General Sherman IPA
Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company

General Sherman IPAGeneral Sherman IPA
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
IPA - American
Ranked #6,055
Ranked #35,839
3.74 | pDev: 12.57%
Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company
California, United States
General Sherman IPAGeneral Sherman IPA
Notes: The General Sherman tree in Sequoia National Park is the largest living tree on earth. Our General Sherman IPA was crafted to embody the beauty and grandeur of this Great Sequoia. Sherman is a true West Coast IPA brewed with Simcoe, Mosaic, and Citra hops from start to finish. Our IPA stands tall with its dry, floral, and citrus-like flavor and aroma. Like its namesake, there is no equal.
Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 184 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of drdiesel9483
drdiesel9483 from Ohio

3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look - about what a standard ipa looks like, copper slight head
Smell - carame piney
Taste- hoppy piney floral ipa
Feel - mediuj body and carbonation
OVerall - ok

Thursday at 02:24 AM
Photo of karlstratos
karlstratos from New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Got it on draft cold at Yosemite

A: Gold, clear, light head, some retention
S: Pine, hop, more hop
T: Hop forward, drinkable
M: Light body, good carbonation, refreshing
O: Pretty good IPA, hit the spot

Aug 30, 2021
Photo of Beginner2
Beginner2 from Illinois

4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Could be a classic in my book, one of these days (instead of years.)
That requires some explanation. This is a style I revisit relatively and increasingly infrequently compared to most BA participants. (2021 will be half of 2020 which was 7 new AIPAs and that was 2/3 less than 2018... and very few of these have been repeats. In brief, I've fallen off the AIPA wagon.) That said, there is a reason for this decline: my malt-head tendencies have gotten more exclusive in recent years and, frankly, the typical craft American palate has gotten extreme in the hop direction.

So into my minority world of malt-heads comes, General Sherman's AIPA. I'm not going to give it a review since 51others are ahead of me and many of them have gotten it right. But really in brief, T-S's AIPA reminds me a lot of the classics; particularly Lagunitas' IPA; although I confess the years of my beer career have faded my memory on that one.

This is only my second from a brewer of some 12 years, more if you count their partnership with Sequoia. While not working too much in my malt wheelhouse, I think T-S is a very neat brewer. Fresno is not sophisticated relative to much of California and certainly its big-city peers on the coast. But T-S stays with it; seems to me have started a fledgling brewery district to help revitalize Fresno's neglected downtown. And most important for the future, their shop will be only a few blocks from Fresno's station for High Speed Rail when its get built. For hitting all those buttons of mine, I have to give them some exceptional OA Hugs. I will stop by your store between HSR trains.

Feb 28, 2021
Photo of RyanK252
RyanK252 from California

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours crystal clear golden amber with a frothy eggshell white head that settles to a light layer and laces nicely.

S: Opens with a mix of citrus zest and pine, some floral notes, light underlying fruity side, lightly toasty biscuity malt, and

T: Zesty citrus, lemon and grapefruit, floral, some pine, underlying fruity notes, apricot, peach, mango, and passion fruit, slightly toasty biscuity malt, and just a touch of caramel sweetness.

M: A touch on the lighter side of medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: This has been the local flagship around these parts for what feels like forever. I've drank so much of it over the years I figured I must have logged it already. Apparently not. Time to fix that. The recipe got a bit of a face lift a couple years ago. Original featured Northern Brewer, Simcoe, Cascade, and Crystal. I probably do prefer the OG recipe, but version 2.0 is still a solid choice when you want to grab a 6er on a Friday night. The Double Dry Hopped version is where it's really at though...

May 01, 2020
Photo of RenDez78
RenDez78 from California

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is usually my go to beer during the Is very carbonated but the citrus notes are very refreshing. I won't come on here with pretentious and snobby reviews, it's the real-uh.

Aug 11, 2019
Photo of Phil-Fresh
Phil-Fresh from California

3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


A: Hoppy with aromas of pine and resin with a moderate caramel malt sweetness.

A: Light orange, with a gold hue, clear, with a moderately dense white head that has adequate retention.

T: Piney hop flavors with light resin, moderate malt sweetness, with a moderate hop bitterness with a dry finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Solid; the beer has a clean piney aroma and flavor with well balanced malt sweetness.

Dec 31, 2017
Photo of jeffreed61
jeffreed61 from Indiana

3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1/10/17 bottle, so less than 3wks old. West coast IPA all the way, lots and lots of pine. Sweet malt dominates the early flavors. After about 1/2 bottle, the hop bitters build and linger on the back.

Jan 30, 2017
Photo of GOBLIN
GOBLIN from Ohio

3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Received this as an extra in a recent trade . . . Some would insist that there is no such thing as a "bad extra" but I disagree. DO NOT SEND OLD IPA'S IN A TRADE regardless if it's an extra or not. I digress . . . This a decent looking beer but the maltyness has taken over the nose and flavors of this beer. Who knows, maybe a fresh bottle will come my way some day and I can give this a better review.

