SamGamgee (2451) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - AUG 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at the brewpub. Medium amber color with a lasting fluffy, off white head. Big mango and grapefruit aroma. Well, a little tangerine too, and some tropical fruitiness. Then thrown in some toasty caramel from the malt. No yeast character detected, though it would be hard to tell under the massive hop aroma. Medium-light malt sweetness with a touch of caramel and toasty malt. Bitter, but still very smooth in the finish. Pretty well balanced actually, with lots of aroma hops helping to balance the substantial bitterness. The composition reminds me a bit of Green Flash, but with a smoother bitterness and fruitier hop aroma. Medium bodied with a creamy texture. Plenty of malt flavor (as with all of their IPAs) but with a great hop profile. I can dream of SN someday doing a truly pale, dry IPA, but this is about as good as it gets with their house style. Very well made beer.
rlgk (13379) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber colored beer ith a rather small offwhite head. Hoppy aroma, fruity, grassy, apples and apricot. Hoppy grassy flavor, perfume, grass, fruits, blackcurrant. Fruity finish.
brokensail (13234) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The pour is a dark amberish color with a mild off-white head to it.
S: Lots of pine and citrus, namely grapefruit, hop aromas immediately fill the nose. There is also a touch of woodiness to it, perhaps rosemary?
T: This beer is surprisingly bitter, especially compared to other Sierra IPAs. Lots and lots of pine and citrus (grapefruit again), with a lingering resinous bitterness.
M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation.
D: At times, the bitterness came off as harsh. But, it was not quite so sustained as to significantly impact my perception of the beer (in a negative manner).
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Blue Palms. Pours with a huge off-white head over a clear burnt-gold body. Aroma is straight hop resin, floral, and citrus. Taste is floral, spicy, dank and resinous. Really oily and chewy hops. No malt character. Oil body. Light carbonation.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - JUN 26, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Big sticky ipa. Sampled at blind tasting. Primarily floral and woodsy notes. Pours a medium orange color. Aroma is medium not overpowering.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the brewery, listed at 7.1%. Looks like SNPA--medium copper with a 1 1/2 finger light yellowish beige head, good retention. Lots of citrus fruit in the nose with some tropical mango fruit notes following. Metallic lightly toasty earthy caramel follows, like all their pales. Flavor adds a tinge of grassy notes and huge assed dry-hopped character. I got none of that goodness in the nose until I tasted it, and now if I dig a little it’s there. Still rockin’ the tropical fruit thing. Malt takes a backseat, but still has the earthy caramel and light metal. Bitterness peaked at a 6-7 in the dry finish, light alcohol noted. Medium boy with creamy light to moderate carbonation. Pretty nice.
944play (372) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gravity cask at Toad in the Hole. Clear deep amber with minimal head. Gorgeous floral, peach, and citrus with just a hint of solventy. Salty toffee and pungent herbs cast a bit of a digestif impression. Silky, medium-dextrinous mouthfeel and lasting resiny finish.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Firkin @ Toad in the Hole (Tuesdays at Toad). Pours a hazy, pulpy amber color with a caramel hue; creamy, fine-bubbled, very light tan head with excellent retention and lacing; beautiful pour. Solid, vibrant earthy and citrus (even a touch spicy) hoppiness in the aroma; nicely dry, with a touch of caramel maltiness present; quite bitter, with some red fruit character from the yeast; a generous, hoppy aroma overall. Medium to medium-full body; average levels of carbonation; generally non-astringent with a minimal show of alcohol or much viscosity; following the nose, a very vibrant, layered hop character: earthy, lightly spicy, solid citrus notes; the caramel notes (along with a light toastiness) is a touch heavier than I’d like, but there’s plenty of earthy bitterness here to keep things in check; moderately dry, and (again) very hop-forward. Can’t imagine drinking a ton of this, but very hoppy and flavorful. Long, relatively dry bitterness in the finish: earthy, some spiciness, solid citrus.
popery (1667) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It’s a good looking light amber IPA. There was little head, but it was a cask pour. Good but muted aroma of citrus and pine hops. Excellent flavor on this IPA. Like most Sierra Nevada IPAs, there is a pine dominant hop flavor. All of their hoppy beers have subtly different hop flavors, in my opinion. This one has a bit more bright citrus, pineapple than some. The feel was great, but I really like the feel of cask conditioned ales. It was smooth and creamy with no bad points.
madmitch76 (18139) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
10th October 2008. GABF. Clear brown beer. Massively hoppy but manages not to overpower. Let down by an over dry and bitter finish.