ChazMania (642) - Pasadena, California, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice spicy aroma with a light brown reddish hue and very clear. Taste is mild peppery with some bitter hop. It is very different for an IPA, and I don’t think I have had many Rye IPA’s so its new to my palate. The body is on the thin fizzy side. A good beer, but I far prefer Celebration.
travita (3652) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Spicy rye, hops, pine, grass, floral aromas. The look is clear, copper colored, light beige colored head. The taste is rye, grainy, spice, hops, touch of bitterness, and nice.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Appearance: Somewhat dark copper with a nice sturdy cap and great lacing. Darker than expected but looks great, as SN beers always do.
Aroma: Spicy, earthy and bready, with some orange-driven citrus.
Taste: Semi-sweet bread and toast backbone. Fairly earthy and citrusy (a little tangier than the aroma indicated), with a long pine and spice finish.
Palate: Moderate carbonation, medium body, dry finish.
Overall: While not quite the taste onslaught of some other Rye IPAs (such as Founders Red Rye and the Summit India Rye Ale from two years back), this is extremely well balanced and immensely drinkable. The best "Spring" seasonal from Sierra Nevada yet.
Leighton (9640) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Sander’s place, NYC. Pours clear, copper-ruby with a luscious, light tan foam. Truly gorgeous aroma, loads of fresh, wet hops, pine, grapefruit, pineapple, melon. Medium sweet flavor, toasty grain, some spicy rye, tons of meaty hops, pine, toasty sugar. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Sticky, moderately sweet finish, tons of resinous pine, citrus, spicy hops and rye. Delicious toasted malts, subtle caramel, fine bread. Lasting pine bitterness and modest sugar. Really an incredible beer. Wonderfully drinkable.
kwoeltje (2207) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(draught at Bukowski, Boston) Dark amber with white head and nice lace. Piney hops aroma. Flavor is rye, resiny pine/citrus/grass, caramel malt. Really excellent.
dkingsella (152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours copper with one finger head. Nice retention with good lacing. Typical West Coast IPA nose...citrus, pine but with the addition of rye. Great tasting beer with plenty of hops and a nice balance of rye. Sweet with some spice, citrus and resinous pine. Nice dry finish. Very drinkable. Will start looking forward to the release of this seasonal each year.
aej9374 (12) - Derby, Kansas, USA - JAN 27, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great beer. Lots of orange peel, grapefruit, pine, and black pepper. Spicy IPA. Could stand up to about any Curry or BBQ beer. Sierra Nevada does it again. They exceeded my expectations on this one!
dcschiller (2200) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz bottle). Pours a clear copper color with a healthy off-white, chunky head. Moderate carbonation. Aroma is a mix of resin, citrus and some peppery notes. Taste is an initial burst of malt sweetness followed quickly by the bitter hops and peppery rye. Thinner bodied with a slick texture. It has the familiar Sierra Nevada flavor profile. Pretty good stuff.
Jabic (373) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ar: Lemon and pine resin - a bit of black pepper - very floral, as well.
Ap: Clear copper with a medium and finely frothy off-white head - good retention and a curtain of lacing.
T: Toast malt and medium-light caramel and toffee, medium sweet - some spicy and peppery maltiness mixing with resinous wood and pine - a bit tannic, medium bitterness, and some lemon and tobacco on the finish.
P: Medium body with medium carbonation - finish is dry.
O: Very tasty, wonderful new addition from SN - peppery rye is very pronounced and mingles well with the earthy and piney hop profile for a very rustic and spicy impression.
kuphish (378) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear copper body with a thick, chewy, off-white head. Aroma of fresh grapefruit peel with a little pine. Light malt presence comes through as caramel. Any rye is lost in the hops. Really juicy citrus-sweet grapefruit and tangerine. Bread crust in the malt with some more caramel. Still not getting any distinct rye, but the malt supports the hops nicely. Medium bodied, but with a nice chewiness that avoids being heavy. Overall a great beer and a welcome addition to SN’s lineup.