NachlamSie (2608) - 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.
picknbrew (196) - Mechanicsville, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. Bottle. Pure american hops in the aroma that floral, piny, grapefruit. Appearance is a little hazy with a deep golden almost copper color. Plenty of head and lacing. The taste starts a little sweet showcasing a little maltiness but is immediatly dominated by hop flavor. Finish is crisp and aggressivly bitter. A wonderful DIPA
thetmaxx (726) - West Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 16, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2011 Poured into a pint sized Sierra Nevada "hops" glass. Colour is a light amber with a white had that gets thin and without a etched glass would have disappeared. Aroma is pure floral hops. Flavour develops nicely starting with a bitter hop punch, then smoothing out and finishing with a sweet malty flavour, not as smooth as dogfish head, but this does have more IBUs. Overall a great beer from the brewery that started the hoppy beer tend.
beerandIT (298) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I really enjoy this one. Nice amount of carbonation. Small amount of head. Medium bodied I would say not necessarily full bodied, but this does not take away from the complexities that are within the beer. I taste bitter, sweet, citrus on the finish. Lots of different hops here. I can also taste hints of oatmeal. I smell wheat, oatmeal, lots of strong hop smells in the aroma as well. Nice hop flavor stays around on the palate. Very nice beer! Highly recommended!!!!!
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear deep orange with a fizzy white head. Big citrus and earthy hops aroma and taste with a decent caramel backbone and balancing bitterness.
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Bright grapefruit and tangerine nose. Clear gold, active carbonation to a thin white head. Citrus juice up front with a big bitterness in the middle, finishing with pithy citrus rind dryness. Enjoyable if a touch harsh.
brianprentiss (670) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
whoa! over the top hops!!! this thing is a mouthful. not much aroma, but my what a load of hoppiness
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
24 oz bottle from 16 Tons. Brilliant orange pour with a small white head. Smells of grapefruit, some pine, resinous notes, very small caramel backing, maybe a bit of oakiness as well. Flavor is very much hop bitterness. Pine and citrus, some sticky icky and a modicum of caramel. Good beer, very hop forward.
mkade8883 (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a pretty amber-orange color, with a medium amount of slightly off-white head. Aroma includes some sticky hops and a hint of bready malt. The carbonation, alcohol and bitterness all work together to make a sip feels like it fills your mouth. The presence and mouthfeel of this beer make it explode as you feel the medium-high carbonation, strong bitterness, and a hint of warming alcohol. Overall, the malt flavor and ultrabitterness make for a really nice IIPA, that is surprisingly drinkable.
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was a big fan of this, hops with little off flavors, I felt that it got better as it warmed up a bit. Quite nice.