NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 7, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
2008 Vintage, 6.7%ABV.
The aroma was strongly estery with a freshly dry hopped character which was citrusy with grapefruit, orange and lemon peel along with a strong grassy nature. Malt and caramel followed behind the floral aroma. The beer poured into the styrofoam hotel cup with a HUGE moussy tall head which lasted for days above the golden amber brew. The flavor was strongly malty with caramel and a decent level of bittering which was well balanced with the malt backbone and caramel. The hop flavor was citrusy and grassy and had a floral note. The balance was won in the dry finish by bittering and the citrus and grass lasted long and pleasantly into the aftertaste. The body was medium-full with a moderate level of carbonation and a decidedly creamy texture on the palate. Glad I went back to Total Wine in Greenville and dropped $4 on this puppy.
24 ounce bottle.
slowrunner77 (5983) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Sierra Nevada dual beer tasting Abby, Ben & I had a 24 oz. Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale "fresh hop ale" (Spring 2008 release) side by side with a Sierra Nevada 12th release Harvest Ale "wet hop ale" (fall 2008 release). Although they were significantly different in character, we each had a hard time deciding which was better. The concensus was that the wet hop ale was smoother, with a better mouthfeel, and the fresh hop ale was more bitter & slightly more aromatic. All 3 of us gave a slight edge to the 12th release wet hop ale, scored as follows... Ben 12th Ann. Wet Hop B SH Fresh Hop B Abby 12th Ann. Wet Hop B+ SH Fresh Hop B Chris 12th Ann. Wet Hop B+ (ever so close to an A-) SH Fresh Hops B So...both were good beers for hopheads...the fall release wet hop ale averaging a B+, and the fresh hop ale getting a B from each of us. The scores I gave were particularly high considering Iím not a HUGE Sierra Nevada Fan. There is a common thread in all their regular beers that make them seem very unspectacular...but I am finding that many of their seasonals & special releases are a whole ínother story. "
Shark_Pants (202) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy amber with small short lived head. Lots of pine, grass and a little grapefruit in the aroma. Taste is more floral than the aroma indicates, with honey, malt, pine and grapefruit. Quite bitter in the finish with a metallic dryness that detracts from the taste slightly. Medium bodied. Not bad but not my favourite.
Cool_Bond (1500) - Kung av ÷l @ Facebook, SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
The scent is sweet but not fruity at all. The taste is bitter. Bitterness is not to me but more bitter but fills the upper part of the mouth of a weak moment. Not an IPA for my taste unfortunately. Follow me @ Kung av Ųl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.
ColaKid (59) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bloody good stuff, great use of Kiwi hops. Can get this from BWS for $12 so pretty happy about that, great IPA, wet hop taste with nice biscuity caramel sweetness. Well done boys!
eduardovl (871) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle poured in a chalice.
Review number 200 has to be special, right? So, Iíve decided to attack my private collection. The choice was a Sierra Nevada because Iím sure that a Sierra Nevada will NEVER disappoint me! Iíve bought this precious in an excellent beer shop in Treviso, Italy called "Il Regno di Gambrinus" (http://www.ilregnodigambrinus.com) during my vacations in Jesolo
A: First of all, bottle art is just beautiful. It makes you really comfortable about its content :). Pours a beautiful orange to amber color with a medium and creamy beige head. Cloudy body and good retention. Many lacings are left in the glass as you drink it
S: Once opened it spreads a delicious perfume of fresh hops everywhere. VERY grassy and earthy. Caramel malts
T: Delicious and traditional American IPA. Very flowery taste. Quite bitter. Refreshing. Ok, some malts too
M: Creamy body and medium carbonation. Bitterness is a must!
O: High drinkability. Fantastic IPA
[ BA Review @ 10/17/2010 ]
SirLimpsalot (2251) - SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
@ Basunen oktober 2014: ganska enkel doft med bara små humletoner och en stor del malt. Smaken är ganska blommig med inslag av söt malt. God men lite jobbig i längden.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
arnold931 (577) - Iowa, USA - OCT 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Bricks. Pours clear dark copper with white head. Not much on the aroma. Maybe some graininess. Taste is grapefruit. Maybe this one isn't fresh.
RickFifty (337) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - OCT 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber color, golden head with good lacing. Resin nose, floral, caramel, fruity with a hint of peach. Grapefruit taste, sweet, caramel, resin notes. Medium body, soft carbonation.
MSBrindbergs (377) - Solna, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flaska från SB.
Fin dimmig röd/bärnstensvätska med ett bra skum.
Maltbetonad doft med blommig humle i bakgrunden.
Snäll frisk humlesmak men en balanserad bitterhet på det.
Med den stora kotten på flaskan förväntade jag mig nog en större sensation, men helt klart drickvärd.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
ABS (491) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 30, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. PKGD 240414. Pours amber. Lots of white, frothy head. Medium body. Borderline oily. Medium to low carbonation. Below medium bitterness (for an IPA). Pine, light citrus, grass, hint of grain flavour. 5 months old is too old it seems.