JMerritt (1769) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled, courtesy of Narnad. Pours dark copper with a very large, densely packed tan head. Flowery, fruity and citric nose: grapefruit, peach blossoms, nectarines - aroma leans more towards the fruity the more you sniff it. Wow - a nice big, fruity flavor, peaches and apricots dominate with underlying pine tar. Finish is dry with tannins and sticky fruit juice. SImply put: awesome.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - JUL 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle via Hagen. Chilled for 30 minutes..approx 54f....a little on the warm side for me....Pours a clear copper with a huge compact beige head. Nose is nice herbal and citrus hop mix. Taste is a mix of toffee, pine, orange, apricot and pine. Very balanced between sweet and bitter. Quite plesent and complex hop profile. Body is medium/full.
Very very well put together IPA.
Heathen (1458) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
THOUGHTS: Nice, but not a huge departure from the flagship and nowhere near as complex or compelling as the Harvest beers. Nothing spectacular, but will put together. A nicely balanced beer.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a medium, orangey amber with an average, off-white head that kept a decent sheet and left beautiful lacing. The aroma was nice but weak for the style. There was light to moderate malt, moderate citrus (grapefruit and orange) hops and lighter pine hops and oddly enough some spearmint. The initial flavor was sweet and acidic; while the finish was lightly sweet, rather bitter and lightly acidic with a long, but average for the style finish. There was caramel malt, grapefruit citrus hops, orange, a little pine and maybe some mint. The medium body was a little oily then dry with lightly fizzy carbonation and a light astringent and light metallic finish.
jaymobrown (1649) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
It was easy drinking. Hoppy, yes. But also easy to drink. I’ve had some beers that become impossible halfway let alone through a six pack. I thought this did reasonably well. Citrus hop flavors. Yellow color; lots of lacing and residue. Given this and a regular SN, I’d pick this.
6ROW (403) - corpus christi, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
i can only hope this is what heaven will be like. big hops aroma and taste . not a very bitter after taste
daleharshman (884) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle from South Bay Drugs ($1.79). Pours a golden orange color with only a bit of off-white head. Aroma is pine forest and some fruity hop tones, but altogether not very strong like many IPAs. Flavor is similarly toned down. There’s no initial hoppy kick but rather a mellow maltiness is noticeably. But then you’re quickly reminded that this is an IPA as the hops kick in (again pine along with some grapefruit) and it turns bitter. However, it’s somewhat less bitter than many other of the California IPAs. The finish has a persistent lingering bitterness which I like.
coyotehunter (667) - , Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours orange with a cream colored head. Has a skunky hoppy stinky goodness to it. Smells like a hop cone. Tastes like a hop cone too. Watered down though. Lots of bitter right out the gate, and a touch in the aftertaste. But damn delicious.
dalek123 (103) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber with a big offwhite head. Tastes bready. malty , notes of pine with a sharp dry finish.
Very well balanced IPA, bitterness level is upfront but still goes down smoothly. Excellent.
crajun (936) - , Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Great looking and smelling beer. but I just can’t drink it - wayyy too oppy/ bitter for me...not my style I guess
groovinhigh (170) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice IPA from Sierra... it has the hop character I look for in an IPA. Nice hoppy citrus, pine hop flavor... personally, I would have liked a little less malt character. Excellent on tap, good in the bottle.