FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 23, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
24oz bottle. Deep golden color with a large rocky white head. Soft herbal hop aroma with candied citrus accents. Acrid, floral hop bitterness with a minty herbaceous character. Some caramel, biscuit underneath hop flavors. Ruddy, spicy hoppiness in the finish, with a heavy lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, rather dry.
BMan1113VR (7898) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008, First Release Bottle. A really pretty beer, pours with a largish, tight, off-white head covereing a chill hazed amber body with lots of fine lacing. Aroma of apricot, tangarine, caramel. Bitter fresh hop taste with some light malt. It is plenty bitter towards the finish with a light alcohol presence. Lively bubbles and a slightly oily mouthfeel. Solid IPA overall.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange-copper pour with a big off-white head that fades to great lacing. Wet pine aroma with a healthy amount of orange peel. Loads of pine, grapefruit, and orange peel flavor. Nutty, toasty, sweet malts. Little bit of black pepper. Oily medium-full body.
smith4498 (3222) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours hazy amber with big off white head. Aromas of pine and citrus. Slightly sweet flavor with moderate hop bitterness balanced nicely by the malt. Has that typical Sierra Nevada flavor. Very nice. Medium body with average carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel. I will definately have this again. One of the top brews by SN.
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 23, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour was an attractive, rich copper color with an off-white, two finger tall head that produced sheets of lacing. The aroma was citrus, floral hops, pine hops, very little malt and some sort of spicy, almost peppery aroma that was slightly off-putting. The flavor followed suit with the flavor of olive oil somehow coming through. The mouthfeel was average and the finish was expectedly bone dry.
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Orange/copper color with a substantial frothy off-white head. Sheets of lacing. Bright orangey and floral fresh hop aromas. Caramel malt flavor infused with a rich dose of fresh hop--citrus and tea--with a minty finish. Full bodied with smooth carbonation. This got me excited about fresh hopped ales again.
Kodos (205) - USA - JUN 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice long lasting head on the pour, slight lacing. spicy/piney nose typical of the style. Well balanced sweetness with a bitter finish. Interesting but not too far from the regular Pale.
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - JUN 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber pour with nice sized off-white head. Grass and floral hoppy nose. Nice fresh citrus up front with a little grassy flavor that really brings the fresh hoppy flaovr into tact. Good balance between hops and malt that lead to a clean dry finish.
agl108 (883) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
24 oz. bottle. Poured light copper with off-white head. Spectacular lacing. Sweet, floral nose with touches of pine and citrus frutis. Nice balance. Smooth with spicy bitter finish.
17thfloor (2436) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2010 [2008 bottle 6.22.08] Pours a hazy glowing amber with a fantastic fluffy foamy beige head that floats around like an iceberg and leaves crazy sticky lacing all over the sides of the glass. Sweet honey, slightly toasty, caramel malt aroma with some of the greenest hops I’ve ever smelled. Salty, piney and a touch of toasty honey in the flavor. Really reminds me of Surly Furious but with way more malt balance. Medium/light body with some stickiness and prickly carbonation. A winner... and it is even better out of the tap!
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[2009 bottle 6.26.09] wow... what the hell happened... completely different beer it seems like... 184.108.40.206.11. . . . . . . . . . [2010 bottle, 6.11.10] Gorgeous pour, robust clear glowing amber with a very sticky frothy foamy cream colored head. Aroma is nice but not nearly as hoppy as the 08 which was freaking amazing, toasty biscuity hint of caramel, hint of pine, more fruity soapy. Flavor follows, more like an amber ale, toffee, biscuit, waxy caramel, soapy piney, nutty, lightly piney. Long almost buttery toasty lasting aftertaste with medium bitterness. Medium bodied, waxy with sizzling but fluffy carbonation. Seems like a different beer. 220.127.116.11.14