GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - APR 4, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ah, hops! Pours a wonderful copper color with a tall lasting head. Huge, just huge aromatics at play here smelling full throttle hop like a tormented dingo on a prairie dog trail. A solid malt backbone plays host for a plethora of hop infusion. Theres a bit of sweet malt essence which is well used to balance this hoppy creep. The brew finishes long and delicious for a hop head like me. I relish in the fact that it hits and exceeds the 7% abv mark.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 4, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a transparent deep golden amber with a stringy-lacing white head. Aroma of freshy grapefruity hops and some lightly sweet toasty pale malt. Body starts with good fullness and finely dissolved carbonation. Has nice malty sweetness throughout with the resiny bittering hops showing up more strongly toward a drier, bittersweet finish. A very drinkable and flavorful IPA.
sethdude (697) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours orange with a medium head, medium lacing. Aroma is heavily hoppy with an undercurrent of caramel and mild apple aroma. Flavor begins with a tangerine note, moving to apricot, mild grapefruity notes, pepper, caramel, light toast, lemongrass, and a slight veggie note near the finish. Surprisingly complex and balanced in a style that has become largely overrated and poorly done.
Dorwart (2374) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice large frothy off-white head of fine bubbles. Settles slowly. Excellent carbonation. Citrusy hops aroma with a decent caramel malt background. Color is bright copper brown. Loads of graprfruit in the flavor with some spicy hops, grainy malts, some roastynesss and minerals. Alcohol is hidden very well. Lingering bitterness and grapefruit pith. Leaves a bit of pastyness in the mouth. A very good IPA.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear golden brown with a nice dense white head. Citrus and floral hops dominate the aroma, but there are some mineral notes as well. Big piney bitterness, with little malt presence. Very dry with just a hint of citrus flavors.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a deep gold with a tall egg-shell head. Lots of hops in the nose, not much else. Flavor is very nice, hops, citrus, pine, basic IPA. What I liked about it was it’s exactly as advertised "extra" not quite a DIPA or IIPA but definitely a stronger hop profile than most IPA’s. Sweet and bitter finish. Nice.
halfonit (1164) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - APR 4, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good stuff. Has a nice thick head and just reeks of hops and weeds. Smells as fresh of hops as I’ve even smelled. Taste is just full of hops. Smooth and not too carbonated. A wonderful experience. Great job! This has to be one of the better IPA’s I’ve had.
ElGaucho (2207) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Wonderful aromatic hops wafting from the glass. Hazy amber body that is darker in the middle of the glass than on the sides. Cascading carbonation feeds a yellowish off-white head that is thick, frothy and leaves an intriquite lace. Hard to find a beer with a better appearance than this brew. This beer is superior to SNPA (an epa in it’s own right) in just about every way. In fact, it tastes to me like I recollect SNPA used to taste like (albeit with less alcohol) before I believe they started dumbing it down for the masses. Perhaps this is the return of the original SNPA under a different name. Perfectly balanced. Hops are a little harsh and there is a bit of dustiness in the finish. Still, outstanding. Although pretty solidly rated, I do think there is some "macro" bias bringing it down a bit. I hope this is a year round offering as it immediately rises to the top shelf of readily available IPAs. Now with Torpedo, Big Foot and Celebration in its stable of brews, Sierra Nevada has re-established itself as a brewer to be reckoned with in the next era of the better beer revolution.
hershiser2 (1227) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a medium amber with a large head. Very nice hop aroma: grapefruity and floral. Wonderfully refreshing flavor: grapefruit and floral as in the nose, with a really nice bitter finish. Oh yes, this will become a favorite.
Bartzilla (533) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty tasty. SN seems to have a really unique flavor to all their pale styles and this has it too, just much more floral on the palate. Good stuff.