Jan 15, 2017
Photo of cosmicevan
cosmicevan from New York

3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

extra from a recent trade, no idea of age, but judging by taste and comparing to other reviews, I think this may not be as fresh as one would hope. transparent orange, nice froth and lace...nose is bright sweet candied citrus and pine like everyone else experienced...almost sweet barleywine like. must be on the older side as it is rich. taste is definitely syrupy and rich, but sweet with big malt. not a fresh modern ipa...take the blind age with a grain of salt, but perhaps a reason to add some form of dating? not what I would reach for when looking for an IPA...malty, likely aged...

Oct 25, 2016
Photo of Brolo75
Brolo75 from California

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a golden orange color with a bright white head, lots of lacing all over the glass, beer is clear with a good amount of carbonation. Aroma is earthy, piney, and resin with a good balance of malty sweetness like caramel. No alcohol on the nose. Flavor hit of earthy piney hop flavors up front, moderate amount of bitterness in the middle, finish has lots of sweet malts, aftertaste is more pine flavors. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and medium bodied with a piney dry finish.

Even though it's usually not a beer's strength, this has a pretty good mouthfeel, however, it's also malty on the nose and taste, maybe it's an old bottle as there is no date, finishes sweet and malty, kick up the hops and this would definitely be more enjoyable.

Jun 14, 2016
Photo of BucannonXC5
BucannonXC5 from California

3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Clear 9-oz. plastic cup
From: Liquor King in Fresno, Calif.
Price: $7.99 for a 6-pack
Purchased: March 31, 2016
Consumed: March 31, 2016
Misc.: No BOD on bottle or 6-pack

Picked up on a trip to Fresno, Calif. Cautiously optimistic about Gen Sherman IPA. Reviewed at the Springhill Suites in Fresno.

Poured a golden, honey, clear color with 3-to-4 fingers of fluffy, white head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the cup. Lots of foamy, layered lacing on the sides of the glass. Excellent, thick retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled a mix of hops and malts, getting sugary caramel, Casccade hops, floral hops, earthy pine, some grassy, herbal hops and hints of orange blossom. Not a typical IPA. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste was even maltier than the nose. Specifically got Cascade hops, caramel, soap, pine, earthy, bitter citrus rind, grassy herbal hops, floral hops, leafy vegetables, faint buttery malts and pretty boozy overall. (Taste - 3.00)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Boozy, bitter finish. (Feel - 3.25)

Did not like this one that much. Bummed that I have five more to drink. (Overall - 3.25)

3.33 | 76 | B-

Apr 11, 2016
Photo of rodbeermunch
rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.17/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Super dark for an ipa, almost brown. Lots of head, but the color is a little freaky. Aroma was pine.

Taste was a real viscous pine, bitter, woody experience. Alcohol is there in every sip, this is a strong 7.5% on the taste buds throughout the mouthfeel. Its a hunky roasted malt bitter c hop of a beer.

Dec 25, 2015
Photo of TheSixthRing
TheSixthRing from California

3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottling code of 244151. Not entirely sure, but I'd guess this works out to Sept. 1, 2015.

Appearance - Pours relatively clear and golden orange in color. Off-white, finger width head that displays fair retention before breaking down to a thin, consistent layer of suds across the surface. Thin sheets of lace with a few spots here and there.

Smell - Moderate citrus and floral hop character backed by a healthy amount of caramel and a tinge of bread.

Taste - Follows the nose. Not the most punchy IPA you'll come across, but displays a nice balance and a good flavor profile. Moderate citrus and a touch of floral and pine quality with a deep caramel malt backbone. Finishes much the same, with light, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with average carbonation. Slightly silky texture that provides a nice, easy drinking experience.

Overall - This one hits on my radar. I love citrus/caramel combo IPAs. While not the most aggressive or flavorful one I've come across, it does present a great balance between hop and malt. Considering the price I'd probably buy again, but it's nothing I would seek out specifically. Hard to grade, because while I love the flavor, it lacks that ideal punch you'd expect from the style.

Oct 25, 2015
Photo of rand
rand from California

3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From 22 oz bomber to pint glass

The brew is an apricot-orange in color, creamy and opaque. Little patches of lacing coat the glass as a small head recedes.

The bouquet is classic West Coast IPA - pine and citrus-pith and honey-like sugars. The aromas are bold and dank, like someone dumped some hop resin into the batch after fermenting.

The flavors are slightly more generic, at least for a beer geek in CA. Orange zest and pine at the front of the palate, met by a nutty malt-backbone. Not a lot of tropical nuances, and more astringent and bitter than sweet - reminds me of the way Stone hops their beers. Nice quick finish though, with a balance of bitter and sweet residuals between sips

Not a bad brew, nothing I'd rush out for again, but the first brew from Tioga and good enough to keep my eye on them.

Mar 14, 2015
Photo of vikinggary28
vikinggary28 from California

3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to glass. Smell is of a typical West Coast IPA, very hoppy but with earthy qualities; pine, grass, a little citrus. Colour looks unfiltered amber or yellow with a thick off white head that takes a couple minutes to dissipate. Tastes much like it smells. Harty hops and a variety of accompanying flavours, mainly pine and a little citrus, is quite enjoyable. Mouthfeel is medium towards heavy and the hops/pine definitely linger as an aftertaste. Take your time drinking this brew. I'm sure it goes great with spicy or marinated BBQ meats like pork or chicken. In fact, about right now that sounds like a great idea!

