ilovedarkbeer (2742) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Its good its smooth but nothing about it stands out. Pours orangish with a big fluffy head. Tastes like hops and malt but has an odd semi neutral finish plus a mystery indegrediant that is somewhat sweet. Good but nothing epic. mar (5423) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2007
i’m slowly learning that i’m not really a fan of ipa’s. i definitely did not enjoy the taste of this beer. JPDIPSO (6236) - Wauwatosa, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Amber color with a full head of beige to off-white bubbles. Not a spectacular look but small isle of lace as the quaffs go by. Pale toasted malts with hints of lemongrass and green pine. Light pine flavors mix with lightly toasted malt and dried citrus. A tough biting in the finish with a cedar kick and some rosemary and other dried herbs in the finish. A touch more hoppy than the Bell’s 20th, but I haven’t seen the outrage that this isn’t some UberBrau. A nice drinkable brew, that I will enjoy this fall. Hangover (1137) - oxford, Georgia, USA - AUG 11, 2007
Copper pour with a frothy but short lasting white head. West coast, typical SN aroma of piney hops and very light citrus (orange). Active carbonation, bittering hops up front. More pine, somewhat sweet. Malty, sticky and bitter finish. I think this beer is a bit too agressive though. Cascade hops can be overdone easily in my opinion. Still, SN is a solid brewery and this is definitely in-line with their general style of beers. SSSteve (4006) - - AUG 11, 2007
clear amber with a large frothy off-white head. citrus, hop aroma. flavor is hoppy with a bready malt backbone. tastes like an ipa.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2007
Draught: Floral, hoppy aroma. Smelled of Cascade hops. Poured amber in color with a small, off-white head that diminished slowly. Very good lacing. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is medium to heavily bitter. Tasted of Cascades, wheat, malts, and a little steamed rice. Medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Malty bitter finish. Overall, disappointing, but not bad. Zeswaft (1774) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2007 Poured into my sierra nevada tulip, BOOYAH. Light copper and white head. Aroma is mostly pine. Flavor is reminiscent of the regular pale and i’m tempted to go buy one and compare it side by side. Definitely more bitter than the pale ale. Flavor is more balanced and creamy. Lots of sweetness. Mostly pine in the flavor, a little grass, and minimal citrus. the more i drink the more it becomes like celebration ale. definitely somewhere inbetween the pale ale and celebration and nowhere near their terrible IPA. American strong ale is definitely inaccurate. it’s only 5.9%. the description says IPA but i’d put it as an APA. regardless, a great beer.
rerate. I don’t know if this thing degraded a ton over the last months but there really isn’t much flavor or aroma. be it hop or malt. Still a lot of bitterness, though. adrian910ss (2581) - Doylestown, PA, USA - AUG 11, 2007
Pours a semi clear dark golden color with a medium white head. Aroma of pine needles, floral hops and citrus. Taste is hoppy with hints of pine, citrus and floral hops. Very nice, but slightly inferior to Celebration Ale. brstp (201) - - AUG 11, 2007
2007 bottle from City Beer Store. Clear brown/orange IPA color. Peaty pine aroma, surprisingly few floral/citrus hops considering how overpowering they are in the taste -- seems like they only got the sweet cascades in there, almost no bitterness. Not much malt to speak of. I’m sort of puzzled by this one but it was very pleasant. muzzlehatch (4963) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2007
12 ounce bottle, 2007 edition, from City Market in Burlington, VT (August 2007), consumed a bit above fridge temperature from a Unibroue glass. The smooth, huge off-white head on this slowly breaks apart, forming huge bubbles that pop only very slowly and offering thick lacing as it finally descends atop the clear, bright copper-amber body.....I can’t add much to what the description offers on the aroma; it is indeed redolent of pine resin, caramel, and plenty of citric Cascades; not as high-powered or forthright as some of the brewers’ other works, but nice....the body is on the sweetish side, hoppiness restrained throughout until a lightly biting finish that is also a bit peppery....as with just about everything from SN, very clean, lightly musty/earthy, beautifully balanced and highly quaffable....this just isn’t as distinctive as their best, but it’s still not something I’m unhappy to have bought by the six-pack. And I’m astonished that here in lil’ ol’ VT I’m the 7th rater total of this new California beer.