reggiedunlop (3416) - 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 (4312) - 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. It’s 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 it’s 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 (2689) - 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 (825) - 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 (1205) - 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 wasn’t 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 isn’t quite up to the task of harnessing all the hop potential and it gets a little rangy toward the end but really that’s just nitpicky. Excellent hop showcase.
PorterPounder (6143) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Market Square Liquors - 24 oz bomber. Pours a nice dark copper with a soft, subtle white pillowy head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing. Fresh, hoppy aroma with plenty of spruce goodness with some nice floral hints. Brimming with flavor, citrusy grapefruit is most prominent, but it is not a one-dimensional hop monster. Bitter hoppiness is tempered by syrupy sweet back end with some hints of spearmint and caramel. Thick rich mouthfeel. SN hit it out of the ballpark with this one.
mcberko (9209) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 11, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle, pours pale golden with a white head. Aroma is strong citrus & herbal hops, with some floral notes. Flavour is full-bodied citrus and herbal hops. Extremely well-rounded with just enough malt backing. Wonderful IIPA.
jcr (2320) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAR 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Clear, deep gold body. Fizzy, off-white head, mostly diminishing. Nice aroma of leafy hops, pine, sweet peach, lemon. Hints of toasted grain. The flavor is moderately sweet and moderately bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, creamy texture and lively carbonation. Tasty contrast between sweet orange jam early on and piney hops in the finish which also displays some hot alcohol notes. Bright and reasonably clean. Despite the sweet, thick orange and melon, this beer is about hops and bitterness. Very nice.