BucannonXC5 (802) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 30, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a pint glass. Color was caramel, but fairly clear. About a finger and ˝ head. Lots of tan lacing. Healthy drizzle on the side.
Smelled of red malt - skunky, rye (if I knew what ray smelled like) and grains, Absolutely no hops/
Tasted of grainy malts with earthy tones. It got bitter late, but nothing too bad.
Medium body. Average carbonation. An abrupt finish. Smooth, crispy and clean.
Not a bad beer, but nothing spectacular. It did it’s job and got us ready for the postseason.
An OK beer overall. It started out great until one place overran us.
pinkzambia (1434) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Clear amber color with a white head. Pleasant aroma of something fresh, rye, malts and not much hop in the aroma. However, the hops are readily present in the flavor with a malty finish. Different and refreshing.
Sledutah (4315) - Utah, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle picked up at the state store
Appearance: Pours clear dark amber with a medium sized off-white head and good lacing
Aroma: Grapefruit, spices and rye
Taste: Malty, grainy, rye, spices with a sticky piney finish
mrmartin (655) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear amber pour with quickly gone head. Nose is resiny hops. Malty middle and sticky bitter hops. Grainy bitter finish. Ryes are always kind of harsh/peppery but this delivers on the hops. Very good for the style.
BeeriedEyed (211) - USA - JAN 29, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very well made Rye IPA. Fairly hoppy for how many IBUs they say are in this beer.
joshmcg000 (312) - Iowa, USA - JAN 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2012 Pours clear amber with small amount of off white head. Aroma is slight grainy rye, with some piney hops. Taste is pretty complex, very malty with tons of strong spicy rye flavor. Very well balanced with a decent amount of piney and floral hops, that also give it a slight citrus flavor .Very spicy beer, almost makes my mouth tingle at first, also very dry, with a slightly oily mouth feel.
jmm635 (848) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a clear light amber color with a creamy white head. Spicy rye aroma. Good dose of hops. Unremarkable.
TheGB (502) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice dark amber with a good head. Pretty light aroma with some rye and hops. Nice smooth palate with a medium body and a clean flavor.
joeyplush (628) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A ton of floral hops in the aroma. Appearance is fantastic and unique - a mahogany red/brown color, generally clear, with an off-white bubbly head. Taste is dry and bitter, but also with a floral sweetness. Overall, another great beer from Sierra Nevada that I will look forward to each year. And I love the timing, as January and February are more or less a ’dead zone’ in terms of seasonal beers, while we are done with the winter and christmas beers, but waiting for the spring white ales and eventually the summer beers.
matty (176) - Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear copper color with an off-white head that stays on top. Some lacing down the glass. Aroma has a sweet smell along with some spicy hops. Medium body. Malt and hops are nicely balanced with a slightly dry finish. Very good, grab this one while it lasts.