scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottles - Purchased at The Perfect Pour. chill hazed orange, thick off white creamy head. Soft hoppy pink grapefruit and pine aromas ride a light sweet malt undertone. Upfront citric pine and grassy hop flavors balance on a light toasted caramel malt backbone. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. A great addition to the SN year round lineup. Very well done...
glennmastrange (2220) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Spicy/fruity smells hit you right up front, moderate malt and hops aromas of caramel and pine, light soap note for the yeast, with hints of wood, pepper and paper. Head is large, rocky, slightly off-white, with good lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is a clear pale reddish tan. Flavor starts lightly sweet and acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium, watery yet a little oily, and has a carbonation between soft and lively. Not a great smelling IPA, but the flavor makes up for it. Itís also extremely easy drinking.
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle into Sam Adams glass.
Pours a clear, effervescent dark copper, with a fluffy one finger off-white head that sticks around awhile, actually getting bigger and denser as the glass wore on. Interesting.
Nose is soft and citrusy, a bit piney. Not very bold.
Taste is clean and citrusy. Clean citrusy hops with a piney astringency sit on top of a mildly sweet, not-quite-biscuity malt note. As the beer warms, the sweet turns a bit caramelly, and the citrus melds with the sweetness to get a bit more pronounced. Clean but fairly astringent at the same time, if that makes sense.
Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, sharp, with a medium-full mouthfeel thatís just a bit oily.
swanmann (589) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 15, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle poured into a snifter rich brass color with a good amount of orange tinted suds. Great citrusy hop aroma is present. The flavor is a spot on IPA, great bitter floral hops carried along with the right amount of malty sweetness. I would say medium bodied, pretty carbonated. Another solid brew from Chico.
DialSquare (2528) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2009 12oz bottle. copper pour with a finger or so bright white head and a good bit of lacing. pleasant floral hop and citrus aroma. lightly sweet honey tastes are taken over quickly by strong grassy and pine hops. then a long crisp bitter finish. seems to fall between an ipa and a double ipa. good stuff.
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy amber color with a small beige head. Aroma of citrus hops and some grainy malts. Flavor of citrus/grapefruit hops and grainy malt. Long hop finish.
DFS (9) - USA - MAR 14, 2009 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours near perfect. Looks great in the glass. Great flavor with a nice finish. No terrible bite as well. Overall good..
mempath (14) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
nearly perfect. hops are like tentacles constantly reaching out under the turbulent malty surf...sometimes it is like cannabis/raw honey-covered bitterness...balanced, yes...but the extremes of bitter and sweet are extended...pure lightspeed. this was everything i almost expected. and glad i got the case so i can note differences. this is truly one of those bottlings you want to spend time with, return to over a short period of time. must do this with other stellar brews like nugget nectar...
Aurelius (4056) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Holy cats! Four new beers at the local package store tonight... just when the going was getting tough and Barack Obama had ground my travel to a halt. Big aroma on this one, super fruity and spritzy. Smells like some kind of hoppy wedding punch made with grapefruit juice. Clear, medium amber with a thin clingy head. Stock Sierra Nevada label. Thought that Sierra used to have a twist off - if so, props to them for going back to the crimp cap. Nice, kumquat/grapefruity. Initial sweetness followed by orange notes, and finally giving way to a slightly astringent, acidic hoppiness. Moderately heavy bodied, good carbonation which adds to the hop edginess. Long hop finish. Iím not a hophead, but if I were, this would be a go-to brew -- lots of flavor at a reasonable price. Market Square Liquors.
webbcreative (111) - , Oklahoma, USA - MAR 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a beautifully clear, clean amber golden color, with a huge 3 finger, frothy, white head. Lacing was incredible on this one, totally covered from the top to the bottom of the glass when finished. smells of hops of coures, little grapefruit scent, as well as smelling the sweetness of malt. Taste is similar to the smell, sweet malt up front then some hop bitterness in the middle and finishing sweet and bitter again...4 stages....sweet, bitter, sweet then a lingering bitterness. but its not a real intense bitterness though.
Overall this is a really good brew. I actually expected the bitterness to be me WAY more intese, but it was just about perfect for my palate. i would rock this again!