Cybercat (3275) - Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is quite strong and very hoppy with an undertone of grapefruit and a hint of honey sweetness. It pours an attractive clear amber with a fairly thick, if not persistent, head. Flavor is seriously hoppy and just a little bitter, with grassy, woody, grapefruit and malt hints and just a touch of honey. It is very lip-smacking, and the hoppy component is quite complex and enjoyable. Texture is fairly smooth with a strong and lingering tingle. Finish is hoppy, minimally bitter and fizzy. This is one of the best IPAs I have ever had, and I strongly recommend it to all "hop heads."
popery (1397) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 29, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (previously tried at Toronado anniversary festival on tap). When this beer warms up to a proper temperature, every sip is chock full of hop flavor. There’s nice malt sweetness, light and honey-ish, but it’s buried underneath a ton of hops. The hop flavor is excellent. It’s a mix of sweet lemons, tangerines, pineapples, wildflowers, spruce and pine. Bitterness is strong, but the beer is exceptionally smooth. The feel is a bit harsh at first, but as the carbonation settles, it smooths out nicely. It pours a slightly darkened gold with an ecru head. In my opinion, this is one of the best new DIPAs.
gorditoabd (624) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 29, 2011
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber, from bev4less. Came very hyped from my east coast buddy. Pours a bright, tangy orange hue, with lots of bubbles rising up to a nice lacy, thin white foam head. Aroma is faint, and sweet. Some citrus and honey are notable there, but nothing too strong. First taste is very decent, initial notes are solidly piney, with a middling mouthfeel and body of citrus and sweet malt. Mid-to-late palate however is mind-blowing. This beer takes it to another level on the back end. While it does have a touch of the cloying overdone-ness that often moves me away from the DIPA style, this one has all the fullness, sass, and boozey burn that any true beer lover could want. Nice work Sierra.
RedSox2004 (1232) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - JAN 29, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear golden amber with a generous pillowy bright white head and wonderful lacing. Explosion of pine hops with lots of grapefruit character. Flavor follows, with aggressive resinous flavors leading the way. Citru and pine comes through as well. Bitter, bitter, bitter, but with a surprising dose of caramel malt to counter and add another layer of complexity. Medium to full body, high carbonation, and barely detectable ABV. Lives up to the promise.
BMan1113VR (7854) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2012 Bottle. Pours with a nearly clear golden body and a slightly off-white head. Aromas of citrus, dankness, papaya, wheat, tropical fruits, pine and guava. Flavors are bitter and grainy. Very bitter but there are some nice tropical fruit floral hop notes. Lively and dry with a nice, caramelized sweetness. Tons of tropical fruit. Noticeable alcohol. Lingering bitterness.
jscore (2) - , North Dakota, USA - JAN 29, 2011 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a glass from a bottle. Overall a very solid Imperial IPA. I really enjoyed how it wasn’t like many other IPAs in terms of the fruitier (thinking grapefruit) taste. This brew provides a pleasant spice on the tongue that finishes with an enjoyable pine and hop taste. The alcohol is noticeable, but it is appreciated as it stimulates your nostrils. Minimal lacing from the head except from the area in which the initial aggressive pour head had formed (larger bubbles). Seemed to only hang on the top quarter of the glass. I would buy/drink this beer again.
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 29, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Beachwood BBQ. Pours a bright shade of amber with a creamy off-white head. Greatfor the style, but my only notes are that it was a bit sweet on the mid palate and the alcohol content was noticeable. The citric hops and body were great, though.
brigg (508) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 29, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2012 (bottle) A mostly clear copper body with a creamy, off-white, lacy head. Very fragrant aroma with floral and fruit (cherry, light citrus, pineapple) notes, slightly sweet with a touch of honey. Full bodied, round, soft feel; the body and feel is really spot on. Strong bitterness throughout, but even; a mild sweetness (pineapple) up front and citrus hops, turning to pine on the way back. Alcohol adds some heat on the back end.
ALCOHOLNIZM (164) - WARWICK, Alabama, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
LIGHT CHERRY RED,NO HEAD AND A HUGE PINE AROMA. MORE BITTER THAN SWEET AGGRESIVE HOPS FLAVOR OF CITRUS GRAPEFRUIT LIKE MANY OTHER IPAS, THE INGRIEDENTS USED ARE DEFENITLY TOP NOTCH, AND ALTHOUGH THIS BEER IS VERY GOOD IT DOSNT STAND OUT INFRONT OF MANY OTHER GREAT IMPERIAL IPA’S. AND IS PRICED FAR TO HIGH.
BeerandBlues2 (9596) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at The Nook. Pours clear copper with an average, frothy white head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, toasted, meal), heavy hops (floral, grassy, pine, citrus), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of pineapple. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, toasted, meal), heavy hops (floral, grassy, pine, citrus), and average esters (apple/pine) with notes of alcohol, peach, and pineapple. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation, low creaminess with a dry and biting finish.