sparky075 (8) - Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2009 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good aroma, good head and good color. The flavor has a hint of citrus, but overall very good. Has the traditional Sierra Nevada finish. Going on my good list.
mcox90 (1424) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a red amber color with a 2 finger white head and gobs of white lace. Aroma is citrus hops and malt. Smooth, yet biting palate. Flavor is dominated by hops with grapefruit and pine being the up front taste. Also, some malt and caramel goodness in the background. Lingering, bitter finish.
Brew4Dug (137) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thank you for finally arriving in Houston, Sir Torpedo. No need for any other descriptive fodder, as I would like to enjoy the rest of this first sampling in the glass beside me. Taste on the pallet is almost dead on with the given commercial description. Enjoy.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle: Reddish amber pour with a frothy, white head that really lasts and laces. Very earthy aroma, mild caramel. A nice mix of pine, citrus and fresh grass in the nose. The body is medium build, with a decent balance between resiny bitterness and malt backing. The hops win out in the end though, throwing this slightly out of balance for me. Still, nice hop profile with a lemony finish that also displays some mild grass.
TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle purchased at Central Market in Mill Creek, WA. Pours a beautiful copper color with an off-white head. Flavor: Grapefruit and strong hops, with the right amount of bitterness.
adavis234 (286) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAR 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2009 12 oz bottle. Pours a copper-red color with a thin off-white head. Delicious, citrus aroma with hints of grapefruit and a touch of malt. Great, hoppy taste which does a great job of not tasting mass-produced, despite its wide release. Soft and thick flavor with a nice, bitter finish. An exciting new beer from sierra nevada.
gsmitty80 (1736) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was excited when i found this at a local six pack shop and drank it with friends. It was very good, basically like there pale ale with double the hops. Maybe i am too naive to taste the whole cone hops but the process didn’t floor me.
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 27, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a coppery orange color with a thin white head that disippates fairly quickly. Aromia is a nice mix of grapefruit, pine and sweet malts. Flavor is grassy and piney hops with some sweet malt finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Lots of hops without being over-the-top. A very, very nice IPA.
BeerNeedy (125) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. The aroma was IPA like though not very strong. The pour was a pleasing clear copperish red with a tiny head that didn’t hang around long. The flavor was malty and hoppy and a step up from other IPA’s of this caliber. It had good mouth feel and a little kick and overall was very pleasing. I like it.
auerbrau (3117) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz Bottle. Aroma gives off a strong, dank cascade-like hop flower resin glow. Pungent and delightful. Pours a coppery orange with a soft, pillowy off-white head. Flavor is candy-like. This edges dangerously barleywine. More like an American strong ale. There’s a lot of sweet papaya and caramel sugars in there that are as forward as the hop cones and resin notes. Floral and fruity, but I want more bitterness and more hop play, I think. A little too sweet and not quite as crisp and snappy as I would want from the style. There characters are there, but the balance is a little amok. Otherwise, nice.