beerlover82 (220) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A gorgeous dark amber/orange, shiny/clear, with luscious and elegant creamy white head. Very bubbly and beautiful head. About a finger thick. Good retention, with big lacing around the glass. All the usual great characteristics expected from the great SN.
Heavy doses of rye and lovely hits of hop and citrus feast upon the nose. Well-balanced on the nose, as the rye competes with the hops for the title. Very good.
The rye dominates the flavors, balancing and complimenting the citrus hops, with a good slight malt edge. It is well-done with a medium to heavy body, average carbonation level. The rye can be brutal for those not used to it, but this is a welcome experimental IPA.
I like this a lot, but then again, this is Sierra Nevada here, so I pretty much figured I would. Good to have an IPA that’s not just a regular for a change.
Daytonbeer (637) - Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper with off white head. Very nice lacing. The aroma is powerful and hit my nose hard. Pine, rye, citrus, and some floral all spun together. Very nice. Taste is very bitter, especially up front. Beyond the bitter hops, there is carmel, rye, bread, and alcohol. Alittle syrupy, but not too sticky. Surprisingly good.
Slipstream (1983) - USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pleasant, meadowy floral aroma. Starts out slightly sweet, then finishes with a dry rye coda. Nice.
IPAaDay (5) - USA - FEB 10, 2012 does not count
2.9 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Finish reminds me of Widmer’s Drifter pale ale a bit... so I reckon SN achieved their stated goal--a spring IPA. It doesn’t taste like everything else and for that I appreciate it...but I’d choose something else to drink everyday.
rader58 (774) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - FEB 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper color. Aroma of rye bread, citrus, pine, caramel. Flavor is rye, citrus, pepper, resin. Quite bitter upfront with a mellow middle and a dry finish.
mcmisko (350) - New York, USA - FEB 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper with an off white head, some lacing. Smells floral, citrus, and some pine. Taste like caramel malts and a lot of hops, piney flavors as well. Mouth feel if pretty thick, after taste is dry. This is a solid well balanced brew.
BBB63 (5960) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle and served in my ye olde SN pint glass (this is my third bottle so I guess I should rate this now...) : Pours a clean coppery hue with a rocky frothy head and okay lace. The aroma has notes of PNW piney, citric, dank and peppery hop esters along with some rye bread, biscuit, and slight lactic presence. The taste is much more straight forward DIPA than a rye beer, heavy on the citric twang and pine needles. Very earthy and slightly metallic along with a punch of pepper and clove. The rye does make an appearance towards the finish but do not expect the flavor profile of a herbal beer here... this is all about the hops. The mouth feel is sprite and aggressive, a tad metallic and boozy. Perhaps too much to be something I would want to drink more than one of in a session. Overall I like this brew but do wish the rye component was more forceful and I do wish this showed less of that "SN yeast profile". That said, my other three bottles will not be going to waste.
emacgee (3963) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours crystal clean orange copper with two fingers of dense creamy eggshell white head, excellent retention. Nose is peppery and spicy with some citrus zest and fresh cut grass, light malt sweetness. Straight forward flavor, very dry and spicy with a light malt balance. Too dry/bitter for my tastes. Light body....
SabreSkull (55) - North Augusta, South Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle poured into chilly tumbler. creamy pillows of foam, chunky lacing. grassy aroma. dark red to brown. medium bitter hops and umami. medium oily cream and nice bitter finish. overall a good value and eminently quaffable. $15 for a box of 12 bottles at NA Beverage.
fraternie (814) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A deep, malty style, with subtle citrus flavors overpowered by bread notes, caramel, spices and finishing with a blast of hops. Ends with some rough-edged bitterness through the finish and would like to see more fruit flavors, but it gets the job done.