badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Ledgers. Clear orange with a fizzy white head. Good grapefruit and caramel aroma and taste with a smooth mildly bitter finish.
BiddleBrau (1094) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured amber with thin white head. Orange citrus aroma with notes of pine. Hops are the name of the game with this brew. Bitterness is high relative to malt balance, hop flavor is dry but still finished clean. Crisp and hops are handled well here, not too much.
Changed (460) - Ithaca, New York, USA - APR 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours translucent orange, nice off white head. Lacing is strong at first but disappears. Aroma is strong citrus-hops. Taste? Just take a look at the name- HOPS! Hops, hops, more hops. Not extremely complex, but a nice blast of hops nonetheless. Perfect carbonation, nice finish, and 7.2% means this new offering packs more punch that it’s smaller brother. Another good one from SN.
mistersinalin (381) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice. Thank you Sierra Nevada for putting out another hoppy ale. Great body and tongue-pounding hops. This one is even stronger than Celebration Ale so be careful.
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - APR 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2014 Sierra Nevada beers always look good. Beautiful orange. Virtually no bouquet like I am used to with a double IPA. Mostly bitter. Reminds me of a Dogfish Head ale. Smooth clean dry. Good. With the other choices out there I probably wouldn’t buy again.
treadyroc (150) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - APR 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a light amber with a bubbly head that quickly diminishes. Making this a year-round offering is a great move for SN; I definitely think it’s got better taste & character than their ubiquitous pale ale. I read about the new breed of hops they used for this brew in BA mag, but I’ll be damned if I can get any of the citrus notes they’re talking about in the taste. The aroma’s a whole ’nother story, though, because this thing comes across heavily in the nose. Very bitter at the end.
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
very good citurs pine aroma, great looking beer precise clearity anf nice full rignt on head, perfect carbonated balance, good mild hop bitter finsih, with piney hop balanced middle, bitter palate on the back side, nice and refreshing front. Overal a darn good IPA
BuckeyeBoy (5241) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Pours out a goldish orange topped with a pillow white head. Aroma of fresh citrus hops. Tast was a nice malt and plenty more of the citrus hops. Once again Sierra Nevada makes a tast IPA. This my friend is a daily drinker.
DrMisfatsuBrew (10) - New York, USA - APR 20, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clean and clear orange with a good white head. Aroma of fresh citrus hops just a little bit hoppier and a little bit bolder than its pale ale counterpart. Overall fantastic IPA
AndyReynolds (1081) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. pours a nice orange with a thin white head. Aroma is strong with hops. There is also a sweet bready aroma with notes of citrus. The taste is about the same with a nice bitter bite. This is a refreshing IPA great cold on a hot day.