oobawa (1864) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 19, 2018 fidelis83 (2535) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - SEP 4, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear garnet pour with a 2 finger, frothy beige head that has great retention. Aroma is earthy, grassy, citrus and pine hops, woody, husky grain and something of a strange floral note. Flavor is woody, husky grain, fallen leaves, woody tannin-like notes, grassy, pine and herbal hops, some crusty bread and light caramel sweetness. Light to medium, dry body with a slightly chalky feel and medium strength, sharp carbonation. Decent, but has a bitter, planty undertone all over that doesn’t really work for me. Tastes like maybe they used all of the expensive hops listed, but neglected to use any hops at all late enough in the boil to add much flavor or aroma on the more vibrant side of the hoppy spectrum that Citra and Centennial suggest. I might try this again to see if it smoothes out a bit as some of the strange planty notes could just be a little IPA greenness.
Pretty special little pint from Sierra Nevada, a big, piney, resinous hop bomb with a massive biscuit-n-caramel sweet spot at its center. Lemon, grapefruit, dank, earth, and pine all make their presence known immediately, but it's the gentle, subtly decadent malt base that steals the show, allowing the hops to do their thing before easy into a bittersweet, soothing fade. Pours a sultry red with a brief off-white head and modest lace. Pine and biscuit on the nose. Perky texture prevents the malts from growing cloy. Drinkable as hell. If Sierra Nevada'd only ditch the Tropical Torpedo that 4-Way IPA Mix Pack would be amazing. Ernest (7890) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2018
Bottle (Dec 18, 2017 bottling). Head is initially average sized, creamy/frothy, light brown, fully lasting. Body is hazy dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted nuts/grain, cookie), lightly to moderately hoppy (apricot, grapefruit, orange), with notes of earth, autumn leaves, black tea. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
One of SN's better IPAs, so it's a shame this is only available occasionally (and also a shame the 4-Way IPA mixer pack is 25% drain pour thanks to the gimmicky coffee IPA, because the rest is quite solid). Similar to their Northern Hemisphere in that it's more malty than a typical IPA...rich and nutty/cookie-ish, as well as earthy and autumnal. The hops themselves are not especially interesting, aromatically, but support the malt and other aromas just fine. Very nicely balanced in the mouth, with a luscious initial sweetness that is very quickly cleaned up with bracing bitterness in the finish. Very velvety mouthfeel, but not too thick, so it's really quite a joy to drink. Both quaffable and sippable depending on your mood, which is a rare thing. PugUglyBrewer (841) - - JAN 11, 2018
Dark amber color with absolute clarity. A dense, soapy offwhite head rests on top. Some toasted grain with a caramel touch are the backdrop for a very dry and dank pine forrest that leaves the pallet dried out and wanting more. Lonick (2537) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 2, 2017
Bottle @home (rating backlog). Pours amber almost brown, white head. Nose is citrus fruits, toffee, slight pine. Taste is oranges, toffee, again slight resinous pine, bitter finish. Svesse (8962) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - AUG 10, 2017
(Bottle) Reddish amber colour with frothy, beige head. Fruity, hoppy nose with notes of orange marmalade, apricots, toast, treacle-toffee, honey, pink grapefruit, caramel and floral hops. Fruity, malty taste with orange marmalade, apricots, grapefruit, honey, caramel, toast, toffee and a generous citric bitterness in the finish. Medium body, fairly dry. Tasty and well balanced. Nice one.
mice (1102) - FINLAND - AUG 2, 2016
2014 vuoden versio. Kuparinruskea, ehkä hieman punertava ja melko kirkas olut, joka vaahtoaa runsaalla kädellä. Beige vaahto on höttöistä ja reilusti pitsiä jättävää. Tuoksu mäntyinen/havuinen sekä kivasti pihkainen. Maku on kevyesti mäntyinen, pihkainen ja aavistuksen verran greippisen katkera. Myös karamellista makeutta tästä löytyy. Melkoinen hiilihappoisuus tuntuu hyökkäävän alussa, mutta hiilihappoisuus katoaa nopeasti. Suutuntuma keskitäyteläinen ja melko öljyinen. Jälkimaussa puumaista katkeroa. Paras terä tästä on varmaan jo taittunut, mutta toisaalta maistuu omaan suuhun hyvin näinkin oletettavasti hieman pehmeämpänä ja karamellimaisemman makeana. Tai sitten tämä on alunperinkin hieman pehmeämpi ja makeampi ipa. oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2016
Pours a deep dark orangish amber color. Aromas of big hop action, sweet malts, and more hops. Flavor has some bready maltsy tastes with nice grapefruit and floral hop taste. Fules (1428) - Gyöngyös, HUNGARY - APR 6, 2016
Közepes, nagyon tartós hab, rézvörösbe hajló barna szín. Illata citrusos, határozott narancs és mandarin héjas dominanciával. Íze ipás, gyanta nélkül. Markáns, határozott keserűvel indít, ami mellé végig édes-savanyú, intenzív gyümölcsösség társul, mandarinos, narancsos vezetéssel. Utóíze hosszú, markáns keserűvel, határozott gyümölcsösséggel. Nagyszerű, közepesen testes, kiválóan csúszó, kifejezetten frissítő nedű.
gpekar (497) - Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2016
Poured a slightly hazy, dark chestnut brown with nice orange highlights. There was initially about a 2 finger slightly creamy tan head. The aroma was mild with floral, citrus and some earthy peat scents. The flavor was mild was well. Initially there was some light citrus followed by an earthiness. The finish was slightly on the hoppy side with just a hint of a bite along with more of the earthy taste Listigovers (1383) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2016
Dark brown pour, puffy tan head. Smells caramel, some earthy hops. Palate is sparkling, medium bodied. Tastes sweet at the start with some maltiness, finishes slightly dry... It’s alright.