HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Beautiful deep brown color with a medium light beige head. Roasted malt nose with notes of cocoa, nuts, and toffee. Medium body with good carbonation and a smooth mouth feel. Moderately sweet and toasted flavor, nicely balanced between subtle smokey malts, carob and caramel sweetness, and a grassy hops bitterness. Finishes with moderate earthy bitterness. Very nice brown and par for the course for SN, not over the top or groundbreaking but an extremely solid, highly drinkable, well crafted beer.
Slipstream (1924) - USA - AUG 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
SN seems to have a bunch of new releases out lately. This here is an "autumn brown." Dry and peppery for the style. There is a nice wave of nutty, hoppy flavor along the palate. It has the malty aroma and flavor of a standard brown ale, but it is different from the norm. This is a successful interpretation of the style by Sierra Nevada.
mnurda (1077) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at hte brewery in Chico. Brown ale could be my new favourite beer. This one was perfectly malty and hopped.
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear dark amber with a 2 finger white head that left decent lacing. The nose is dark malts, roasted nuts and light chocolate. The taste is very similar with some spicy hops in the finish. Medium bodied. Tasty session brew.
Boliv (1148) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours deep ruby red with a small beige head. Aromas of coffee beans, cocoa, roasty malt, and cream. Flavor is deep roasted cocoa, caramel, light coffee, and raisin. Low/medium carbonation and creamy. Nice beer for a cool evening.
puzzl (3231) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Mildly bitter, roasty character in the nose. Chocolate and wheat, very dry. A big spot of carbonic acid up front in the mouth, followed by caramel, paper, earth. Solid execution.
jstraw (1880) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2010 Dark, clear, red-amber with good, foamy, tan head / Light nose of caramel and dry hops / Light to medium body, weak malts, with fair finish / Weak flavors of coca cola, nuts, toast, and dry hops / A surprisingly mediocre effort from SN.
presario (4522) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 29, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Copper liquid without a head. Quiet malty roast scent. A pleasant soft brown. A little nutty. Some soft caramel notes. Kind of thin and quiet.
nuplastikk (4090) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 29, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Translucent dark brown, a hint of red. Nice, thick beige head. Mellow nutty malt aroma. Creamy and rich, some light smokiness, with a solid hop balance. Soft and sessionable in some respects, but enough depth to sip on and enjoy. Very fresh mouthfeel, with a sticky sweet smoky chocolate finish. Doughy, medium bodied. Excellent beer.
Nik925 (742) - California, USA - AUG 29, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very dark brown - crisp white head. Quality you expect from SN, yet nothing really special. Aroma is unique but neither good nor bad. Will give them credit for nicely hopping a brown ale. Seems very hoppy for style, which is great in my book. SN always delivers, so I’m happy to be drinking this, but overall, meh.