drowland (5686) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1/14/11. Citrusy aroma with grass, plenty of malt, and a hint of booze. Nice bitter piney, hoppy kick with sweet caramel and lingering hop bitterness. Not bad!
SSSteve (3551) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2011 bottle. clear orange with a medium, fluffy white head. big hop aroma of citrus(mandarin orange, pineapple) and they pretty much take over. palate is full and sticky but also a little boozy. carbonation is high. flavor is ridiculously hoppy with red apple, white grapefruit, pine, white cakey malts, hints of floral. red apple skin lingers.
tastybeer (1484) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours golden with a big white head. Aroma of hops and booze. Flavor is big piney/grapefruit hops, booze, caramel malt. Good DIPA, stupid name.
mrmartin (626) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber pour with little head.
Big, Citrusy Spicy Wet Hop Nose
resiny spicy semi sweet malts. big and complex. not too much taste of alcohol for such a big beer. bitter lingering finish.
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - JAN 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
first off everyone, these are 24oz bottles, not 22oz. nice crisp orange pour with an ornage tinted head, nice lacing. aroma is nice, smells like an orange zest breakfast biscuit, citrus, light but sweet bready malts, lots of seet tropical fruit and some subtle herb and earthy hop tones as well. this is drinking really well so fresh, i ;like this a lot more than i thought i would. its pretty balanced, and its seems like soemtimes i get a big abv heat rush, and other times it seems very light, smooth and sweet. it basically tastes like celebration with like 10x more hops. good stuff.
mixmasterob (871) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 17, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber from Hop City. Beautiful clear deep golden pour with a nice big white head, stuck around for the long haul. Aroma was on point, big and very hop forward. Big earthy, piney, citrusy aroma. Decent but not over the top awesome. TONS of hop flavors going on here. Big time bitter throughout, pine galore. Light sweetness, like candied hops. Huge bitter finish yet smooth. Mouthfeel was big and oily, slick. Rather big carbonation. This is a damn good double. Extremely drinkable given its hugeness.
GT2 (6980) - Riverside, California, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2011 710mL 2011 ed fresh. Pours a clear orange amber with a towering, creme, rocky, dense, yellow head with big time retention and tons of lace. Aroma of coconut, pineapple, vanilla, saltwater. Taste up front is almost all vodka warming alcohol. Thankfully it moves to sweet orange and rich, walnut skin bitterness. Dry, nut skin bitter finish with slight tannins. Rich, fruity body is sadly dominated by vanilla vodka. No hot warming but so much alcohol presence it is almost impossible to enjoy before you fall on the floor. As it warms and thins out, it is nearly impossible to distinguish from sangria or table wine.
MegaMaltMan (10) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The whole cone hops seemed to not only impart typical hop bitterness and floral notes, but also made for a full-bodied hop profile. Balanced w/o being too malty. Very enjoyable, my favorite IPA at GABF.
randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 17, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz bottle.Pours a relatively clear orange with a pillowy white head.Nose is a beautiful blend of citrus and pine hops with tons of sweet smelling candy-like notes.The taste is a mad rush of various hops and sweet sugary hops.The finish is hoppy and clean and leaves the palate salavating and wanting more!I think Sierra Nevada sucks for the most part but this is a MASTERPIECE!!!! I am blown away!! One of the best hoppy beers of all time! Impressed is an understatement...
NachlamSie (2535) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Bruisin’. Pours a very attractive orange color with a perfectly formed white head. The aroma is not exactly what I expected. Rather than a straight up grapefruit onslaught with some sticky wet hop character, this one has some pine, ammonia, cedar and finally some grapefruit. It’s not as powerfully hoppy as I expected, though it does fulfill the desire for a IIPA. The flavor is just a notch too malty and almost gets in the way of the hop goodness, but not quite. When you consider it’s 10.4% abv, the hops actually come through well. More biting herbal notes are in the flavor with an almost floral finish. Things start to get sticky after a few sips, but in a pleasant way. Notes of melon, grapefruit and cedar come through. It is a really well made beer. Given the style, I would expect no less from Sierra Nevada.