Pours a clear amber brown color with frothy two finger white head. Good retention on the head with thick sticky lacing starting before the first sip.
The aroma is a blend of sweet malt and rye with a spice character along side a light citrus hop.
The taste is interesting and not what I was expecting. It took me a few sips on this beer before my palate was acclimated to the flavors and the bitterness. Starts with a sweet caramel malt and works into a blend of rye and bitter citrus grapefruit hops. In the finish I notice some citrus orange and a light peppery spice. A nice bitterness and malty aftertaste.
Light to medium body with a medium carbonation. Very drinkable.
A nice offering from Sierra Nevada. Refreshing and different with a very drinkable character. Once my palate was acclimated to the bitterness, I found this beer very enjoyable and tasty. The rye adds that little something extra to this beer making it standout in the crowded world of IPA's. Try one!