FlacoAlto (4221) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 19, 2015
Sampled November 2014 mkel07 (6440) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 4, 2015
The beer pours with a reasonably, quickly disappearing, pale tan colored head. The beer is a light gold color that is pretty clear. Dank smelling, herbal, with backing hop fruit notes. Tropical fruit notes, peach, lychee, guava, and some kumquat zest all play a prominent role here in the nose. Woody, herbal, peppery, slightly hemp leaning, and perhaps even a touch of menthol all provide some balance to the fruit notes.
This has a nicely prickly carbonation to it that balances nicely with the fairly light body that has a nice soft viscous texture to it. This has a lingering bitterness to it from beginning to end. The malt character is light, but contributes a soft cracker like malt character, and a soft, supporting maltiness that does not quite contribute a honey like character. At times the hop character can get a hint of astringency, and maybe a touch of warmth when combined with the alcohol. The hop character has a nice balance between sharper herbal notes and softer fruit notes; flavors of peppery herbs, a touch of menthol, and some spicy woody herbal notes are balanced by flavors of lychee, guava, floral peach, and grapefruit zest.
This is a pretty good IPA, one I am certainly enjoying. It does seem to be missing a certain balance, or more properly said, a certain smoothness that the IPAs I really enjoy achieve.
Bottle from Beer Cartel 220815. Another good beer from Sierra Nevada, yet to have a beer from them that I did not like. Floral and citrus in the nose, fruit in the flavour. A veritable fruit salad in a glass. GoufCustom (2206) - HONG KONG - JUL 19, 2015
ALLOVATE (3074) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 1, 2015
355 ml bottle bought at Q-Club in SoHo, Central.
Looks: Cloudy hazy golden orange colour with no yeast sediments; One-quarter finger head and soapy white foam which fades in 20 seconds; Very good sticky lacing with near zero carbonation.
Aroma: Fragrant Ale malt, with floral, light passion fruits, orange, strong marmalade, honey, very light pine, thin lemon and thin grass.
Taste: Close to light sweet Ale malt, with strong citrus peels, light grapefruits, strong tartness, light molasses notes, strong earth, pine, dry biscuits, yeast, strong lemon, strong bitter hops and sharp grass.
Body: Medium body. Thick, slick and creamy palate.
Mouth Feel: Good Ale maltyness in a thick and creamy body, despite the presence of wheat and strong tartness. Hops are overwhelming peels of grapefruits and lemons, very fruity astringent, sharp but not very fresh. Very subdued sweetness, strong earthy taste. Pretty good.
Hoppiness: strong jammy orange, floral, light passion fruits, honey, very light pine, in nose. Strong citrus peels, earth, light pine, strong lemon and grass in taste. Bitterness is strong, more in a fruity sense for a lasting, strong astringent fruity malty finish.
After Taste: Dry. Hoppy and fruity-bitter to mouth.
Comments: I suppose this is one of SN’s experimental brew which is good enough to be lumped into variety pack but risky as a mass-produced goods. It shows: The hops are geared towards citrus peels taste, so much so it overpowers the nice marmalade aroma but not refreshing. Perfectly drinkable but not what I expected from SN’s refreshing hoppiness.
Sandy, light orange and misty with a whipped up foam of white that flitters back to a wafer. The nose is initially vinous, tart and teeming with nettles and treesap. This softens and opens up releasing an aroma of finger lime, lemongrass, dandelion and rose water - overall it is quite soft and subtle. Bitter as a b!*ch on the palate. Dry and lengthy finish has all the hallmarks of consuming spent hop pellets. rough and rugged with a weedy backdrop. Is that a Burton Snatch on the finish too? - seems quite salty. Highly carbonated upfront with a frothy foamy mouthfeel and relatively light body. Dusty, grainy malt on the tip. Herbal and floral from there on in but it seems more the stems than the leaves. Very grassy to the point of being puckering. This is fresh but just lacks the fruit of the description. Disappointing. One for a re-rate!! (12fl.Oz, Bottled 11/06/15, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot) garthicus (2953) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 25, 2015
Bottle from O’Briens. Appearance: Light orange, small white head. Aroma: Fruity and spicy, nice pine and tropical notes. Flavour: Very pleasantly bitter with a tangy and pine hoppiness that explodes on the tongue, lots of leafiness with a long pine bitterness.
cattrall (55) - Midlevels, HONG KONG - MAY 18, 2015
A very light-weight IPA. Felt weak and even a bit watery compared to the IPA’s I’m used to. Aroma banana light fruits. Low bitterness. Easy drinking and refreshing but not packed with the flavor I’m used to with Sierra Nevada. weordie (1429) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2015
Pours golden with a huge foamy head. Aroma is soapy, berries and a bit of peach. Taste is sharp, refreshing buttery bitterness. wazzawazza (60) - Geraldton, AUSTRALIA - MAY 1, 2015
The aroma straight away smells like an aussie beer has had an influence on it. It tastes good, and there are hints of some of the famous aussie lagers amongst it for sure. It is what it says it is. Sevenlee (1846) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - APR 28, 2015
Pours a hazy golden colour with a white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, spice and hops. Taste is medium sweet leading to a hoppy finish. Another quality offering from SN. elbernays (1700) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 25, 2015
Bottle from Blackrock cellar. Pours cloudy golden with white foam head. Banana, pepper, caramel malts. Light citrus biscuit with peach. Okay just.