frankenstein (64) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 29, 2007
Pours with a huge frothy head. A great orange/amber hue, very nice color and appearence. The aroma of hops is almost unbelievable, a hophead’s dream. An amazing smooth bitterness that compliments the malt flavor for a perfect balance. Tastes better on tap than in the bottle, but either way its a great beer. railcat1 (706) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2007
Smooth and fresh with a piney citrus finish,copper in color and very smooth and tasty CHEERS! xmarcnolanx (945) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - OCT 29, 2007
Definitely very green, slightly soapy, but nice and piney. Malt makes a slight presence mid palate but it is very subdued. A very decent IPA. drinkerofbeers (18) - California, USA - OCT 29, 2007
draft at hollingshead. in my opinion, a decent beer. sweet and slightly hoppy. not very impressed with the fresh hops tag though. seemed to be overly malty and cereal-like with no real hop finish. maybe give this one a year to age. Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2007
on tap at bryant lake bowl: been a few years since I had this on tap the last time being Piece restaurant in chicago. the malt and hop are matched beautifully in this ipa- the sweetness of the caramel malt rises seamlessly with the perfume hop into a fragrant bouquet. its as if they were always intended to be planted together. they compromised this delicate balance by bottling- its just not the same.
WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2007
Was excited to grab this one up, definetly differeent from what the Harvest Ale used to be. Very good example of the style, I feel that they were aiming for that sticky feeling. Would have been nice to have a higher ABV, but oh well. Nice piney aftertaste too. 00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2007
I was rather disappointed in this one. Pours out a nice coppery color with a small beige head. aroma was slightly hoppy and citrusy. Flavor was very thin and i didnt get all the resin the lable was talking about. That is what i like about IPAs and this one just didnt live up to its rating. the Anniversary Ale is considerably better. scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2007
sticky slightly stinging hop aroma. slightly dark clear amber color with a dense sweet whipped cream head that rose above the lip of the glass. i love everything about this beer. tastes of raw sugar cane and leather, but mostly fresh, bright, explosive fresh hops. long on the palette and very long in the finish instead of peaking quickly. i must have more this year, i’m scared to see what this will cost next year. Oakes (18851) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 28, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2008 2008 - 12th Release. Bright amber with a beautiful rustic head. Bright aroma has tropical fruit, light wood, plus breadcrust. Rich earthy character, only a hint of fruitiness. Breadcrusty notes. Well-balanced. Solid, unspectacular quality.hayduke (5677) - Eureka, California, USA - OCT 28, 2007
<i>Bottle, from malto</i>
Bright amber with a thick, rich head. Deep woody aroma with earth, caramel, mushroom. One of those "forest after it rains" kind of brews. The flavour is bitter foremost - slightly resiny, slightly piney, quite woody. There is a sweet edge to it from crystal malt that takes on a muscovado character. In the finish you get all of the above, plus a brighter tangerine or tangelo note as well...and a slight bit of stickiness and alcoholic warmth. A little more "amber" than I prefer my IPAs, perhaps due to the limited amount of bright notes, but it’s a quality brew nonetheless. 7-4-7-4-14 = 3.6
From a bomber, this poured a bright and clear deep amber with and off-white head and moderate lacing . Nose of citrus hops and spices. Rich mouthfeel. Flavor of citrus and caramel. Long bitter finish. A very nice offering from Sierra Nevada.