euserphriendly (167) - Holland, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2005
This one is hops from pour to stomach. A great hops smell, good hoppy flavor and good finish. A classy IPA. presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 5, 2005
Big cream head coats the glass. Light copper brew. Mellon hop aroma. Good balance with malt base. Not in your face but strong hops with very long lasting finish. Delicious and flavourful. bhensonb (15347) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 9, 2006
Aroma is hops n spice, maybe a hint of malt. Perhaps also a hint of pine. Beautiful ruby/orange color, but I couldn’t get a head. There’s a bit of malt in here, but the hops keep it well in bounds. I find orange at the onset, and the body is firm. Great mouthfeel. It went really well with Korma and masala, balancing the heat of the spices nicely. So how good is it that an IPA works with Indian cuisine? Very. Great stuff. The draft I had was months ago, but I think the bottle stands up well to draft quallity. SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JUL 15, 2006
Maybe I’m a biased hophead, Sierra Nevada fan. Maybe this beer is spectacular.... TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - JAN 31, 2007
Very good beer. i don’t know WTF India has to do with it but it is good none the less. One of the better I’ve had from Sierra Nevada. I dont know how to discribe all the malty, hoppy, stuff. All i know is this one is good. Nice strong flavor and easily drunk, or drank. Whichever is correct.
TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - FEB 20, 2007
12 oz bottle. Pour to a beautiful, bright, deep golden, to light amber color, with a nice, white head that fades, and a moderate carbonation. The nose on this beer is suprisingly malty, with good biscuity/bready malt aroma, paired with light, flowery hop aromas. The palate is firm, with good pale and biscuit malt flavor. Really good mouthfeel on this beer. SN IPA finishes with more solid biscuity malt up front, then ends with a flowery/herbal hop bite that lingers. What a delicious beer. Perfect match to pub grub, or a nice juicy rib eye or NY strip steak. I would have liked some more hop aroma, but I like the hop bitterness in this one. Good example of a British inspired IPA, and a solid effort from one of America’s legendary craft brewers. cazort (565) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2007
Aroma very fruity...complex tones of fruitiness. Flavour: very bitter, dry. No noticeable sweetness, no noticeable sourness. A fairly noticeable malt flavour is present too. This is exactly how I like an IPA, and I think this is certainly one of my fav. IPA’s. The complexity is in the aroma of the hops, which is very powerful but without being unbalanced. JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 17, 2002
Had this on tap at MacGregors. It is a nice IPA, but nut nearly the beer that the celebration is. None of that overly zesty hops, average malt presence. But this is surely better than a lot of IPAs out there. erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 22, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2006 At the tap room: Deep but clear amber. Nice pillowy head with a hop bite in the nose from lots of dry-hops. VERY dry bitterness. I like bitter but this is too dry. Everything else is in place but its just too dry. 8,4,8,3,12-3.5
From the bottle: re rate 2/13/06- Pours a clear med. amber with a pillowy head. Aroma is heavy caramel malts with a biscuity center and a just amount of green earthy hops. Body is very full and luscious. The flavors are much more malt accented than most IPAs and justifiably so as this is an English style. There is the slightest touch of diacetyl and I think it adds to the beer. Really nice resinous hoppiness too. The finish is bitter and lasting with the hops really clingning to the sides of the tongue. God I love this brewery! GreatSatanUSA (107) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2003
Sierra Nevada's trademark is their hops, and this beer is a great showcase. This is what a good IPA should taste like. Had on tap @ Gingerman.