gabbama (210) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2011
Pours a dark reddish, amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is an odd mix of juniper, sage, and sweet malt, with the hops taking a definite back seat on this one. Despite the odd aroma, the herbal flavor works. Lots of sweet malt and juniper up front with the hops coming through on the finish. Nice medium body, with average carbonation. Overall, not one I would drink everyday, but I am glad I tried it. bigabe (194) - California, USA - FEB 1, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2011 One of my favorite IPAs. One of my favorite beers period. It pours a darker, hazy maize, very strange for an IPA. Nose is sweet hops, lots of citrus. Depth of flavor is absolutely incredible... it gives you a sweet kiss at the beginning, then citrusy and floral hops hit you, then the finish is a perfect balance of sweetness, malt, and bitter hops. It’s a long finish, but nothing insanely long. Mammoth has created a beer that could easily have been WAY too complex, and muddy, but they have executed it with grace. This is a wonderful beer. Even those that don’t like IPAs will enjoy this. neepsntatties (2041) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 26, 2010
Bottle at a recent BA/RB tasting. Colour... amber with no head. Nose... juniper! And... juniper. Oh, and some hints of hops. Palate... a burst of, guess what.....? Juniper! Lots of that local sage which also gives it a vegetal hint, though not in a bad way. The hops show up mid-palate and linger on the finish. kbutler1 (1382) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2010
Bottle. Pours a deep reddish clear mahagony color with a nice slightly tan 1 finger head. Good lace. The aroma is a mixture of hops, cedar, and sage. It definitely has an herbal type aroma to it. Very interesting flavor. Not sure if I like it or not yet. Sweet malty backbone accented by a hoppy herbal like taste. Ends somewhat cleanly. Medium mouthfeel. I find myself keep drinking it so it must not be too bad. Not extremely hoppy or matly which is somewhat a surprise for a DIPA. The sage and juniper are fairly present and take center stage as they have such a pronounced aroma and taste. A unique beer to say the least. No real evidenceof the 8% abv. brokensail (16645) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
A: The pour is amber in color with a creamy off-white head.
S: The amount of sage in this beer is nearing ridiculous. And when you get passed the sage, there is juniper, and a lot of that too. Overall, a very vegetal and wild aroma.
T: A solid bitterness which is really the only thing that is reminiscent of an IPA in this beer. Lots of herbal notes, and the sage just takes over this beer.
M: Medium in terms of both body and carbonation.
D: This was just bad. I like sage in reasonable amounts in food, and juniper is a good herb as well (I’m a big gin fan), but this just does not work.
SamGamgee (2585) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Bomber from the liquor store in tahoe city. Crystal red with a big lasting head. Lots of juniper and sage in the aroma. A little hard to pick out any hops over the herbs. Pretty light and herbal with a strong herbal finish that has a decent bitterness and some lasting sweetness. Definitely not really an ipa as the herbs are the dominant character. Questionable marketing if you ask me. ContemplateBeer (2097) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 3, 2010
Aroma of sweet toffee, rosemary and pine hops. Appearance is reddish gold with tan head. Flavor matches the nose, with a little citrus as well. Palate is creamy and finishes lively. Pretty good stuff. VTHopHead (1513) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - JUL 2, 2010
Bottle/22oz - Poured a cloudy dark amber in color with a small off white head that quickly faded. Aroma was pretty strong, but not overpowering , of the sage and juniper along with some citrus hops. Flavor pretty well matched. Less of the hops come through, but the juniper, sage and other herbs (?) present a nice/pleasing flavor profile. Decent palate. Easy drinking and slight bitter on the the finish. I liked... Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - JUN 13, 2010
I split the bottle two ways into Sam Addams glasses I had a great cream colored head that settled down to a good film of lace that followed the brew down the glass. The body was a clear reddish brown.
The aromas were quite interesting the juniper was nice experience to savor right up front. It did have a lot of herbal aromas going on some a little strange to me but noticeable. The beer had a citric to it but hidden behind the herbs. The flavor was balanced so it did surprise me to see this in a CA IPA but pleasantly so. It had a medium feel to it with ample carbonation for me.
The brew was easy to drink and I would have liked another glass. A nice surprise for me from California
hoppyhampy (73) - , California, USA - MAY 30, 2010
22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass. Bought last week but no other freshness info. Very deep, dark amber color, like the color of bourbon. Nice head formation but it disappears quickly. No lacing. Smell is malty sweet, then slightly hoppy before quickly transitioning to a, for lack of a better word, "musty" sage scent. Carbonation is a little low and the overall mouthfeel is pretty thick, more so than I like. Goes down like a big, heavy beer. The taste is interesting and complex. Mostly sage and roasted malt on the palate up front but I still get a decent sense of the hops. The juniper kind of comes through at the end adding an extra dimension to the hops. I’d like the hops more at the fore especially since they still leave a nice bitterness even after having to overcome so much else going on. Overall, a unique interpretation of the style but the excessive malt makes it come off like a bitter amber ale and the sage just doesn’t present well in this beer.