86Moose (60) - - JUN 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spicy malt aroma & taste. Not so much with hops. A very good beer. But surprised it is classified as an IPA. Missing strong hops characteristic of top IPAs.
Rosslew (199) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoy the resin and pine from the first smell. Fruit comes through on taste with sweet orange. Smooth mouthfeel. Bit of bitter on finish. Sweet IPA with great NZ hops. 710ml. 6.7%. 3.6 std drinks.
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rayaron (117) - ISRAEL - AUG 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer & Beyond, Tel Aviv. Clear golden-orange with low beige head. Hoppy aroma, notes of onion, light malty sweetness, notes of toffee. Flavor is very greenish, hoppy, heavy bitterness, herbs, grassy. Dry, light carbonation. Medium body. Excellent.
garthicus (2662) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Ruby red, thick white head. Aroma: Copper, hoppy, vanilla, leafy, a little perfume. Flavour: Resin, tangy pine sap, caramel, pine cones, long bitter finish. Hops are a little flat; however I think the bottle is a couple of months old. Still, it’s very good.
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 (3893) - 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 (62) - - 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 (71) - 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 (115) - - 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 (599) - 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