ThisWangsChung (747) - 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.
elbernays (300) - IRELAND - MAR 1, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at home. Pours dark copper. Head is off white which reduces to thin and wispy. Floral, pine, citrus nose. These aromas are there but not strong enough for me. Flavour is wood, dry sweet with stringent bitterness on the finish. Body is light, too light. This gives it a water mouthfeel which isn’t great. Thought this beer would open up a bit when a bit warmer but it doesn’t. Disappointing.
SudsMcDuff (5649) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
a solid red .. . pours a dark copper .. . mild head, light lacing in the end .. . some redness, medium malts, and harp resin .. . medium mouth, abrupt finish .. . . renovating a kitchen is like herpes from a prostitute. money oddly spent.
thorongil2 (996) - , Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(tap) clear reddish amber colour with a medium tall tan head; aroma of citrus; mild, bit austere flavour
gschrade (426) - Collinsville, USA - FEB 24, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this at Global Brew. Pours reddish brown with a tan head. Taste citrus, pine, Carmel. I thought this was good. I would drink this again.
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Ericular (435) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Willy McCoy’s. Pours a perfect dark amber with lasting head and great lacing. The perfect appearance for a Red IPA. Aroma is spicy hops, tropical fruit - pretty juicy overall. Taste is full and earthy with caramel, a little rye bite and plenty of piney hops. Palate is medium and smooth, which balances the flavor well. Very nice.
fiercepanda (438) - Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A reddish brown beer with a small off-white head. The aroma is piney hops, caramel, and grain. The flavor is pine, sweet malt, and nutty.
MrFecesious (758) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at rogue wetbar. Clear red with a finger of white frothy cap and steady lacing. Aroma of spices, pine, toffee. Taste is bitter. Medium carbonation. Dry finish.
beerfest5 (1027) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice late summer addition to the SN range. Rye IPA’s by nature are a little tough on the palate, which is really the only knock against this one. Nice grapefruit and citrus hop notes in the aroma and a beautiful red to orange color. Large white head, good lacing on the glass. Could use slightly more of a bready or caramel malt backbone to combat the spicy rye and bitter hops, balance is a little off.
patrick767 (3333) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap at the Chico brewpub Aug 2013 - Pours dark amber with a light tan head and excellent lacing. The aroma is dominated by citrus hops. The flavor features caramel malt and crisp, aggressive citrus hop bitterness. It goes well together. There’s a medium body and a crisp, bitter finish.
dtdtdtdtdt (17) - - JAN 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really hoppy without a ton of bitterness. If you like mapleleaf from anchor brewing youd like this. Great aroma.