hopsing99 (8) - USA - JUL 6, 2002 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is the answer to all of the Xperts in this world who claim Americans don’t brew any decent beers. When this beer is properly poured at the propper temperature it’s a thing of beauty. Nothing else in this world like it. Try to find it on tap (better than bottled). Beats every other American IPA I’ve ever tasted - and I’ve tasted them all. Like drinking you’re favourite can of soda pop in 100 degree heat, only better. This beer is the BEST OF THE BEST. Only the Belgians do it better.
doppelmeup (51) - Wake Forest, North Carolina, USA - APR 25, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This was really an awesome beer!
Poured a bottle in a pint glass. Thick, half inch head that left gorgeous lacing all the way down the glass. Golden amber color.
Aroma was nice and hoppy, but not overpowering. It really smelled good!
The taste was perfect. Very bitter, balanced by the right amount of malt flavor.
A very clean, bitter finish that left the palate refreshed and wanting more. Just the right thickness and carbonation.
Extremely drinkable brew.
211Gramma99 (38) - Chico, California, USA - JAN 19, 2002
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I live in chico and have only tried it once but it was great. Good taste
beerman08 (17) - USA - DEC 11, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sierra Nevada gives you that little zing in the back of your mouth that tells you...damn man, this shit is good. I won't get into all that sophisticated "beerman" talk, but this it definately one of the best beers I've ever tasted. I would recommed it to anyone who is willing to pay just that little extra to get a beer that is worth the experience. Ya heard!
nearbeer (3611) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2008 Bottle, w/2007 on neck. New copper pipe and orange-colored, with a medium and lasting head. Grapefruit-pine and cereal nose. Flavors of citrus-resin balanced well by sweet barley-oat cereal, malted goodness. Mmmm, yummy. Palate is almost medium bodied and mostly smooth with a slight dry-bitter grass finish. Awesome. Much better than the APA. I could drink this stuff all day.
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 2, 2001
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Betcha didn’t know there was a Sierra Nevade IPA, but there is. Sold only at the brewery and a few bars in Chico, CA, this is even better than their Celebration Ale. Smooth, light and crisp, but the hop flavor is huge, matched by a bubblegum0like maltiness. A rare treat.
wr399 (8) - USA - MAY 2, 2002 does not count
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A great beer.
obxdude10 (2027) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very excellent IPA, hoppy nose, spicy & dry flavors, lots of body, huge white head, very tangy, spicy aftertaste, well balanced, excellent IPA
BJM8 (17) - USA - OCT 11, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderful IPA. For all you hopheads about there. Great pour, with an off-white head that lasts and lasts. Taste a little too much grapefruit, but besides that, a great IPA.
openwindow (67) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 31, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I typically use Sierra Nevada’s IPA as a yardstick to guage other IPAs. To me, it is the prototypical IPA. Nice hoppy aroma and subtle bite of bitterness. Excellent golden-brown color. My only complaint: Carbonation seems to be uneven from batch to batch. Beer is usually just right as far as carbonation goes, but some batches have been too carbonated. Not sure if this is all in my head or is actually an issue.