Terminus (3042) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle-FINALLY this stuff made it to my hometown (maybe even before Albuquerque?) pours clear copper hue with a small soapy white head with some decent lacing. just looks very crisp and clean. nose of piney hops (lite celery note, earth, resin, that typical SN hoppy note thats characteristic of so many of their hoppy beers). flavors have lots of that pine along with a huge toasted malty note that just sets this brewery apart from so many-toasted spicy grains with a lovely mouthfeal-perfect amount of carbonation. I have ot admit, that celery note does become somewhat detracting but the beer is clean and constructed so well that it becomes secondary at most times. the malt flavor here is just perfect-probably the best of any SN beer. This is definately a very worthy replacement for Glissade (can we retire it now?) and better than their fantastic ESB. Thank you again Sierra Nevada!
msante79 (2187) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Toronado. Pours clear golden orange with white head. Aromas of rye, citrus, earthy malts, and some spices. Flavors of spicy and earthy malts, citrus, hops, and a touch of sweetness. Was expecting more from this given some of the hype and that I typically like SN IPA’s. Not bad, but not great either.
kjohns (131) - North Dakota, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2012 Clear reddish-amber pour with long-lasting medium off white foamy head. Aroma is earthy with some floral and rye notes, rather subdued aroma actually. Taste is a resiny mix of oily hops, light malt and rye spice with a lingering bitterness. Not overly hoppy, but a pretty nice brew with that little kick of rye spice to keep things interesting.
highibus (683) - Vail, Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours bright copper red with white fluffy head. Nice vegetal aroma. Flavor is hoppy but nicely balanced with eye and other malts. Finish is a bit more eye than hops but really nice beer.
johnnnniee (1840) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a crystal clear golden copper color with a good sized white head that persists and leaves much lace on the way down. Smells of garlic, green onion, and pepper mostly. There’s a faint bready malt down there somewhere, but this one is all hops. Taste is more garlic and onion with a bit of spice and pepper. Little to no malt to be found. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. Nice rye IPA but a bit vegetative for my tastes. I could drink these, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to seek these.
beersearcher (2175) - Glendale, California, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a light brown. Good cereal taste throughout and a gentle spicing. The hoppiness is pretty light. Label has horrible colors but as usual a solid offering from Sierra Nevada.
oc4111 (119) - USA - JAN 20, 2012
4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a clear copper color with a big pillowy head that goes away a couple minutes after pouring. Aroma is of piney hops and some spicesness from the rye. This very well balanced IPA. Taste of piney hops at the beginning balanced out by the malt and the rye kicks in at the end. Because of the hops I was expecting a more resiny mouthfeel but was pleasantly surprised at how clean this finished. No real discernable alcohol. Dare I say sessionable? I think I will.
BenDover (198) - Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a transparent, dark amber, almost an inch of dense creamy off-white foam. Aroma is floral and citrusy, and yes, you can smell the rye. Taste is bitter, nice hops and rye, with some good maltiness underneath -- maybe just a tad too much pine. Pretty good stuff.
Braudog (5376) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Deep bronzed amber, nicely active, with a firm but thin head. The aroma is fairly restrained, but once you start to drink this, be prepared for a bountiful flourish of rich, earthy warmth, rolling with silky and oily hoppiness, quite nicely intertwined with a big, malty base. This is some good, good stuff. (#4449, 1/20/2012)
pellegjr (390) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, pours pristine copper w/ sudsy ivory head, resiny hop aroma, oily spicy malt w/ resiny bitterness throughout, finishes slick w/ light lingering bitterness