General Sherman IPA | Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company

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General Sherman IPAGeneral Sherman IPA

Brewed by:
Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of hopheadbulldog
4.71/5  rDev +28.3%
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.71/5  rDev +28.3%
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.

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Photo of tdshiner
4.48/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best thing to come out of Fresno since Tom Seaver. I know its easy to knock Fresno, but if you keep an open mind, you will see this IPA stands up to all comers. So, don't be a hater, give Tioga Sequoia their due. They have created a wonderful IPA, my go to beer.

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Photo of MerryTapster
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was working in living in Bakersfield and working in Fresno at the time when I went to Sequoia Brewing Companies Brew Pub in the Tower District.

I don't recall to much about this beer except that it was a really well crafted beer. I have to give props to the brewery for this one.

PS: If you make your way to the brewpub go there on the all you can eat fish and chips night if they still have it.

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Photo of ScottFromWyoming
4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at a small-town store that had a few nice beers but nothing I can't get back home... except this one. I'd never heard of it but the tagline on their 6-pack carrier, "Drink Local," guilted me into trying it. Very happy with it.

It's above average overall, with everything I like: strong hops, good citrus aroma and a bit of fruitiness in the taste as well. It's not "like" any beer I can think of, that is, the flavor is unique, but well within the IPA family. This would be a great beer to always have on hand; anyone who likes IPAs would enjoy it, and it's rare enough that a lot of people will have never tried it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another new IPA for me to try. Could not wait. As soon as I got home last night I cracked this one open as I was really needing it. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 06/08/2010.

The pour was a wonderful clear amber in color with a light orange hue to it. Really nice looking though I have to admit with a soft head of white that reached about ¾ of an inch up the glass and settled down with some nice lacing around the sides.

Aroma is deep citrus hop. Lots of orange and tangerine, definitely on the sweeter side of the spectrum as far as hops go. Nice balance starts to come out as it warms as the bitter citric notes give way to a buttery, smooth malty aroma. As I take the first sip, nice medium body coats the tongue and leaves you very content as the carbonation is enough to really let it go. Nice blending here as the sharp hops are first very noticeable but after a few moments begin to subside. Nice sugary orange notes mixed with a touch of grapefruit but overall not that sharp at all. Nice sweet buttery malts, touches of light bready grains and a smooth, dry and clean finish leave this one very drinkable for sure.

Overall a very solid IPA. Classic west coast style and holds its own with just about anything in the class, no real issues here at all.

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Photo of mverity
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice deep orange, sordove a thick pour for a single IPA, good carbonation and nice dirty white head. Nose is dry, caramel, pine and bitterness. Taste is dry upfront with a big caramel malt presence, lots of earthy notes, citrus and pine. I would expect this beer to have a big dose of Cascade and/or Amarillo hops. Nice bittering on the end, still dry and tasty. Mouthfeel is nice, full a little booze. This is a big single IPA and weighs in some serious West Coast IPAs.

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Photo of Offa
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good IPA, with strong, almost numbing herbal-citrusy-piney hop qualities.

Brazen - orange-gold - and a bit cloudy, it has a huge off white head slowly shrinking to a lasting rocky, creamy frothy top and nice lace.

Aroma is herbal, juicy and jammy with a bit of resin and marmalade, plus a little dry bread, light syrupy golden plum

Taste is spicy, minty herbal hop bitterness, a bit resinous, with hints of citrus. It has some dry bread and mineral coming on later with a hint of lightly alcoholic, lightly raisiny sweetness, and a yeastiness - almost Belgian in character for a moment - really coming through right before the finish. The hop bitterness is not intense but the hoppiness overall almost is and dominates - though gently- the light sweetness from start to finish. The hop character is fairly complex and engagingly zesty. Feel is a bit light, not oily or thick like double IPAs tend to be, but then this is just a strong "regular" IPA apparently.

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Photo of californiakulak
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a pint of this beer at their bar last Friday. this is the beer that got me hooked on IPAs

A. Dark golden color. Very typical for the style. Good one inch firm head with lots of lacing.

S. Floral hops. A hint of malt. Citrus and pine scents.

T. Very good. Grapfruit hop bitterness with some biscuit malt flavors.

M. Good carbonation, very bitter but a little thin tasting.

D. Great drinkability for a 7.5 percent beer. the go down quite easily I must confess.

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Photo of Kadonny
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass. I got this as a trade extra.

A: A darker gold color with amber orange hues. A nice one finger white head leaves some lacing.

S: Typical west coast style of citrus hop tones on the nose. Some grass and slight pine join in. No hops? What?

T: if you can't detect the nice west coast style hops on this, you had a bad bottle. Very nice citrus tones with massive grapefruit, pineapple, mango, tangerine and some grassy tones. The wonderful caramel and biscuit malt as provide a wonderful balance. Finish shows some pine notes mixed with the biscuit malt to provide a clean finish that is very balanced and pleasing. This no doubt a west coast style and a good one at that.

M: well balanced, medium wi some sweetness and prickly characters but really nice. No alcohol.

O: a very nice west coast beer that I really enjoyed. Not in your face hops, but a very nicely balanced beer that is nice and hoppy. A great unknown gem that I would drink anyway.

Really good beer again that was so balanced and drinkable. Loved it!

