Thisis12ptfont (996) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - MAY 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong aromas of earthy hops and some citrus. Deep golden color with a large foam top. Intense combination of strong hops and thick malts. Strong alcohol presence with thick molasses malt upfront with a bitter hop and alcohol filled finish. Overall, this is a heavy brew with intense flavors of caramel, black liquorice, molasses, bitter hops and tons of alcohol. This is an intense and heavy beer. I’d give this an A rating.
jbruner (2984) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yes! Pours a nice golden amber on tap with decent white head and solid lacing. Aroma is all kinds of hops, citrus, pine, and a little sweetness. Taste is also mostly hops, but a perfect balance, leaving you with a satisfied mouthfeel. One of the best DIPAs I have had, and definitely the best thing Sierra Nevada that I have had.
jimlilley (1) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 16, 2012 does not count
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Intense IPA, no subtlities here, not for faint hearted, true hopheads only. A really good IPA, worth stock piling.
Chevitz81 (3) - Rapid City, South Dakota, USA - MAY 16, 2012 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bold and aromatic nose, very hoppy but not overpowering. Great combination of flavors, cedar and fruit were most prominent.
Gooney (389) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 15, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from New Seasons - Orange with a white head. Very strong hop aroma. Grapefruit and flowers. Very very hoppy as advertised, but I’d like just a bit more malt to balance it out. Great beer, though.
volbeerman (22) - Madison, Tennessee, USA - MAY 15, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2012 2012 edition, 12 ounce bottle, pint glass. Pours with a typical dark golden to an amber hue. Most noticeable trait is the incredibly fresh and clean hop aroma. Initial warmth on the tongue upon tasting which is soon replaced by a smooth clean and incredibly fresh bitterness which is provided by the whole cone hopping process. Finishes with a sweetness that presents itself along with the finish. Overall, having tried many quality IPA’s (Ruination, 90 Minute, etc.) I would place this near to the top of the list of IPA’s that I have had the pleasure of trying, a quality beer and a fantastic experience. Honestly can’t wait to get my next 4-pack.
dagimp (837) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2012
1.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
2012 batch bottled in late March 2012. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. Aroma of sticky, piney hops. Pours a very pretty orangeish, reddish color with a pretty white head that dissipates into nothing, leaving no lacing... and that’s where things go South quickly. Mouthfeel is waaaaay too carbonated. Like drinking liquid fizz. Taste is, well, let’s just say that now I know what Ralph Wiggum meant when he said "It tastes like burning!" Hoptimum tastes like someone squeezed a bunch of hops, put it into overcabonated seltzer, and dumped in a shot of isopropyl alcohol. Drain pour. I don’t understand the high ratings. Maybe it was better fresh... probably not.
Macegan75 (752) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle at CAH. pours light bown to tan with nice head. nose is grapefruit and bergamon. first sip is slight piney with passion fruitsweetness nice mooderate bitterness in the finish.
abcfan (832) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 14, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear orange color with faint head. Aroma is full of sweet peaches / citrus hops. Very smooth in the mouth with little alcohol present. Good stuff!
kramer (5393) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a beautiful copper body, clear, with a lovely one finger frothy off-white head. The nose is incredibly intense with big grapefruit fresh hops and an underlying slightly sweet caramel malt base. The flavor just punches you right up front with big bitter citrusy hops that taste incredibly fresh. There is a hefty caramel malt backbone to it, but it still plays second fiddle to the big hops. Long lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel is full and chewy with a sticky resinous finish. Fizzy and prickly carbonation. Another great winner from SN.