SabreSkull (56) - 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 (888) - 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.
MoneyDragon (13) - Delaware, USA - FEB 9, 2012
0.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Pours a Copper almost Red color. Head was off white and foamy. To the nose it was lacking as well as to the palate. I am sorry that I am giving this beer such a low rating but I had such Higher standards for Sierra than this. This beer fell well short of the mark for what I consider to be a good American IPA.. The only thing that really stood out to me was the lingering dryness it left on the finish. It was not balanced well at all for me. I drank one and did not ask for another. VERY Dissappointed in this one.
chickenflea (350) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12-oz bottle. Pours with a clear copper hued body and a large, lasting, just off-white head. Pretty decent retention with good lacing. Aromas are of spicy and citrusy. Lightly bready malt sweetness as well in the forefront. Floral and flowery with light esters. Medium grassy. Flavors are bready, grainy, lightly spicy with apricot notes. Notable rye rustic character. Crisp finish. Hops are strong, but mellowed by the rye and the sweetness of the malt. Hop flavors are piney and herbal. Good carbonation, medium bodied.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The pour is a sparkling clear, deep amber with a moderately full, beige, frothy head which settles to a thin, frothy layer and leaves similar lace. The nose is fairly bland for an IPA; floral, pepper, light orange, and faint toasty notes. The flavor is a bit better with more peppery spice, an orangey undertone, still some floral, and toasted caramel. The palate is light to medium, nearly lively, velvety and drying. The finish is still spicy, a bit more resinous, and drying. Fairly simple and flavorless fro an IIPA with a rye addition. The spicy note were pleasant and the finish did accentuate that but really pretty boring from a decent brewery.
lachrymalisis (419) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amazing citrus/pine hop aromas. Big ruddy orange hazy color with a slightly tan head. Full biscuitty grain flavors followed by huge citrus-pine hops. Nice lingering bitterness and medium-dry finish. Better than Celebration.
jar72404 (426) - USA - FEB 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Champs. Aroma is pine, grapefruit and caramel. Flavor is the same plus some black pepper. Solid IPA.
AdamJackson (3370) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 8, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Purchased a 6-pack of this at the Lebanon Co-Op for around $9. Poured into a Harpoon 100 Barrel Series glass at 55 Degrees F.
A - Five finger head thatís full of tight semi-creamy bubbles that are a deep tan color. The beer itself resembles burnt wood but still very easy to see straight through the brew.
S - I smelled Rye as soon as I poured it at 2 feet away from my nose. The Sierra Nevada Yeast is really apparent with itís typical hop and bread notes with some slight floral tones. The rye is strong and thereís some additional nutty smell.
T - The really strong rye taste dominates this beer. The taste is a standard IPA with an earthy / piney taste. The rye dominates completely
M - Solid carbonation while swishing it around. Not overwhelming though. Itís a light to medium bodied beer.
O - I wouldnít have this again. The IBU and Rye is just too intense but it has turned me on to more rye beers which is good but less rye would be better. Also, Iím slowly tiring of Sierra Nevadaís yeast. Itís just too old and tired now.
mansquito (3930) - Nueva York, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Harris Teeter, DC sixer ($8): Pours a reddish color with a really excellent off-white head. Aroma is light hops, some rye, and mostly pine. Taste is hoppy, but not hopslaughter. Beer has a good balance and a mouthfeel that feels almost crisp. Minimal aftertaste, but enough to relish it after the sip. Is this a complex beer? No, not really. Do I enjoy drinking it? Yeah. Will I drink the whole sixer tonight? Yes, yes I will.
smag4life (36) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle pours a dark burnt orange and hazy which I think helps diffuse the light and make the color variations more subtle; a very beautiful beer. A spicy, floral aroma hits you up front, but itís not super strong. Honestly I was expecting more hop aroma, but it still smells delicious. A medium-light bodied beer, itís just thick enough to feel substantial without being too viscous. The hops hit you front along with the bitterness that requisite of an IPA. The combination of different kinds of spicy from the hops and rye make a perfect pair. The finish is somewhat dry, but thereís just enough sweetness to it at the end to keep it from being too dry. Overall, Iíd say this is an excellent beer for those who like hops, but hopheads will find it lacking. And thatís okay, because it wasnít brewed for hopheads. I would certainly recommend this beer to anyone who asks.