GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear, deep amber golden with a small dense head that shows decent retention and some slight lacing. Smell is dominated by citrus and pine hops with a strong aroma of grapefruit and pine resin. Faint malt sweetness present as well. Big pine hop kick up front which gives way to a slightly sweet malt background with some light fruits in there as well. Hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to thick and a bit sticky with hop resin. This one has fairly high drinkability but the bitterness is pretty strong. Still, one of Sierra’s best efforts.
RSRIZZO (1876) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2008
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Aroma is a bold fresh hop scent with light citrus tones. Color is a light amber gold with light carbonation and a thin tight head. Taste is very bitter and hoppy. Starting with a medium body it goes down with a crisp almost sharp feel. Finish comes in bitter, then citrus with just a hint of malt. After taste is a rough bitterness. I’m a little disappointed, its just all bitterness with no other characteristics to balance it out. There original Harvest Fresh Hop Ale was much better.
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear copper to amber colored pour, nice off white head with some very sticky lacing. Nose is citrus and grassy hops, sweet malts, lemony. Wow this has a very nice aroma. Flavor does not dissapointNice balance of citrus and floral, firm bitterness, lots of citrus peel, malt stands up well but is subdued compared to the hops. Finish begins to lean toward a grassy bitterness perhaps a touch of plastic, but not enough to be unpleasant. Body is smooth with medium carbonation. A very nice beer on a hot sticky night in Chicago. .
blutt59 (6132) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, golden orange color, malty citrus nose, citrus hop flavor with a nice bready caramel finish
jgentgesdo (679) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours gold/red with a medium white head. Nose is heavily balanced towards floral hops with a hint of biscuit. The flavor is predominately floral and grassy hops, with some grapefruit hops, and a nice malt backbone. Pleasantly bitter. Quite good.
Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - JUN 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber beer with a thick white head. Nose of floral hops with a hint of tasty malt. Not the overpowering hop flavor I was expecting. This is on the subtle side of IPAs, but there is definitely some depth to the flavor when you search. The hops and malts are in perfect balance. Somewhat watery on the body, but it just makes this more refreshing and drinkable. My favorite Sierra Nevada offering to date.
DocHop (278) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very clear medium amber with a tall frothy off-white head. Very sweet, slightly flowery hop aroma. Extremely smooth, there’s nothing like a fresh harvest IPA. The malt character isn’t too powerful with just a light refreshing sweetness at first that lingers into the bold but tingling and satisfying hop finish. Slightly bitter, and very floral. Delicious.
dutch23mp (291) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
very much on par just a great hop taste without going over board. Appearance is tops med red with a head that is long lasting and full. Winner!
jcwattsrugger (11335) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle–pours a big foamy light tan head that laces and copper color. Aroma is sweet citrus-lemon/pine/grapefruit hops, some medium malt-cardboard. Taste is medium malt-cardboard/caramel then pine/grapefruit/herbal hops. Mid to aftertaste some alcohol. Then half way through some aspirin/tannins come out.
BelgianBeerGal (3302) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Very nice and unique tasting IPA. Nice work from Sierra Nevada. Pours a nice copper colour, solid medium head and decent lacing. Grapefruit aroma with a little sweetness. Very nice blend of hoppy resin and spice.