GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a clear medium orange color. The head was fluffy, long lasting, and off white with an almost orange tint. Some nice lace was left behind on the glass. Attractive aroma of citrus fruits, flower blossom, honey, and a bit of pine. Light to medium bodied and delicately sweet with moderate bitterness that peaked at about 6 out of 10. Well balanced citrus, subdued caramel, pine, and mixed spice flavors. Finished dry and bitter. Nice.
SFLpunk (134) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz brown glass pry-top with a production code but no freshness date.
Appearance: A nice, clear and bright medium orange amber with two and a half fingers of fluffy, bone-white foam. Sticks to the glass and won’t let go!
Nose: Lots of grapefruit with a prickly pine needle undertone. A little whisper of malt makes its way through all the citrus hops. It smells like it’s going to be fairly dry.
Palate: Aggressive hops. A little prickly both from alcohol and hop bitterness right up front. As that subsides, grapefruit, scorched citrus, dried leaves, candied ginger and a little dried malt towards the finish. The hop flavor is very fresh and almost perfumed tasting. Body is medium to light.
Notes: This beer is really hoppy, dry and pretty bitter. My only complaint is about the mouthfeel...it seems a little watery on the mid-palate. There bitterness is there, but not the texture. A GREAT session IPA, especially for the bucks, but not necessarily something that I’m going to drink all the time. Love to try it on draft sometime.
Petrucci914 (902) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an amber-gold color with a thin bubbly head that fades quickly to a faint ring - there are also a few bubbly streams of lacing that is left. Aroma is fresh cut grass, some citrus, and a bit of caramel malt. Taste is some grassy bitterness, a bit of citrus, followed by a decent malt backbone and some nuttiness. The epitome of drink-ability. Terrific.
hopheaven (91) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 22, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear golden-bronze with excellent carbonation. Big hop aroma but not so much as their Harvest Ale. Has a great spicey, citrusy kick to it. Wonderful flavor. More refined than the Harvest Ale, which was like sucking on candy. This beer is less sweet, carries more of a piney flavor, and is still quite spicy with a citrus flush. Very complex hop flavors are swirling together in this brew, yet it remains balanced against the malts and not overbearingly bitter. A wonderful example of a truly American style. This beer ought to be sipped slowly to absorb all its flavors, but who can resist temptation?
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
clear gold amber orange body, lacey white head, profound hop cone nose, wow, way further over the top hop head than I thought Sierra Nevada was capable of, this even outdoes their fresh hop ales, hop bang! big citrus bitters, high alpha palate power, rubbery, this on par with some of the hoppiest IPAs as far as how overdone it is, not even an attempt to balance the hops against the malt, which is why I have to cut out a few points, but this is dank just the same
Rusty (1533) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a orangeish caramel color with a small white head. Aroma is citrusy hops, malt and pine. Flavor is bitter hops, malt, citrus, pine. A little caramel compliments the bitter hops in the finish. Oily slick mouthfeel, not a bad IPA but it falls short of amazing.
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - JAN 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Prominent orange and grapefruit aroma. Copper amber body, off-white lacing head. Lots of citrus in the flavor, along with moderate sweetness and foreground bitterness, especially in the finish. Sierra Nevada know how to do hops.
sebletitje (6341) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
courtesy of Matta.
Pours orange with thick white head.
Aroma of sweet pine hops which is a welcome change from your usual bitter aromas.
Taste of floral hops with a thick syrupy mouthfeel and fruity presence of grapefruit. Light malts and caramel.
Overall, the beer is well balanced not too much on the bitter side.
Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Capones. Poured honey-amber with a medium off-white head. Aroma was mellifluous, slightly piney and citric. The flavor was barely citric compared to most west coast IPAs, mostly coniferous, and finally slightly caramel and coffee malt that finished lightly resinous and bitter. It was good but not amazing or all that different from their standard pale ale.
bhensonb (10361) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 16, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle as Torpedo Extra IPA from Ledgers Liquor. Copper color with a good light beige head. Strong aromas of citrus and pine over light roast caramel. Medium body with frothy carbonation. Flavor is grapefruit and pine. Floral. Finishes floral and fruity with moderate bitter. Still pretty bitter though. Very good indeed.