robforbes (2034) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - APR 27, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours a semi-clear copper with a dirty off-white head, and really good lacing.
smell of citrus, floral, some caramel, and lots of hops.
taste is of hops, some citrus, pine, and some earth, ends bitter.
harrisoni (12492) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2009 Bottle at the Spotify tasting. Clear amber/copper colour, lasting beige head. Lovely leafy hop aroma. Itís got a lot of toasty malts and huge loads of hop on finish. Good lime and grapefruit flaovur.3.9/5 Re-rate, bottle from Utobeer, very toasty on the malts, the hops are good, maybe, just a little drop in the rating for a touch of emptiness in the mouthfeel in the middle. Bit too sweety toffeeish too.
Hopeye (39) - Oregon, USA - APR 27, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A hopped-up version of Sierraís Pale Ale, and I like it! Looking forward to a draft sample. Put a reasonable price tag on this beer, and Iíll have a new session favorite.
MeisterBrew (138) - Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA - APR 26, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a nice clear amber with a decent size off-white head. Aroma of pine and grass. Flavor is of pine and citrus with an underlying sweetness that blends really well together. I really like this one from Sierra. Moves the the top end of my IPA list for sure.
kopher (592) - New York, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2010 nice clear orange pour, orange-y white frothy head.
very hoppy aroma, grapefruit, papaya, and grass.
floral taste, somewhat balanced malt, and not too bitter.
nice medium body, could have a bit more carbonation
finish is long and fairly bitter.
good overall, though it could use some more malt to counteract the hops.
hirigalzkar (2083) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. L: Clear orange, big creamy off white/golden head.Lots of lacing. S: Earthy, bready, grassy, hoppy. T: Grassy herbal hops. Serious medicinal hop bitterness in aftertaste.Overall: Perfect balanced IPA!
Gregis (1279) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nearly clear pale copper with fine suspended sediment and a fluffy pitted beige head. The nose is a nice blend of citric, floral and evergreen hop notes backed by caramel malt; quite pleasant. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied and fairly slick with a solidly bitter finish and a lingering aftertaste..."want hops?" The flavor follows the nose with a nice balance between the bittering and aromatic hop contributions. Obviously leaning toward the bitter side of the flavor profile, the pale/caramel malt backbone provides enough balance that it keeps the hop notes soft and pleasant versus harsh and tongue raking. I am very happy to see SN put out a year-round IPA that resembles the level of quality that Iíve enjoyed in their season offerings. In a matter of weeks KC has seen two new, solid, quaffable IPAs (the other being Boulevardís Single-Wide) hit the shelves, and both weigh-in at less than eight bucks a sixer. I am a happy camper. :)
BgThang (126) - Texas, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
What can I sa? Another fine brew by Sierra Nvada.
This beer is a very good IPA that has alot going or it.
the nose is that of lemon, pine, and other citrus flavors one expects to find in a west coast IPA but they are subtle.
the appearance is a little cloudy with some deeper copper hues in it.
the mouthfeel is a real easy drinking ipa that has a little hoppiness .
This reminds me alot of the southern star PA
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-28-2009 03:05:03
joeneugs (2798) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden amber with a nice orange head. Powerful aroma of grass, pine, pineapple and sugar coated grapefruit. Taste is powerful and well balanced. The fruity citrus and tropical flavors do their best to stand up to the big pine and grass bitterness. A very strong and full bodied IPA. Another good one from Sierra Nevada.
Holdwine (1065) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quite good, although it is still a proud American IPA. Bitterness is right on with a fresh floral nose. Citrus notes all over the place with a pleasant bitter, crisp and dry, finish. Nice new product from SN.