Mcfa0779 (57) - SLC, Utah, USA - FEB 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours reddish dark brown. Small amount brownish head. Nose is floral and citrus hop. Medium body. Taste is bitter citrus with a background of brown sugar and a finish that has a slight spice.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
thechandler (577) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a copper with an off-white head. Aroma is floral and hoppy. Smells almost sweet like cannabis (not skunky). Flavor is bitter from the hops with a bit of the bold roundness from the rye. Pretty good. What you’d expect from Sierra Nevada.
KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. The pour was a clear copper orange with an average sized (1-2 finger) off white rocky head that lasted throughout and had some really excellent sheets of lace that totally coated the glass.
The aroma was pretty straight forward with a toasted light bread malt, a pine hop and an earthy yeast with notes of caramel, rye and a bit of a peppery spice.
The taste was bold and powerful with a strong malty rye flavor and a touch of caramel in the beginning and the progressed into a malty, hoppy, peppery taste with a nice dose of rye at the end. The flavor lingered for a really long time with a good hoppy rye taste left behind well after the swallow.
Mouthfeel was light to medium in body with a hoppy dry texture and a strong carbonation.
Overall a nice and strong spicy brew with a great hop overtone...
mcox90 (1644) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle from a 12 pack purchased at a local grocery store. Pours deep copper with a 2 finger off white head. Pretty decent lace. Aroma is strong with rye and pine resin. Sounds a little odd, but it works. Flavor is dominated by rye with hops and malt playing background roles, way in the background. Moderate in body with a dry, bitter finish. I felt the rye was to harsh here. I wanted to like more than I did. Probably won’t buy another 12 pack.
onceblind (5175) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear dark copper with a lush and foamy white head. Smells of gentle peppery rye, flowery and grapefruity hops, and some earthy rustic toffee. Not bad. Taste was full yet crisp, bitter yet balanced nicely. Starts kinda bready and toffee malty, melds into a citric and floral hop flavor and bitterness, but with a pleasing tone of rye breadiness with a gentle earthy spice tone. The bitterness and spice mix well, except for when you take a big gulp, then it’s a little overwhelming.
guerinfbfan (110) - Elmwood Park, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle...pours a nice copper with a a thin, creamy white head...aroma has a lot of rye, but also notes of citrus...flavor is hoppy, bitter, and ends with that rye kick, got a small dose of pepper as well...very nice spin on the ipa...well done Sierra Nevada
negron (33) - Stamford, Connecticut, USA - FEB 16, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2012 Rich, full bodied flavor; hoppy without being over powering. More well-rounded and complex than many other IPA?s I?ve had in the past. Fantastic when used in cooking meats and potatoes.
wilnatp (631) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
BOTTLE: Fresh, spicy citrus hop aroma. Taste is well balanced. Orange is the most prevelant citrus. There is some sweetness that balances the peppery rye taste which isn’t too sharp. Body is light to medium with full carbonation that doesn’t bite. Very nice and easy to drink.
cmonster (997) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Pours clear, amber with a short but fluffy head. Good retention and lace. Mostly sweet rye on the nose. Maybe some grass behind all that grain. The grass shows on the light sweet and bitter-green palate. Medium body, thin-creamy texture, and a long bitter finish. Not my favorite effort from Sierra Nevada, but still quality.
chris2431 (241) - Oregon, USA - FEB 15, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. one of the best smelling beers i’ve encountered. dank hops dominate.