Mar 01, 2015
Photo of SammyJaxxxx
SammyJaxxxx from New Jersey

3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Received via trade from @soughtbygod and poured into my SN IPA glass.
Appearance: Nice golden hue with a thick three finger thick head. Minimal lacing
Smell: Pine and grapefruit.
Taste: Pine up front, in the middle and on the back end, some grassy flavor and grapefruit rind
Feel: Slightly high level of carbonation with some alcohol burn.
Overall: Good IPA but kind of one note. Pine resin and bitter hops.

Feb 13, 2015
Photo of IpaBeerDrinkers
IpaBeerDrinkers from California

3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is pretty much an average west coast IPA. Much more hop than malt. Piney, citrus tones abound. This tends to be quite a bit better on tap opposed to bottle. An OK offering in bottle

Dec 19, 2014
Photo of GreesyFizeek
GreesyFizeek from New York

3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by Curran tonight.

Pours a clear golden yellow, with a small half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells quite piney and perfumey, big hop aroma here, but not a whole lot of citrus..

This is definitely a tasty IPA, but it's not a particularly interesting IPA. It's got a lot of pine, some perfume, and grassy hop flavors, with a really large amount of bitterness, as the West Coast IPA tends to have. There's no real citrus that I can pick up, just industrial pine bitterness.

This is medium bodied, with a very crisp mouthfeel, and a higher level of carbonation.

This is certainly tasty, but like I said above, it's not particularly interesting or complex. Still good, though.

Nov 21, 2014
Photo of portia99
portia99 from Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a translucent, slightly yeasty/dirty looking pale amber color with a short lasting finger high cap of rocky white foam that leaves behind a sticky coating of lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet maltose combined with tangerines and oranges, touches of caramel, a bit of yeastiness, mild hop bitterness. I don't see a date on the bottle, but the aroma indicates there is probably at least a couple of months of age on this bottle.

T - Malty sweetness at the base with the same citrusy mix of tangerines and oranges taking the lead in the flavor profile. Mid level hop bitterness - clean but without much punch. A touch of booziness.

M - Lightish medium body with a lighter carbonation level. An earthy hop bitterness that is bit on the dull side persists thru the finish. Malty, worty start up front clashes with the bitterness.

O - To be fair, this doesn't seem to be the freshest bottle, but I have no date code to confirm or deny this. Pretty blah for an IPA with dull hops and a heavy malt presence that overwhelms a bit and clashes at times with the hops that are there. I would try this again in hopes of getting a fresh bottle, but won't go out of my way either.

Mar 08, 2014
Photo of Dsimenson
Dsimenson from California

3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a 16 oz pilsner--aide rarely aggressive pour produces a paper thin head which does not last. Golden clear/filtered color with mild lacing. Aroma is surprisingly rich and pleasing with grapefruit hops, subtle mangoes, and malt. Flavor is moderate hops, grapefruit, malt, and some toffee. Mouth feel is medium and foamy. Overall I think this is a very good IPA--I've updated this review on re-sampling it.

Nov 16, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
kylehay2004 from Illinois

3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

No head but good lacing on a clear golden with a copper hue body. Aroma of biscuit, resin, tangerine citrus and caramel. Flavor follows with more pine resin, tart citrus, caramel. medium body and moderate carbonation. Simple, a little too tangy, not all that bad but not very memorable.

Oct 12, 2013
Photo of mverity
mverity from Florida

4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle courtesy of thebeerprophet. Perfect one finger white head with a nice pale golden color to the body. Uniform head that held for almost a minute; lacing is okay. Aroma is grapefruit, kumquat, and tangy unripened peach. Taste is boldly hopped, but the use of simcoe/cascade/crystal reminds me of citra and willamette. Slightly bitter, but with that nice unripened peach flavor as well. Mouthfeel is a tad watery.

Sep 15, 2013
Photo of elNopalero
elNopalero from California

4.71/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This poured a light caramel-golden amber color with decent foaming. The aroma just bursts out of the gate with a great layer of grapefruit and pine on it. Super fresh and just fantastic. Expectations were obliterated as I tasted it—more of the same pine and grapefruit came to life on the palate, followed by a pleasing piney bitter finish. Wow.

Sep 11, 2013
Photo of dougfur
dougfur from New York

3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice light straw color, very clear, with a small head. The smell is of faint hops with a bready, yeasty smell as well. Taste is similar, but less hops and more bread/yeast. Mouthfeel/carbonation fine. Perfectly good drinkin' beer, but nothing special.

Apr 15, 2013
Photo of hopheadbulldog
hopheadbulldog from California

4.71/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is the Double Dry Hopped version of this amazing Local favorite in Fresno, California. This was just released in bombers 2 weeks ago. It is bursting with flavor from the cap coming off to the last sip. Never disappointed with these guys. Once their tasting room is open, this is a must stop if you're a beer fan and in the central valley.

That is all.

Mar 21, 2013
General Sherman IPA from Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 184 ratings