TheBeerGod (5686) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Translucent copper. Tall, firm, orange colored head. Forceful pine and grapefruit aroma. Citrus oils, orange peel, pine resin, grapefruit juice, etc. The big hop notes just keep coming! Yet this has a rather strong maltiness and a pleasant sweetness to balance it. Gets rather chewy at times then falls back to itís oily beginnings. The hops almost get to the point where it takes the enamel off your teeth. Sticky in spots as well.. Rounded out with more chewy malts, light caramel, citrus oils, pine needles, grapefruit juice and bready notes. All around delicious!
ben4321 (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Gillyís, 3/20/09
Aroma: Toasted bread, hops, citrus
Appearance: Mostly clear orange/copper color, medium sized creamy white head
Flavor: Grassy hops, malt backing, decent balance, not overly bitter, theres a balance there
Palate: Medium body, decent finish
A pretty solid IPA, I wouldnít call the hops over-the-top. Very bready for an IPA. A nice looking beer that drinks pretty well, and a slightly different take on the IPA style, do to the breadiness. Nice beer.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - MAR 20, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice looking pour from the bottle is a clear and radiant golden amber. Extravagant lacing. Aroma is more citrusy than most of thr SN pale ales. Still, a good does of pine teases the nose. Taste is well balanced, with a bready maltiness countering the dry and bitter hop profile. Pink grapefruit notes join with the pine and rind to give a bitter finish. No hint of the alcohol. I diidnít really want to like this one but its quality is undeniable.
trayns (246) - Beverly Hills, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2009
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a deep full golden color with a medium white head. Aroma is nice, somewhat sweet, but hoppy. Taste is wonderful citrus, piney, subtle sweetness. One of the better IPAs I have had recently. Dare I say a poor manís hopslam - Definitely shares some taste characteristics, very good.
Beaver (1507) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy copper gold with a creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is some bready malts with some fruity metallic hops.
The flavor is a little caramel bready malt at the base and some melon followed by a big sweet and fruity resiny hop finish that has a big bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with creamy and slightly sharp carbonation.
Overall, a really well done IPA. Big on the bitterness, but semi-balanced as well.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Perfection in a bottle! One of the best of the SN lineup for sure! Cheers.
dmac (4958) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a great looking orange/copper with a large frothy off white head that leaves some serious lace for an IPA. Aroma of citrus rind hops, amber malts and fresh dough. Medium bitter bodied, where the hops are noticed the most, with a lingering bitterness that doesnít disappoint. Flavor is well balanced where I would have liked to see the hops have a little more prescence. Citrus rind with perhaps a touch of pine mixed in with some dry toast round out the flavor profile. Now this is no hidden diamond in the rough from some small craft brwery this is Sierra Nevada who has put out more then their share of IPAs and hopped up beers. This one is solid and for the price point it is a good value but nothing to go all ISO over.
Tejas (944) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Over the top hops? Hmmm, didnít get that at all. I got the bready part which is not something I look for in my IPAs. Was hoping to dig this one but disappointing. Glad I got plenty of Celebration to tide me through :)
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours a translucent orange with a medium-sized cream head...nice lacing. Aroma is huge on fresh cut grass, citrus and a bit of pine. Medium body...flavor is way over-the-top in the grassy hop area, in a good way though. Some light citrus notes are present with very little malt in the background. Decent stuff.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAR 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Leave it to Sierra Nevada to make an IPA thatís a) affordable, b) beer geek worthy, c) sessionable, d) delicious and e) incredibly hopped. Kudos to Ken Grossman and his crew. Just a delicious beer that hopefully will find itís way into production year round.
The beer pours out a clear, medium amber color with a cascading, light tan 3-finger thick creamy head. Cracking the bottle cap just releases an instant gratification of hop aroma, and it just nicely carries on out of my pint glass. Notes of pine sap, herbaceous, witch hazel and a bit biscuity really rounds out the aroma. I didnít pick up much citrus, but heavy with the pine (Iím good with that). After my first few sips, I knew that I was really going to enjoy my 6-pack. How they could get something so tasty, with a >7% ABV, and so damned easy to drink is...well, itís why they are the pros. Strong notes of pine, with subtle notes of toasted bread, peppercorn, and some citrus rind. I finished off my first 3 bottles in just under an hour, and really couldnít wait to crack the next one. Hopefully when the warmer weather rolls around, this too will still be around.