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!
"Well ya see, Norm, it's like this... A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers." - Cliff Clavin, of Cheers