Grizzle (80) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - APR 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle poured to a pint glass. Pours a clear, roasted almond, with marshmellowy head. Nice lacing, with a 2mm head maintained throughout enjoyment. Smells of citrus and evergreen. Tastes of citrus, with a nice malty dankness initially present. Almost immediately, the hops take over convincingly. Great balance from sweet to bitter, malt to hops. Great flavor, with the bitterness only arguably becoming too much in the finish.
BroSpud (1793) - , Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle. I pretty much like everything Sierra Nevada puts out there and this is no exception. Excellent IPA with that great pine, citrus and hop flavor that I can’t get enough of.
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a gorgeous orange with golden tints. white head. nose is very complex. aromas of pine, honey, earth. tastes large bitter flavour, slightly medicinal, long minty herby finish, great hoppy bitterness. very fresh, very cleansing. i want to drink this with cheddar cheese for some reason.
johnnyoski (445) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. Pours a rusty-orange color with a huge fluffy off-white head that hangs around for quite a while. Citrus and pine aroma. Initially a sweet/sour flavor until the carbonation and bittering hops hit, picking up grapefruit flavors. A decent malt backing keeps the finish from being overly bitter. Very well balanced, medium bodied beer with a slightly syrupy texture. Great price makes this taste even better.
hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper/reddish pour with a nice two finger, slightly off-white head. Good retention and lacing. Looks delicious! Standard IPA aroma, grapefruit, grassy, pine. Smooth mouthfeel with average carbonation. Nice complexity - malty sweet at the beginning and a dry bitter finish. Very nice.
doboy (424) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a copper color with a really great head. Super hoppy aroma. Hopes were the taste du jour. Nice mouth feel! Enjoyed with Steve, the ever resourceful CelticBrew and everyone’s favorite Beer Guru DrBayern.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours to a clear, dark amber colored body with a medium sized light tan colored head that lasts. The aroma shows sweet pale malt, caramel malt, and of course fresh citrus & grassy pine hops. The taste starts with some very fresh hop bitterness that tastes if it’s been filtered through hops or at least dry hopped (not sure what their process is for this one), showing some bitter grass, grapefruit, peach skin, and hints of bitter berries all from the hops. Although quite bitter, this one has plenty of body with some sweet caramel & light bready malt that is just barely discernible in the background. Finishes with zesty, fresh leafy grapefruit hops on the tongue and leaves a lasting bitter of hops in the mouth for quite some time. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. A very solid IPA from Sierra Nevada that serves to highlight fresh, high alpha acid hops - my guess would be some combination of centennial, chinook, and cascade, although there seems to be a more earthy bitterness in the middle flavor somewhere which could be indicative of a bit of noble hops thrown in during the boil to add complexity....unless I’m completely off base here. Either way, very nice.
SrSilliGose (3281) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not bad! The gf thought it was so so, but i liked it better than that. would drink again
pressboxjoe (275) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2009 Bottle, tasted 2/25/09. Pretty amber with big bright white head that laces the sides as it dissipates. Crystal clear. Hoppy aroma with deep malty finish, plenty of pine. Pleasant, well balanced flavor. Maltier than I’d expected, and not as bitter, though there is plenty of bitterness which I detect more as I drink it. For me this is a straight-up IPA. I wish I had a SN Pale Ale to drink next to get a sense of the difference. This is a great beer for the money. It’s not distinctive, but I could drink it all night long.
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle. Pours a picture perfect copper with tall thick soapy white head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is pine and resin Northwest hops -- a pine tree in a glass, but not overpowering like some Northwest offerings. Serves up a smooth transition to a dry and long biter finish. Very tasty. Perhaps my favorite from Sierra Nevada thus far. Way better than their plain old pale ale to me.