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer many times, but I've decided to redo my original review since I thought it was outdated.

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Crystal clear amber body with a fluffy, off-white head. This gets an A+ in clarity, and I can see very gentle streams of carbonation within. Although small, the head retains nicely and drags a good amount of lacing.

Smell: Toasted malt, grapefruit, pine, caramel, and lemon. Doesn't smell as hoppy as I'd like, but what's there is okay.

Taste: Toasted malt is followed immediately by grapefruit, then dry pine and earthy hops. A pretty simple mix, but well-crafted.
NOTE: I've found that the bitterness of this beer is extremely variant, and this particular bottle is on the milder side. I wish they dated their bottles. With that said, this particular beer is nicely balanced. A fresher bottle would lean pretty heavily on the hoppy side, which I prefer.

Mouthfeel: Malty and medium-bodied with gentle, prickly carbonation. Pretty chewy, especially when swished. Finishes dry and bitter, with a pleasant, long-lasting aftertaste.

Drinkability: My drink of choice when I'm back home. Usually one of the cheapest six-packs available as well (always on sale for $6.99 at Save Mart). I wouldn't call General Sherman a special IPA, but I can't imagine anyone being disappointed with it. If you're in the Fresno area, give it a try!

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

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Photo of WDT
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ice cold pint glass.

A: Straw, golden, nice thick head, decent lacing.

S: Citrus and pine dominant. Malty body and back with a fair amount of bitterness that lingers.

T: Piney, citrusy, bold.

M: Not syrupy thick but a substantial amount of body.

O: Great tasting, bold IPA, not a hop bomb but a tasty 7.5% Love to keep this on hand at my place.

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Photo of Grabbin2nd
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

From Notes: 1/5/09
Sequoia Brewing Co.
Gen. Sherman IPA
12 oz. bottle
7.5% alc.

Appearance= Vigorous pour into pint glass yields a 1.5 finger white head. Appearance leans towards a DIPA. Deep orange color, not opauqe. Nice cascading rings as the beer goes down.

Smell= Sourdough starter! and a little citrus...

Taste= Hops and malts balanced. Taste is good not great. A tad watery on the finish.

Mouthfeel= Good. Thin on the finish. Carbonation is relatively non-existant.

Drinkability= Where's the alcohol? answer= extremely well hidden. Could drink these all night. Ultimate session IPA?? This is the last of the sixer I bought. Beers 1-2 we're good, beers 3-5 were great, the last beer was ok. Kinda weird... Scores would be higher if I revied it on beers 3-5. Good IPA, that's worth it if you find it. I would not seek it out though.

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Photo of ReDave
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, besides pub opinion, this is a very drinkable ale.

However! This is not the old favorite Mineral King India Pale Ale!

Appearantly due to bottling contractual obligations, the recipe [and probably name] had to be changed.

This is a little too dark for my liking [of an IPA]
a little too malty for a non Double IPA
But.. a very adequate beer never the less

Nice lacing, adequate aroma, pretty good bittering

The alcohol is a little high, but then, so was the mineral king!

Another great beer from Kevin and Sequoia, and a find IPA
worth a try

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of Bludgeon
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am surprised there aren't more reviews for this beer. I had one last night when I got home from work. I poured it from a bottle into a chilled glass and as always it had great head that left nice rings as I drank it.

The thing I love most about this IPA is the piney flavor the hop selection in this beer brings. Its mellow yellow color is nothing remarkable but I'm sure it's well within IPA parameters.

I also love the aroma from this beer, again it's piney, gotta love piney hops folks! They have this beer in our local Walmart, I know this is a local beer and maybe it's just so available where I live that I assumed more folks would know about this beer and there would be more reviews.

If you can get it where you live you should, if you like IPAs you'll be glad you did.

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Photo of Dsimenson
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Gyle41386
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottle compliments of OStrungT. Thanks, Jason!

Pours a light golden color with about two fingers of white foam. Great head retention, and there is some nice lacing.

Well, I certainly wouldn't call the nose hoppy, and I certainly wouldn't assume this came from the West Coast. But, considering all the jokes we made about Fresno when I was living in Long Beach, I guess I shouldn't have expected a typical California IPA. It's almost like an English IPA, in that it's a subdued hop aroma. That aside, I'm getting mostly caramel, pine and lemon. It's earthy and grainy, with what smells like a tremendous balance.

The flavor delivers much more than the aroma would indicate. There's a citrusy hop flavor that peaks out over the big malt base. Pretty nice balance all around. Unfortunately, there's a flavor in the finish that tasted metallic at first, but eventually wore off.

Medium body, with relatively low carbonation. Slightly chewy...this one's got a nice texture. Easy drinker, and there's never any indication of the 7.5% ABV. Outside of that weird, lightly metallic finish, this was a pretty nice IPA.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pour is light copper with an orange hue. massive cloud like head that takes forever to dissipate.

light floral and citrus notes. mainly orange and tangerine.

very bitter, lots of pine, lots! has a slight grassy and earthy flavor as well. malts are a bit subdued but there. a slight floral hop flavor lingers in the background

very full feeling and nice light carbonation.

very nice IPA, would like to see it a tad more floral but a nice IPA indeed.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of rand
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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General Sherman IPA from Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company
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