GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAY 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355mL in a sampler pack. The pour is a clear light orange to near gold with a medium, yellowish, heavy sheen and mildly rocky head. Sticky lace. Aroma is fleshy, melon, squashy, spicy fruits, vanilla, heavy Noble hops. Taste is nut skin bitter, heavy Brazil nut, macadamia husk, Palate is soft, heavy and malty. Pretty dense. IBUs are nearing superlative with heavy nut flesh and nut skin bitterness. Sugar content is relatively high giving this heavy body to balance bitterness. No astringency or staleness. Nice. Pretty heavy. Great for fans of Sam Adams Noble Pils.
pauls_parade (340) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear, light golden color with a large white foamy head that lasts all the way down the glass and leaves excellent lacing. Big resinous and piney hops in the nose. Full-bodied, smooth on the tongue with a long lasting dry finish, Well balance with a solid malt backbone, with an assertive but not harsh hop bitterness. A solid double IPA. Enjoyable sipper.
beerlover82 (234) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into snifter glass a clear amber/orange with fluffy white head about half a finger thick,leaving a nice almost-solid lacing with bubbles.Good.
Smell of piney and oily hops, very pleasant hops on the nose.Faint malt in the background.Good, but aroma could be much better,especially for a DIIPA.
Upon sip,whirling around on my tongue and then swallowing, I notice a nice piney hop presence, with a good,solid malt backbone.Decent lingering hops afterwards,but could last longer. The body is medium, maybe a more of a standard American IPA than DIIPA,in terms of body,but so what.Very smooth,hoppy,with decent malt backbone, is it mind-blowing??No. The best,most hoppy beer ever??? Not even close. But does it satisfy those looking for hops?? Yes. Which is all that really matters,anyway.
Very solid effort from the great Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.,who have yet to dissapoint me or even come close to failing.
dwyerpg (5547) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 4, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2011 Not a lot of aroma, but this is great. A very balanced hop presence, floral and bitter. At times subtle, I could drink this all the time. The best IPA of the evening at the Sierra Nevada tasting at Aces & Ales.
popery (1975) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2011 Best of Beer Camp bottle from 3/29/11, 27 days ago.
Pours a dusky amber with a tight off-white head.
The aroma is quite hoppy. It smells like oranges, pineapples, pine needles and clean grass. The malt is caramel with some booze. Candied hops.
The taste is sweet and resiny with hops from the get-go. It’s bittersweet with a thickly hoppy aftertaste. Dankly sweet.
Carbonation is fairly low. The beer is smooth and thick on the palate but still easy to drink. I quite enjoyed it.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask at Churckey. Served in a snifter.
I got the first pull off the gasm on this. Body is a bright light orange with a tremendous head and lacing that nearly covers the entire side of the glass. Fantastic retention as well. The nose carries an incredible amount of dank hops to start. Behind that, I get a good amount of herbal and floral notes. There is a very delicate light graininess to back it all up, but this is decidedly hop-centric.
The flavor starts off just like the nose with really herbal and dank hops. There is a bit of a floral character in the background. It also carries a bit of citrus rind, which I did not pick up in the nose. Feel is that of a beer with a medium body and light cask-appropriate carbonation. Dry and resinous finish; very bitter. Overall, a very solid brew. I had been waiting for quite awhile to try this and Churhkey certainly came through by delivering a cask of it only a short walk away.
Serving type: cask
Reviewed on: 04-05-2011
argo0 (13069) - Washington DC, USA - APR 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask. Hazy amber body, soft off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange, some grapefruit, pineapple, peach, straw. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, orange, some grass. Medium-full body, some stickiness, light resin.
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(draft @ Tap and Mallet - Rochester, NY) Hazy golden pour with a thick and frothy white head. Resin and citrus hops dominate the aroma with some very light grass and floral notes under it. Flavor is surprisingly clean though. Some very light hops and citrus but nowhere near the level I thought it’d have for a DIPA. Smooth and clean on the finish and very drinkable.
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
draft, Sierra takes the taps, Rattle & Hum, NYC. big hop flavor, lots of grapefruit citrusy hops. Piney, sticky, resiny hoppiness. Citrusy hops dominate. Really good
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at RNH. Pours a hazed light gold with a thin head lasting with good lace. Aroma is mango, pine citrus loaded with fresh hops all around, dragonfruit, guava, and pear. Flavor is dank stinky weed smoke with green fresh piny and citrus hops, then more tropical notes from amarillo, simcoe, etc, peach, mango, resin, min and alight biscuit malt in the back. Finish is nice sticky tacky hop bitterness. Very nice.