Pailhead (4242) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of a pine/floral/light citrus hops, along with a light tropical fruitiness. It pours a transparent amber with a moderate yellow-tinged off-white head that leaves behind clumsy lacing. The flavor starts light floral with some light tropical fruits. The finish is moderate piney hops with some light citrus hop notes. It drinks very smooth at 6.7%. Medium bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel.
ManvsCity (180) - Redmond, Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
24 oz bottle from Malt & Vine. Substantial caramel cream colored head that leaves solid lacing over most of the tulip glass. Clean and thick honey brown body. I expected more of a hop aroma, but it really hits you fast on the tongue. Citrus, pine, meaty malts. A beautiful and nicely matched set of ingredients. A wonderful taste of Chico.
Bockyhorsey (2607) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Good floral and pine aroma. Copper body with good sized offf white head and left the pint glass laquered with crystal lace. As Footy would say this beer is blended rather nicely. Good mix of citrus, sugary sweet and dry bittering. Good refreshment
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - SEP 13, 2009
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar...Pours orange amber with a frothy off-white head...Smell is very, more malt than anything...Very tasty with a strong malt backbone and some hop resin... Really tasty stuff.. Sierra Nevada really has it dialed in with there Harvest Ales
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - SEP 12, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent, very refreshing ipa. probably the best offering i have had from sierra nevada to date. pours very nice, nice copper color, excellent dense creamy head with great lacing and retention. a modest swirl generates a 1 finger head at any point. smell is of hops and california air. taste is delectable, light and refined. an excellent ale, paired with the fact that it is sustainable and estate made, makes this one of my new favorite ipaís.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 11, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light orange copper color with a tallish manila folder colored head. Heavy sheet of lace. Big pine and citric aromas. Ever so slight hint of dark caramel. Earthy malt and hops in the flavors. Actually quite sweet, but enough bitterness to balance. Some phenols in the middle. Biting pine and grapefruit in the linger. Strong bitter, hoppy flavors. I appreciate the effort, but Iím not to keen on the expenditure.
Opivy44 (14) - Novato, California, USA - SEP 7, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
KING OF BEERS!!!! I was a little shocked to hear that a 24 oz of this stuff was going for $9.99 @ BEVMO... but I had to take a test drive! Iíve been waiting a while to taste this one. Wow! It pours a rich coppery color with a perfect head. Hop flavor... Yep itís there and a whole lot more! Flavor hits well with a balace of the different malts! Well done Sierra Nevada! I think I have my favorite brew... as long as I save money for the weekend or if I donít have any Pliny the Elder stocked in my freg
trevor211 (1254) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Snifter at Brouwerís Hopfest í09. Pours a murky copper with a mid-sized dense head. Lots of hops, but this one is incredibly well-balanced. Resiny hops on the nose, balanced but not overshadowed by caramel malts. Big mouthfeel, maybe just a tad stale. Really nice, though.
sunevdj (2919) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Chrisí grill party. Pours a clear light amber with a small head. Tiny chunks. Light sweetness. With a moderate bitterness. Citric hoppy aromas with hints of resin. Has a light alcohol touch. Medium bodied with a slightly oily texture. Medium carbonation. Bitter and dry finish.
Ughsmash (6926) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
24oz bottle, 2008 vintage. Poured hazy reddish-orange with a creamy, sticky cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up biscuit, caramel, and grapefruit meat sweetness with earth and resiny pine hoppage surrounding.. definitely lost some of its hop profile with age. The flavor had caramel and biscuit sweetness (more of the biscuits) at the core.. earth, grapefruit, and pine bitterness around, and it increased as the brew warmed up.. sticky-sweet malts, resiny bitterness, and mild oxidation on the finish. Medium-bodied and well-carbonated on the palate.. OK flow, but the emerging cardboardey oxidation tackied it up a bit on the back.