Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
24 oz bottle. Poured copper in color with a large frothy white head. Aroma mostly of floral hops with a bit of sweetness. Taste of caramel malts, floral and earthy hops which come in smooth and not so overpowering like some west coast harvest ales. The taste is moderately sweet, but overall not that bad.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
24 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a one finger thick off white head. Spotty lacing. Aroma is floral, fruity, and herbal hops. Flavor is mostly herbal hops with a touch of malt sweetness. Leaves a lingering hop aftertaste on the palate. Medium body. A decent beer, but I canít quite get past the aftertaste.
TheEpeeist (3332) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
24 oz bottle. Clear amber with a puffy beige head. Nose is dough and lemon. Crisp carb, medium light, resiny. Taste is perfume and orange peel; a bit muddled. Lingering, earthy bitter finish.
k4df4l (154) - DTown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
24oz bottle poured a deep copper with a thin off white head that dissolved to a skim of bubbles fairly quickly. Full hoppy aroma with plenty of floral perfume and a faint musty background note. Flavor is that familiar SN malt bill w/ the accompanying hop flavors from the aroma. Palate is a bit too much and the finish is too sweet for my preference.
MartinT (7797) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
The leaping floral and peppery hoppiness of this friendly India Pale Ale blooms atop its silky caramel malt base, creating a refreshing hopheadís libation.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the shiny, translucent amber.
-That spicy, peppery hop presence also colours the finish, teaming up with resinous qualities.
-The mouthfeel is very healthy and a pleasure to experience.
-Drinkability is optimal, especially if you have a hankering for well-defined hops.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JUN 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I think I poured this a little too cold, but it didnít have much of a head and what was there quickly went away. Aroma is typical PNW IPA -- floral and citric. Flavor is better than most and makes me wish SN would market an IPA. The palate really shines and is thick while still crisp and cleansing, though Iím not sure Iíd want this if I was really thirsty. Overall I think this is pretty good. With the prices and availability of hops right now and for the near future, Iím sure weíll be seeing more Aussie and NZ hops. In the back of my mind I think I was expecting something a little different, but Iím very happy to see that this is consistent with what I expect from a good IPA.
Edit: Itís warmed up a bit as I poured the second half into my glass. The hop aroma has really come out and it had a much nicer head.
dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - MAY 31, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours amber with fuzzy beige head. The aroma is full of hops. Flavor is very smooth. the hops and the malts donít outweigh one another. Balanced ale on every level. If you come across this pick it up you will not be disappointed!
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 31, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Crescent Moon. This pours a dark amber with a medium off white head. Iím a bit disappointed with the aroma as it was less hoppy and more vegetable-like. However, the flavor was adelicious blend of harsh manly hops that work the tastebuds like a rasp. This palate has a serious edge to it and hangs onto the tongue through the whole beer. Good stuff.
argo0 (11452) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 31, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(draft) Clear amber body topped by an off-white head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, floral/grapefruit, light caramel. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit/lemon, light pine. Light-medium body, some resin, light acidity.
Ratman197 (9720) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 31, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ Falling Rock poured a clear dark copper with a lasting ivory head. Aromas of carmel, earthiness, pine and light grapefruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, earthiness, pine and light citrus with a smooth dry bitter finish.