This beer pours a medium amber color with a hint of copper and a robust white fluff head. Good retention on the head with lots of lacing.
Aroma is a bit on the weak side for my liking, but I am getting a nice malt aroma with pine hop and a little bit of grapefruit hiding in the back.
The weak aroma had me worried that the taste would be weak also, but the first sip proved that wrong. A nice big blast of citrus and pine hops blends with a nice sweet malty character. The citrus flavors remind me of grapefruit and creates a nice contrast to the pine hop. This beer finishes up with a hint of spice on the backend, followed by a dry slight bitterness. I am getting a bit of heat from the alcohol on the finish.
A step up from having a light body with medium carbonation. The grapefruit flavors have a nice lasting quality in the aftertaste.
A nice offering from Sierra Nevada. A well rounded IPA with a nice hop character that is well balanced with the sweet malt. Get this one fresh or you won't be tasting it at its best. Happy Holidays!