joshmcg000 (388) - 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 (991) - 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 (578) - Boulder, Colorado, 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 (648) - 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 (359) - 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.
PhillyBeer2112 (2758) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose featured some clean earthy bready rye grains complemented by a light hopping, both citric and resiny. Flavor was resiny hopped, very dry as the rye must have fermented out quite a bit. Finish was a long lingering combination of rye bread type earthiness and a bitter hopping. I think this is nice...but not sure. Its so dry, but its growing on me. Deep copper color, medium head and nice lacing.
Nate (4187) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle. Huge fresh grassy/floral hop aroma with spicy rye notes and a touch of malty sweetness. Mild sulfury notes, but not a big detraction. Dark caramel clear with a bit of copper, topped with huge pillowy-foamy off-white lacing head. Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Starts juicy with apricot and grapefruit, floral-grassy hop character, and a bit of rye spicy grain character. Finish is big and hoppy, mildly sweet and alcoholic. A bit of carbonic acidity and fizzy burn, with a big bitter after. Not harsh, but lasting bitterness. Great flavor to this one.
Palidor19 (3164) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Has a great presence with a strong nutty flavor and high malt. The hops are a delight with a grassy bitterness and strong ACV. Enjoy all the way
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma is malty and hoppy with grassy citrusy hops. The appearance is light brown amber with a foamy head. The taste is like the aroma with a ton of rye taste. The palate is smooth. Overall a great beer.
brew4fun (209) - West Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Glass fills with copper nectar, topped by a creamy, rocky off-white crown of glorious foam. Citrus and pepper in the bready aroma. Literally bursting with flavor - solid barley malt support for the spicy rye and generous portion of citrus hops. This earthy ,rich concoction will command the drinker’s undivided attention long after the lingering bitter finish. My favorite SN brew.