jmagnus87 (2823) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle from Pick’s poured into a shaker. Pours a dark copper with a half finger of white head. Aroma of citrus and pine hops. Taste is medium-heavy bitter. Lots of pine and citrus with a something a little peppery. Full bodied with a thick and creamy texture. Lively carbonation and an insanely long, super bitter finish. Overall, this beer is awesome. Much better than that glissade that it’s replacing. I could drink this everyday.
UDBeernut (1979) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Dutch pours a nice amber capped by a foamy off white head with good retention. Nose is light pine and citrus, slight caramel malt. Taste is cutting pine and citrus underbalanced by slight malt and rye. Rye is good and refreshing with the pine. Medium bodied. Yum.
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6ROW (422) - corpus christi, Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange pour with a small dense off white head, citrus hop aroma. Standard peppery rye taste with a hop bite on the back of the tongue. Fine ryePA but not for all beer drinker
strangaj (250) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer has the distinct flavor of a sierra nevada - owing to a similar hop profile to that used in their other beers. However, what this beer does really well is balance the rye flavor with the body and hops. This beer is smoother, more well-balanced, and more palatable in comparison to founder’s red rye.
joebudzjoe (667) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft from Coalhouse Pizza, Stamford, CT. I enjoyed the spicy rye notes blended with the citrus and pine notes of the hops. This brew provides a well-balanced, complex palate without being too heavy or hoppy.
keanex (1592) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured into a Duvel tulip from a 2012 bottle with no freshness date.
A: Beautiful, clear dark amber with a towering light tan foam head. This is a beer that looks like it wants to be drunk!
S: Slight rye spice with earthy notes and slight citrus.
T: Really spicey from the rye from start to finish they really are ruthless with the rye. It sort of overpowers the flavor sadly, there’s a slight grapefruit bite at the end, but this is very one-dimensional. I’m not liking this very much.
M: Medium bodied with sharp carbonation.
O: I was expecting more from this, it’s not very well balanced, but thankfully it is priced decently. Even so, I won’t be buying it again, Hop Rod is a much better option.
BlackEyePA (573) - USA - JAN 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Wasnt my favorite. I respect it as an IPA from SN, but was dissapointed. I am not sure what I was suspecting, I was ready for a delicious bright, yummy IPA but I got a musty, funky hopped IPA. It was ok, but I wont buy it again and I love IPA to death I just brew better ones at home. With as many of them out there, I know you have to try new things which is what I suspect they were doing. I just wouldnt have sent this one out. Grainy and musty, sorry but this is the only SN beer that I didnt like much.
boFNjackson (4185) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Poured a deep amberish/dark orange with a thick forming white head. Nice lacing. Immediately upon pouring I got a wiff of pine-like, resinous, earthy hops. Flavor wise those hop notes were there but extremely balanced by the astringently spiced rye tones and heavy malt sweetness. Vibrant, grapefruit-like hop flavors. Yeast presence was low as it had a very clean finish.
shrubber85 (8483) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 25, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Rye malt and citrus/pine hops aroma. Clear amber color with moderate head. Sweet toffee, rye malt and moderately bitter grapefruit peel/pine hops flavor. Great balance. This is spectacular - really love this beer.
GnarlyGnome (713) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2014 Pours a nice copper color with a fluffy off white head. It has a great spicy aroma. Some citrus and bread. This has some of most balanced, tasty flavors I have had in a while. Great spicy rye flavor that is balanced by the bitter bite of the hops. Awesome stuff!