JaBier (5300) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split with my brother. I tried this one at GABF and remember liking it, so letís give it a whirl with a larger sample. Clear amber/copper pour with a huge off-white head. Spicy and grassy hop nose with some citrus and maltiness. Spicy hop flavor up front with hints of citrus and malt before a bitter grassy finish.
celogan (201) - Oroville, California, USA - MAR 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very Decent, but dissappointing. Tasted alot like bigfoot with some hops tossed in. I expected a strong grapefruit nose, which was missing. Poured a nice head wich dissappaited rather quickly. Lacing was pretty good though. Carbonation was good. Tase had some strong alcohol presence, but at over 10% ABV itís not surprising.
I found two places that still had it in stock, even the brewery was out.
One place we call the Dome Store that had it for 2.99 and another at a convenience store that took years to open, but they wanted 10 bucks. So either one place was gouching or the other didnít know what they had.
It is defineitly worth the 3 bucks, but 10 dollars it isnnít.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Pours an orange-copper color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades fairly quickly to a nice ring around the glass lacing nicely.
S - Lots of citrus hops in the nose. There is also a fine amount of sweet carmel malt that breaks through and balances.
T - Starts off with a ton of citrus and piney hop flavor and bitterness. There is also some nice carmel malt flavor that breaks through. Through the middle there is even more bitterness that comes through. The finish has a blend of grassy and citrus hop bitterness and also some carmel flavor. Lingers really nicely.
M - Medium to medium-full bodied with moderate tingly carbonation. Very smooth and crisp with a really nice dry finish. Even fairly clean.
D - Very drinkable. Very nice hop profile with a lot of taste mixed in. Barely any of the alcohol flavor comes through. Nice amount of malt flavor also in there to balance.
reggiedunlop (3410) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a very clear amber honey color with a creamy white head...very nice lacing and retention. aroma has grapefruit with subtle pine as well...slightly bready and a hint of orange blossom. flavor is extremely hoppy...like a hoppy elixir...more spicy than expected...earthy and woody. mouthfeel is resinous yet a bit lively with a very hoppy, dry lingering finish.
nick76 (4304) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is very much like I would expect from Sierra Nevada. Itís one of those hop lover beers. There is the full spectrum of pine, citrus, grass, herb and resin. The malt is there to balance and gives it a significant bread smell but itís all about the hops. The appearance is amber gold with a large foamy head. The taste is like the aroma with hops dominating but never getting too astringent. The palate is smooth. Overall a very well crafted beer but could use a little more maltiness.
cfrancis (2672) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to John for this. Pours a deep, dark amber with a frothy white cap. Aroma is floral hop and wheat malt. Taste is loads of hops, citrus and floral. Bitterness is high, it throws the balance off a bit in my opinion. But is a very good beer.
RickTStiles (818) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Floral biting aroma with citrus and fruit. Body is full. taste is sweet and bitter with lots of hop action. maple and grapefruit dominate. finish is nice but not too long.
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - MAR 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
24oz. bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Poured a clear gold with a finger of fine bubbled head. Plenty of carbonation. Very fragrant with lots of pineapple. Medium bodied. Aggressive bitterness. Some caramel malt, but the hops predominate. Drying finish on the palate from the hops. Could have used a little more balance. A 12oz. bottle would have been better. If you are a hop head, this will be right up your alley.
pete4999 (1188) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
24 oz bottle. I was kinda let down by this - I felt it was a little too sweet for the style. Definitely had some honey notes, but the usual citrus and pine flavors were subdued. It had the hops, but it frankly wasnít hoppy enough for what I was expecting. Poured an orangey-gold, mouthfeel was pleasant and slightly creamy.
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - MAR 12, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice orange dark pour with a generous white head. Aroma is pine resin up front with just a bit of citrus behind some almost woody notes. Flavor is tangerine grapefruit citrus and a bit of pine resin. Flip flopped from the aroma. The only knock against this beer is that the malt backbone isnít quite up to the task of harnessing all the hop potential and it gets a little rangy toward the end but really thatís just nitpicky. Excellent hop showcase.