MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Single bottle purchased at Friendly Mini Mart in Lakewood. This is one seriously satisfying IPA. It is not quite to the level of ridiculously hoppy, but it is close. The aroma is a nice citrus and floral one with some medium caramel malt hiding behind it. The flavor is buttery bitter and ends sharp and clean. It doesnít ruin the palate after each sip, it just finishes sharply.
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Although Iíve now I had this one a couple of times since its conception, it still makes me pretty happy that SN decided to make a year íround ipa. Iím also glad that this one is quite a bit different from their other offerings in terms of hop variety. Sadly, i donít think this is one of their best. That said its still a solid beer a good example of full bodied ipa overall. With the aroma, the notes are concentrated with hops of a highly herbal variety, and some pine and citrus. Other aroma notes of melon fruit, pale malt, and minor nutty caramel. The pour was quite nice, with a good layer of silky white head, good lacing as the beer goes down, medium bodied appearance, some pulpy particulate, and a darker shade of burnt orange in color. The initial aspect of the flavor is quite nice and promising, with a nice blend of fruits (citrus orange, darker berries, and melon) coming together well. However, this flavor kind of blends into a mess. The herbal hops come on strong, maybe too strong, along with the caramel spice and the pale malts, and bread loaf, and this is on top of the initial players that still exist. The finish becomes a very sticky and chewy jumble, with a very herbal bitter linger. I wouldnít say its out of balance, but just that the combination of ingredients does not to work perfectly together. Still, I actually did really enjoy this beer, but as mentioned before, it just wasnít one of my favorites from Sierra Nevada.
Coltrane (108) - South Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Incredibly one note taste and smell. All the bitterness of hops, with none of the citrus or floral aromas. A huge let down, as I thought this would be a great everyday beer. Drinkable certainly, but embarrasingly bad compared to Celebration or even SNPA.
jjuf1853 (1246) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours a clear copper/amber color with a big, foamy, beige head. Excellent webbed lacing along the side of the glass. Strong aroma of piney hops and citrus with notes of biscuity malts. Very bitter, hoppy flavor on the front end, followed by a fair amount of maltiness and ending with more hop bitterness. Nice, long lasting aftertaste. Thick and chewy mouthfeel. Very nice!
Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 7, 2009
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma- Moderate piney hop aroma, it seems fairly subdued, yet fresh. Grassy.
Appearance- Brilliant clarity, orange-ish copper color. Thick, light-tan head with lots of lacing.
Flavor- Hop flavor dominates, it is piney and grapefruit like. There is a little sourness from the hops. It has medium resin flavors and itís citrusy. The malt flavor is in the background and delicate, with some biscuit like flavors. This is the hop show though.
Mouthfeel- Very dry, from the hops and from the final gravity. Medium carbonation and surprisingly light in body.
Overall Impression- At the high end of the style, numbers wise, this beer is a great IPA. The hops and alcohol make it pretty dry, but itís nice and easy to drink.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A certain magazine gave this one an A so I thought I needed to find out what the hype was. Aroma is good with plenty of citrus esters to go around. Flavor has a mix of the usual IPA grapefruit with a nice dry accentuation to it. But the aftertaste seems a bit unbalanced. I think its the malts. I love the hops in this beer but something about the malts keeps it from perfection.
bradlyc77 (226) - Sebastopol, California, USA - APR 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours orange-amber with peach colored head. Aroma is yeast and hops. Taste is caramel with citrus, pine, and floral notes. Nice lingering bitterness in the finish. A pretty good IPA.
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - APR 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light amber pour with small white head. Pine aroma drifts freely. Taste is initially a mouthful of pine leaves mellowed by a sweet malt. Taste finishes with a lingering bitterness.
Chipper (303) - Red Lion, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice amber color, with a moderate white head. Hops aroma, a little spicy, fruit, and malt. Decently bitter and nice bitter finish.
BeerandBlues2 (10074) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear amber with a small, rocky, off-white head, mostly diminishing with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (caramel, grain, cereal, meal), heavy hops (flowers, pine, spruce, grapefruit), average yeast (sweat) with notes of apple, pear, and peach. Medium bodied, sticky and mineral texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, light sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness.