gsmitty80 (1693) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2011 This is one of the most complex and flavorful IPAís i have had in a long time. The malts blend seamlessly with the hops and make for a smooth taste but also a strange roasted finish that leaves you wondering what it was and wanting another sip.
WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This stuff is very very good, perhaps better than the normal SN Harvest, which is also very very good. It has a definite toastedness that finishes hoppy. I would imagine it needs to be drank fresh, so I am happy to have grabbed it. Cool looking 24 oz bottle to boot.
tcfishler (65) - USA - MAY 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber red, substantial and sticky off-white head. Hops strike a nice balance between lemongrass, pine and hay, and thereís a faint smokiness in the background as well. However, the overall aromatic intensity/expressivity is not quite what I expected. Not overly aggressive flavors feature some well defined fruit tones but are still decidedly hop-driven, with a building bitterness that ultimately kicks the roof of the mouth. Great texture throughout the mouth and great length on the finish. Never shows the alcohol, although it certainly is not thin or lacking substance. A refined drink that will still satisfy a hop craving.
Kevin (2008) - Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap at falling rock.
red brown sticky cotton candy like head. the hop nose is a bit of bark, light spice and a hint of sugar. hop flavor dominates with a nice sweet pine and orange, really nice candy undertone here is working well. hop lingers long and hard in the finish. numbingly good, but not over the top.
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Speedle (266) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 24 oz from Samís in Durham .... citrus and malt aroma .... refreshing taste ... light watery taste with an awesome hop bite .... Iíll put this in line with the brewers IPA (my favorite go to beer) ..... Sierra Nevada has done great things with beer while being forward thinking as it relates to the environment and reducing energy costs and as long they keep it up I will support their their product .... and they make awesome and consistent beer to boot
bp (759) - Queens, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: pours a dark, golden amber color with a frothy white head, aroma of hops, spices (much more of a spicy aroma than most IPAs Iíve had) and citrus, taste is hoppy and dry with a nice mild bitter flavor in the finish. Pretty good stuff.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Amber/orange body, medium off-white head, nose is more bready malts than hops initially. Very spicy and resiny hop flavors with slightly astringent finishing bitterness and a whisper of biscuity malt at the end. As it warms, and the CO2 dissipates, the nose becomes hoppier and the astringency disappears.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a fresh hop beer, a dry hopped beer. Bottle from Belmont Station in Portland, OR--Poured a light amber-copper body with a bubbly white head. Grassy, bitter, floral nose and flavor. Interesting brew. Spicy and earthy in the finish. Lots of hops for a Sierra Nevada brew (save for maybe the Chico IPA or the Anniversary). Very well-constructed IPA.
tjthresh (1863) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
24 ounce bottle. Pours copper with a big long lasting eggshell head. The aroma is fairly basic with citrus and pine with a bit of caramel and toast. Lots of pine hop flavor and bitterness. Medium body with high carbonation. Dry bitter finish. Hops seem to be very fresh. Not bad and came at a good price.
Shag (2501) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A copper color with a moderate white head. The aroma is somewhat floral with some caramel and citrus. The flavor is rather bitter but has a nice malt presence. Well balanced and not over the top. Overall this was a pretty good IPA.