dutch23mp (250) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Tasting these SN brands i could turn into a hop head. Beautiful pour with a robust head. The aroma is very appealing. the balance of hops for this hop bomb is perfect in my opinion especally with the hint of malt. I would prefer in the summer, but can’t wait that long.
RomanW70 (297) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours crystal clear deep amber with a medium white head. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, and grain. High carbonation with a medium thick body. Taste is really hoppy up front, with some sweet malts, but very quickly overtaken by hops. The tastes slides to a bitter finish with a healthy amount of cereal grain. A good IPA, but I’m not sure this lies up to the hype.
danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a lighter amber with a small white head and some bubbling. Nose is sweet hops and caramel. Pine and lemon flavors predominate with some sweet accents. Mouth it fairly bitter with a nice amount of carbonation.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber with a mostly receding tan head. Aroma of coarse lemony hops, with notes of pine and catty mango. Mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate resins and lively carbonation.
forsides (118) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
light amber translucent color, nice 1/2" of head that left some lace throughout. nose not super aggresive, but very clean... sweet, pine, citrus. taste is bitter up front, quickly becoming resiny with lots of pine, and a somewhat herbal taste. very fresh, smooth, nice ipa.
highibus (694) - Vail, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a decent amber color into my Stone IPA glass (I felt it was worthy). Thick creamy white head with great lacing. Lots of bubbles run up from the bottom. Aroma is clean pine and citrus. Almost smells like I am holding the hops in my hands. Flavor is nice and malty, notes of carmel and bread. Spicy hops hit the tongue and roll down the throat. Medium body with a nice hoppy finish.
jrmac (329) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yet another outstanding IPA from sierra Nevada. This one has a great hop intensity on the nose and palate, yet does not overpower the other flavors in the beer. I would buy this again and again.
damienv10 (108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber, nice white head, great lacing. Alluring nose of fresh hops, cherries, oranges, apricots, sweet spice, bananas, awesome. Broad and deep on the palate with less carbonation and crispness than you’d expect. After such an amazing nose the flavor falls a bit short being one dimensionally hoppy. Hoppy in a good way (sharp bite, woody butterscotch notes), but without complexity of nuanced malt. If it lived up to the nose, it’d be one of the best beers I’ve ever had. As it is, pretty good IPA.
nuplastikk (4088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Filtered brownish-orange color, light fluffy fading head. The aroma is quite fresh and hoppy. Captures a lot of hop character, from a syrupy bitter earthiness to an oily soapy crispness. This is a very nice IPA, quite unique, though I can taste a lot of SNCA qualities in it as well. Solid malt backbone too. Excellent.
mnovacanes (61) - Crestwood, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2009 This is the 7.2% 2009 version out of bottle; containing the new "citra" hops.
Appearance: Has reddish, orange, copper hue; Pretty textbook to the eye; clear; above average head-retention; slightly off white foam
Aroma: I must say unlike any IPA aroma I have experienced; hop backbone provides support but definite citrus, floral, and fruity coming to the front; also an almost oily resin aroma; intriguing
Flavor: definitely more traditional American hop flavor with citrus, and piney resin; still some fruit; defintiely only medium bitterness; seems like it wants to be more bitter but never gets there; not necessarily a bad thing; seems well-balanced
Palate: Great, smooth texture, almost (but not quite) as good of a texture as the hop rod rye; good citrus finish; good fruit remains; little bit of excessive dryness but nothing too crazy