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.
gunnar (5874) - Sandnes, NORWAY - FEB 21, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Beermerchants. Pours almost clear dark amber with a big creamy off-white head. Aroma is malty with distinct citrussy hops. Taste is light sweet malty with a dry fruity and citrussy hop addition. Nice IPA on the malty side.
lusikka (6663) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 21, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355 ml bottle. Pours a hazy amber colour with a firm white head. Aroma of bread, some nettles and berries. Flavour of crisp grassy bitterness, berries, some herbs, bready malts and sweetness. Medium bodied. Not fresh, but still decent.
Aggiebob (87) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - FEB 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: It poured a clear reddish amber with a strong citrus hoppy aroma. It has ample lace along the sides of the glass. The taste has a medium bitterness with a long finish.
villevav (263) - FINLAND - FEB 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Kuparinruskea, kirkas, ohut ja tiheä vaahtofilmi. Tuoksussa märkää nahkatakkia, maussa sitrusta ja karamellisuutta. Vähän lyhkäseksi jäi raapustelut tällä kertaa.
berkshirejohn (4813) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle from Westholme Stores, Goring. A reddish chestnur pour with tight cream head that leaves attractive lacing on the glass; some tropical fruit on the nose, but also some birch and spruce; the piney hops seem to dominate the taste, although there are some sweet, fruity malts hidden underneath. An assertive IPA.
toml219 (285) - California, USA - FEB 13, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice read IPA with citrus notes in the nose and taste....................
planky84 (2248) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at the Hare and Billet, Blackheath. Reddish-brown pour with a white head. Red fruit and malt aroma. Flavours of malt, raisin, orchard fruit with notes of caramel. Dry, fruity finish.
olio (6774) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 11, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355 ml bottle. Bottled on 26.08.2014.
Pours clear dark mahogany color with a large head. Malty on the nose, caramel and some resin, hops are kind of mellow, expected from a not so fresh bottle. Sweet dark malts, nutty dryness, caramel and orange, mild resin too. A bit too nutty and malty for my taste, not that fresh anymore either, nice bitterness though.
Nordcore (1078) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - FEB 10, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 33 cl. Amber/deep red, hazy with a nice offwhite head. Aroma of hops, bread and some citrus sence. Medium bitter with a soft Hoppy ending.
HerrBierkoenig (392) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From 0,355l bottle, Pours red amber liquid, medium frothy tan to orange head, Aroma: citrus, resin, mango, tropic fruits, caramel, red fruits- berries, Taste: medium sweet, medium bitter, light sour, citrus, caramel, resin, berries, Palate: medium body, thick texture, soft carbonation, long caramle malt and resin hopy finish. Overall: good, nice character, but expected more.