cathcacr (644) - Oregon, USA - JUN 10, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
SN is actually rather seductive with its "Purest of Ingredients" billing on the corner of its label, and it needs to be set aside as much as possible in aspiring towards an impartial rating.
KimJohansen (10404) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden with medium white head. Aroma was pretty hoppy and had notes of pine and lemons. Flavour was quite bitter and had quite a few hops and grapefruits. Finished bitter.
rabidbarfly (62) - London, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2009
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Typical sierra nevada aroma of hops with the double IPA malty nose.
golden brown colour and nicely carbonated. The incedible amount of hops on the palate are well balanced to make this one of the most drinkable double ipaís around.
DalzAle (2012) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2009
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Boring review for a less than impressive beer. I like SN brews, but this really didnít do anything for me. Bad bitter hops flavor, smelled of crappy storage and skunk. May rerate and just hope that I had a bad bottle.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JUN 6, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Massive hop flavor and restrained hop bitterness, considering the huge hop flavors. Some malt backbone. Overall a hop showcase, if youíre in to that sort of thing.
zizzybalubba (1691) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from Coasters. Pours dark orange with a creamy white head. Piney hop aroma. To be expected, bitter pine flavor. Not much else with the hops going on here but better than it sounds. As the deScription states, pleasant dry finish. Overall a very good IPA.
thebeertourist (5155) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Glorious orange colour with a medium head. Lovely citrus aroma, grapefruit, but also more soft notes. Sharper in the mouth, at least initially, but mellows on further contact. Solid citrussy hoppiness, some herbs. Highly quenchable, but yet more complex than it seems. Rich hoppiness can never go wrong.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2013 Bottled. A copper coloured beer with a nice lasting white head. I was expecting a higher level of hoppiness with this, but actually found it quite mellow. Piney hops with lemon and melon. Bitter but never harsh. Easy drinking yet still good quality.Score 3.8
Subsequent ratings scored 3.9, 3.9, 3.6, 3.8, 3.7, 3.9, 3.9, 3.8 and 3.9 Score remains 3.8
obguthr (4903) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hoppy nose with pine and caramel notes and foot funk undertones. Hazy copper with fine suspended sediments. Raucous bitter flavor, resinous pine needles. Caramel malt also detectable. Full mouthfeel. Weak bitter finish, lemon zest perhaps..The high quality of the ingredients are evident, but Iím not sold on what Sierra Nevada is trying to do with this one. Simple and without balance. Also, my sample seems flawed.
BenDover (217) - Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a medium/dark amber, bit of off-white foam. Aroma is hoppy and spicy, a hint of pine/resin. Taste starts out just a hint sweet and malty, well balanced really, and then the hops kicks in. Pretty citrusy, a fairly strong pine taste. Not too thick -- really one of the best mouthfeels Iíve ever experienced in an IPA, and this is more than a regular IPA (although less than a double or imperial IPA). Really great stuff.