frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear golden brown with a nice dense white head. Citrus and floral hops dominate the aroma, but there are some mineral notes as well. Big piney bitterness, with little malt presence. Very dry with just a hint of citrus flavors.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a deep gold with a tall egg-shell head. Lots of hops in the nose, not much else. Flavor is very nice, hops, citrus, pine, basic IPA. What I liked about it was itís exactly as advertised "extra" not quite a DIPA or IIPA but definitely a stronger hop profile than most IPAís. Sweet and bitter finish. Nice.
halfonit (1206) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - APR 4, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good stuff. Has a nice thick head and just reeks of hops and weeds. Smells as fresh of hops as Iíve even smelled. Taste is just full of hops. Smooth and not too carbonated. A wonderful experience. Great job! This has to be one of the better IPAís Iíve had.
ElGaucho (2272) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Wonderful aromatic hops wafting from the glass. Hazy amber body that is darker in the middle of the glass than on the sides. Cascading carbonation feeds a yellowish off-white head that is thick, frothy and leaves an intriquite lace. Hard to find a beer with a better appearance than this brew. This beer is superior to SNPA (an epa in itís own right) in just about every way. In fact, it tastes to me like I recollect SNPA used to taste like (albeit with less alcohol) before I believe they started dumbing it down for the masses. Perhaps this is the return of the original SNPA under a different name. Perfectly balanced. Hops are a little harsh and there is a bit of dustiness in the finish. Still, outstanding. Although pretty solidly rated, I do think there is some "macro" bias bringing it down a bit. I hope this is a year round offering as it immediately rises to the top shelf of readily available IPAs. Now with Torpedo, Big Foot and Celebration in its stable of brews, Sierra Nevada has re-established itself as a brewer to be reckoned with in the next era of the better beer revolution.
hershiser2 (1289) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a medium amber with a large head. Very nice hop aroma: grapefruity and floral. Wonderfully refreshing flavor: grapefruit and floral as in the nose, with a really nice bitter finish. Oh yes, this will become a favorite.
Bartzilla (559) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty tasty. SN seems to have a really unique flavor to all their pale styles and this has it too, just much more floral on the palate. Good stuff.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2009 Clear amber color with an uneven white head.
Strong floral/citrus notes in aroma, leading to a bitter distinction.
Good balance between US and UK hop aroma and taste, fairly grassy with sharp citrus tones. Strong finish.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - APR 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Mellow hop aroma of citrus and pine there is a sweet malty smell too. Orange/amber with an off white thick head that leaves a nice bit of lace. Very bitter throughout, itís a strong bitter right at first and fades to a very nice bitter finish. A tiny bit of sweetness but the flavor is dominated by the hops. Medium bodied and a full mouth feel but the lively carbonation keeps the beer crisp and fairly refreshing. Not a bad beer at all, unique and can definitely see getting a craving for this beer.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a very nice looking amber with thick off-white head that laced the glass. Aroma nice hop floral aroma. Flavor is great, very malty, fruity characteristics, nice hop presence with nice hop bitter. Mouth feel is medium-heavy body, medium carbonation. Overall, a nicely balanced, easy drinking beer....tasty!
PhillyBeer2112 (2587) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - APR 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper color with a fluffy webby head. Hop aroma is somewhat lemony with a note of evergreen, like a spruce tree. Big full malts are bready, with a lemony-resiny hop edge. Lingering lemony-evergreen hop finish, with a fairly strong bitterness. Tingly. Unusual hop profile but I kinda like it. A little too chewy to have a great palate though.