mybrainhurts (370) - North Dakota, USA - OCT 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
HH’s O-FEST TASTING: Herbal, piney hops, juicyfruit, and some malts in the nose. Nice balance of malts and hops. Grapefruit, caramel, and toffee flavors. Alcohol well hidden. I liked it.
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 30, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (in NZ). A bright amber with a large airy foam head. Interestingly, the caramal malt dominates the nose, with the piney/citrus hops subdued. There’s no doubting the hops in the pallet, as they charge full steam ahead. Doesn’t have that chalkiness that this level of hopping can come with, just a big and clean bitterness. Doesn’t have the malty flavour I look for in an IPA, but a good example of what you can do with a lot of hops.
bpreo (1837) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 29, 2009
2.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Really bitter, or very strong, because there is lot’s of alcohol in this one. I never said I didn’t ask for it.
Rustyham (1754) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2009
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
extremely hoppy with an assertive mouthfeel, but the lack of maltiness weakens the body and makes the drink less pleasurable. Sierra Nevada’s harvest is still my favorite. Bottle at 2nd Annual Treasure Coast Beerfest in Ft. Pierce, Fla.
matthewjk (953) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2010 Poured from 12 oz bottle. Nice "assertive" IPA that finally has enough hops for me. Sierra Nevada’s regular IPA is good, but this is a step up in flavor and ABV.
*note- re-rated on 5/8/10- slightly downgraded on taste and overall on 2nd tasting. This is still an IPA worth purchasing.
*Another re-rating on 12/21/10 and I have to upgrade this damn thing--after downgrading. Taste change, and sometimes the beer does too. Re-rate your beers when you retry them!
MattShizzle (545) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2012 Bottle. Light copper color - clear. Hoppy aroma. Excellent - rich and very hoppy. Hops are also balanced by a decent maltiness.
thooper41 (549) - BELGIUM - SEP 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle: Appearance is amber brown with off white head, aroma is of hops and sweet amber malt, flavor come through with some citrusy hops and nicely backed with some slightly sweet malt with hints of caramel and nuts. pretty good IPA.
waolsen (1367) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. copper pour with clarity, carbonated to thin frothy off white head. nice piney hops, fleshy citrus and caramel malts in aroma. up front bitterness and a bit of alcohol up front. rich body that fades a little too quick. citrus. peppery.
fogdoctor (41) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pint. Cool but not cold. Fantastic balance. Nice hop bitterness and nose with grapefruit / citrus overtones but balanced with plenty of malt. Not too high in ABV and just an all round great beer. One of my favorites.
jimmiec (122) - Louisiana, USA - SEP 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12-oz bottle (Marcello’s, Lafayette, La) - Aroma: floral and fruity (hops) Appearance: slightly cloudy, reddish-orange color, white head; Flavor: grapefruit, piney, and bitter (hops), mod salty, spicy; Mouthfeel: full body, mod carbonation; Overall: definitely a strongly hoppy and bitter beer.