2004st4s (33) - Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not sure anyone does hops like Sierra Nevada. This now gives them a hop-bomb that I can easily pick up at the grocery store when I can’t make it to the liquor store. Excellent hop aroma, the Magnum and Crystal just pound you senses. The taste is actually fairly balanced due to the higher alcohol and the great bittering from the Magnum hops. Great beer that I’ll keep in the fridge for a quick hop fix whenever I’m in need. Not the highest IBU beer out there (or the best IPA), but a great treat for a great price.
icculus801 (39) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - AUG 17, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a light, somewhat cloudy, amber with a nice white head leaving good lacing. Aroma is a bit bready with some definite floral notes. Taste has definite malt sweetness giving way to a somewhat subdued bitter finish that lingers nicely. A slightly different AIPA, but a more than solid offering from Sierra Nevada.
pauls_parade (340) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear golden-amber color with a foamy white head that clings to the glass. Citrus and pine hops in the nose with caramel malt aroma and touch of tropical fruit as it warms. Light-medium body, slick on the tongue, just lightly carbonated with a long-lasting finish. A solid caramel malt backbone, assertive citrus hops bitterness, and a dry pine finish. Very well balanced and flavorful. A great choice.
BrianDorry55 (361) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours copper with a decent white head. Aroma is pine and fresh grapefruit. Flavor is burnt pine throughout and quite bitter. Medium bodied and sticky. Overall...pretty darn good.
Floback (550) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - AUG 15, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Total Wine. Pours a massive 2-inch off-white colored head with great staying power. The color is orange-amber. The aroma is soapy and piney. Strong flavors of resinous hops, caramel, biscuit, subtle banana, and citrus with more piney hops and soapy yeast in the afterbite. Full body and high carbonation. Very satisfying.
scarletfire65 (1336) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2012 A mostly clear, pale amber beer with a fluffy head, aroma is of heavy west coast hops, Simcoe or Cascade, sweet malt, grapefruit, orange. Slightly oily on the palate, with a powerful, robust hoppiness, yet very well balanced. Dry, fruity finish.
pchiodo (27) - Barrie, CANADA - AUG 15, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice dark amber-orange with good head/lacing. Aroma and taste is of barley with hopping.The Hops can actually be tasted and linger in your mouth. Beautiful and well-balanced.
FourBees (13) - Texas, USA - AUG 13, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Sprucy aroma, as if they’d dry-hopped each bottle individually. Lovely clear copper with a dense off-white head. Massive bitterness but still a backgroundmalty hint. Hopheads must love this. Maybe good to put out the fire with habanero buffalo wings? Body matches well with the hops - neither overwhelms the other. Bitterness lingers faithfully. Carbonation well balanced with the rest of the beer. Seems reasonably clean though it’s hard to call it crisp with such an assault going on.
Bov (12007) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - AUG 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
from Erzbierschof - quite clear reddish-amber in colour and with a little but long lasting foam; nice lacing; a fair flowery hoppiness with notes of caramel and starfruit; a good malt body and a creamy mouthfeel; solidly bitter and with a long flowery and fruity hoppiness with notes of almond - straightforward and balanced
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 12, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz. bottle from Whole Foods in Maui. Pours an orange/gold. Nice and clear with a good amount of carbonation. Also has a nice off-white, foamy head that leaves a decent film on the glass. Aroma is spicy, great bready malt mix with pungent PNW hops. Bold taste, some floral feel to it. Excellent balance. Finishes well and lingers pleasingly. Very good.