ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle into a tulip.
A: Pours a dark ruby color. Not to mention, she gives good head - about two fingers worth, with an off-white shade. It fades a bit quicker than I like, but lacing is somewhat plentiful.
S: This seems to be a bit more tropical than I’m used to from Sierra Nevada’s hoppy beers...right up until I catch a whiff of herbal, spicy notes that are textbook of just who makes it. Perhaps a bit too textbook - it’s not that different from their other hoppy offerings. On the plus side, the malt isn’t overdone here.
T: Aye, this one drinks similarly to other SN brews. The opening flavors are herbal, piny, and bitter. Sadly, this also has the effect of obscuring the promised tropical fruit qualities. They’re here, just not as much as they would be behind the bitterness. It doesn’t finish bitter, though - after the midpoint, a rush of caramel malt helps balance out the finish and aftertaste while keeping it dry. Spicy hop flavors on the back end round out some of the sweeter qualities well.
M: There’s a lush fullness to this one that really makes the dry finish a bit surprising. It doesn’t have the silky-smooth transition between the two that Nugget Nectar does (and yes, I have to compare every amber/red ale to Nugget Nectar, stop asking), but otherwise, there’s nothing to complain about the feel. Okay, it could use a touch more carbonation. Just a touch.
O: Every time I sample a new Sierra Nevada beer, I always expect it to be at least solid - and this is, more than that actually. I also don’t expect them to blow me away - and it doesn’t. It’s exactly what I expect from them, and that’s a hoppy, well-crafted brew with no mind-blowing moments or unexpected twists. Basically, good everyday beer for the fall weather.
MichaelAwesome (4744) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - JAN 25, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice one with classic hops and citrus in the fist nose. After that it offers some unusual malt and toffee moments which were a nice surprise. No rocket science but a decent and easy going piwo.
McTapps (4745) - Ruhrcity, GERMANY - JAN 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Ales by Mail. The beer has got a light hazy reddish-brown colour with a steady head and medium body. Aroma of intense hops, barley and bread. Taste of mild hops, herbs, woods, mild citrus fruits, nuts, cake and bread. Hints of mandarinas and berries. Very quaffable and good, enjoyed it.
allmyvinyl (4474) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle from Cornelius. Pours clear amber, long-lasting white head. Aromas of citrus, pine, caramel. Taste is more pine, oranges, caramel. Medium body, bitter orange finish.
olliejobbins (1088) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle purchased in Cheltenham. Pours a clear dark amber/light ruby with cream coloured head. aroma is hops, yeast, malts and weak citrus. taste is hops starting sweet and finishing quite dry with some spices. not to full on with flavour.
Nijstrom (80) - Turku, FINLAND - JAN 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served from bottle. Dark amber with an off-white head. Refreshing aroma with notes of citrus, tropical fruit and grass as well as caramel/malts. Medium sweetness and bitterness and medium-bodied. Quite bitter finish.
mikedevilsfan (203) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice ruby color with fluffy white head. Nice head. aroma is lacking and grain dominated. Taste is much better with some caramel mixed with some citrus. Not as good as I thought it would be, but good.
garthicus (2745) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 23, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint at Blue Bar Skerries. Appearance: red body. Thick white head. Aroma: mild hops, a little grain, grassy. Flavour: grainy, grassy, quite a lot of malt, medium hoppiness, bready with a mellow bitterness in the finish.
tiong (4079) - Espoo, FINLAND - JAN 21, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
355ml bottle @ Kaisla
Bottled 08/26/14 -
Pours dark orange with a smooth head. Aroma of caramely malts, toffee, citrus, some hints of hops, fruits and grass. Taste is smooth, malty and caramely with notes of citrus, fruits and toffee. Finish is smooth and sweetish with some malty notes and hints of aged floral and grassy hops. Okay, but not very fresh anymore.
troyc (2585) - Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle] Bright copper pour with a nice pillow of white head on top. Sweet and hoppy aroma. Pine sap and orange peel come out most prominently. Flavors of citrus, sticky caramel malts, lighter pine, grapefruit and rye malts. Lingering dry and bitter hoppy finish. Great balance. A solid IPA.
Pepinis (65) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cerveza de color ambar profundo, limpia. Buena formación de espuma y estabilidad. Aromas afrutados y cítricos en primer plano provenientes de los lúpulos que recuerdan a pomelo, en segundo plano presencia de galleta y leve caramelo. En boca buena correspondencia con el aroma. Amargor de intensidad media y persistente. Cuerpo medio y buena carbonatación. Retrogusto levemente astringente y con marcada presencia maltosa pero en equilibrio ya que la sensación de amargor en boca es persistente. También deja un leve y agradable picor final.