bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2005
Pours clear copper colored with a medium off-white head. Aroma is very hoppy with grapefruit, floral hops, orange, spices, and a candy sweetness. The taste has a lot of pine hops with that great grapefruit taste characteristic of excellent IPAs. Unlike most IPAs however, this isn’t all that bitter - just has a huge hop taste. But there is a strong acidic taste, especially in the finish. Palate is crisp with lively carbonation, although quite thin. Overall a very good IPA with a nice seasonal spicyness. twindadplus2 (737) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2005
12 oz. bottle. Deep amber with orange hints and a decent foamy head. Aroma of sweet fruit (pears, melon) and citrus. Taste is dominated by big piney hops, crisp, sweet fruit and a bit of malt background. Medium bodied with very light carbonation and a long, bitter finish. This works well as a winter brew on cold nights. Doppelganger (1389) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - NOV 29, 2005
Copper penny color, with a big dense cap of light khaki head that settles in a lumpy, sticky surface and leaves beautiful patterns of lace all down the sides of the glass. Clean orange, lemon-flower aroma, with something like hard candy. Understated malt presense, resiny clingy hops. Initially just overwhelmingly piney, but after a bit your mouth does adjust. Medium body, smooth, soft mouthfeel. I am kind of prejudiced against the pine-tree quality of Chinooks, so this ends up with a major strike against it in terms of becoming a favorite. But I know solme people really dig them, and it’s a perfect IPA for those folks. Certainly well-crafted and properly hop-centric. tinydancer (52) - Gibsonville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2005 Amber with a nice frothy head that receeds to leave a nice lacing. Aroma is very fresh and hoppy. Grapefruit and pine come through in the aroma as well. Palate is medium to thin with a lasting bitter finish. Flavor is of hops and slight spruce. All in all a solid sesonal IPA. . Immy (1958) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 28, 2005
2005. Pours a clear coppery color with an off white short lived head. Nose is fruity citrus, grapefruit with a tinge of pine. Flavor is hoppy bitter, which seems to be a trademark flavor for Sierra Nevada. More grapefruit flavors shine through after the hoppiness subsides. Slight sour apple undertone. A good IPA.
DCJack (187) - Alabama, USA - NOV 28, 2005
clumsy, over-hopped, brittle, strident and unfriendly beer. Much the same appeal as rusty sea water. FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Bottle. Aroma of apples, pears. Flavor is fruity as well, without citrus. Apples, melon? Very smooth feel and nice amber color. Nice malty body. As always with Sierra Nevada, ends with big natural hop bitterness. Nice. I don’t usually care for IPAs, but this was good. gatorbeer (148) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2005 Pours amber.Signature Sierra Nevada hoppy taste with a bit more malty tones. Bitter and sweet. Well balanced. HogTownHarry (7077) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - NOV 26, 2005
Bottle (12oz - 2005). Poured deep clear amber with a big off-white foamy lasting head. Alcohol, pine resin, citrus hops, light roast malt, with a hint of fresh mint pungency. Taste is mostly hops - quite bitter, with alcohol bitterness added; tastes more of spruce, and the malt is seriously relegated to the background. Mouthfeel is almost acidic with the hops, alcoholic - this is really nice, but the linger is long and if bitterness isn’t your thing, you might not like it. hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2005
Fresh bottle, 2005. Aroma of pine, alcohol and caramel malt. Amber-orange in color with a large off-white head and great lacing. Hoppy flavor with lots of pine and some grapefruit and lots of caramel malt balancing it out with a slight metallic finish. Medium to light body. This is really good, especially after the second one.