Nate (4296) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2012
From bottle. Huge fresh grassy/floral hop aroma with spicy rye notes and a touch of malty sweetness. Mild sulfury notes, but not a big detraction. Dark caramel clear with a bit of copper, topped with huge pillowy-foamy off-white lacing head. Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Starts juicy with apricot and grapefruit, floral-grassy hop character, and a bit of rye spicy grain character. Finish is big and hoppy, mildly sweet and alcoholic. A bit of carbonic acidity and fizzy burn, with a big bitter after. Not harsh, but lasting bitterness. Great flavor to this one. Palidor19 (3194) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Has a great presence with a strong nutty flavor and high malt. The hops are a delight with a grassy bitterness and strong ACV. Enjoy all the way nick76 (4403) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2012
The aroma is malty and hoppy with grassy citrusy hops. The appearance is light brown amber with a foamy head. The taste is like the aroma with a ton of rye taste. The palate is smooth. Overall a great beer. User42649 (209) - - JAN 29, 2012
Glass fills with copper nectar, topped by a creamy, rocky off-white crown of glorious foam. Citrus and pepper in the bready aroma. Literally bursting with flavor - solid barley malt support for the spicy rye and generous portion of citrus hops. This earthy ,rich concoction will command the drinker’s undivided attention long after the lingering bitter finish. My favorite SN brew. DasBierChef (1081) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Sampled this at The Beer Dabbler. This is a great beer with a wonderful combination of rye, barley, and hoppy notes. Wonderful!
gregwilsonstl (2704) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 29, 2012
For some reason I just have never found a rye beer I like. Maybe I just don’t like rye. CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Bottle. Appearance is a clear orange-highlighted copper color with a solid inch of creamy beige head. In the nose, there’s dank, earthy hops and citrus with a little bit of caramel sweetness. The taste has lots of sharp and bitter grapefruit and orange citrus along with the distinctly spicy and peppery grainy flavor from the rye. Also some pine and bready malt notes at the end. The finish is semi-dry and bitter with more citrus in the aftertaste. Another worthy addition to the Sierra Nevada lineup and a major upgrade over the Glissade Golden Bock. wlajwl (7198) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Aroma is mild rye malts and grains. The flavor is spicy rye bread and hoppy with an undercurrent of citrus. Although the aroma was relatively subdued, this turned out to be a solid ale, the spiciness worked without being overpowering. cubs (10740) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Bottle @ home. I guess Rye IPAs are the newest trend in the craft beer world, which is fine with me. Clear, caramel orange appearance with a creamy, tan head. Fairly spicy rye malty, bready, lightly citrusy, somewhat herbal hoppy aroma. Really a nice, rich, spicy rye flavor with some moderate piney hops, a mild citrusy element, and a tasty, toasty breadiness. Somewhat spicy rye aftertaste. Great beer! FlacoAlto (4228) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Served at a cool 58 or so degrees Fahrenheit
A careful pour into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a two-figner thick, pale amber tinged, tan colored head that leaves some lacing stuck to the sides of my glass. The beer is a dark amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, rich amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells dominated by hops with notes of pine, earthy citrus, some rose like accents. This is backed by notes of caramelized malt (lots of crystal malt type notes, though this is held well in check by the dominant hops), toasted English biscuit like character, perhaps a hint of sweet tea and a solid, earthy, brown bread character that isn’t quite spicy, but is leaning in that direction. The citrus hop character has a certain “dankness” to it, rough, a little dirty, with a lot of herbaceous character, with a citrus oil character to it. The citrus and pine / herbal character mixes so well in the nose that it is hard to say which one plays the more prominent role.
The beer is fairly effervescent as it rolls across my palate, this accentuates the bitter hop notes and the earthy spiciness from the grain. Despite the dominant hop character, the earthy, brown bread and spicy rye character is really what lingers on the palate in the long finish. The grain character is quite a bit more noticeable in the flavor than it was in the nose. The hop character is still the dominant note here though and it contributes flavors of grapefruit zest, green tangelo, brighter lychee notes as well as a green herbal quality (that has a spicy undercurrent to it), definite pine and perhaps even a touch of a grassy quality (this last is quite subtle though). The spiciness here makes me thing of black pepper some how, but a lot of it is that “dirty” spicy quality that comes from Rye. The beer definitely has a viscous quality to it, and the body is best described as medium, though it is not so much as this beer is still quite quaffable.
As the beer warms up it gets a very earthy, infinitely rye like note and solid, brown-grain-bread character that becomes on par with the hop character. Because of the rye, this is definitely a very “dirty” IPA, and that is not a bad thing at all. It becomes quite a bit more complex. I could wish for some more citrus / fruit hop character, but the rye really accentuates the herbal / pine side of the hop character.