Dacrza (772) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
DATE TASTED: October 9, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint... OCCASION: a good week and a good time for something flavorful... APPEARANCE: dark, amber-brown body with intimidating, slow-rising effervescence... thick, off-white, almost dirty snow head that chunks and bubbles in its center, but clings and characterizes as mountain ranges at the glass... ... AROMA: this would be the high floral breeze of Hallertau, if it were not for the slightly earthy aromas that suggest the labelís Simcoe, with the melon/tropical fruit of Centennial powerfully on display--no doubt about it, Sierra Nevada always manages their trademark allure into just about everything; the bitterness is palpable but welcoming... PALATE: medium-bodied and creamy, with a prolonged aftertaste, active, sippable but weighty...this brings an Autumnal feel to the IPA, with a heavier foretaste and subdued fizziness... TASTE: immediate maltiness apprehends the tastebuds--again, is this what the Fall tastes like? The caramel and toasted bread linger as the mango, melon, stone fruit, and a variety of flowery herbs enter the profile... the creaminess packages the flavors attractively, though this lacks--on purpose--the lighter, airy, intoxicating aspects of the traditional IPAs... OVERALL: what a solid beer to pair with an Autumn night such as this--could this beer stand up to a mild cigar? ESB overtones make for a heartier, less bitter, blunter experience; the mango and melon persevere and make a lasting impression, in what can rival both the Pale Ale and Vienna Lager in the Fall mix...no losers here...
vipinvelp (3458) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - OCT 8, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear ruby, tan lasting lacing foam head. Floral hoppy aroma, nice bitter taste, smooth not overwhelming. OK beer. (Cleveland 201510)
dhatton (241) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark auburn body with limited light khaki head. Fruity nose of pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, with hints of malty goodness. Taste is earthy, pine, spicy finish. Good level of bitterness. Different and decent IPA.
markas101 (2220) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. Ruby amber. Sweet malt and resin hop aroma. Sweet, a bit too sweet, then a more balanced hop finish.
jahshuwuh (555) - USA - SEP 28, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brownish ruby color with two finger light khaki head. Smells of citrus, tropical, pine, dank. Taste is tropical fruit sweetness on the front of the tongue with a piney tea like bitter on the back. Caramel malt with a spicy bitter half way through. A bit of a rye like bitter is present as well.
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terefere (334) - Durham, USA - SEP 26, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours red&brownish, rocky tan head. Very nice aroma of flowers, biscuit, grass, citrus, sweet fruits. Taste: roasted malts, biscuit, citrus, caramel, coffee
OldMrCrow (2304) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle via Prufrock -- thanks!
Brown pour, perhaps red tinted. Nice fluffy tan head. Aroma is subdued at first but comes out as the beer warms. Malty nose, a bit of heavy roast, some astringent resin, nothing like the hop aromatics of contemporary IPAs. Where is the citra and simcoe in this? I canít find them! Rather old-school resiny hop flavor, plenty of caramel, some stronger roasty notes, not bad in any way, but far short of exciting. More a complaint about the style (I could live without hoppy red ales quite easily) than about the crafting.
Prufrockstar (1775) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear chestnut pour, creamy head, good retention and lacing. Hop profile: citrus, spice and pine. Malt profile: biscuit, caramel, and bread. Nicely balanced. Moderately sweet, pleasant bitterness. Creamy texture, medium body, average carbonation. Overall: this "style" of beer (the heavily-hopped but still assertively malty beer) is pretty much completely missing from my diet these days, and I donít really ever crave a beer like this, but this ainít bad.
coldbrewky (1640) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Multipack of Sierraness. Without pouring it in the glass one has a lightly hoppy full bodied malt based beer with a twang for a finish. A decent drinker as this is my second of the afternoon. decent with pistachios and cheese.
theOptimator (354) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is grassy citrus aroma hopping with a dark caramel biscuit malt lingering. Appearance is ruby red brown, crystal clear with small off white head. Taste is dark biscuit caramel with firm bittterness. Not roasty but thinking about it. Grassy earthy citrus hop aroma present but not as pronounced as aroma. Palate is medium and crisp but with some residual body. Overall an excellent beer. Almost a hoppy brown as the roastyness is almost there... but either way this is a nice beer that works. Bought in a sampler, would buy this in a full case.