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.
krato (4) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 16, 2015 does not count
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A bitter beer with a taste of red fruits. The finish was really bitter. I quite liked this one.
Beerhammaren (1269) - FINLAND - APR 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
.33l bottle from alko jkl
Pours clear copper with medium tan head. Aroma is bread, hops, grape fruitd, dried fruits and caramel notes. Flavor is mostly same. Well balanced beer!
TEJA (1520) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from systembolaget sweden. Big beige head that is lastning. Citrus fruity aroma. Dry fruity taste with small malt taste and a medium body.
arminjewell (7824) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour on tap at Black Bottle, dark orange-red pour with slightly off white head, aroma brought notes of grain, toast, and caramel into orange jam, some red fruits into a bit of spice, herbal hops. Taste was a mix of grass, pine, and orange into some sweet fruit, caramel, some spicy notes in there as well, finishing bitter.
Erasmus_ro (1661) - Alabama, USA - APR 12, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours an auburn brown with a nice-looking, yellowish brown head. Aroma is light with some pine. Taste is light too, some pine and caramel. Probably rather old unfortunately.
ElCapitan22 (197) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a gorgeous amber red color, with nice lacing and some head retention. Tastes very malty, with sweet background notes. A good beer, but nothing too memorable on the palate.
danielecamo (656) - ITALY - APR 10, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In bottiglia da 33cl. Aroma di cereale, di segale, poi frutta tropicale, erbaceo. Al palato ancora cereale e segale poi + erbaceo e secchezza che frutta tropicale che sembra essere un pò in secondo piano. Birra stanca anche se ancora molto godibile.
Sad24 (207) - GREAT YARMOUTH, Norfolk, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from the trembling madness in York. Not my bag. More biscuity. Not floral or hoppy
zacgillbanks (2885) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2015
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. Pours dark amber-brown in colour with a large foamy head. It has a rich malty, burnt toffee and liquorice flavour with floral red fruit, roasted notes and pine on the smooth, creamy finish. Excellent!
mstrcrwly (536) - New York, USA - MAR 31, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle poured into a tumbler..amber/ruby color with a fluffy white head..aroma of hops,resin,spices,grapefruit..tastes just like it smells..well balanced.