doboy (420) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a copper color with a really great head. Super hoppy aroma. Hopes were the taste du jour. Nice mouth feel! Enjoyed with Steve, the ever resourceful CelticBrew and everyoneís favorite Beer Guru DrBayern.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 30, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours to a clear, dark amber colored body with a medium sized light tan colored head that lasts. The aroma shows sweet pale malt, caramel malt, and of course fresh citrus & grassy pine hops. The taste starts with some very fresh hop bitterness that tastes if itís been filtered through hops or at least dry hopped (not sure what their process is for this one), showing some bitter grass, grapefruit, peach skin, and hints of bitter berries all from the hops. Although quite bitter, this one has plenty of body with some sweet caramel & light bready malt that is just barely discernible in the background. Finishes with zesty, fresh leafy grapefruit hops on the tongue and leaves a lasting bitter of hops in the mouth for quite some time. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. A very solid IPA from Sierra Nevada that serves to highlight fresh, high alpha acid hops - my guess would be some combination of centennial, chinook, and cascade, although there seems to be a more earthy bitterness in the middle flavor somewhere which could be indicative of a bit of noble hops thrown in during the boil to add complexity....unless Iím completely off base here. Either way, very nice.
SrSilliGose (3257) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not bad! The gf thought it was so so, but i liked it better than that. would drink again
pressboxjoe (187) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2009 Bottle, tasted 2/25/09. Pretty amber with big bright white head that laces the sides as it dissipates. Crystal clear. Hoppy aroma with deep malty finish, plenty of pine. Pleasant, well balanced flavor. Maltier than Iíd expected, and not as bitter, though there is plenty of bitterness which I detect more as I drink it. For me this is a straight-up IPA. I wish I had a SN Pale Ale to drink next to get a sense of the difference. This is a great beer for the money. Itís not distinctive, but I could drink it all night long.
carboloader (673) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle. Pours a picture perfect copper with tall thick soapy white head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is pine and resin Northwest hops -- a pine tree in a glass, but not overpowering like some Northwest offerings. Serves up a smooth transition to a dry and long biter finish. Very tasty. Perhaps my favorite from Sierra Nevada thus far. Way better than their plain old pale ale to me.
USCBeerMan (109) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAR 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice floral hop aroma. Satisfactory bitterness. Relatively smooth mouth feel and taste. The finish is sweet with a dry pleasant ongoing bitterness. The beer pours a slightly unclear honey copper color with a light quickly retreating head.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice citrus floral hop aroma with caramel. Clear orange golden with medium rocky white head. Flavor of citrus hops and caramel with little fruitiness or graininess. Nice balance between hop and malt flavor. Assertive bitterness. Finish is somewhat sweet but dries quickly with a good deal of residual bitterness.
screigh (459) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 29, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a crystal clear light copper color. Nice looking light fluffy white head. Hoppy aroma with a hint of burnt. Mouthfeel is a tad thin. Very nice hop flavor and bitterness. I wish it just had a little more malt backbone and it would be almost perfection. One of my new go-to beers.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear orange color with a medium to large sized white head. Sierra Nevadaís signature burnt smell, but with a nice amount citrus hop profile with almost some pineapple notes to it. Spicy and sweet with some malt, and tasting a lot like SNís ESB, Pale AleÖand well.. everything hoppy they make. They all have that same slightly burnt hop profile and grain flavor. Decent grapefruit bitter finish.
TechMyst (167) - Fox River Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2009
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
I love it! I like SNís Pale Ale, so I thought Iíd try this one. Must be real fresh, the use by date is 8/8. Quality beverage. Lots of transmitted red hue to the color. Tight and slightly honey yellow head, with pockets of larger bubbles. Doesnít lace rings but leaves whisps along the face of the glass. Medium mouthfeel. A stinging, yet soft conditioning. Aroma gives off the "Bee-Sting" (tm) scent of the almighty H!O!P!
Approaching IIPA? YES, YES!! (thatís why it says EXTRA IPA)
Unbalanced? YES, YES, YES!!!
Thatís the way I like it! Drinkability is high.