3fourths (8549) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2011 Coarse, dry, bitter, pungent, fruity, crisp, metallic, harsh.... wonderful. Yeah I’d prefer more complexity in the nose, yeah I’d like more fruitiness, more natural juiciness, but that’s not that this is. This is a super-fresh, ridiculously dry and bitter ipa. .... old notes, but updated numbers. not such a fan of this one anyone due to the vitamin / mineral grittiness. quite a deal at $12-13/12-pack though.
HLGIV (14) - Golden, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle purchased 2/09. Less aroma than I would have liked. Tastes smooth and rich and then the hops come in. Fairly bitter. I had this with some spicy authentic sichuan food and it worked really well by extinguishing the heat as well as complementing the flavors with the malty flavors.
skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I picked up a 6 pack from the new grocery store at the eastworks building. The commercial description is dead on, in my opinion. The massive hop flavor is what dominates this amber IPA. This is like their pale ale with a lighter color and mouth feel. The hops and alcohol dominate, but there is a touch of honey sweetness in the finish. Sierra Nevada has never disappointed me.
ElDuderino (184) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 2, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured a dark golden body with a billowy off white head. Scent is dominated by dusty floral notes with a few bright citirus zest notes lurking. The pallate is thin and highly carbonated, leaving a yeasty moldly bread texture that is slightly metallic. The flavors are far more malty than the smell and seem to be a bit disjointed. Notes of dried apples and stale bread take away from the sweet pine notes and make this taste a bit old. By release date, this should have been fairly fresh... oh well.
Strykzone (5500) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Caramel colored with a nice light tan head that seems to last forever. Thick sticky lacing. Aroma is grapefruit with a bit of caramel. Hops bite and bite deep with bitterness from the very first sip. Grapefruit is evident along with sweeter fruits such as peaches and even some cherries. Interesting. Throw in some light caramel undertones that don’t even come close to balancing the hops. Still, it adds some nice character and needed sweetness. The hop presence here makes for a big bold brassy IPA that is well named. If you like big hopped beers this one is for you.
changeup45 (1719) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I like this new one from Sierra Nevada. Copper colored, nice thick off-white head with a thin layer of retention and some lacing sticking. Aroma is pine, floral and herbal notes. Generously hoppy flavor, pine and grapefruit, nice crisp bitter finish. Malty underneath, typical of other Sierra Nevada IPAs. This is very drinkable but also quite tasty.
WakeandBake (549) - Greenville, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle.A clear reddish-gold color with some lively carbonation,a medium fluffy white head that leaves some nice lacing.Aroma is very fresh,piny,citrus and floral hops with some sweet roasted malt coming through.
Flavor is mildly bitter with tuns of crisp hop notes and a nice balance of a sweet yeasty malt,there is a piny earthy herbal thing going on here that makes this beer really interesting,very easy drinking with a pleasant dry finish,medium body,and some crazy spice notes in the aftertaste . A very sessionable anytime easy drinker at a reasonable price. Way to go SN
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ahh, a big blast of the citrus , piney hoppy ochard.some of the caramel malt does make its way through. Aroma hangs nicely,not spectacular.like the best Imperials,but very wonderful for an IPA,even if extra,taste is hop heavy,fantastic bittering hops with a nice compliment of tastey piney hops. Backing malting light enough that with all the hopping,its still very drinkable, delightfully hop satisfying,but still very drinkable for a session,fantastic hop finish. A wonderful achievement
nbutler11 (1267) - Rota, SPAIN - MAR 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from ajm’s mobile beer cache. Pours copper with a trim off-white head and a fair amount of carbonation. Smells and tastes of floral hops, orange cirtus, and faint pine. Has a bit more body than I was anticipating, but not bad at all.
slimweebs (163) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In the world of imperial IPAs, or "extra" as SN choose to call this one, this is decent. Pours a medium amber, floral aroma. Has a very strong hop flavor without the bitterness. Thin on mouthfeel, with a dry finish. Well done, and for the price it’s not a bad deal.