highibus (710) - Vail, Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours bright copper red with white fluffy head. Nice vegetal aroma. Flavor is hoppy but nicely balanced with eye and other malts. Finish is a bit more eye than hops but really nice beer.
johnnnniee (2233) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a crystal clear golden copper color with a good sized white head that persists and leaves much lace on the way down. Smells of garlic, green onion, and pepper mostly. There’s a faint bready malt down there somewhere, but this one is all hops. Taste is more garlic and onion with a bit of spice and pepper. Little to no malt to be found. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. Nice rye IPA but a bit vegetative for my tastes. I could drink these, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to seek these.
beersearcher (2315) - Glendale, California, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a light brown. Good cereal taste throughout and a gentle spicing. The hoppiness is pretty light. Label has horrible colors but as usual a solid offering from Sierra Nevada.
oc4111 (119) - USA - JAN 20, 2012
4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a clear copper color with a big pillowy head that goes away a couple minutes after pouring. Aroma is of piney hops and some spicesness from the rye. This very well balanced IPA. Taste of piney hops at the beginning balanced out by the malt and the rye kicks in at the end. Because of the hops I was expecting a more resiny mouthfeel but was pleasantly surprised at how clean this finished. No real discernable alcohol. Dare I say sessionable? I think I will.
BenDover (201) - Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a transparent, dark amber, almost an inch of dense creamy off-white foam. Aroma is floral and citrusy, and yes, you can smell the rye. Taste is bitter, nice hops and rye, with some good maltiness underneath -- maybe just a tad too much pine. Pretty good stuff.
Braudog (5599) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Deep bronzed amber, nicely active, with a firm but thin head. The aroma is fairly restrained, but once you start to drink this, be prepared for a bountiful flourish of rich, earthy warmth, rolling with silky and oily hoppiness, quite nicely intertwined with a big, malty base. This is some good, good stuff. (#4449, 1/20/2012)
pellegjr (395) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, pours pristine copper w/ sudsy ivory head, resiny hop aroma, oily spicy malt w/ resiny bitterness throughout, finishes slick w/ light lingering bitterness
TURDFERGUSON (3945) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber with a lasting quarter inch white lace/head. Nose is rye, herbal, pine, light citrus, toasty malts. Flavor is a lightly , some light pepper, rye, citrus rind bitterness. Slightly sticky palate, bitter finish. Solid and sessionable, but could afford a little less alcohol.
nimbleprop (4624) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle pours a totally clear, copper amber with a very frothy, sudsy white head. Nose is very earthy, pine cones, wet leaves, stank hops, resin. The smell reminded me of a hop plug used for homebrewing. Flavor is sweet, herbal, hoppy, lemons, pine, light grapefruit, some caramel sweetness, bread, rye, crackers. Medium bodied, dry, bitter finish. Easy drinker.
peteinSD (1336) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Toronado SD. Pours a clear, darker caramel with a frothy white head. Aroma is light bitterness, spicy rye, and a clean grain character. Taste is dominated by a medium-heavy bitterness followed by pine, grainy rye, and a fairly pronounced spicy bitterness through the finish. Mouthfeel is light, clean, and appropriate to showcase the spicy bitterness. While the aroma is a bit lacking, I think Sierra Nevada has done very well here with the taste in this solid IPA variant. Good beer.