ManvsCity (180) - Redmond, Washington, USA - JAN 29, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle and draft from Malt & Vine. Can’t expand upon the above description much. This is one extreme brew that is also amazingly smooth and tasty. Clear copper pour with a thick and foamy off white head + plentiful lacing. Draft comes off maltier, while bottle tastes more hoppy. This just has such a wide range of hop sensations - bitter on the back of the tongue, dry on the sides, floral and citrus combined in the nose. Taste is vaguely peppery, melon, and honey, with alcohol heat.
bluejacket74 (1275) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
24 ounce bottle, bottled on January 17th, 2011. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a clear orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is pretty good, with an average amount of lacing. Aroma is citrusy (tropical fruit, orange) and pine hops, along with some sweet malt. The brew tastes mostly like the aroma, it’s pine and citrusy (grapefruit, pineapple) hops, sweet malt and a hint of floral hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s creamy and sticky, with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it’s very smooth and goes down easy. I thought this was a good overall beer, hopefully Sierra Nevada will decide to make this again sometime in the future.
eaglefan538 (2857) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Stateline. Consumed during the AFCCG, poor Jets. Poured the usual amber-orange color, decent but average initial head and lacing. The aroma was strong strong grapefruits, light fruits, and faint pine. Strong booz/alcohol notes in the aroma and flavor. Sweet and juicy fruit flavors, grapefruit at the fore, not nearly enough hop bitterness. Remineded me of a 90minute IPA, but this was hotter and more harsh, and the residual sweetness was there. Some of these dIPAs are over the top and lose the bitter base of the beer. Mouthfeel was moderate to full for the style, adequately carbonated. Thanks to Robert at SL for the bottle!
FudgeSociety2 (311) - Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2011 Great variety of hopping in this beer. Flower and grass dominate, but there is a good pine presence with grapefruit mixed in. Perfect malt balance. Awesome double ipa.
WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 28, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2011 24oz. Bottle - Pours golden/orange with slight haze. Creamy white head, decent lacing. Aroma is fresh citrus, orange, lemon, hops, sweet malt. Damn, this is fresh and amazing... Taste is sweet, hoppy, citrusy, etc. The alcohol is well hidden, fantastic for over 10%. Really fresh, and overall very drinkable, although perhaps a bit hot overall... This beer is very nice.
I have read people comparing this to Pliney - I think it comes close, but I’d still take the Pliney. However, I would LOVE to see Sierra make more beers like this - as it shows they are capable of incredible extreme beers! (Like the several others they debuted in 2010!) I want to see more!!!
craftbeerdesign (2166) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2011
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. pours a nice orange color with a 1 finger white head which falls within a few minutes. the aroma is the one area this beer is lacking in. I was expecting more hops to scream out of the glass into the nose, but am left with some faint lingering citrus hop notes. big mouthfeel full of hops. lots of citrus notes throughout the mouth... some grapefruit, orange, etc. very bitter. somewhat chewy. softer sides with some caramel notes. a well blended finish with the malts coming forward more intertwined with the hops. the alcohol seeps through a touch as well. the bitterness really sticks with you well after the finish.
joeneugs (3118) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours golden orange with a small white head. The aroma is very sweet and peachy with minor grassy, citrus notes. The flavor is potent with grass, pot, peaches, pine sap, and an orange pith bitter finish. This is an extremely big hop bomb and a pretty darn good one. Very thick resinous mouthfeel.
phiconners (145) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light copper pour, fairly large white head. Very nice hops aroma. Full hops flavor, some nice sweetness. Alcohol is very slightly noticeable. An excellent Double IPA from Sierra Nevada. It’s nice to see they can hang with the big boys when they want to.
marcus (6339) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from BevMo Arden. Pours light copper with a rich beige head and a pine and citrus aroma. There is a hearty pale malt flavor that is overwhelmed by a severe grapefruity hop bitterness. There is certainly a lot of flavor resulting from the massive ingredient in this brew, but the bitterness unbalances the palate to the extent of compromising drinkability. I know that sounds like a cheap beer commercial, but I was unable to finish the 24 oz bottle - probably a good thing in light of the high, but well-masked ABV.
bialover (9) - Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2011 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had it on tap at Mekong the other day and it kind of remind me a little bit of Bell’s Hopslam with a dry bitter finish