mjs (6459) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle at HBF2009) Amber and clear. Small white head. Pine, resing and fruitiness in aroma. Medium bodied and extremely dry palate with medium carbonation. Pine, resin, fruitiness, malts, sweetness, bitterness, lot of hops and some saltiness in taste. Bitterness, hops and sweetness in aftertaste.
Delirium (657) - Falmouth, Cornwall, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours clear orange-amber with a moderate white head. Aroma is woody hops with some light fruits and hint of citrus. Flavor is moderately bitter, woody hops with some resin, and a strong caramel and crystal malt backing. Fairly straightforward but well-made west-coast IPA.
MrMugs (30) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours golden with a slight beige head.
Iím surprised I donít smell more of the hops in the aroma, but there is a good hoppy bitter flavor.
bsm80 (144) - Massapequa Park, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is the first year-round release from Sierra Nevada and wow they got it right here. Ranks right up there with the best IPAs.
FatPhil (13867) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 16, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2009 Bottle (HBF2009) - shared by SaintMatty - thanks!
Fruity hops in both aroma and taste. Sticky palate. Standard American style IPA, competent, but mind-numbingly uninteresting after the first hoppy sip.
monkeychugg55 (1026) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2010 Pours a clear copper with a soapy, slightly off-white head that lasts and leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is fresh, piney, grassy, citric hops. Flavor is similar, and as it says on the bottle, perfectly balanced. Bitterness lingers a little, leaving me wanting more. Mouthfeel is nice and dense, and a little bit sticky. This is a really well made IPA. My new favorite
ndubs360 (114) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle... pours a clear amber/gold with a nice head that retains throughout the sitting. Great citrus/ hop aroma. Palate is not too over carbonated and not too harsh. nice bitter finish.
sayravai (4708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 15, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottled) Clear amber with a medium, lacy head. Slightly stingy, flowery-nutty-hoppy aroma with grainy-gluey notes. Flavor is better with reasonably fresh, aromatic hops, and some bitterness in the finish. Medium body, soft carbonation. Slightly harsh, but not bad.
TBone (16159) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled (HBF2009, BB 02/2010).
Clear amber color, good beige head, Fresh hoppy (pine, grapefruit) aroma. Medium-bodied. Piney-grassy hoppy flavor, sweet malts. For now I think quite similar to some other SN products.
oh6gdx (25327) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled@HBF2009. Golden colour, small beige head. Aroma is hops, caramel malts and quite nice balance. Flavour is hops, grass, grains and some mild notes of vanilla,