Trev (1890) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 8, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
light copper pour with a thin head.
aroma is piney and some citrus hop.
some caramel maltiness underneath.
flavour is again piney hop in the front, medium malt body, floral bitter finish.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 8, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy light orange with big thick white head. Aroma of floral hops and sweet bread malts with a hint of citrus. Flavor follows suit with the big malts inching dominance over the more subtle grassy-floral-chalk hop flavors, finishes slightly bitter. Texture is medium-bodied and somewhat watery. Overall a decent single IPA with a good malt-hop balance, masked abv, and an overly bitter and chalky finish.
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is much more bitter than their flagship ale. It has a wonderful body, but is also extra bitter a la the name
leaparsons (7965) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask, GBBF 09. Golden with a small head. Aromas are toasty malts with lots of peach and melon. Some toffee with pine coming through. Flavours are hoppy, floral and fresh. Green peppery and bitter pine with plenty of lemon and peach fruitiness. Sweet grapefruit with associated bitterness towards the finish. Strong marmalade notes. Quite viscous on the palate. Sweet, hoppy and very good.
RichardGretton (4227) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask@GBBF, 2009. Dark bronze beer with a lightly hopped aroma and a slightly vinous and quite deeply hopped, bitter and lightly malty flavour. Overall an average IPA.
alagnak (467) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nose is grassy, vinous hops and a bit of apple cider acidity. Flavor is really solidly balanced: rose hip, and more of the bitter apple that moves into the standard IPA grapefruit bitterness on the roof of the mouth. FInishes crisp and clean. Really well done and highly quaffable. SN continues to impress.
otismulligan (34) - Yardley, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle pour into pint glass. nice orange/rust color. Thick frothy head. an IPA drinker’s IPA. subttle hop flavor that doesn’t over power,
Duhast500 (378) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 5, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass
The color is orange/gold. Nice and clear with a good amount of carbonation. Also has a nice off-white, foamy head that leaves a nice film on the glass.
The smell is spicy. Bold hop flavor and some floral feel to it.
The taste is a bit strong. It takes a minuet to get used to the nice hoppy flavor and great spicy flavor. Also has a nice sweet malt flavor.
Torpedo is well balanced between a nice better hop feel and a spicy/sweet malt feel. Goes down well with a aftertaste that only lasts through the first few sips. It really is a beer rollercoaster
Moggman (235) - Columbus, USA - AUG 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours copper with white head. Aroma is pine, caramel, and grassy hops. Flavor is bitter hops with grapefruit and pine notes. Slight caramel in the finish. Another solid offering from Sierra Nevada.
MarkBarnes (375) - Waterville, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aug. 4, 2009; 12 oz. bottle. Sierra Nevada brews consistently-excellent beers, and they’ve knocked it out of the park with this one. As an IPA, it tops the very good, but slightly unbalanced & harsh, "Celebration Ale" they’ve brought out seasonally. Perfectly-balanced -- i.e., not over-the-top "hoppy" -- with a long, pleasingly-bitter palate that’s equal parts hops & alcohol. As a big fan of the brewery & the style, it’s difficult to imagine how this could be topped.