As usual, large grapefruit notes and not a great deal else.
2006 Vintage. Only paid $6.99 this year at Green’s.
Still grapefruit and soap based, and although I have grown to enjoy this more each year, it still strikes me as a beer that is out of balance.
2004 Vintage. $8.99 Six Pack, Arbor Beverage Depot, Douglasville, GA, USA.
Well, you BA’s certainly got me worked up for this one. I was anticipating something extraordinary and ended up being disappointed. Another SN brew, that is solid and don’t really dislike, but another that fails to meet the expectations that everyone seems to build it up to.
Nice color to the pour, a solid mahogany look, but a very lively head. Nothing wrong with that, but within seconds it’s gone to give a disappointing, cold macro, Killians type dark beer no-head. Some lacing.
Aroma is mild citrus hops, but the initial taste is way too grapefruit for me. It’s really quite a nasty, acidic grapefruit too. It left a very metallic, copper like coating in my mouth. Not very nice at all.
It seems to lose some of the acidic edge after it’s been sitting for about 20-30 minutes, but by then the damage is done.
The hops are out of proportion for me, a bit like I find is the case with Rogue’s too. I don’t dislike hops, I just find the balance way too often out of line with the beer. Looking forward to laying some down and drinking way in the future to see if it improves.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.