SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Any beer that leaves a bitter hop aftertaste is tops in my book. Chalk up another for Sierra Nevada.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - DEC 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2008 Draft at Flying Saucer (Nashville). 2006. Amber in the glass with a creamy white head that somewhat lasted and left big lacing. Big hoppy aroma. The flavor found spices and hops with a small kick of malts. Bitter throughout. Medium body, smooth, and very nice. 7-4-8-3-15; 2008 Bottle (12th Release Harvest Wet Hop) Poured orange with a creamy off-white head that has some lasting and good lacing. Great hoppy pine aroma with a malt background. The flavor find hops and caramel. Medium body with a moderate bitterness throughout. 8-4-7-4-16
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 3, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber color with white fluffy head. Aroma is of bitter citruis hops. Flavor is of nice malts with bitter grassy hops. good mouthfeel for a pale ale.
dp (608) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2006
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
on tap winking lizard canton, ohio. they ran out of what i wanted so i tried this, tasted great after an afternoon of macros watching the Browns stink up another one.
badgerben (4777) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Blue Nile. Dark copper color with a large head. Odd aroma I really couldnít place, but seemed to suggest mint. The taste was something I was not expecting at all: very vegetable-like, earthy, dusty and obviously hoppy. The fresh hops give it an incredibely different taste thatís a nice change of pace. The bitterness isnít as high as with dried hops, but itís a great flavor of leafy hops.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice looking beer, pouring an orange body with a light tan head. The aroma is sweet caramel with pine and grapefruit. A full bodied brew, itís a well balanced ale, the caramel backbone standing up nicely to the PNW hop bitterness, the latter lasting long into the finish. Very sessionable.
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jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - NOV 29, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2009 Pours very bright and clear - orange/copper with an off-white head. The aroma is pungent with leafy hops and sweet malts - like grapefruit and honey. The flavor starts spicey, hoppy, and fruity. In the middle enters a lot of hop bitterness. The finish is bitter, hoppy, and fruity with a hop after-taste. The mouthfeel is full-bodied, somewhat thick, and quite bubbly. Overall, very nice.
9/30/2009 - Re-rate with 13th Release. No change in numbers - sublime hoppy and malty aroma; rich, complex, malty flavor with somewhat dry finish and excellent evergreen, citrus, resiny hop flavors; delicious.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap at Cruchyís in East Lansing...wanted to mention it seemed a bit flat when i had this...copper body with medium head..aroma of piney hops exclusively...flavor is dominated by these hops, with just a touch of malts (could have added a touch more)...
ChazMania (662) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2008 Tap. Good overall but did not seem to have anything unique. I had this along with a few other seasonals which I thought were more unique than this particular offering.
Updated 7/29/08...from 3.7 to 3.9. 2008 bottled version. Very nice tasting beer.
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Old Chicago. Was copper color with a nice chunky off white head. Tasted like an oktoberfest with a ton of bitterness, way too bitter for me.