kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 11, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pours a bright, clear, effervescent copper-orange color; very, very light tan head with strong retention and clinging, medium-bubbled lacing; attractive. Solid amounts of oranges, citrus hops, and bright, crystallized candy sugar in the aroma; very pleasant, very bitter, and very nicely dry. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: perfect levels of carbonation, a load of dense, juicy, oily citrus and orange hops upfront, and even a slight creaminess and breadiness coming through; this, quite simply, feels wonderful to drink: the bitterness is more than adequate, but it never comes off as astringent, as overly drying, as anything abrasive; dense, dry citrus with juicy orange at the core; just a beautifully composed IPA. Honestly, I feel I’ve either been overlooking some of these SN beers for far too long, or there have simply been a surplus of great new beers coming out of Chico. Great stuff. Lengthy, dry and nicely bitter finish, with citrus and oranges, followed by toasty and bready softness at the far end.
ALCOHOLNIZM (165) - WARWICK, Alabama, USA - SEP 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2011 SLIGHT WHITE HEAD, RUSTED CLOUDY GOLDEN BEER. HEAVLY HOPPED FLAVOR WITH LITTLE AROMA RICH IN THE BITTERNESS LIGHT ON THE CITRUS WITH A NICE HINT OF APRICOT, ALTHOUGH IT IS VERY DRY IT IS STILL QUITE REFRESHING AND SUPRISINGLY QUITE DELICIOUS. OVER TIME THIS HAS BECOME ONE OF MY TOP THREE GO TO BEERS, ITS EASY TO FIND INEXPENSIVE AND VERY GOOD!!
haukur (1345) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - SEP 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottled. Tall head which quickly dissapeared. Very floral and fruity aroma. Hoppy ofcourse, with delicate pine notes along with citrus. Medium hopbite to what I had imagined. This was consumed after a very hot day, and it was frightenly refreshing considering the abv. Nice stuff!
KyotoLefty (6964) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Tall, off-white head. Piney hop aroma; very fruity, with a touch of malt. Floral, grassy hop flavor, citrus and pine, balanced malt. Very peppery and fruity, with nice flavor and decent balance. Nice stuff, with very subtle, flavorful hopping.
Wombata (469) - Kobe, JAPAN - SEP 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color: Brown, orange
Aroma: Elegant (rather than just powerful and resinous) floral, citrus/grapefruit and grapefruit rind, musty note, fresh, uncut grass
Flavor: Starts with fruity malt, then comes the spicy, ripe orange and bitter grapefruit/rind, and finishes with a lingering fruity malt and hop bitterness.
Comment: Outstanding. Superb quality malt is well balanced with the bittering & aromatic hops. Instructive to compare this to Caldera’s IPA. I’d eagerly drink another of these!
humulushound (242) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber colored with nice white head and fine lacing as the drink progresses. Aroma is piney, floral hops, light citrus with some red fruit undertones. Flavor has more toffee malt but still has ample grapefruit, lemon hops with an easy bitter finish. Mouthfeel is articulated with fine bubbles, becoming soft and pleasing late in the drink. Very nice and worth another purchase.
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - SEP 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottled. Solid IPA w/ dry hop finish. Nothing too complex but has a nice linger.
Rune (8828) - Tromsø, NORWAY - SEP 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear copper coloured body with a tiny, lacing-head. Dried fruity aroma. The flavour is also made up by dried fruits layered with spices and herbs. Rounded and prolonged bitter ending. Fine made brew where flavour and aroma are well integrated. One-third pint glass from gravicask at GBBF, 04.08.2009.
Capa (2149) - Transient., - SEP 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very hoppy full of pine and light citrus. Feels kind of oily from the hops. Long and bitter on the finish. Could easily become a regular in my fridge once I move back to the States. Very nice.
brenn79 (1642) - Idaho, USA - SEP 6, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2010 12 oz. bottle- FIRST DRINK- Hops galore, yummy. Pours a solid 1 inch head that holds til about half glass. LAST DRINK- Very good IPA, dry and hoppy. 1/7/10 update- Just have to say that this beer has the best lacing i’ve ever seen, sugar content must be somewhat high, what a great beer. Sierra Nevada at it’s finest.