HughConway (830) - Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Pours amber with offwhite head. Nice hop aroma strangely less than the pale ale. Decent body. Alright, not great.
HoppyAlesToYou (167) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - AUG 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
What sets this IPA apart from others that I have had is the malt backbone. It provides depth of flavor, but the hops just don’t measure up. The aroma is promising, but I was let down a bit by the taste.
inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - AUG 18, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a nice copper color and has a decent tan head. Aroma is nice but not overwhelming of American style hops. Flavor is bitter, but not over the top and has a nice malt backbone to balance it out. This isn’t a biting bitter either. Just a nice dry-hopped feel, with tons of flavor. This might be my new go to beer.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear bright gold, strong dense white head. Earthy orange aroma. I can’t get enough hops, I like the surge of ’extra’ ipas. Doughy base, aggressive bitterness, there has to be simcoe in here. Wonderful beer to be found in a 6er.
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 17, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle from McKinnon’s in Salem, NH. Pours a deep amber body, slightly hazy, with a good inch of off-white head that leaves some nice lacing. Smells fruity and citrussy with a fair bit of toffee and caramel to balance the hops. Orange and pith are imediately apparent in the flavor, with just enough caramel to help balance the hops. Medium to fill in mouthfeel with ample carbonation, which helps make this one very drinkable considering the ABV and complexity. A superb IPA, well worth the buzz it’s been getting.
1010 (309) - Dublin, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a amber golden color with a nice white head. Nice hoppy taste with a nice bitter aftertaste. Another solid beer by Sierra Nevada.
12 oz. bottle
dagimp (936) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2012 Re-rate 1-31-12: Had to drop this down a few notches. Really tastes like an amped up SNPA. Flavors are muted and muddled. Meh. Definitely drinkable but there are way better IPAs out there.
From a bottle into a pint glass. Good amount of head and lots of lacing. Smell is of piny hops. This was a very piny IPA. Decent amount of malt in the background but the hops were meant to be the superstar of this beer. I prefer my IPA’s a little more balanced, but this was by no means a hop bomb. Very good beer and for the price, well worth it.
SorenE (168) - , NEW ZEALAND - AUG 16, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
good IPA, to style. This one has travelled and I suspect the hops have aged a bit, they are not all that strong and there is a tiny bit of cheesiness. I’m liking it never the less.
coolbeans22 (11) - Teachey, North Carolina, USA - AUG 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I like. For something I can get in any grocery store at any time. . . . Pours nice with a fluffy head. Taste of light pine and overall a not so bad ipa taste. About average for my ipa.
jrob21 (3367) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
For mass production and large scale this is a well crafted and nice IPA. Grassy floral aromas with an intense pine flavor. A little sweetness all around. The sticky, resiny, pine flavors come later on the palate but last for a while. Prior to that you get a nice crystal sugar, caramel malt touch. One beer I don’t mind having a whole six pack of.