OldStyleCubFan (77) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Itís the beer that got me into brewing and craft beers. Between the lots at dead shows in the 90s and living in SC/NC (states with less than 6% ABV caps) it was always easy to find and very enjoyable. I always seem to have a SNPA in my beer fridge. Itís THE gateway to craft beer world.
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - JUN 5, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Despite being bottle conditioned, this beer poured a beautiful clear amber color with a small white rocky head. Unfortunately the head completely disappeared in a short time leaving no lacing. The aroma had a nice balance of malt and hops. There were hints of bread, and grass. It had a medium body with an oily texture and lively carbonation. The finish was bitter, almost astringent and long lasting. The flavors too were nicely balanced between malt sweetness and hop bitterness. There were hints of grapefruit and resin in the middle as well.
SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is one of my favorite fall-back session brews.
It pours a slightly hazed medium-bodied copper color and presents a good head that sticks around nicely. The taste is good and a bit hoppy, especially for an APA.
This beer tastes like it has very good quality water. It is very clean, crisp and refreshing... I love the bottle design too for some reason!
KariCupcake (214) - Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 2, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I guess Iím not a fan of the hoppy stuff, this included. Cloudy copper color with some of that hoppy stuff in there. Eh.
Stew41 (1854) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - MAY 31, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
For once Iíve drunk a beer that could have been a touch colder. Circumstances dictated consumption straight from the bottle so I didnít get a great look at the colour and nose. Hard to fault the taste; medium weight with a nice lick of hops and well balanced malts hit the mouth early. Quite a broad soft finish for the style. Interesttingly this APA stood out early in my recent US trip but sorta fell back to the pack as I progressively made my way east. Still, for what seems to be a high production beer this is impressive.
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly hazy. Not much of a head. Faint sweet and sour flavor aspect. Decent and drinkable.
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a great pale. A lot of pales i taste just dont have the punch I expect when I think Pale. Good citrus and pine in the aroma and the flavor has hints of grapefruit and some nice malt balance. Appearance was the only disappointing factor as I didnít see much head. Still, itís very good beer.
KUEric (918) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2010 Bottle: Out a bar, so straight from the bottle...so my appearance and aroma ratings are a little skewed, but I will rerate soon.
The aroma was minimal, but like I said this is from the bottle itself.
Iíve had it before I got into rating and enjoying good beers and the appearance was very good from distant recolection.
The palate was very good, it had an excellent mouth feel that was smooth and cool on the tounge.
Flavor was definitly hoppy, but not sure it was as potent as many claim it is. I felt it lacked maltyness and also carbonation for my particular taste (I like carbonation).
Iíve had it again and again, and it continues to grow on me.
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Though Iím not a fan of hop-heavy beers, Sierra Nevada is just about at my hop threshold. Hoppy enough to really show off that taste, but not obscenely so that makes the taste to strong and obnoxious. Full bodied tastes of sweet malt and sweetíníspicy hops that are robust, but lack in complexity. A very clean tasting, crisp beer!
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
i finally got around to trying this highly touted brew...pours a slightly cloudy deep gold color with wispy white head. the aroma is very mild, showing off the hops and light amounts of caramel malts. flavor is very mild as well, but feels very solid in your mouth. tastes are mirrors of the aroma, light caramel malts followed my a generous amount of hops with a perfect amount of bitterness to balance out the beer, but not become lip-puckering or lingering. a surprisingly solid mouthfeel and decent amount of body for the style...very crisp and refreshing, why didnt anyone mention that this was so good.