Terminus (3146) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - SEP 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle-Purchased at Celebrate in Las Cruces September 2013
Pours deep amber copper hue with a foamy eggshel head verging on a lite tan. nose is big hops mostly woody, lite catty notes, some citric with a big toasted malt base with some slight sweetness. flavors exhibit the fine line between an amber ale (sweet malts, toasted notes, carmel) and woody citrici hops (grapefruit, lemon, lite tropical notes). Body is crisp and refreshing for a beer of this type. again, trypical Sierra Nevada hoppy notes and yeast qualities. Long woody and piney finish with some tart grapefruit as well. Very solid seasonal offering once again!
Aurelius (3906) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Picked this well-deserved tick up at the Circle K, Bradfordville. Squat west coast longneck, fair label. Intense brown-orange beer, clear, with a very light tan head which had a chainmail cling to the side of the glass. Generally a pretty nice, malty/hoppy red aroma, though there were a few off notes. Woody, hop-prickly, fairly dry. Somewhat starchy mouthfeel, good fine-grained carbonation, stiff US hop finish and aftertaste. Pretty much what Iíd expect out of a Sierra Nevada Red IPA.
maltman53 (197) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - SEP 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Typically, the red ale style is malt-forward but SN is going for a West Coast hop-forward version. After a tea-colored pour, featuring three-fingered head and lasting lace, I do pickup a citrusy, tropical aroma from the use of three whole-cone hop varieties. But I am missing the greater malt emphasis of caramel and other malt flavors. The bottles are without a date stamp, so I donít know if the beer is older. I applaud the sixth-largest brewery in America innovating, but SN just canít compete in flavor with the smaller runs by the true craft makers.
wlajwl (3546) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - SEP 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is piney hops, yeast and a hint of malts. The flavor is light grapefruit, tropical fruit, citrus, malts and a mix of bitter and beery in the finish.
phikus01 (103) - New York, USA - SEP 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2013 I had high hopes for this but something with sierra Nevada has gone wrong. Individual hop flavors get lost in a spicy bitterness. its overwhelming with the citra simcoe and centennial flavors struggling to break through. I started noticing this issue in all their IPA with last years celebration release. Thats just about when i noticed torpedo lost its floral citrus finish to just bitterness. Flipside gets better as it warms but I really like citra and simcoe hops and this beer isnít the finest example of their use.
Thisis12ptfont (781) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - SEP 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mellow fruit aroma with other notes of roasted caramel, strong hops and amber style malts. Deep reddish/copper with an amber tint and thin foam. Bitter hops upfront with the classic red/amber malts that you see in a red ale. I get notes of deep, roasted caramel, amber malts, cinnamon and maple. Overall, Not bad at all. A perfect blend of a red ale and an IPA. Iíd give this an A rating.
J_man (665) - Tustin, California, USA - SEP 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from Sierra Nevada gift shop. Woody roasted malt along with green leaf and citrus notes from a crytal clear copper amber body with a slightly off-white head. Rich, creamy caramel and more woodiness, with some milk chocolate and cocoa mid-sip. Pithy, citrus hop bitterness shines through after this and balances out the sweetness and dries things out. The roasted malt comes through again though, finishing dry and bitter with a little residual sweetness. As I was drinking this, I thought it reminded me of something and then I realized that itís like a milder cousin of Celebration ale which makes it a nice teaser for whatís to come soon!
Peacehammer (600) - California, USA - SEP 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Perfect dark red. Pine, citrus and some bitter fruit on the nose. Nice touch of malt, that gives way to the hops on the back two thirds of the palate. A super enjoyable beer.
mjpeterson812 (59) - Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle into shaker glass. Deep clear amber/red liquid with big fluffy off white head that left lots of lacing. Aroma is hops, resin, spruce, citrus. Medium body, creamy, sticky texture with pretty active carbonation. Taste is pleasant bitter hops, grapefruit, malt. Very nice long grapefruity bitter finish. A very nicely balanced IPA.
chinchill (1377) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle served in an SA lager glass.
Pours red-mahogany in color with very good clarity and a large, durable, off-white head. Excellent looking sticky lacing. Fine-grained carbonation.
Hop dominated aroma is more herbal than flowery or fruity.
Some malt shows in tasting, but more like dark bread than caramel. It integrates exceptionally well with the fairly complex hop mix. Whole cone hops elevate the flavor.