MaBeer1972 (1244) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 15, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A medium copper-colored brew. Good carbonation. Hoppy-spice aromas. Flavor is very nice. Good spicy malts from the rye. Well-hopped. Good sweetness. Nice bitter balance too. Finishes with lingering pepper notes. Well made.
unclemattie (3998) - Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Short 12oz bottle. Clear, copper color, khaki foam. Perfect lacing. Aroma of citrusy, resin hops and fruity spicy rye grains. Tongue curling hop bitterness, earthy and citrus rind bitterness. Sweet malt, heavy backbone, sticky texture carries a bit of spiciness. A hint of black pepper character in the end. Soo, easy to drink. Sierra Nevada has NEVER done better!
burtonbaton930 (100) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 15, 2012
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle pours a vibrant amber color with an eggshell head with no retention. Smells heavily of tropical fruits, hops, and a little hint of bread. Taste was rather disappointing. No complexity, bitterness up front, sharp rye flavor in the middle with a bland bready finish. Palate was weak and watered down. Sierra really dropped the ball on this one. Stick with founders reds rye pa.
PhatB420 (589) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a copper influenced brown which is quite prominent. Spices galore here, with hops plentiful. Grapefruit, ginger, pepper, organic harvest grass, and slight raisin. Feels more like a solid winter brew rather than ushering one into the spring. Another fine product from sierra. This is a very enjoyable drink.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle poured into glass. Dark brown-ish color with a fluffy head. Good mix between the malts and hops here. Not a ton of citrus notes but still very tasty and enjoyable.
theOptimator (272) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is rye, citrus, sweet malt, hint of onion. Appearance is medium brown small tan head. Taste is very tangy rye forward. Citrus very present as well. Sweet malt with a hint of roast present and keeping things in balance with solid hop bitterness. Palate is medium. Rye, citrus and pine resin hop bitterness linger. Overall a nice beer. Rye is very pronounced.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from Armanetti’s. Pours a clear, deeper amber-orange colored body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves lots of creamy lacing. Aroma is rye spice, dank hops, pines and earth, lemony florals, and a light citrus with the malts offering a slightly grainy and bready caramel as well as a touch of toffee. Flavor is similar. Dank, earthy and piney hops up front with a light citrus before some rye spice and bready sweetness comes in. Somewhat grainy before the earthy hops pick up towards the end as this finishes dry, moderately bitter, earthy, piney, and rye spiced with a light, but balanced bready sweetness. A light citrus and resin, but the hops are more dank and earthy with a light pine. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium-light body and a very soft and creamy, moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid IPA. Very flavorful and balanced with a nice body and dry finish. The rye adds a nice spiciness to a fairly earthy, dry hopping and the malts add just a touch of sweetness to balance. Good beer.
ContemplateBeer (1407) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma of rye with resin, moderate pine hops and white sugar. Appearance is copper with bone head. Flavor has a little rye up front, but is mostly dominated by pine. Palate is bubbly and chewy. Good, but I would have liked a little more malt character to shine through.
Gription79 (2131) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle. Huge hop aroma, citrus, grassy, pine. The rye adds a nice spicy accent to the aroma. The flavor follows suit, lots of hops, more pine and resin then citrus. The rye is spicy and there its a nice grainy character as well. A good rye pale ale.
TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft sampler on tap at Lunar Brewing Co (Villa Park, IL). Pours a faintly hazed darker copper amber hue, some fire and healthy glow due to the lack of haze. A decent frothy head dies to a small film, tiny ring that laces small. Aromas are dank, weedy earthy hops, a healthy dry hopping, with some lemon, grass and florals push forward, very dank overall. Touches of bread, biscuits, and rye malts offer a touch of sweetness. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, cool and dank, a decent bitterness comes on quickly. Dry, earthy hops are decently bitter, moving quickly into touches of sweet rye, bread, and biscuits in the middle. A touch sweeter than expected moving on, finish dries up a bit more, a decent hoppy essence. Not citrus driven, instead very earthy. Overall, a sweet middle and a hopping on the mouth that feels a bit underwhelming and without a defining character makes this beer suffer a bit. Ok, prefer Torpedo by a good deal.