oreogobbler (228) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark amber orange, heavily carbonateed, thin soapy head. (Excelent lacing, so aweosme that I had to move up the appearance rating by a point.)
Strong pine and hop aroma, citrus (orange rind) and a slight acidity.
Very bitter hops upfront followed by some fresh cut pine some citrus acidity that lingers around the palate.
The palate is full and a little off balanced. But still very easy to drink.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Mes rate: Cask at the White Horse.
Firstly, I have to say hats off to the White Horse for making this available both cask and on tap. I had a nip of the tap version but this is from the cask version. Amber colour with a thin white film and good condition. Amazingly fresh and grassy aroma full of superb US hoppage but never even close to being over the top and the best tobacco notes I have experienced. Fantastic icing sugar and malt and just all round, SO bloody good. The flavour is very much along the same lines. A beautiful balance of grassy hops and sweet earthy malt. Stupidly fresh and absolutely gorgeous. Excellent palate. Brilliant stuff.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2010 Draft at Flying Saucer Nashville, right before the Robert Plant/ Alison Krauss concert. I had to drink something good because the Sommet Center only serves Bud and Heineken. Pours amber orange with a thin off white head. Nice bold floral and citrus hope aroma. Medium bodied with the typical SN house character and texture. There is a semi sweet caramel and toasty malt backbone, supporting a very nicely balanced hop bitterness of grapefruit and pine that carries through to the finish. Good stuff
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2012 On draft at Tylerís, Durham, in the fine company of Turdferguson. Nice looking beer, a deep orange with hints of ruby and a moderate carbonation (very little head to speak of). Inviting floral nose, with some sweet malts in there perhaps. I can definitely see how this is an improvisation on Celebration, always a winner in my book. Drinks very easily, nicely hopped and good balance, but the body/palate are too thin for me. Iíd have to try this elsewhere, as it may have been this particular keg line. Still and all, a fine brew that went down mighty well.
blankboy (6046) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Coleís, Buffalo, NY. Pours a clear deep orange with an average size diminishing creamy white head. Nice hoppy aroma, spicy and fruity and well backed by sweet malt. Pleasant resiny & spicy hop flavour with some fruit, sweet toasty malt and a long bitter finish. Medium bodied. Quite easy to drink -- i really liked this!
thefederalist (286) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - JUL 11, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2013 Rerate from the can. Iíd had a few the last time I tasted this - some stronger-flavored stuff that I think skewed my rating. And I think it deserves a more objective look. I feel that this is the weakest beer in SNís lineup, but Iíve only tried the ones that are widely distributed. The aroma is funky, like something Iíve never smelled before in a beer. There are some light aroma hops but most of them have been spent on bittering. The flavor is hugely bitter. In fact, I used this to make welsh rarebit (a delightful cheese sauce; make some with a milder ale, maybe a nice dry brown ale like Samuel Smithís Nut Brown and youíll thank me), and the rarebit was too bitter to eat. I pride myself in being able to enjoy the most egregiously hopped beers on the planet, but once cooked, it was too much. However, I am rating it separately, months later so as not to skew my perspective. The flavor is mildly sweet, moderately bitter. The mouthfeel is medium thick. But the finish has a little more of that funk, and not the good kind of funk. Overall, I think SN is trying to cater to guys who want to drink a little more heavily and want it to taste halfway decent. One of the 16oz cans at 7.2%ABV contains exactly 1.9 alcohol servings, so if you go through a four-pack youíre sitting on almost 8 drinks (yikes!). Otherwise, itís well-fermented, and it tastes better than the swill a lot of the micros-put out.
Original rating 7-11-08: Draught @ the Flying Saucer, Nashville. Always willing to try a new IPA from SN, but this one tastes like an ESB. The finishing hops are almost undetectable, and the bitterness seems mild to me. All I get is toast and butter from the malt character. Not a bad beer, to be sure, but not what I was expecting. 7/3/6/3/13 - 3.3
bobinlondon (1256) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Top presure tap at the White Horse, Parsons Green, London during an American beer fest. Orange with a rocky off-white head. Massive hop aroma but more of a malt accented flavour to start. The hops come through in the finish in a very resinous fashion. Very drinkable for its strength but could have done with a lot more hops.
Juancho (239) - Georgia, USA - JUL 11, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ The Raging Burrito.
Translucent, filtered amber, nice aroma of citrusy hops, thinning almost completely nonexistent head. Drinks easily, it’s like their Sierra Nevada Ale only better. Not a lot of personality but a good solid brew.
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 9, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the White Horse, Parsons Green, 4th July 2008. Clear amber with a persistent magnolia head. Lovely aroma and flavour - just a great balance of malt and hops, backed up by a firm palate. Full-flavoured and very drinkable.
brianprentiss (675) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very very good IPA, kudo’s to Seirra Nevada for another great offering.
On tap at Brick Store Pub in Atlanta