco, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a red/orange with abundant head. Fresh hop aroma right off the bat. Resinous, pine, and citrus notes are all present with a slight sweet malt too. Harmonious balance between the piney resinous hop bitterness and the malt backbone. Lingering flavors. One of the top beers to drink and one to look forward too every year.
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TH28 (56) - - DEC 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep cloudy copper with a beautiful creamy, white foam cap. Aroma is on the lower intensity side for an IPA, with floral and citrus notes. Taste is a sweet caramel maltiness with a sharp hop bite and grapefruit finish. Mouthfeel is on the higher side for an IPA with a slight creaminess an moderate carbonation. Finish is definitively bitter with a grapefruit tart citrus character
woodychevy (151) - - DEC 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is all Sierra Nevada. Pours a beautiful orange color with a minimal head and decent lacing. Taste is hops and malt. Pretty well balanced IPA despite reviews that the malt is overpowering. Citrus. Grass. Pine malt and winter warmth. Better than the wet hop seasonal from founders. Good
jcnielsen (1312) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a copper color with a white head. Hoppy, piney, grassy aromas. Fresh hop, piney flavors with a caramel malt backbone. I always kind of avoided this beer because I was never a fan of the idea of IPAs as winter seasonals. But it is a nice beer.
Kroney (125) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a rich mahogany with a thick fluffy toffee colored head. Aroma is overpowered by the malt... so is the flavor. still, a fantastic beer.. just not really an IPA by IPA standards. Loses a lot of points based on style, but overall itís a winner.
BrownALEx (195) - Portland, Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: fresh hops hit the nose first but malt is the predominant aroma here. A: pours a burnt orange with a big rocky head that leaves thick lacing. T: slight hop taste, more malty than I like. P: medium bodied with average carbonation. O: not nearly as good as last years or the year before (at least what I remember). Still though a nice balanced ipa for the season. Will get next year.
icehawk (603) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aroma is slightly subdued citrus. Hop flavors are leveled out by a big malt backbone. Very drinkable with a nice flavor profile. I was expecting a big fresh/dry hop beer, but this is more balanced and is quite tasty.
KennyGalanif (13) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Serving type: bottle
A: pours a copper & orange color that I found very appealing. A one to two finger head that last a while with good lacing.
S: piney citrus flavors for sure, with some roasted malt to balance it out.
T: again, I get a lot of pine and citrus flavors that really work with this brew. with a bready malt backbone. A little resin flavor to.
O: I loved this beer, I think it's a great autumn / winter style IPA! This beer will be retuning to my fridge in years to come!
tdoyledesign (103) - Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very nice deep orange. Aroma is muted hops with not much else. Taste is crisp California hops with a bitter finish. Palate is fresh and mild citrus up front with a hop finish with a bitterness that lingers. A classic Sierra Nevada Ale.
rumproasts (1842) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. amber/copper with one finger head. pretty malty base with nice hoppiness. good balance and depth to this ipa.