RATINGS: 187   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
An ode to the Owens Valley and the Highway 395 corridor, this Double IPA is distinctly bolder than out Epic IPA and celebrates the aromas of wild local fresh hops, sage, and juniper.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
brokensail (16222) - 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 (Im a big gin fan), but this just does not work.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
SamGamgee (2452) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ContemplateBeer (2040) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VTHopHead (1511) - 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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
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. Id 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 doesnt present well in this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1908) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2010
The addition of the sage and juniper really caught my eye browsing around in some store in Weaverville, CA. The flavors are extremely well and subtly built into the IPA, complimenting the hop profile nicely. Definitely recommend checking this if you see it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zathrus13 (1769) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2010
Bottle, thanks, Eric. Pours copper, with an off white head. Aroma is hops, and caramel. Flavor is hops, caramel, malt, and has a floral bit to it, I assume form the sage and juniper. Body is a little thin. Something a little different.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mkade8883 (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2010
The g/f brought back a bottle of this from a ski trip. Pours ambers. Aroma strongly of herbs, specifically strong sage. Medium carbonation with good mouthfeel. Flavor is overwhelmed by sage. Not too bad, but to me definitely not a DIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 31, 2010
On draft at Mammoth Brewpub (Mammoth Lakes, CA): You know youre a geek when the brewpub turns on all the moving neon lights at 9pm, half naked girls start dancing on tables with glow-in-the-dark bras and DJ Roomba is going off with heavy dance music... and yourre sitting at the bar taking notes on the aroma of an IPA... wow. Pours a clear dark amber (more amber than their amber ale- I tested this out) and topped with a thin white head that recedes into a circle around the rim. Wet smell. Nose of sweet bourbon, wood, dark plum and other pitted fruits, fig, hops, juniper, sage, ground clove, other notable spices, and some dark berries. For a DIPA, Im honestly not getting many palate wrecking hops. This is different- but exceptional, Im not so sure. Flavor of strong bourbon, faint hops, some juniper, wood, leaves, ground cloves, sweet malts (on the verge of cloying), and a sage-spiced punch right into the finish. Drinkability: Either you hate this or love it and Im torn. Tastes good. Does it stay within a traditional realm of IPAs? No. I like it more than hate it, but cant help but feel a little put off. Pairing: Spicy, chipotle beef tacos. Rebuy: Probably not. #357 on 31032010, DG.

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