KUEric (888) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 25, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A new beer/wine store within walking distance from my house. I was plesantly suprised with their selection of beers and wanted a sixer so here she was. Didn’t realize what a delight it was going to be. I guess I should learn that Sierra Nevada rarely to never disapoints.
The appearence is a deep, dark copperish reddish brown under a fluffy white head. The aroma is floral with grapfruity citrus notes. The flavor is much the same as the aroma.
The one comment i will make is the fact that in comparison to SNPA (which I find to be hppy for a pale ale), this wasn’t as hoppy as I was expecting.
douglas88 (6839) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to bhensonb. Pours a clear copper color with a nice foamy white head. A awesome aroma of rich citrus and pine hops, light caramel malts as well. A sweet flavor of rich hops; grapefruits and oranges, bitterness throughout, light caramel malts and bready as well. Very quaffable and tasty. I could drink a ton of this. Awesome.
chicagobears (430) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clean copper color. Fresh floral hops in the nose. The freshness continues in the taste with a bold hop bite. Citrus and grapefruit dominate the flavor. Some toffee undertones that are subtle. tart and dry at the end. Another solid Sierra offering.
BetterRedFred (65) - Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA - MAY 24, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Interesting, but like the other SN IPA I’ve tried, tastes NOTHING like an IPA. Some sort of mild fruity pineappple/grapfruit thing going on across the middle of the palate, but little else. A good beer, but certainly nothing remarkable. Hops? I couldn’t taste any. Tastes more like a confused strong amber/ice bock to me.
JK (4844) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was hoping for more intense hops from this beer. Copper color, and a tall, thick head. Aroma has malt, and hops, but the hops are far less intense than I was hoping for. Balanced flavor, with bread dough and light hops, for the style.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep copper color with a nice lasting head. Aroma is big on citrus and pine hops, with the caramel malts working there way through in the background. Flavor is much the same, though perhaps a bit more balanced. Hard to beat for the price. A really good IPA.
kuphish (381) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a large, frothy, off-white, lasting head. Bronze-amber color with good lacing. Huge hoppy nose of pine, citrus, orange and resin. Caramel-toffee malt underneath the hop assault. Medium, sticky-resinous body with average carbonation and a bitter, dry finish. Overall a very nice IPA (appearance, flavor and aroma), but the sticky palate detracts from the experience for me.
Miksu (5027) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - MAY 22, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
0.35 l bottle at Helsinki Beer Festival 2009. Amber color. Nice tart piney hop aroma with toffee in the background. The flavor is mostly about hops with restrained toffeish malt backbone. The hop flavor is fresh, complex and massive with orange, pineapple, tart fruit and pine. Nice minerally and hoppy mouthfeel. Very tasty and very drinkable, I could drink lots of this.
ThomasWilder (17) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, I am surprised the rating aren’t a bit higher. I thought this beer was fantastic. I love the Pale Ale and I felt that this beer was like the Pale Ale x2. It had such a smooth mouth feel and an excellent hoppy bite. I will be purchasing another.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ummmmm......... no! Decent beer, but over rated on this site. Had a good many and I can say that this is above average at best. Very solid beer, but 3.8 is a little high for me. I prefer the Pale Ale more than this one. Good solid beer describes it best. Nothing wrong, nothing that makes it stand out.