treadyroc (148) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - APR 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a light amber with a bubbly head that quickly diminishes. Making this a year-round offering is a great move for SN; I definitely think it’s got better taste & character than their ubiquitous pale ale. I read about the new breed of hops they used for this brew in BA mag, but I’ll be damned if I can get any of the citrus notes they’re talking about in the taste. The aroma’s a whole ’nother story, though, because this thing comes across heavily in the nose. Very bitter at the end.
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
very good citurs pine aroma, great looking beer precise clearity anf nice full rignt on head, perfect carbonated balance, good mild hop bitter finsih, with piney hop balanced middle, bitter palate on the back side, nice and refreshing front. Overal a darn good IPA
BuckeyeBoy (2414) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Pours out a goldish orange topped with a pillow white head. Aroma of fresh citrus hops. Tast was a nice malt and plenty more of the citrus hops. Once again Sierra Nevada makes a tast IPA. This my friend is a daily drinker.
DrMisfatsuBrew (10) - New York, USA - APR 20, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clean and clear orange with a good white head. Aroma of fresh citrus hops just a little bit hoppier and a little bit bolder than its pale ale counterpart. Overall fantastic IPA
AndyReynolds (807) - Wilder, Kentucky, USA - APR 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. pours a nice orange with a thin white head. Aroma is strong with hops. There is also a sweet bready aroma with notes of citrus. The taste is about the same with a nice bitter bite. This is a refreshing IPA great cold on a hot day.
Pastor (790) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - APR 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass produced a finder worth of white head that stuck around. The body of the brew was a clear amber color with tons of little bubble rising from the bottom of the glass.
Aromas of fresh hops are dominate on this one and quite pleasant the flavor is hop forward as well but with some malt sweetness to keep the bitters in check.
The brew is crisp and light in my mouth with ample carbonation.
This is a solid IPA nothing outstanding but a good one I tend to like my local ones a tad better due to the freshness factor. I still would not turn this down if it was on sale, or handed to me
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle ..pours clear deep golden/orange.thick off white head ,lots of lace. aroma of cascade and caramel.good strong but not overpowering hop flavor balanced by good bready sweet malt , medium bodied and carbonation . nice
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours of the bottle as a deep, clear amber with a thick off-white head that sticks to the side of the glass as stays on as a big cap as the carbonation streams up from the bottom.
The aroma is mainly light citrus with lemons and oranges but with plenty of grassy whiffs as well.
The taste follows the aroma but probably has a bit deeper citrus bitterness than the aroma with more grapefruit than anything else. There is plenty of malt to balance things out.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit dry with lots of bitterness in the finish. As mentioned before, lots of carbonation and the bubbles are active throughout.
This is a great balanced IPA that’s certainly not a hop bomb but brings its share of citrus bitterness to the table.
presario (4522) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 19, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle in Seattle. Pours a golden mug with thick long lasting foamy head. Aroma of hops hits the brain. Woody notes with a light citrus. Flavour starts with a strong sharp citrus in a strong malty base. A well executed amped up SNPA. More malt. More hops. Flavour alternates between the woody hops and the citrus. Very malty and more hoppy.
HopBackDoc (472) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear orange/amber with small white head. Nice hoppy aroma along with caramel. The flavor was surprisingly well balanced. All the hop flavor you would expect from SN -- earthy, citrus, bitter all blended together with a great malt backbone. The sweet and bready malts really worked synergistically with the hops to create a great brew with a medium body and dry finish. I didn’t realize the 7.2% ABV either. I am not sure what an Extra IPA is but I sure like it!