thetmaxx (927) - West Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 7, 2011
Poured from the gift pack from the brewery. Aroma is spicy. Flavor is bitter, and also spicy. Lots of herbs. One of the most interesting ipas I’ve had. Color is darker burnt orange. Also Juniper is in there. stouby (4859) - Holbæk, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2011
Bottle at Mammoth Mountains Inn.
Clear redbrown with a light brown head, quickly gone. Aroma medium malty, caramel, juniper and sage. Flavor moderate sweet, heavy spicy. Medium body. To heavily spiced to be an IPA. dukeredhair (243) - California, USA - JUL 13, 2011
ok. first things first. This tastes more like a barleywine than a lot of the barleywines I’ve had. I am not sure what makes this an IPA. I guess the IBU’s are right but the malt here is huge. Anyways.
Aroma: INCREDIBLE Juniper, sage, malt, hops, herby, spicy. really amazing
Appearance: Beautiful clear reddish brown with a big velvety tan head that lasts. Nice lacing
Taste: big malt, complex malt, juniper a hint of sage and a nice hop linger but really the malt and the juniper play here so nicely
Palate: a bit thin for all that flavor.
Overall a really great beer. A great idea for those familiar with Highway 395 it really sums up the journey. A great use of local ingredients and an outstanding ale. hayduke (5731) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 28, 2011
This pours a deep cranberry color with a very attractive and robust tan head. Nose is malts, citrus, and juniper. Medium body and a smooth creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is rich a good balance between the hops/juniper. and the malt. The finish is a combination between citrus hop bitterness and and juniper. Excellent beer. keepersj12 (3142) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2011
I might be a tad higher on this bassed on the aroma. Loved it with a big pine hit and what I guess is the sage. A bit lacking in the flavor department, not close to the aroma. It was a bit thin in the mouth as well. A great beginning is not always a great ending.
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - MAY 4, 2011
Hello spring! This is what I come to expect from a IIPA. Pours a deep burnt orange color. Great brew. Has a bit of carbonation to it but that quickly goes away. Flavor is sweet and really nice on the palate. Great brew! Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 17, 2011
22oz bottle. Rating #96. Hazy dark brown pour with a little bit if orange highlighting the borders, the head was a little rocky leaving a moderate lace on the glass and somewhat beige in color. Very herbal, sage I think and some pine squeezes it way through just a little bit. The herbalness is really up front with the flavor as well and it is just a little sweet as well, very odd to me, but not bad overall. (1645) Drury (14) - Incline Village, Nevada, USA - MAR 15, 2011
I’m fonder than most of this beer. It’s got a great aroma-- herbs (and I usually don’t pick out herbs, so makes getting herbs nice). It’s lightly malted with a hint of coffee. The color is a rich, dark amber. beersearcher (2383) - Glendale, California, USA - MAR 7, 2011
Very herby aroma. Sage in the taste. Spiciness really sticks around. Nice amount of bitterness. I really like this beer. Pours darker than I expected. DYCSoccer17 (3714) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 20, 2011
16 ounce sample on tap at the Davis Graduate. The initial aroma is a bit spicy--perhaps there is some rye in this? Earthy hop notes are also present with a scant sweetness, too. Not overly aromatic, though. Transparent dark amber/cola-colored body with a small light tan head and decent lacing present. A little spicy hop flavoring to start. Maybe some rye? (in hindsight, I guess this was actually the sage/juniper). This has some chewy maltiness in the middle. Hints of chocolate and some roastiness also comes through. Tannins make an appearance before this finishes with more herbal, earthy hop flavor. Mildly bitter at the end. Decent.