ElGaucho (2240) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle found a Zipp’s but got the last bottle and they don think they’re getting more. Glorious hop aroma. Strangely clear bodied for an ale of this strength and character. Only a slight haze is visible through the light brown body. Small light tan head. Not much lace. Wow is all I can say. Have I found the nirvana of beers?!? Rich, strong, smooth, sweet and wonderfully hoppy. Perfectly balanced. I hope they make this beer again, and in larger quantities because it is simply amazing.
adnielsen (9470) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap @ Boulder Strong Ale Festival. Pretty liight orange, tranparent body with a white head. A big floral, earthy, Mary Jane nose. Very very floral hoppiness with a huge accompanying bitterness. Light pale malty body with also a Mary Jane flavor. Very floral and hoppy finish.
unclemike (2309) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange pour with a off colored white head and good lacing. Aroma holds grapefruit, oranges, evergreen, and flowers; smells like hoppy fruit cocktail. Flavor is extremely hoppy, with more resin complementing the citric qualities beautifully. Excellent mouthfeel, especially given the ABV.
Tmoney99 (11090) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by shigadeyo. Poured clear copper color with an average fizzy off-white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy complex hop aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bitter hop flavor with a medium to heavy bitter finish of moderate to long duration. This is a good beer that exceeded my expectations.
Pailhead (5073) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of tropical fruits, mango, grapefruit, and light pine. It pours a transparent amber with a large yellow tinged off-white head with good retention and sticky webbing that clings to the side of the glass. The flavor starts with tropical fruits with a hint of mango and pineapple. The finish has strong grapefruit with some light pine. Medium bodied with mild carbonation and a slightly sticky mouthfeel.
BobbyAnalog (334) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 17, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sierra Nevada, what are you doing getting your paws all knotted up with these ingredients? I like you guys, but you’re outdoing yourselves. This brew has the kick of a Clydesdale (no, not an allusion to that wimpy Budweiser brand). This is like an M-80 full of hops. Epic bitterness pulls a cage match with your tongue. If you get the opportunity to fill a mug up with this stuff, you’ll feel like someone just gave your soul a happy ending.
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - FEB 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Nice amber/copper/orange body with descent white head. Nose and flavor are city’s hops with a nice malt backbone-doughy breast and sticky. Medium to full bodied. Overall: delicious brew for this early spring day!
milewide (1580) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A hop bomb, and I loved it! Clear amber color with medium head and body. Strong hop aroma, stronger hop bitterness in taste and extreme hop bitter after-taste!
brokensail (11599) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The beer pours an orange-amber sort of color with a finger of khaki colored head.
S: Smells pretty dank and funky. I get some feet and armpit at the beginning, but it seems to subside. A decent amount of citrus comes through in the form of grapefruit and there’s a good pine note. A fair amount of booze and some mild malt (bread).
T: The grapefruit and pine flavors are "large and in charge" here with a lot of big hop bitterness. Unfortunately, there is a strong alcohol flavor that brings a bit of a burn. Some toffee and toasted malt flavors provide the malt character.
M: The body is on the full side for a DIPA, and it’s pretty heavy on the tongue. The carbonation is moderate.
D: A rare miss from Sierra Nevada. I would have liked a lot less booze and a lot more hop flavor here.
JStax (3244) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Appearance is a wonderful translucent amber with sticky lacing. Aroma is hops and peppermint. Taste is all semisweet hops with just a little bit of hop influence. Very well balanced beer and delicious.