wetherel (1862) - Cupertino, California, USA - OCT 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
$4 20oz bottle drank at Pizza Port bottle shop with Shawn and others. Small, small-bubble head. Crystal clear amber color Some light hop and malt aroma. Medium light body. Mild bitterness. Very easy to drink. Great session/pizza beer. Kind of mild smooth flavor/aroma.
performula (148) - Heart of the Rockies, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Looks like an amber colored Brandy. Huge head, be careful. This tastes more like a cross breed between Pale and IPA. Citrusy base with floral hints. Oily finish. Impressed at $4.00.
rayg1 (586) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ok so I’ve been excited about this beer for awhile. Pours out a deep almost reddish orange with a decently thick light orange head. Aroma is a nice mix of sweetness and cascade hops all blending into a nice bittersweet smell. Flavor is not as hoppy as I would have expected at first, rather, it is fairly sweet of toffee and caramel and perhaps some brown sugar. Only halfway through the sip does the citrus and pine and hoppy goodness come rushing in. This beer is an excellent example of an American style IPA. If you want hops that kick your ass this is not your beer. However if you want a nice balance of hops and just well made beer then Cheers to you my friend.
Pailhead (6322) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: The aroma has moderate pine with some balanced caramel and faint citrus hops. It pours a transparent amber with small off-white head that fades to a soapy film within a minute or so. A thin webbing of lacing is left on the edges of the glass. The flavor has a strong caramel backbone. The finish has moderate combination of pine and citrus hops that linger in the aftertaste for a while. Some light spiciness in the finish as well. A very well balanced beer. IMO, an argument could be made either way for an IPA or APA. Medium bodied, slightly oily with soft carbonation. Just a well made beer in my opinion.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - OCT 23, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. I poured out the last bottle of SN I tried, so I shouldn’t have been suprised when I dumped this one out as well. I’m not going to waste my calories on something as flavorless, bitter, and aspirin-like as this. A mess in a bottle. Come on SN, impress me w/ something.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep orange pour with thick white head. Hops on the nose for sure...pine and resin mostly, some citrus, but more pine. Hops are not aggressively bitter, but have that piney taste all the way through to the finish. Malt is lingering in the background very solidly. I like.
fattibobatti (246) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle from liqourloft tallahassee. amazing and a must for anyone who really really likes hops. the smell is mouthwatering citrus, strong pine borderline astringent hops. the taste is strong malt backbone but most importantly bitter citrus and pine hops flavor and than a wonderful lasting bitterness. the mouth feel is full bodied almost oily sticking to the mouth really adding to the lasting hop characteristic. pour was a dark dark amber. i very powerful IPA, one of my favorites.
chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2007 Harvest - bomber 24oz bottle from Shangy’s - great aroma, nice off white head. Poured a reddish copper color. Hops in the flavor tended towards a tartness that finished with a thin, slicing bitterness that was not really enjoyable.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 23, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 Harvest, big ass 24oz bottle. Is this the first year they bottled? Clear orange copper with a two finger creamy off-white head, great lacing and retention. Spicy piney hops with some floral notes front the underlying sweet caramel malts. Not magnificently complex, but so far so good. The aroma has a fresh hoppy sweetness just as I stick my nose in the glass as I’m taking a drink (this bumped the aroma up to an 8). Can definitely notice the freshness in the flavor. It seems there’s an added herbal and earthiness--I can’t really explain it other than that. Fairly bitter--peaks at a 6-7 out of 10 at the back corners of my tongue. Alcohol is detectable, just barely. Moderate carbonation with a medium creamy body. Great beer--I’m only sad that it will deteriorate from here on out.
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber hue with a nice off-white head on top. Aroma is pine, citrus, and caramel. Flavor is spicy yet sweet. Fresh green piney hop flavor with a sweet caramel malt flavor. Beer is quite easy on the palate making this a pretty easy beer to drink for an IPA. A well-balanced enjoyable beer.