imaragingbull (572) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark Orange and hazy with short lasting head. Pleasant hop aroma with some bread-like notes. Well carbonated and zesty hop bitterness is well balanced with the body for the style and the lingering bitter semi-dry finish is excellent. Quite an excellent beer, but that is to be expected from this brewery.
Terminus (3544) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottled on the 43rd day of this year-so mid feb. pours copper hue with an off-white soapy head. nose is a little muddled compared to when its fresh (needs a re-rate of a fresh sample) with lite pine and mineral notes. flavors are lite pine and mineral notes as well in the flavors. palate is soft and pillow-ish. some herbal notes come out after the pine fades in the finish. I have had this beer fresh and it was a bit better than this sample. I will revisit for sure!
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2011 Bottle. Poured a reddish-orange that was a bit hazy with a medium sized off white rocky head that had very nice retention which allowed for some fair lacing. The aroma had a heavy dose of hops, a light grain malt and a horse blanket yeast scent with a nice citrus note that stood out rather well. It tasted moderately bitter of hops in the beginning and finished with a nice pronounced malty-bitter flavor that had a nice hint of citrus at the end, with the flavor only lasting a short time. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and watery yet dry in texture with a very nice carbonation. Overall a very nice IPA that had a well balanced hop-citrus flavor working for it. I have to say I kind of enjoyed this one and I am not even a hop lover.
Brigadier (3490) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle
I have not tried many Sierra Nevada beers over the years but I always knew they could crank out solid stuff. This IPA is no exception. I’m not certain what makes it "extra" but it is affordable and widely available. For that reason alone you ought to pick up some. It probably should be consumed as fresh as possible. Even the bottle I tried was already losing its edge after only a month or so.
Aroma / Appearance - The huge pillowy head was the color of packing foam. A coppery transparent body sparkled in the sunlight. The strong hoppiness was not quite as assertive as many imperial IPAs but was more like resin, orange peels, and green vegetables. Something was bothering me yet I was unable to pin it down exactly.
Flavor / Palate - Stale cardboard was already creeping in but there were still pea pods and pine cones to wake up the senses. The body was a trace watery but for the style well within expectations. The bitterness is prevalent through to the very end and beyond. Thanks to crizay for the freebie from a tasting.
JoeinDahlem (1440) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - MAR 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lovely reddish-gold color with a tough eggshell head. Nose of orange zest, pine resin, toast and caramel. Nice balanced taste for a moment, with a juicy impression of light sweetness, before the resinous bitterness descends and coats the tongue. Really nice aroma and hop flavor but that bitterness hampers quaffability. Think I might stick with the Pale Ale.
Silencio305 (34) - Miami, Alabama, USA - MAR 25, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bread, toast, roasty, red, clear, frothy, white foam, very bitter, medium body, slick feel, bitter,
keidjxz (183) - Fullerton, California, USA - MAR 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pours golden amber with plenty of a lasting and lacy head. The aroma is dominated by hops mainly contributing citrus and pine aromas while the malt adds a sweet bread and cereal undertone. Tastes slightly sweet with a smooth bitter finish that is strong but far from overpowering the rest of the sensations.
rugbydude05 (478) - Bridgewater, NJ, New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. March ’10. Pours a translucent copper color with moderate rapidly fading head. Aroma is very refreshing and floral with hints of citrus and spicyness. Taste is bitter but balanced out by sweetness and is agreeable. Palate is great, with a full body and lively carbonation. Fresh and crisp aftertaste. Above average IPA, my favorite offering from Sierra Nevada.
skortila (5132) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAR 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. The aroma has grass, pine and citrus. Orange coloured beer with a medium, off-white head. The taste is bitter, has the grass/pine/citric hops and a malty background. Bit sharp finish.
italianjohn (2805) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish gold pour off white head ... light lacing ... aroma of floral hops and sweet bready malt ... a balanced taste of earthy sweet malt and citrusy hops with a bitter light lingering dry finish ... a medium ipa that is sessionable tastes just like the description gotta love that