Jabah (829) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - APR 19, 2018
"I was very impressed with this beer. Somebody shopping at my beer retailer recommended this to try. I was a little hesitant after sampling a few other Sierra Nevada's, especially for the $5.25 price tag for 24oz. He said the same, wasn't too fond of Sierra Nevada, but this being one of their "specialty brews" was worth the try. I agree 100%. Might not be able to compete with some of the best IPAs out there, but I would say this is high 2nd tier. The fresh hop selection gives it a very well balanced hoppy flavor that works well with the malts. Appearance is a little bit on the copper side for an IPA, but has a bit of an orange hint. I would definitely be willing to try this again. Bitterbill (2112) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 29, 2017
From Jun 2008
Purchased at Wilbur's Total Beverage.
I wasn't a big fan of their other Harvest Ale but here goes.
It pours a nice clear reddish amber with a 2 finger head of foam. There's some nice lacing and the head retention is excellent.
The smell is on the light side but I get good notes of fresh hops(citrus), some caramel, and some nice fruitiness.
The taste is pretty big on the hops...some grapefruit, floral, and some grass but there's a solid backbone of malt here as well with some caramel and bread. Nice. Oh, and there's a bit more citrus here than just the grapefruit, a nice touch of lemon and maybe some tangerine. Yep. I'm liking this way more than the other HA; thanks Sierra Nevada!
It has a nice medium mouthfeel and it finishes semi dry with a mix of hops and bready malt.
Hey, I'm pretty impressed with the NZ hops used here and in fact, pretty impressed with the whole drinking experience. I would buy this again, no problem!
Bacchus66 (1208) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 23, 2017
Draft at the NC source. Hazy golden-amber pour with a full, sticky off-white head. Lots of fruity hops aromas. Flavors are tangerines, orange rind, pineapple, light caramel and tons fresh hops. Nice bitter finish. Excellent, one to look for every year. (2015 version, notes). john44 (3573) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2017
Draft Half Pint at White Horse, Parsons Green, London in Aug 2010 - Light orangey copper in colour. Piney and floral hoppy aroma. Very hoppy (fresh piney oily resinous spicy hops). Very fruity (citrus, grapefruit and lemon). Light malty base (biscuity). Hop dominant. Citrus bitter hoppy throughout. Very dry bitter hoppy finish. Lovely stuff. Terrific IPA! (2010-08)
harrlyonsy (12) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 26, 2017
On draft, was really disappointed. Looks good, aroma and taste was soapy, finished musty. Not good.
Dandm (125) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 2, 2016
2013 bottle. Aged very well. Big pine resin, grass. Highly carbonated, cloudy, deep red gold. Toasty chocolate malt. Medium sweet and bitter. Lovely fresh bitter finish. oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2016
Pours a golden amber color. Aromas of floral hops, some sweetness, and a touch of fruit. Flavors of hops, pine and citrus. Light body with a bittersweet finish and long aftertaste. zacgillbanks (5843) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2016
660ml bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. 660ml bottle. Hazy red-amber coloured with a thick head of white foam. It has a spicy tropical fruit, orange marmalade and pine flavour followed by a smooth, creamy peppery hop and fruity finish. Excellent! seymour (2127) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - FEB 18, 2016
Poured from bomber bottle into a nonic pub glass, a deep reddish copper colour with sudsy, long-lasting beige foam and lace. Hazy from all the dissolved hop matter, but not in a bad, gunky way. This was WAY, WAY past the recommended freshness for a "fresh hop IPA", so I knew I’d miss out on the over-the-top aroma intensity but I wanted to taste this Southern Cross/Pacifica/Moteuka hop combo anyway. Tasted more like a hoppy American barleywine now, still very tasty. Great big maltbill, rich caramel sweetness which lingered all the way into aftertaste, supporting a massive hop presence: apricot, mango, melon, honey, sweet orange zest, resiny ganja, pine sap, black pepper, nutmeg, hot-house flowers, coarse weeds. Medium body and carbonation, smooth mouthfeel, non-stop bittersweet aftertaste. Good stuff. nealblind (2059) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - DEC 8, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2016 dec - 2015 2.7 score Goldpour. Aroma big skunk at first - calms down into slight black tea, but still lots of skunk some buttery grain. creamy palate not much carb. tastes tangerine, buttery toast. slight herbal hops
rerated- 3.3 score May 2015
red gold pour some foam on top. Aroma dark caramel, honey, some grass. Tastes grassy slight grapefruit and passionfruit. Reserved and well balanced. creamy dry.