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, I’m so funny!) here, so my aggressive pour yielded a 4 finger, off white colored beauty. Decent retention and fantastic lacing.
S: I’m a little mixed on the smell. There’s lots of grapefruit - good - and a strange note of soapiness - not so good. There’s 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. There’s 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, it’s 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, you’ll 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 (813) - 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 it’s 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 it’ll get your attention. Each sip has been as full-bodied as the one before.
DuffMan (8942) - 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 doesn’t diminish my enjoyment of this delicious brew.
scooterbub (971) - 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 ’commercialized’. I highly recommend this to anyone that loves a beer that has a bold taste.
ADfan (787) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap it had a nice amber color. Aroma of some pine and floral notes. Mild bitterness on the taste along with some resin. It had a nice finish.
adrian910ss (2548) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep yet clear coppery maple color with a large foamy light cream colored head. Aroma of tangy citrus, jewish rye bread and bitter hops. Taste of tangy citrus, rye and bitter hops.
RobertDale (5100) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a brownish amber with a nice biege head. Aroma of pine, grass, and spices. Taste is sweet malt, piney hops, caramel, citrus, and spices. Well balanced. Nicely done.