MoneyDragon (14) - Delaware, USA - FEB 9, 2012
Pours a Copper almost Red color. Head was off white and foamy. To the nose it was lacking as well as to the palate. I am sorry that I am giving this beer such a low rating but I had such Higher standards for Sierra than this. This beer fell well short of the mark for what I consider to be a good American IPA.. The only thing that really stood out to me was the lingering dryness it left on the finish. It was not balanced well at all for me. I drank one and did not ask for another. VERY Dissappointed in this one. chickenflea (351) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2012
12-oz bottle. Pours with a clear copper hued body and a large, lasting, just off-white head. Pretty decent retention with good lacing. Aromas are of spicy and citrusy. Lightly bready malt sweetness as well in the forefront. Floral and flowery with light esters. Medium grassy. Flavors are bready, grainy, lightly spicy with apricot notes. Notable rye rustic character. Crisp finish. Hops are strong, but mellowed by the rye and the sweetness of the malt. Hop flavors are piney and herbal. Good carbonation, medium bodied. talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2012
The pour is a sparkling clear, deep amber with a moderately full, beige, frothy head which settles to a thin, frothy layer and leaves similar lace. The nose is fairly bland for an IPA; floral, pepper, light orange, and faint toasty notes. The flavor is a bit better with more peppery spice, an orangey undertone, still some floral, and toasted caramel. The palate is light to medium, nearly lively, velvety and drying. The finish is still spicy, a bit more resinous, and drying. Fairly simple and flavorless fro an IIPA with a rye addition. The spicy note were pleasant and the finish did accentuate that but really pretty boring from a decent brewery. lachrymalisis (448) - Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2012
Amazing citrus/pine hop aromas. Big ruddy orange hazy color with a slightly tan head. Full biscuitty grain flavors followed by huge citrus-pine hops. Nice lingering bitterness and medium-dry finish. Better than Celebration. jar72404 (426) - USA - FEB 8, 2012
On tap at Champs. Aroma is pine, grapefruit and caramel. Flavor is the same plus some black pepper. Solid IPA.
AdamChandler (5181) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 8, 2012
Purchased a 6-pack of this at the Lebanon Co-Op for around $9. Poured into a Harpoon 100 Barrel Series glass at 55 Degrees F.
A - Five finger head that’s full of tight semi-creamy bubbles that are a deep tan color. The beer itself resembles burnt wood but still very easy to see straight through the brew.
S - I smelled Rye as soon as I poured it at 2 feet away from my nose. The Sierra Nevada Yeast is really apparent with it’s typical hop and bread notes with some slight floral tones. The rye is strong and there’s some additional nutty smell.
T - The really strong rye taste dominates this beer. The taste is a standard IPA with an earthy / piney taste. The rye dominates completely
M - Solid carbonation while swishing it around. Not overwhelming though. It’s a light to medium bodied beer.
O - I wouldn’t have this again. The IBU and Rye is just too intense but it has turned me on to more rye beers which is good but less rye would be better. Also, I’m slowly tiring of Sierra Nevada’s yeast. It’s just too old and tired now. mansquito (6914) - Nueva York, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2012
Harris Teeter, DC sixer ($8): Pours a reddish color with a really excellent off-white head. Aroma is light hops, some rye, and mostly pine. Taste is hoppy, but not hopslaughter. Beer has a good balance and a mouthfeel that feels almost crisp. Minimal aftertaste, but enough to relish it after the sip. Is this a complex beer? No, not really. Do I enjoy drinking it? Yeah. Will I drink the whole sixer tonight? Yes, yes I will. smag4life (36) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2012
From a bottle pours a dark burnt orange and hazy which I think helps diffuse the light and make the color variations more subtle; a very beautiful beer. A spicy, floral aroma hits you up front, but it’s not super strong. Honestly I was expecting more hop aroma, but it still smells delicious. A medium-light bodied beer, it’s just thick enough to feel substantial without being too viscous. The hops hit you front along with the bitterness that requisite of an IPA. The combination of different kinds of spicy from the hops and rye make a perfect pair. The finish is somewhat dry, but there’s just enough sweetness to it at the end to keep it from being too dry. Overall, I’d say this is an excellent beer for those who like hops, but hopheads will find it lacking. And that’s okay, because it wasn’t brewed for hopheads. I would certainly recommend this beer to anyone who asks. JaBier (8253) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2012
Bottle. Clear amber pour with a thick off-white head. Aroma of malt, grassy hops, some citrus, and rye breadiness. Malty and bready flavor up front, quickly giving way to grassy, piney and spicy hops. Dixonian (1657) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2012
Copper brew with a good amount of white head. Smells better than it tastes - nice citrus and pine hop punch with some bready malt and rye spice. Good balance of malt, bitterness, and rye. Very cool label art - overall a solid offering from SN.