crescendo (1) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2012 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice coppery amber, very clear, no visible carbonation. A light beige, almost whipped head leaves thick lacing on the glass. The aroma is mild, but hoppy and sweet, almost like candy sugar. The flavor starts sweet and hoppy, then fills the mouth with smoky, oaky, and leathery flavors and finishes brightly with fruit, and an almost metallic after taste. The mouthfeel is creamy, with the small-bubble kind of carbonation that sticks to every crevice of the inside of your mouth. It’s surprisingly enjoyable and drinks faster than most beers with this much flavor.
Beerathon (1168) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Grapefruit and pine in the nose. A nice hoppy mouth feel along with earthiness. For a Rye, it’s an excellent offering from Sierra Nevada.
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Copper beerwith a dark cream head. Grapefruit and light malt aroma. Pine and grapefruit flavor with light spice, malt and some earthiness. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Pine and grapefruit lingers with malt and light spice.
bigabe (194) - California, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sierra Nevada loves darker hops. That’s the only way I can describe it. They don’t do citrus, they do pine, smoke, and earth. And it’s great. This beer sticks to that strategy. Dark, smokey, piney hops... dry, bitter rye, and a clean, yet still bitter and hoppy finish. It’s very flavorful, and very drinkable. I might like it more than Torpedo.
PTomasko (1) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2012 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The nose has some notes of leather and caramel followed by some citrus. The Appearance a nice copper color with with a two finger fluffy head the laces to the bottom of the glass. The taste is citrus more orange than grapefruit. The carbonation rushes up front and a dryness lingers at the back. This is a very good beer, that I highly suggest folks try.
djd07 (3588) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Hay Merchant. Pours a clear copper and medium creamy off white head with sticky lacing. The aroma is a floral hop and pine. Medium mouthfeel with a sweet hop and pine with bitter finish. A very good IPA from Sierra Nevada.
dumacub (18) - dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2012
2.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 4/20
Hoppy aroma made me hopefully. Nice amber with a reasonable frothy head. Unfortunately (for me ) the aroma is lost to the unbalanced bitterness. In all fairness I’m not a large IPA fan, but the citrus and pepper subtleties seem too far lost to really enjoy. Decent mouthfeel with an astringent aftertaste that sticks with you just a little too long.
AndresTM (307) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - FEB 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2012 It pours a crystal-clear mahogany with a vanilla head. The aroma is fruity and piney from the hops, very green and floral, with pepper tingling on the back of the nose—except for this, the rye profile isn’t super obvious. The overall sensation is a fresh one. The mouthfeel is solid and consistent, with subtle carbonation and a medium body. The taste is mostly bitter and finishes dry—somewhat onedimensional. Good beer nonetheless.
tricyclist (752) - Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really a decent ipa, all day long. Nice hop characteristic and a very nice mouthfeel. Aroma was a little light for me, I would’ve liked more from there aroma in this one. Flavor is a rich hop character, floral, citrus fruit, but lighter and in the background. Mouthfeel is a solid medium, thicker than a lot of ipa’s. I really dig this one
jb (2196) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A rather outstanding growler pickup by Bob. Dark amber looking, clear, nice head, great lacing. Nose is peppery, spicy, and has some pine. Palate has that extra rye spiciness to add a dimension along with the usual IPA notes, I really enjoyed this.