smith4498 (3043) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear dark copper color with off white head. Aromas of rye, citrus hops and caramel. Spicy rye and bitter hop flavors with moderate malt sweetness. Medium body with average carbonation. Another solid brew from Sierra Nevada.
blutt59 (6022) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, clear amber color with spotty off white foam, plain hoppy aroma, flavor is bitter spindly wooden with a solid finish
puboflyons (2176) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 135012120. The pour is a nice looking medium to dark amber with a whole lot of long-lasting fluffy beige head. The aroma is of grains, some citrus, and piney hops. The body is medium. The taste leans sour with an almost pineapple like taste with bitter malts and clean finish.
ross (2090) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Found this at harris teeter and bought some, Pours iut a darker brown color with a tan head on it. Smell is very hoppy and fresh. Taste smooth and easy to drink with very little alcohol prescense, Good beer that i hope will be in stock often,
milewide (1547) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear reddish color with a average head and body. Spicy, tangy, aroma and taste---but muted compared to the best rye beers like Hop Rod Rye and Red’s Rye PA.
SudsMcDuff (5894) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12pk - $12.99, mainly for when m.a goes out of town .. . pours a deep rust .. great foam .. . light spice rye, dark bread, and pine grindings .. . fantastic fantastic stuff, easily the best hoppy SN product!! .. . .
That’s all right, Monroe. Yes, would you just go lay out my blue pinstripe for the morning?
How about if I lay you out?
PorterPounder (5607) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tallahassee, Fl. Publix Supermarket - 12 oz bottle. Dark copper pour, off white, thick and foamy head that leaves a thick coat of lacing. Aroma is initially minty with some odd celery accents, and a back end spiciness. Full-bodied flavor with some initial bittersweet citrus, some minty rye and some pomegranate and apricot sweetness. Thick sticky mouthfeel with just enough spritz to keep it interesting. Solid new one from the trusted folks at SN.
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, 2012. A really well done rye ale here with a strong sticky pine bitterness and tasty caramel malts. The pour big and fluffy with a clumpy starch white lacing, a medium body appearance, and orange-caramel in color. A lot of cereal grains and rye cookie in the aroma, with mixed toffee, light fruity esters, and hazy mixed citrus and pine. Would maybe want just a tad bit more strength from the nose. The mouthfeel here is superb, with tingling and chewy, juicy bitter throughout, though it never gets unbalanced. Grains and rye start up front, but waves of deep pine, wood, and thick citrus fruits come after. Some light nutty, caramel cookies, and estery notes in there as well. Finish and aftertaste piny hop cones and peppery, herbal rye. The one really keeps lingering and bitter never seems to stop. The abv is just right to prevent the hops from overpowering. Hats off to Sierra Nevada for this one as this was really well crafted. Hopefully this seasonal becomes a mainstay of theirs.
Aurelius (4250) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is at times unpleasant - reminding me some of distant malathion. Nice label, not sure what it represents, but it kinda looks like Aragorn hanging out on the walls of Edoras in Rohan. Bright, clear copper beer. I would characterize this beer as ’savory’. It’s dry, tangy and herbal. I am definitely going to buy a sixer of this to keep on hand for cooking - this has got to be a brutal potroast ingredient. Spicy, tangy finish with a final earthy kick. Medium to slightly light body. Complex, unusual. New Leaf Market.
jduffy3124 (1) - Indiana, USA - JAN 13, 2012 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a great blend of flavors. A truly spicy rye and well rounded citrus hops. Over the top rye influence gives the IPA hop levels a run for its money. Definitely of Sierra Nevada’s premium beers at a reasonable price point. So many brewers would only put this beer in bombers.