dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sort of dry when I took my first sip but it got better as it went down. Very earthy and hoppy. Piney with hints of fruit.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Clear, light gold-amber with moderate head and very nice lacing.
Aroma of pine and citrus, dry toasted malts, slight alcohol.
Great hop taste with only moderate bitterness, mostly at the finish. Citrus, pine and tropical fruit countered by slightly sweet toasted malts.
Relatively low carbonation, medium body, very smooth for a regular IPA (maybe this is why it is "extra"). Finishes quite dry.
Fantastic smooth and drinkable IPA. I understand the "extra" part - more than an IPA, less than a DIPA.
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - OCT 31, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2009 bottle 12 oz. Poured an almost clear amber copper color with a nice beige head that fell rather quickly. Sweet aroma of soft caramel malt with ample fresh hop presence. Some sweetness with a fair hop flavor & heavy bitterness. The malt and hop flavors are somewhat flat with the bittering hops being the most pronounced feature, maybe because that’s the least expensive ingredient. Unbalanced.
Fair for supermarket beer, but Celebration & especially Inversion have it beat.
Unibonger (163) - Mount Shasta, California, USA - OCT 30, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lovely deep copper color with a nice foamy head that has good retention. Hops are very strong on the nose, not much note of the malt. Its not overly bitter but the hops definitely make themselves known. Has excellent mouth-feel and a good amount of carbonation.
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is light gold, minimal white head. Aroma is malty sweetness, grapefruit, citrus hops. Flavor is bitter with a nice malt sweetness. Palate is creamy and nice. Overall very solid.
gjamieson (80) - Canton, Georgia, USA - OCT 29, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Dark orange pour with white lasting head. Aroma is all hops, pine and citrus. Flavor is moderately bitter but unbalanced, 7.2% ABV is noticeable in flavor. Bitter finish. Needs improvement, but a decent entry.
beerlover82 (220) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Nice dark amber-orange with good head/lacing. Aroma and taste is of barley and HOPS!!! The Hops can actually be tasted and linger in your mouth minutes after a sip. Just the way I like my ale/beer especially IPA. Outstanding. Another masterpiece from the great Sierra Nevada.
jongo (82) - Stockholm, Sweden, SWEDEN - OCT 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Tasty and hoppy. Piney and somewhat soapy flavour after while. Prefer do drink this one icecold.
jlruthven (583) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 26, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, poured into a snifter. Rusy reddish-brown with dirty gold highlights, thick soapy head that dissipates slowly and remains in the form of a considerable cap all the way around the glass; minimal, sticky lacing. Aroma is heavy, piney hops, with notes of earth and unwashed oranges. Massive hop profile on the tongue, very bitter up front, but mellows out as it warms with a balanced sweetness; red grapefruit and blood orange round it out. Dangerously drinkable at 7.2%, and absolutely delicious.
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - OCT 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a good beer, but certainly not one of the top beers in its category...while it is very hoppy, its also hugely bitter as well. The best ones have a nicer balance IMO.