jdjuice (448) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - APR 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells yeasty and kind of like dry sharp cheddar. Pretty hoppy, with a good deal of rye bite hiding undeneath. Im not a fan of rye bread, but I do say rye and hopsare a match made in heaven wot wot.
gringo332 (573) - Richardson, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown, big frothy head. Smells like coffee, rye toast, and piney hops. Flavor is earthy and messy at first, then lots of piney hops, and a dry, crisp finish. Very tasty
thefederalist (298) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - APR 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a medium copper with a nice head and medium lacing. Aroma is of juniper and grass. Flavor is slightly sweet and spicy with a good dose of bitterness in the finish. Damn it, why does everything SN makes have to be excellent. I am waiting for them to branch out, but they never do.
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: Pours a tawny copper color with about middling clarity. I intentionally wanted lots of head (har har, Iím so funny!) here, so my aggressive pour yielded a 4 finger, off white colored beauty. Decent retention and fantastic lacing.
S: Iím a little mixed on the smell. Thereís lots of grapefruit - good - and a strange note of soapiness - not so good. Thereís also a subtle whiff of rye.
T: Rather mild, with little rye character appearing, unfortunately. Having said that, the IPA base offered here is still rock solid, but like I said, a little mild. Thereís an opening hit of bitter grapefruit with the malt undercurrent slowly appearing, with a finish of piny hops - a textbook IPA. I can pick up rye notes near the finish if I concentrate, but the character is otherwise disappointing.
M: Medium bodied, a little sticky on the back end, and average carbonation.
O: Truth be told, itís only decent. I wish this was a little more Rye and a little less IPA. Having said that, if you go into this expecting a straight-up IPA, youíll probably enjoy it more. Drink this fresh.
beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - APR 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottled. pours light amber brown with minimal off white head. aromas of spruce, resin but they are subdued aromas. flavor is mild to moderate bitterness, sweetness is present as well. medium bodied, with smooth mouth feel. lasting bitterness with sweetness. decent beer.
Darwenus (647) - Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells strong, tastes strong. I like it. I picked up on two distinct tastes in each sip. Up front itís malty and rich, but the finish is spicy and bitter and, well, ruthless. The bitterness at the end has a very distinct grapefruit kind of thing going on, and itíll get your attention. Each sip has been as full-bodied as the one before.
DuffMan (7996) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 7, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Oh thank you Sierra Nevada for not letting me down! I needed a redemption beer after two big fat FAILURES from two new Arizona micros. This fantastic beer pours medium amber with. Light golden head that leaves delicate lace. The aroma is a full-on hop assault, with tons of fresh white grapefruit, guava, and lime. Given some time, a sweet barley candy note sneaks in. The palate is much the same, very hop-dominant, lots of citrus, some perfumey juniper, with sweet malts underlying it all. In a blind tasting there is no way I could pick out any rye character here, but that doesnít diminish my enjoyment of this delicious brew.
scooterbub (920) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - APR 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a hazy amber with a large two inch, foamy, tan head that lasts a while. Taste is of pine, citrus, rye, roasted malt, caramel and hops. Similar aroma. The body is slightly oily and the finish is a touch dry and bitter. Easy to drink, satisfying and enjoyable. Worth picking up again.
NICKV1117 (23) - California, USA - APR 7, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This has now become one of my favorite seasonal brews. Spice aroma with a full taste of hops, citrus and spices. Excellent with just about anything. Enjoying it this Easter with the family.
BeerOtter (12) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2012
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I like having this beer in my imported english pub glass. I personally think that this beer is good with red meats and enjoyed on late evenings. I love pale ales and I have tried quite a few. Alot of them I have not been happy with like Bass Pale Ale; for something that suppose to be so old taste so ícommercializedí. I highly recommend this to anyone that loves a beer that has a bold taste.