RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.68/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
This past winter, we siphoned some of our spicy and rugged seasonal IPA into bourbon barrels. Before sealing them for a nearly three-month hibernation, we dosed the vessels with whole-cone Comet and East Kent Golding hops-a nod to how traditional IPAs were prepped for sea voyages. The explosive aroma seesaws between tropical fruit and vanilla, and an overall sweetness tames the barrels’ kick, which holds the remnant spice of rye.

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bb (9790) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Draft. Rich amber beer with a cream head. Grapefruit and pine aroma. Grapefruit and pine flavor with light bourbon. Medium bodied. Good bitterness. Grapefruit and pine lingers with light malt and light bourbon.

handlebar (18) - Chico, California, USA - NOV 14, 2013
Bottle - Pours a dark amber, with substantial head and good lacing. Great interplay between the rye malt and the hops, which don’t get lost in the beer. Will be fun to open another bottle in 6 months and see how it develops...

brystmar (1314) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Hazy dark red-brown, tons of white lace. Over-carbonated. Aroma is off putting; earthy/woody in a bad way. Taste is blah with bourbon-rye malts dominating. Pass.

jsquire (4662) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2013
Amber color out of the bottle with a thin off white head. Big fresh hop nose with grapefruit and barrel notes. This is a nice balance for a hoppy barrel aged beer. Flavors of oak, wood, citrus, grapefruit and bourbon. Rich grainy flavor with lots of hop, enhanced by the barrel aging. This may be my favorite barrel aged IPA.

GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 27, 2013
750mL shared at Woodshop 8. Clear, light orange pour. Lower foam. Nose is tamarind, vanilla, sweet bourbon, vanilla cake. Taste is juicy, orange peel bitter, pine. Clean, richer body. Spot on.

snbcguy (1) - California, USA - OCT 21, 2013 does not count
Close your eyes and image you’re back in the old west, a friend says, "hey come on over and we’ll open up a keg o’ nails ... " well this beer, being aged in rye whiskey barrels is so smooth and mellow ... this is the ultimate old western beer. It is remarkable and unmatched.

swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2013
bottle, courtesy of SN rep Scott at Coles Sierra Take Over. copper colored pour, sweet maltiness, stone fruit, tropical fruit, vanilla, bourbon. not as complex and flavorful as expected but well done

bhensonb (15963) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 15, 2013
750 c&c from the Sierra Nevada shop. Pours darkish ruddy copper with a creamy/foamy dark beige head. I’m getting pineapple notes with some rye, but not much in the way of bourbon. Med body or maybe a bit better. Flavor is amazing. The carb has to foam away, then there’s that pineapple note, followed by rye and oak, and finally some bourbon/vanilla. It’s rather spicy, and hoppy, and I’m getting a burn from something. I vote rye. Oak and bourbon are very low key in the finish. Hop and rye spice are the stronger flavors, but pineapple pops in and out.. Just a delight to drink.

thedm (6320) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 14, 2013
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a head of foamy finely sized white colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a uncarbonated transparent copper orange colored body and a fair lacing. The mild aroma was mild malt and mild hop. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The nice flavor contained notes of mildly vinous hops and bread dough. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.

joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - SEP 14, 2013
On draft at Tap 25. it pours a similar color to the regular version. Golden orange, clear with an off white head. The aroma is strong with bourbon, vanilla, caramel and a bit of rye spicy maltiness that adds another dimension. The flavor is pretty strong with alcohol and more of the spicy wood, bourbon flavors. It seems to meld nicely with the hops and rye. A nice sipper.

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