dmac (4965) - 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 (946) - 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.
FlagstoneHill (215) - Erie, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
18mar09: 12oz bottle
medium-high floral/citrus hop aroma laced with bready, carmel malt. This sample seems a bit weak, maybe its just too cold
light copper body, quite clear, a frothy off-white head with good retention.
Bitterness dominates the start-thru end. some sweet malty notes in the middle, but with a firm bitter finish. hop flavors of pine, resin, some citrus.
Medium body, light carbonation. some astringency in the finish, some warmth too
This is a nice american IPA. Lots of bitterness, but with a fair bit of sweetness for a hint of balance. Iíd like to see a bit more hop aromas, but this is pretty nice.
SudsMcDuff (7309) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
alright! a new nevada brew... a nice IPA here .. big yet refined hop presence, nice citrus and grassy hops ... good solid hop bitterness with a perfect malt backbone ... very enjoyable IPA here, my new favourite year round sierra nevada brew .. like to hear it, here it goes! ..hey cheapdark you suck bro!
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A delicious IPA: I like this one a bunch. Aroma is unsurprisingly hoppy and fruity. Flavor is quite bold with strong hoppiness, fruit (apricot and citrus), and some flora. Mouthfeel is medium, with just a little carbonation. Overall, very good.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 17, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottled on 02-24-2009) An easy drinking IPA that is very smooth considering the ABV. In typical Sierra Nevada fashion the hops are balanced against each other i.e. flavor, bittering, and aroma. The is enough malt there to keep the hops from getting out of hand. It is nice and dry with a long hoppy finish.
NachlamSie (3062) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2009 [March 13, 2009]
Bottle. This looks and smells and tastes remarkably like Sierra Nevada pale ale, which is not a bad thing. The added perks here, however, are a more pronounced, though similar, hoppiness in the aroma which is accompanied by a piercing, fresh, herbal twang. The flavor is more dry than the pale ale with distinct bitterness. This is another nice hoppy offering from Sierra Nevada, but Iím not as excited about it as their Harvest ale, for instance.
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - MAR 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow! What an IPA. Aroma is straight up grapefruit hops with a good malt tweak in the background and some pine aromas playing there as well. Flavor is very hop forward, but nicely balanced with the malt. If anything can be faulted, itís a little harsh towards the back, but this is a really nice IPA. A little lower alcohol and this could be a good go to session beer.