Doodler (310) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
24 oz bomber - pirs a golden hazy color with a nice, foamy, one inch head, Really nice nose. Full hop aromas with some light citrus characteristics. Has all of the tell-tale resins and bitterness up front, but has a sweetness and alcoholic heat that blast a hole in the finish. Hard to understand where SN was going here, Smells great, but the sticky sweetness and raw heat content seem out of place for a DIPA.
argo0 (11085) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
24oz bottle, thanks Perigrinari. Crystal clear amber body with small off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, pineapple, grape, some orange/grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit/pineapple, some orange, light grape, alcohol. Medium body, some resin, stickiness.
Peregrinari (142) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a beautiful golden color with a slight amber tint. Head is a little thin and filmy. Taste is initially very hoppy with a touch of astringency. Malt is balanced and relatively prominent. Finish is bitter with a hint of citrus. Overall a really really nice beer. Higher in alcohol than I prefer but nice nonetheless.
ChazMania (640) - Pasadena, California, USA - JAN 23, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
24oz bottle shared with a few friends. Really clear and clean pour. From the first sip I thought it tasted like a stronger Torpedo with lemon peel flavor. Very clean, unbelievable smooth for a 10.4% monster. For 7.99 this is a real stand out in my opinion.
davehwm (14) - Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Standout here is the palate: medium-bodied, creamy, perfect med-carb, exceptionally long bitter finish as expected. Taste and aroma dominated by pine and grass, but there’s a really interesting malt balance, some cherries or strawberry shortcake? Alcohol is well hidden, only glimpses of being too hot.
emacgee (3746) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clean soft gold with one finger of creamy offwhite head. Nose is intensely hoppy with a very resinous and oily character. Lots of citrus and pink grapefruit zest with a mildly spicy character. Flavor is rich and resinous with that SN bite. Green and mildly astringent, too much bitterness for me. Full bodied with a lasting hop bite.
BlackForestCO (961) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Poured a clear copper-orange color with an inch and a half thick, dense, off-white head that slowly faded to a bubbly layer and left some thick rings of lacing. Fresh, leafy, floral hops greet the nose along with a moderate citrus fruitiness (grapefruit, orange, and light lemon), a lightly piny earthiness, some soft caramel maltiness, and a touch of alcohol. As it warms, the alcohol becomes more and more the focal point of the aroma, largely detracting from the score. Smooth, lightly sweet entry quickly transitions into a moderately bitter , somewhat unrefined abrasive hoppiness paired with moderate fruitiness (grapefruit and lemon) that lingers into the finish lightly into the finish where it is paired with a sort of granule-like sugary sweetness and some light alcohol. Low carbonation and slick, somewhat heavy mouth feel. Overall, it starts out promising but eventually takes a turn towards overdone with just too much residual sugar that seems to overshadow the hoppy bitterness. The alcohol seems oddly evident for a 10.4% beer also. Overall, it’s a alright start, but it certainly needs some refining.
obguthr (3313) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Juicy aroma of tangerine, grapefruit peel, lime peel, and caramel.Clear amber, medium egg shell head, good retention.Prominent caramel base. Grapefruit peel with rosehip hints. Marachino cherry finish. Full body, decidedly sweet, but with an equally bitter counterbalance. I’m very interested in knowing more about the new hop used in this beer. There is definitely something new in this beer.
5000 (5613) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle:   Amber in color, fiery golden hues, slight haze, little carbonation, large frothy white head, rather sticky lacing.   Strong sweet piney aroma, hoppy, soft citrus rind and starfruit like aromas as well.   Piney, hoppy, fruity, with citrus peel background.   This is pretty good.   Seems a little green tho, slightly rough around the edges but not enough to detract.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   A little perfumy alcohol on the backside that doesn’t lend to the experience.   Maybe wait on this one a few months?   The finish is a little medicinal.   Not a bad beer, but as I stated earlier, a little rough around the edges.   Certainly is chalked full of flavor tho.
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
24oz bottle, purchased at Oliver’s in Santa Rosa. Pours a deep orange color with high clarity; creamy, fine-bubbled off-white head with good retention and lacing; attractive as always from Sierra Nevada, though the head eventually deflates. Coarse citrus (grapefruit) and piney hoppiness in the aroma; some rounded alcohol in there as well that has a slight vinous effect; no show of the maltiness aside from a hint of staleness. Medium-full body; moderate carbonation; definitely some solid rounded alcohol making its presence felt. Following the aroma, there’s just a big degree of huge, hulking, coarse hoppiness here: citrus, grapefruit, and piney, plus who knows what else underneath (Simcoe and Citra seem to be two dominant players here); lots of alcohol here, though tempered in how it shows itself (again, rounded and slightly vinous); the maltiness is quiet and seemingly a bit stale - some cardboard here - but only really shows itself with any prominence at the back end and in the finish; all in all, a solidly made, but lacking double IPA. Lengthy finish of both some sticky crystalline sweetness and lingering piney and citrusy hops.