chronictonic (490) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2007
2007 Harvest - bomber 24oz bottle from Shangy’s - great aroma, nice off white head. Poured a reddish copper color. Hops in the flavor tended towards a tartness that finished with a thin, slicing bitterness that was not really enjoyable. iowaherkeye (2804) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 23, 2007
2007 Harvest, big ass 24oz bottle. Is this the first year they bottled? Clear orange copper with a two finger creamy off-white head, great lacing and retention. Spicy piney hops with some floral notes front the underlying sweet caramel malts. Not magnificently complex, but so far so good. The aroma has a fresh hoppy sweetness just as I stick my nose in the glass as I’m taking a drink (this bumped the aroma up to an 8). Can definitely notice the freshness in the flavor. It seems there’s an added herbal and earthiness--I can’t really explain it other than that. Fairly bitter--peaks at a 6-7 out of 10 at the back corners of my tongue. Alcohol is detectable, just barely. Moderate carbonation with a medium creamy body. Great beer--I’m only sad that it will deteriorate from here on out. asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Bottle. Pours a clear amber hue with a nice off-white head on top. Aroma is pine, citrus, and caramel. Flavor is spicy yet sweet. Fresh green piney hop flavor with a sweet caramel malt flavor. Beer is quite easy on the palate making this a pretty easy beer to drink for an IPA. A well-balanced enjoyable beer. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2007
24oz bottle. bautiful amber color. sweet caramel malt & hop aroma. starts off with sweet caramel malt flavor & finishes with nice hop bitterness. Malts tend to dominate more than I prefer in an IPA but insanely drinkable & very tasty RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2007
I sampled this on tap along with a bunch of other beers one night, and much of the beauty of it was lost. What notes I got from the bottle came much more easily in comparison. Pours copper with a slight red tint and a long lasting white head that’s pretty lacy. At first I thought this beer smelled remarkably like pasta, and I still do. Perhaps fresh hops smell kinda like marinara sauce with a shitload of parmesan cheese in it? Anyway, the aroma eventually made sense, and I realized just how pungent, herbal, and "plant store" like these hops really were. Pine and citrus take a back seat to extreme freshness. Taste has that same hop quality coming through but with a bit of dirt bitterness and a toasty malt flavor. There might be some caramel too, but this beer isn’t about the malt. Medium bodied and creamy texture, with a finish of toast/roast and a lingering buttery planty hop aftertaste. I’m impressed that mere hop freshness can impart so much flavor and dimension to this beer.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2007
Before I tasted this, I thought it was just about perfect: a really beautiful copper color under a nice fluffy head. The aroma was a remarkably complex blend of hop scents. I was just a little let down (but not much) by the flavor, which I found to be solid, with a great hop and malt balance, but I suppose that I am saddened a bit when the flavor is secondary to the robust aroma. HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 22, 2007
Bottle. Pours with a more copper color than expected from an IPA. Very nice aromas of fresh hops and resins, great flavors of piney hoppiness and floral compoments but also some caramel and malts to offset the strong hops. This is more complex than a typical wet hop ale. YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2007
Kudos to Sierra Nevada for an excellent IPA. A deep copper body capped by a small but adequate beige head gave off strong aromas of grafefruit hops laced with hints of pine and caramel sweetness. Full-bodied, crisp and clean, titillating the tongue. The flavor was nicely balanced between the hops and the malt with the sweetness and bitterness working to enhance the other rather than compete for attention. A very well crafted beer. Styles (2016) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2007
Reddish copper, huge off white head, great lacing, entire glass is coated. Aroma is huge pine resin, faint floral/citrus. Big caramel backbone. Flavor is overwhelmingly resinous, pine and oily astringency. Malt profile seems bitter as well. Mouthfeel is oily smooth, could use a tad more carbonation. Flavor really kills this for me. undsioux7 (872) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2014 Pours copper with a off white head. Aroma of grass, floral, piney hops and dough malt. Taste is earthy and musty malt with a nice flowery, juicy, piney hop flavor, but not bitter. Nice balance.
2014 re-rate: Seemed more subdued in the hops and that they were a touch spicy this year. The caramel malt came through more or it was the type of hops used.