gripweed57 (600) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2014
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
24 ounce bottle. Little aroma to speak of. Toasted malt flavor. Where are the hops? Slight bitterness. Dry bitter finish. Disappointing; I expected more.
generallee08 (595) - New York, USA - JUN 25, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The pour produced a tall thick and pillowy foam head. It is light tan in color and has great retention. It keeps a nice one finger thick cap all the way down the glass and as I drink, it leaves behind nice lacing on the glass. Under this head is a deep rich amber colored liquid. The beer is not totally clear as I noticed that there is a very fine yeast particle haze in it. The aroma has a citrus like hop character with some pine notes as well. Under that are some light bready/malty notes with just a hint of raw grain and even some fruity/estery/yeasty notes. The flavor has a sturdy base of bready malty sweetness with a touch of raw grain. Hop flavor is the focus here though, and they add an assertive yet well balanced bitterness and solid citrus (lemon and orange rind and pith) sweet spicy herbal and mild pine like flavor notes. The finish has a long slow bitter hop fade. Its palate has a nice lively feel with plenty of soft carbonation and a good solid medium body.
tillmac62 (170) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUN 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
BOD 4/24/14. Pours a clear medium amber with a moderate dark ruby cast. Massive head with superb lacing and retention. Moderate nose of citrus and pine hops over a light sweet caramel background. Almost medium bodied with a smooth texture. Slightly below average carbonation with very little effervescence on the finish. A very unique flavor profile that is complex and well balanced. Less bitter than it’s Northern counterpart, this variant focuses more on hop flavor. It begins with a blend of citrus and pine, then flows into a bit of dankcentric with a spicy counterpart. Throughout all of this, a slight caramel sweetness is noted in the background. The finish is a bit dry which leaves a touch of sweet bitterness. An outstanding ale!
CJ_Pain (73) - Georgia, USA - JUN 22, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Well to put it bluntly this was quite a let down. I was expecting so much more from this brewery and especially as this is a "fresh" hop IPA. Date on bottle is 4/24/14 and drink within 100 days. Well I'm a little over the half way point at day 59. Compared to the other fresh hop brews I have had this one pales quite literally as this is more akin to an APA than a fresh hop IPA. The beer taken as is without style consideration is average and for a respectable brewery like Sierra that is not the norm.
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Darkmagus82 (475) - - JUN 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review from 6-13-12-
Served on-tap in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance – Served a very lightly hazed deep amber-orange color with an off-white/tan head of about one finger. The head had a medium level of retention, fading to give a good amount of lacing.
Smell – A citrus hop aroma was heavy and most prevalent. Mixed with this aroma there was some spice aromas as well as some sweeter aromas of caramel and tropical fruits. While the hop aroma was largely citrus of nature, there were some other lighter hop aromas of a floral and earthy nature as well.
Taste – Throughout the taste there was a good hop flavor base of citrus nature. With the citrus hop base, the taste began a bit on the sweeter side; a malty base with sweeter citrus and some brown sugar and caramel notes. Toward the middle of the taste the sweetness faded a bit, giving way to more hop flavors of an earthy nature. These flavors dried the beer’s taste out a bit and in the end when they were mixed with a floral hop flavor that came to the tongue, created a rather soothing hop flavor on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of this beer was on the creamier side with the carbonation level being on the medium side. Both were fitting for the brew and created a good drinking feel.
Overall –This was a nice beer. While not quite as diverse and robust in the hop flavor as it’s Northern Hemisphere counterpart, it had nice characteristics with a good flavor blend.
scotchzombie (317) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours mostly clear copper with an ample and cratered yellow-white head. Massive lacing. Aroma is somewhat grassy malt with mild floral hop overtones. Taste follows the aroma but adds a stronger hoppiness that has a very medicinal alcohol undercurrent. Grapefruit and caramel flavors with a mildy bitter finish. Decent.
gkeh (184) - Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
wow. this is fantastic! This fresh hop IPA pours a dark amber, deep red tones are present. It gives fantastic lacing, nice alcohol lacing present, which is shocking at 6.7%, but Sierra Nevada crafts amazing beers. The nose is predominantly floral with some citrus tones as well.. Some rose is there, a little lavender, some grapefruit and orange zest. Taste follows the nose, with an earthy spice element, which plays nicely with the floral notes. It’s also pretty darn sweet for an IPA. It’s different, and very delicious.
dandeman (487) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rapportée des USA.
Olfactif: Des accents d’alcool et de solvant mélangé à des notes florales et herbacées. Décevant.
Visuel: Doré / ambré, bonne mousse crémeuse et dense au maintient assez long. Les traces sont discrètes mais belles.
Gustatif: Surtout des accents herbacés et de fleurs sauvages avec un fond de miel. des notes de lilas, de fougères, de verdure. Un petit arrière gout d’amertume florale en finale. Bien équilibrée. Très douce. Un changement radical de la grosse amertume des houblons de la cote ouest américaine.
Tsekouratos (187) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - JUN 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle from The Local Pub, Athens Greece. Pours a reddish prange body, slightly hazy with a beige head, nice and thin. Aromas of caramel and some exotic fruits. Taste was sweet at first with caramel and bread, followed by pineapple, mango, citrus and fruits coming forth. Bittersweet aftertaste, long, with oily sticky mouthfeel. Medium body with low to medium carbonation.
superspak (2443) - Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
24 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 4/24/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep orange copper color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, lime, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity and balance of citrus/floral hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, lime, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange peel, lime, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice fresh hop IPA. All around good complexity and balance of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. It is not as bold as most IPAs, but is still a very enjoyable offering overall.