tmzl (89) - SLOVENIA - AUG 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Look: Pours with large, sticky, off-white head (brownish hue). Has a slow, sticky retention, leaves lots of random sticky lacing and yes, a sticky layer stays on top for the whole ride. Fair amount of carbonation, clear, amber (rich, a bit darker) colour.
Smell: Has a strong, good malt backbone, lots of caramel, biscuit medium sweetness. Hops are more nobelish, some hay, straw, earthy and floral. Also a mineral character. Smell is quite subtle, but suiting.
Taste: Strong floral start with hints of citrus. The floral party really kicks in here, very interesting. Combined with malts adds this floral honey effect + some caramel and biscuit. The middle malt backbone is still strong and had a good presence, medium sweetness. Ends with smooth medium bitterness, here the pine and resin character of the hops steps out. Pine and hay with nice lingering floral sweetness stay for a while in after taste. They are a bit sharper here.
Mouthfeel: Fresh, lively carbonation, medium body. Suiting.
Overall: Smell starts a bit weak, but everything is in line and nothing off. The taste is where things get more interesting, strong floral start with pine finish and strong malt backbone to connect them. Another solid crafted beer from SN.
solidfunk (4013) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Some citrus hops and a light tinge of rust. Pours amber with good head and lacing. Finishes light bitter and sour. Some mash malt. Talk at Churchkey.
ohwee (1) - - AUG 19, 2014 does not count
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fresh is an understatement.
Very refreshing change from the more brutal ipas I’ve been drinking.
Seems to have just the right amounts of hoppiness, floral and citrus flavours and a good length of bitterness.
Cant emphasise the FRESH in these hops enough!
HippieFee (63) - - AUG 16, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft - Amber color. Dry hop flavor, slight alcohol aftertaste. Not a typical IPA with the New Zealand hops so that is why I am surprised with the alcohol taste to it. I was expecting more of a bit from the hops.
BenOver (85) - SLOVENIA - AUG 15, 2014
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours dark golden with moderate head. Smell is gentle, resembles citrus. Taste is extremely well balanced, with a gentle hoppy aftertaste that slowly evolves. Excellent beer!
Ctplt777 (128) - - AUG 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Solid IPA. Very "fresh" as advertised. Aroma is very floral to me. Very nice smelling beer. Taste is bitter but pleasant. Very refreshing and smooth feeling. Great release from Sierra Nevada for 2014. I recommend if you want a slightly different tasting IPA. I love the idea of using extremely fresh hops and the New Zealand varieties they use are a little different tasting than the ones commonly used in IPA’s right now. Cheers.
coyforce (610) - Virginia, USA - AUG 8, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not much to complain about on this amazing brew here. Beautiful Pour, delicious hoppy flavor and that familiar bitter aftertaste that you would expect from a top notch ipa
dwm1034 (641) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Split bomber from Brunos with Sherm1016. Pours a bright copper with moderate white head in snifters....very nice. Nose is pine / citrus with slightly bitter initial taste. Mellows a little as I work thru it....tough work!! Very nice. Wish it was fresher...noticing some ’older’ dates on SN bottles lately....this one was bottled 4/24....drank 8/2....getting spoiled by local beers like Half Acre or even Maine Beer company that get us beer inside a month. Oh well....life is tough!
Hop_Hedonist (246) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 31, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 ’Fresh hop’ - new packaging (nice) - piney/fruit hoppy aroma carries through to palate - distinct, but low, malt impact makes for easy drinking - well balanced - but... not as vibrant as I remember from previous years maybe because there’s that quintessential American accent of herbal/piney-ness present and I’ve had a lot of NZPA’s that lack it while being super-fruity vibrant using similar hops - A good solid tasty APA but falls short of a great one.
rondphoto (2024) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUL 31, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap @ Cock and Bull / Covington KY ---Clear medium amber, thin rim head, light dots of lace. Taste is sweet malt with a peppery edge that adds caramel and pungent spice in the palate, gliding easily from there to a carbonated, lightly bittered finish. Full-bodied, rich, appealing.