chinchill (3344) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz 2011 Beer Camp bottle - This Double IPA pours a cloudy orange-amber color with a white head of foam that quickly settles to a top coat and ring, but leaves some good lacing on the sides. Nice aroma featuring citrus, piney and floral hops with a substantial rich toasted malt backbone. Slightly earthy and herbal. High ABV not apparent. Some nice sweet citrus up front but this turns increasingly piney and earthy and bitter until that’s about all that is left in the aftertaste. Strong grapefruit, orange and pine flavored hops with an underlying malt backbone that tames the hops a little but doesn’t block the strong hop flavor and medium-high bitterness. Even as a hop-head, I found this brew near the challenging level when fresh. Medium body; low carbonation that ran out before I got to the bottom of the glass; some astringency (from hops?)
O: a good DIPA worth trying.
larsniclas (6243) - Billdal, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at SBWF11
Pale golden. White head.
Huhzubendah (3089) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 16, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The beer is transparent and yellow with plentiful effervescence. Perched atop the liquid I have been craving all day is an inch of white, fluffy head that leaves ample lacing on the pint glass.
The aroma offers some pine and hops. Pretty straightforward.
The flavor consists primarily of piney hops, with a healthy amount of malt presence as well. Overly bitter. Alcohol presence gets in the way.
The body is medium to thick. The beer finishes with a strong hop bitterness and some warming alcohol. A malty bitterness lingers on the palate for several minutes. Little, if any, citrus or fruit flavors. Eh...
Overall, an OK brew. The ubiquitous Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is much better.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-21-2011
Aniela (4195) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2012
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival 2011. Golden a bit hazy beer with a white head. Basement and mold aroma. Mold and earth flavour. Really a bad tasting beer...
oh6gdx (23671) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Small draught sample@SBWF2011. Slightly hazy goldeny orange colour, minor head. Aroma is fruity and floral hops with some grassy and bready malts. Flavour is sweet bready and caramelly maltyness along with some fruity, floral and nectary notes. Quite mild DIPA, but hides the alcohol quite well, even though it’s no "Hop bomb".
zathrus13 (1740) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 Bottle. Pours slightly cloudy orange/gold. Aroma is hops, citrus, sugar, and alcohol. Flavor is resinous hops, sugar, alcohol, and citrus. Medium to heavy body.
tomciccateri (1033) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12-ounce bottle. Pours a dense dark amber with a slight, big-bubble head. Intense hop aroma. Medium body, big hoppy flavor with blast of hop bitterness. Solid malty underlying flavor. Clean finish. Very nice.
DuffMan (8318) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 18, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Somehow Parksy didn’t drink ALL of these on me. Fucker. Hazy honey gold with a white head that drapes my glass in fine sheets of lace. Aroma is sweet and slightly bready malts with a very oily hop presence. This smells piney and resinous. Sierra Nevada knows there hops man, I love it! Sweet malty entry, light caramel, followed by an oily hop blast that leads to a long bitter piney finish. This threatens to be sticky, cloying, heavy-- but it isn’t. I love IIPAs like this!
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aged One Year: The beer retains a pale, medium orange-colored body, but with quite a bit of sediment floating around in the glass after the pour and a relatively healthy, billowy and well-formed head. Aroma is still relatively strong, predominant fresh, sweet malty grain with a whisper of floral, earthy hop. Overall, a very pleasant aroma.
Flavor doesn’t seem to have lost any gusto over the course of a year. In my opinion, the character softened up enough to really improve the beer, with just a faint hint of sweetness. It has a slightly oxidized, bitter finish between the center and back of the tongue, no doubt a result of the aging of the predominant hop variety that give the beer its astringency. Still, after a year, this beer maintains its potent, signature Sierra Nevada hop presence well enough to kidnap your palate.
Other than the hop experience, there’s not much else being showcased here. The cloudiness and yeast presence that came about after a year of aging almost gives the beer a Belgian-like quality. Its unique yeastiness sets it apart from your common Double IPA. It finishes bitter, but clean and slightly yeasty.
This beer could definitely stand the test of two years of aging... just to see how much more the hops can back off.
daleharshman (987) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle from the Best of Beer Camp assortment ($17.99 for the 12-pack). Pours a cloudy honey-amber hue with two fingers of frothy off-white foam. Aroma is predominately sharp hops with notes of fruit (citrus and peach), soap, and pine-scented cleaner. Flavor of bitter hops with elements of grapefruit rind, tropical fruit (pineapple), and pine needles. A bit of caramel maltiness makes itself known near the end, but this is certainly hop-centric. Long bitter finish and unfortunately there is some alcohol burn as well. Decent DIPA from Sierra Nevada, but it falls quite a bit short of their Hoptimum. (352, 684)