probstblueribbon (2918) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 fl oz bottle from Lubiere (merci!), served cold in a tulip glass.
App.: Hazy deep amber with a small off-white head.
Aroma: A nice blend of pine, resin and grapefruit C-hops with a good malt backbone, some dark dried fruitiness, lightly peppery, spicy and earthy.
Palate: Medium+ body, lively and sharp carbonation.
Flav.: The malts dominate, in contrast to the nose, but there is still a nice shot of pine, resin, grassy, peppery hops, some floral and citrus notes, lightly earthy and nutty; off-dry with nice bitterness and a pleasant mineral malt finish.
A really tasty, American-style IPA. Thanks again Luc!
theisti (3237) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - AUG 31, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle purchased as a single at Olive or Twist in Platte City, Missouri. Pour is mostly clear golden orange with a frothy three inch off white head. Head is very slow to fall, when it eventually does, nice lacing left behind. Aroma of spicy floral hops, resin and some citrus. Also a nice caramel toasty malt present. Nice nose, though not overly expressive. Taste is resin bitter hops, some orange
peel, and the toasty malt from the nose. Pretty straight forward IPA, nice and clean. Palate is medium to thin body - drinkable, moderate carbonation and a long mineral bitter finish. This one may not have been terribly fresh, but still enjoyable.
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Headkeeper. Pours a very slightly hazy amber, thick off white head. Aroma is hops, pine, grass and vague citrus notes. Flavor is a very nice blend of malt, hops and citrus. Finish is dry and bitter.
Shakesbeere (212) - Oxford, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours golden amber with white head. Aroma is strongly hoppy with a creamy character. Flavor is a mix of malt and hops with a tendency toward bitterness. Starts with a sweet taste, middle is of floral hops, and finish is of bitter hops and grapefruit. Palate is moderately creamy. Pretty tasty but less complex than the Southern Hemisphere Harvest.
blindeyedbetty (189) - Utah, USA - AUG 27, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle pours a ruby-amber color with frothy off-white head that leaves generous lacing. Aroma is of strong hops with a creamy malty-ness. Flavor is mildly malty on the front palate with a hoppy middle and hoppier finish and even hoppier, bitter as hell aftertaste. Maybe itís my jacked-up tastebuds, but I canít taste much of anything other than hops in this beer with the slight possibility of bitter grapefruit in the aftertaste. I was hoping for more different types of flavors in the palate because the aroma was nice and creamy, but I was rather disappointed. Iím chalking it up to the liklihood that my palate is inexperienced and Iím not ready for an Extra IPA of this nature.
kassner (1351) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice bold IPA but not highly distinct , somewhere between Anniversary and regular SN. Mostly dry hops but some balance
sunevdj (3176) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Chrisīgrill party. Pours a clear amber with a small, white, diminishing head. Light sweetness and quite bitter. Light malty notes with heavy spruce notes of hops. Light alcohol touch. Medium bodied with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Long bitter and dry finish.
quierocerveza (18) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Profound pine and strobiles aroma followed by a thin white top, subsequently sipped disseminating the same bouquet characteristics all around, dry finish, great brew
shotgunn (34) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a crisp, clear copper color with a thick off-white head that seems to be lasting with nice lacing. You can smell the sweet hops with a little citrus note, overall aroma is lower though because it doesnít stand out for me. Now as for the flavor and palate it is a different story. The hops are there with their wonderful pine bite that Iíve come to love from Sierra Nevada and it also lingers on the palate and sticks with you. As Iíve written this and enjoyed this beer It has livened up and more of the hop aroma is coming through. Overall this is a good beer that I will enjoy and most likely have again.
MattAddis (7) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 23, 2009 does not count
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled- Amber colored, strong earthy aroma with an almost piney scent. Strong taste of hops. Very smooth drinking even with the strong hops. Quite spicy and malty. Aftertaste is mild and fades slowly. Good finish.