chadje (194) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a nice golden color with a white head. Scent is not as hoppy or fruity as the better IPA’s. The taste is nice and clean. A better than average IPA, but not one of the better in my opinion.
asheft (2739) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[bottle from bierzwerg.de]
Inviting aroma of fresh citrus fruit, some strawberry, cherry, slight pine, and caramel. Almost clear bronze under an eternal, lacy, white blanket. Delicious: fresh grapefruit, subtle pine, spicy caramel are potent flavours harmonizing with assertive bitterness. Perfect balance. Medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly bitter grapefruit finish.
ROGUE (2145) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAR 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Poured a clear dark honey amber with a light tan head and nice lacing. Aroma is pine hops and sweet malt that has a citrus tang. Taste is rich, roasted malt that quickly becomes consumed by the fresh piney hops. Nice malt backbone balanced to a hoppier finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with mild resinous stickiness from the hop oils.
tmoreau (2988) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served from 12 oz. bottles to fluted fest glasses at Brixie’s Spring Tasting in Brookfield, IL. with an orangy gold hue and frothy, off white foam to the head, and spots and ribbons of lacing. The aroma was light toastiness, with citrus, resin, and earthy notes. The flavor added a healthy dose of hop bitterness to balance with the smooth malt. The bitterness continued into the finish in a dry fashion. Not an "over the top" IPA, but balanced and tasty.
Ingevara (860) - SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wow! Yeah! Massive hops is no understatement. First time I actually thought of "too much" when it comes to hops. The overall impression is that of a bready sturdy ale, potent enough as a stand-alone drink, more difficult to match with food, but not impossible if you think of ribs, brussel sprouts, cabbage soup or salami. But IPA? Nah...
imaragingbull (572) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark Orange and hazy with short lasting head. Pleasant hop aroma with some bread-like notes. Well carbonated and zesty hop bitterness is well balanced with the body for the style and the lingering bitter semi-dry finish is excellent. Quite an excellent beer, but that is to be expected from this brewery.
Terminus (3371) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottled on the 43rd day of this year-so mid feb. pours copper hue with an off-white soapy head. nose is a little muddled compared to when its fresh (needs a re-rate of a fresh sample) with lite pine and mineral notes. flavors are lite pine and mineral notes as well in the flavors. palate is soft and pillow-ish. some herbal notes come out after the pine fades in the finish. I have had this beer fresh and it was a bit better than this sample. I will revisit for sure!
KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2011 Bottle. Poured a reddish-orange that was a bit hazy with a medium sized off white rocky head that had very nice retention which allowed for some fair lacing. The aroma had a heavy dose of hops, a light grain malt and a horse blanket yeast scent with a nice citrus note that stood out rather well. It tasted moderately bitter of hops in the beginning and finished with a nice pronounced malty-bitter flavor that had a nice hint of citrus at the end, with the flavor only lasting a short time. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and watery yet dry in texture with a very nice carbonation. Overall a very nice IPA that had a well balanced hop-citrus flavor working for it. I have to say I kind of enjoyed this one and I am not even a hop lover.
Brigadier (3275) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle
I have not tried many Sierra Nevada beers over the years but I always knew they could crank out solid stuff. This IPA is no exception. I’m not certain what makes it "extra" but it is affordable and widely available. For that reason alone you ought to pick up some. It probably should be consumed as fresh as possible. Even the bottle I tried was already losing its edge after only a month or so.
Aroma / Appearance - The huge pillowy head was the color of packing foam. A coppery transparent body sparkled in the sunlight. The strong hoppiness was not quite as assertive as many imperial IPAs but was more like resin, orange peels, and green vegetables. Something was bothering me yet I was unable to pin it down exactly.
Flavor / Palate - Stale cardboard was already creeping in but there were still pea pods and pine cones to wake up the senses. The body was a trace watery but for the style well within expectations. The bitterness is prevalent through to the very end and beyond. Thanks to crizay for the freebie from a tasting.
JoeinDahlem (1378) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - MAR 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lovely reddish-gold color with a tough eggshell head. Nose of orange zest, pine resin, toast and caramel. Nice balanced taste for a moment, with a juicy impression of light sweetness, before the resinous bitterness descends and coats the tongue. Really nice aroma and hop flavor but that bitterness hampers quaffability. Think I might stick with the Pale Ale.