CitrusP (59) - Newcastle, - OCT 24, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
poured a dark amber with a moderate, very creamy looking head, looks pretty carbonated too. Aroma a lovely blend between sweet fruit hops, caramel malt and grassy hops. taste immediately reminded of the torpedo IPA, just ramped some. A bit pricklier and fruitier, tastes very fresh. Quite a complex aftertaste that displays a prickly bitterness with a bite, finishing pretty clean with a slightly resinous caramel. A truly great and balanced representation of the style.
BeerdedDave (226) - - JUL 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
clear amber color; citrusy, floral hop aroma; a great, hoppy, bitter beer, yet very well balanced; lots of citrusy hops (though not as citrusy as most American hops) and tropical fruit notes on a bready malt base
BeerCoff4025 (16) - Iowa, USA - JUL 8, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from bottle into a tulip glass. Red-ish amber color with small head and medium lacing. Great mix of flavors in the beer. Not overly bitter, piney, and even a bit of citrus mixed in makes for a refreshing aftertaste. Very drinkable beer that doesn’t compromise on taste. Think I may have found a new go-to IPA, this did not disappoint.
hopbag (61) - - JUL 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice grapefruit flavor with a moderate amount of resin. Malt profile is fairly dry and grainy. Bitter finish but not unpleasant. Maybe mango towards the back. Very nice beer.
sfontain (792) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 22 oz. Amber pour, very large white head; heavy lacing. Caramel, hop, citrus, floral, and a distinctively "Sierra Nevada" note reminds me of SNPA. Very solid.
mrjaxson (281) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A bit deceptive -- in a very good way -- as it has the soft citrus scent of a standard IPA but a taste that has just a hint of an IPA’s bitterness and none of an IPA’s chewy graininess. A masterful balancing act of the hops and malts. Enjoyed on tap at Sugar Maple, MKE, WI.
gripweed57 (594) - 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 (535) - 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 (167) - 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 (65) - 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 (448) - - 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.