Pours a beautiful rich amber. Darker and less hazy than many IPAs.
Very slight citrus in the background, but this one's all about that piney, hoppy bite. I could see some not finding this one to be very balanced, but for me, it's just right. Some other IPAs get too grapefruity for me, but not this one. For me, this has just enough citrus flavor to keep the hops from overpowering, but nothing more.
This is just a fantastic brew that's widely available at a great price. It was the beer that helped me fall in love with IPAs and it's still the one I drink most often.
Price: $1.20 Served In: Pint Glass
Picked up a sixer of this at Smokin' Joes in Jacksonville, AL. Yes, this has finally made it to my area! Was stoked when the owner told me he had a new IPA for me. He is just as excited about new beers as I am. I served this up in a standard, Terrapin pint glass.
A: The pour results in a bronze colored body. Held to the light, more yellows come out. The body is pretty clear with a lazy, but consistent carbonation moving around in here. The pour built up almost two fingers of foamy white head. It falls slowly to a creamy top cap as the experience goes on. Good amount of lace sticks to the glass and sheets it all the way down.
S: The smell is a little more faint than I expect from an IPA. Getting some herbal hop notes to start things off. Pretty earthy actually. Behind that are the citrus notes in the form of lemon zest and skin. There is some malt balance here in the nose. Bring out some sweet and bready malts to balance out the aroma and it almost neutralizes it. Slightly unimpressed here.
T: Where it falls short in the nose, it makes up for in flavor. This beer just comes out to be a very solid IPA. Getting the citrus hops up front and in some abundance. Getting some lemon, grapefruit (bitter, bitter, not sweet or sour at all), and a touch of tangerine. There are some herbal and floral notes building as well behind all this citrus. Malts are coming out mostly bready, but there is a slight caramel sweetness as well. Its not balanced but it does cut the initial bitterness in the flavor, and then allows the bitterness to develop slowly to the aftertaste.
M: This beer is on the lighter side of medium, but has a nice weight to it. It is a little sticky and oily, coats lightly on the palate. ABV is not really coming out to me at all. Wonderfully hidden. Bitter on the palate mostly. Aftertaste is lingering lemon and grapefruit.
D: This is wonderfully easy to put down. I can drink this all day long to be honest. It has a balancing quality to it that makes it easy drinking, but still has that hop bitterness I want. I only wish the aroma had a bit more to it, but can't win em all. Overall a great beer and another sleeper for me from Sierra Nevada. Damn happy to finally have it on demand in my area.
Served In: Bottle
Clear amber. Dense medium stacked capping of off-white foam. Lots of spongey sticking lacing sticks like glue to the glass.
Aroma has a nice floralesk and high ended pine hoppyness twisted in with a clean white grapefruit and peach resin to it. Partial toasted malt and caramel backing underneath.
Taste is clean, crisp, and mellowing with a nice display and array of hop tones backed by a firm toasty backing. Pine, white grapefruit, peach, and some amazingly interesting character in its overall tone. Its a smoothed over softness, yet has a tattered and torn scrappyness to its bittering bite. Uniquely balanced and has favorable finish of soft hoppy fuzz and a toasty twisted pineyness.
Feel has a nice crispy yet bold tone of mediumness that rounds out well with a very nice balance of a lightly toasted background under its hop cloud and bittering soft rain.
Its not quite Harvest, and not Celebration, nor their regular IPA or the Pale. Its a nice 'somewhere inbetween' them all. I was, however, hoping for something more for it being labeled an Extra IPA.
Price: $1.90 Served In: Pint Glass
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass nets me a four-finger thick, frothy, light tan colored head. The beer is an amber-copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, rich copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is nice and hoppy, but still has a light crystal malt edge to it as well. The malt lens some biscuit-like notes and a touch of caramel; this last melds with the citrus hop components that are the most noticeable part of the beer. Notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, a bit of herbal grassiness, spruce tips and a touch of pine seem to define the hop aromatics; actually this smells a lot like Meyer lemon, it is surprisingly lemony compared to many an American IPA.
The carbonation provides a solid fizziness, though this is not over-carbonated. The beer has a light crystal malt sweetness to it that is substantially dried out by the biting hop character. This has an ample bitterness to it that is noticeable from the biting through to the lingering finish of each sip. The hop flavor has quite a bit of sharp, herbal notes to it that leans a touch towards fresh pine needles; this is pretty well met by essential citrus oil notes that remind me of grapefruit, tart tangerine zest and orange zest. This has a nice biscuit like malt character to it that helps to dry out the finish just a little bit more. This has a touch of malt body to it, but is still quite quaffable and light enough to be a drinking IPA (though the alcohol percentage may tell you otherwise after a couple).
This is a solid IPA offering from Sierra Nevada. It is perhaps a little sharp, slightly astringent, and a little more herbal focused than I might prefer, but it is damn tasty. I still prefer the slightly more malt balanced Celebration as it brings out the fruity-citrus character from the hops a bit more than this beer does. Despite the noticeable malt presence, this is definitely an aggressively hopped IPA.
Served In: Tulip
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