billb (244) - Kennesaw, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very quaffable beer. Smooth on every sense. The mouth, eyes, nose, throat and stomach. Itís somewhat hoppy like you would want from SN, but not overly hoppy. They like to appeal to the masses and I think this beer would. Beers that I like I couldnít necessarily serve to all of my guests, but I think this one would suffice.
mcc5468 (121) - USA - JAN 30, 2009
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Man, I wanted this to be good. I made the mistake of reading about it before trying it so my expectations were probably too high, but...it just didnít deliver. I associate Sierra Nevada with great hoppy taste. The Pale Ale is awesome for a mainstream beer but this just didnít deliver. I was expecting something more hoppy than the Pale but I think the Pale is actually better. Again, my expectations may have gotten the better of me but I was disappointed.
hayduke (3423) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 30, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got case at Costco. Poured a very clear gold with a robust white head that lasted for quite a while and left light lacing in the glass. The foam is bitter on the tongue. Nose is citrus and pine. Mouthfeel is very nice, beings slick and smooth, in fact almost oily. Flavors are very pleasant with light malts and good bitterness which is shows up in the finish as well. Similar to Celebration but smoother and more bitter. This is a solid beer and a worthy addition to the year round stable of offerings from this brewer. i will be drinking a lot of this and it will be interesting to see if it shows up on draft in my town.
Kinz (3347) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Happy to try this. Medium orangish amber, nice head, quite clear. Huge hop aroma, pine, spice, pineapple, really enticing. Flavor is another blast of hops, some white pepper notes emerge as well. Slight biscuit malty sweetness barely brings things into balance. Powerfully bitter hop aftertaste. Great stuff, an awesome IPA that really shows some hop power.
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh stubby. Pours a clear, copper-amber color with a big compact white head with excellent retention. Aroma shows interesting elements, different from normal IPAs. I get some lemon peel, rubber, spice, something that reminds me of funk - some fecal lemon peppery goodness that is bringing to mind brett. Donít know how to explain it, I am not saying this beer is infected it just shares some qualities with funky beers. Definitely different. Not exactly what Iím looking for in a IPA nose but whatever. Flavor is pretty hoppy, mildly bitter and very well balanced. Quaffable. I like the flavor more than the aroma. The taste shows no weirdness. Relatively dry with little lingering sweetness. This is fine. Good but I donít know if Iíll ever buy it again, though it is a good value.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle purchased at Chuckís Liquor in Bowling Green. Poured a clear amber/gold color with a two finger foamy white head. The head diminished slowly, leaving behind a lot of lacing. The aroma was grapefruit followed by an astringent pine smell...very nice. The flavor was well balanced, with a solid pine and citrus bitter finish. The bitterness lingered for 20-30 seconds. The palate was average, with a medium body, average carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel. This is another in a line of awesome Sierra Nevada IPAs. Iím glad we finally picked this up in Tennessee.
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from BevMo. My bottle is 7.2%. Nice amber color upon pouring. Moderate hoppiness in the nose. Some maltiness as well. Nice hop flavors. Some sweetness. Very well balanced and easy to drink. Good price and very easy drinking.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pleasant floral hop aroma interspersed with pine and citrus and slight bubblegum. Glorious light amber in color with a thick eggshell head. Tastes a lot like harvest ale. Lots of caramel malt mixing with mild resin and a tinge of bitter on the finish. Rich ad creamy. Lingering bitterness. Good, but not a mind blower. Certainly a good value.
malrubius (1821) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 29, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle in pint glass. Bright copper with lasting puffy dense head and lace. Definitely nailed the grapefruit pine aroma. Piney resiny hop bittereness is matched with clean toasted nuttiness. Bitter, but much nuttier than I expected. Well balanced. These guys just wonít settle for the hop bomb. Lingering bittereness. Medium body and carbo. Very delicious. An excellent well-made beer. Still, I think they should have gone big instead. They already have the pale ale, Celebration, Anniversary, and a variety of fresh hop IPAs. A true DIPA might have been more exciting and impressive. I much more excited for the smoked imperial porter that is supposedly on its way.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted 1/28/09. 12oz bottle. Filtered with a reddish brown hue. Modest ring of cream colored head. Aromas of bitter hops. Herbs and lemongrass. Tangy orange and slight pepper. Fresh hoppy aromas. Medium bodied with an initial blast of medium roasted malts. Short lived, and quickly replaced by the hop dominant palate. Crisp and fresh hop flavors. Citrus and perfumy. I am a definite fan of Centennial hops! Pine, grapefruit and floral. Great Hop Trifecta.
Really smooth rolling hop palate. This is a true drinker!