olympian (107) - USA - JUL 18, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderful. Draft, with an excellent seafood platter at Riva’s in Santa Cruz..
Rich, balanced taste, but (oddly) not the ’hop blast’ you would expect from an IPA.
That is not to say the hops aren’t there - they are. And while I found this excellent, it honestly did remind me more of an English Pale than a traditional IPA.
Come Christmastime, I hope to try their ’Celebration’ IPA, and see how it differs. But ’absolutely authentic’ or not, this was a terrific brew.
willisread (1117) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 4, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Old rating. Bottle from Old Town. This was never as good the pale ale in my opinion. The hops just never reached IPA levels at the time. A pretty modest IPA for IPA standards.
Jabah (227) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I didn’t care for this as much as the regular Sierra Nevada pale ale. It was a bit on the bitter side, as IPAs should be, but something about the balance between malts and hops didn’t work that well for me. Not very smooth going down. The flavor is there for sure....a bit fruity and very hoppy. Basically a decent average IPA, nothing special.
slowrunner77 (7582) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
"this one falls into the "standard" catergory of Sierra Nevada Beers, the aroma and flavor one expects from a good ipa are lacking, and you can’t help but notice a similar hop profile as several other SN beers."
Travlr (17031) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very nice IPA, doesn’t wallop you over the head with hops, but you definitely know they’re there. Good character, bitter finish
MRMedellin (224) - Bogota, COLOMBIA - MAR 17, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Coper beer, exaggerated amount of carbonic gas, big and unstable head. Citric aromas are felt, not too much from the malt is perceived. Flavor with some caramel and citric notes, not really bitter at the end.
Bolobeer (10) - - JUN 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very pretty, dark orange color. It wasnt that it was too hoppy, but the hops just came out wrong somehow, not crisp enough maybe. Decent, but I would take the pale ale over this any day.
seanfitz (9) - - MAR 28, 2013 does not count
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Decent IPA. Good for IPA the novice, it has a classic ipa taste without being too hoppy. Easy drinkability.
Bricktop86 (660) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - APR 6, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A decent starter IPA but you will soon learn there are better out there. Sierra Nevada’s pale ale is better
beernovice39 (3270) - Montana, USA - MAR 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, amber with a off white head. Scent is grain and straw. Taste is caramel and grassy.
ManVsBeer (6267) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
More than drinkable IPA, but lacks the body to be a really great real ale.