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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Added by BradBLR on 05-18-2007

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Photo of nickd717
2.78/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle shared by chswimmer. This is a pretty nice gruit - tasty for not having any hops in it. Wait, what? This is an IPA? Well in that case, I might have to change my opinion on this one.

Pours clear golden with a small white head.

Aroma is very malty with caramel and a little grain. Not too much hop presence.

Flavor is also malty, like an English pale ale or maibock almost. Caramel and pale malts with some herbal and citrusy hops. Really not west coast style at all - the antithesis of something like Pliny the Elder.

Clean but rather boring on the palate. Medium body.

Overall, meh, I wasn't a big fan of this one as far as the style goes. It was enjoyable enough, but I don't really consider it an IPA.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Sequoia Brewing (Tower Location)

Pours a clear golden orange color with a sticky white head. Smells quite a bit like grass. Some citrus peel and herbal hop notes, maybe a bit of soap. Incredibly grassy up front on the flavor, too. There is a bit of sweet malt flavor to it, mostly bread. Some light line notes but not much bitterness. Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

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Photo of rgrace99
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the Sequoia brewing company. Poured a clear amber to the top of a shaker pint with very little foam, some lacing. Aroma was mild citric. The main problem with this beer was it had a very harsh bitterness to it and was very astringent, maybe an unusual hop variety or very hard water but the harshness overwhelmed the other flavors and made it somewhat difficult to drink. Overall it wasn't bad but it wasn't great either and with all the great IPA choices available on the west coast not one I'd go back to.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
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...

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Photo of woodychandler
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My pour produced a finger's worth of rocky, eggshell-white head with good retention and really sticky lacing. Color was a hazy golden-yellow with a good bit of particulate throughout. The nose was slightly citrusy, but not as intense as other IPAs that had drank recently. Mouthfeel was medium with a tart hops bite on the tongue. Finish had a decent, but not totally memorable, hop bite. It was nice to try, but I might not go for it again.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
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-

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Photo of BilbosNuts
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a small white, rocky head that fades quickly to a thin film across the top. It appears to have a moderate to high amount of carbonation, giving it a lively appearance.

S: Typical IPA smell, but somewhat muted. There is a decent hop profile with bits of citrus and floral perfume aromas.

T: Herbal, citrus, and floral hops are the main players in the taste. It also has a sort of resiny taste to it. There is a nice hoppy, bitter bite at the end.

M: Its medium body has a sort of oil and resiny feel to it that slightly coats the palate. Despite what appeared to be a lot of carbonation in the appearance, there isn't much when it comes to the feel. It has a lingering bitterness after the finish.

O: I think this is just a slightly above average IPA. It had a decent taste despite a muted aroma. I'm sure I'll get this one occasionally since it's a local, but I've definitely had many IPA's that are superior to this one.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to RichBeer for providing this in trade.

Bright copper/brass color with good clarity. Nice clarity. Finger of head that does fade quickly. No lacing. Spotty carbonation rises to the top

Aroma is mostly of toasted grain and a touch of fruit. Not very hoppy.

Fairly well balanced. Certainly not a hop bomb. I'd say the most surprising thing is that its from Cal. Although I think N Cal which makes sense. Tastes more like an Oregon Ipa.

Toasted malt. Slight light fruit. Pineapple. Bitterness comes in the second half.
Not extremetly floral.

Medium/light body.

Its ok. Not a very good ipa, but more acceptable.

Glad I tried it.

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Straw color, pours an inch of foamy white head that fades quickly.

Smell: Hoppy, pine resin, citrusy, biscuit malt.

Taste: Hoppy, pine resin, citrus, malty.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied, good carbonation, creamy.

Overall: A decent IPA, tasted as though it may be a bit past its best by date. Not as hoppy as I like, but I tend to love big hop bombs.

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Photo of dougfur
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was in Visalia for my cousin's wedding, dipped into a corner market that was on a shithole website to check out the beer selection and grabbed this for $9/6. Pours a very dark appearance for an ipa, lots of brown rolling deep in this one. Plenty of carbonation yields a nice off white 1.34" deep head. Aroma picks up nicely, lots of pine aroma, makes you think you're tasting the redwoods almost. Mostly (Cartman voice).

Tastes like an ipa with a sticky tree in it. Lots of malt though, this one really pushes the boundaries of what a single ipa is, the seven and one half percent alcohol is there, but not bothersome, they paired up some heftier style malts and in good quantity that it makes that 7.5% warming and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel remains with strong Cascade hop character, this one is strongly hopped with the traditional hop varieties. This beer doesn't skimp on lack of ingredients, its big but not heavy. If they could pack that pine and everything into a slightly lighter body, I think this would be a very good beer instead of just good/pretty decent for a Visalia corner market.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a hazy/cloudy amber-orange color. Minimal head becomes a minimal film quite fast.

Smell: Light aroma of hops and florals.

Taste: Citrus hop flavor with some alcohol taste present. Slight metallic flavor at the finish. Alcohol in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Rather light-bodied, light but initially tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Alcohol taste gets a bit too much, but not bad.

Somewhat better-than-average IPA. But it is quite simplistic and gets lost a bit in the high ABV.

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Photo of IpaBeerDrinkers
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
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

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Photo of BradBLR
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was poured a reddish amber color with a thin yellow head. There was a minimal amount of lacing. The smell was that of hops and a caramelized malt that balanced each other nicely.

The taste was a bitter hop flavor that was balanced with a caramel malt that was almost sweet. The beer had an overall bitter taste but was lacking the floral or citrus flavor that is usually found in an IPA. The mouthfeel was good with the beer being a little thick and the CO2 being almost perfect.

Another great beer from Sequoia and another fine IPA. Not as good as their Mineral King IPA, but worth a try if you get a chance.

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Photo of jeffreed61
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.56/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from J347, cheers Jonathan!

Pours honey colored with 3+ finger of sand colored head. Very good lacing & above average head retention

S: Pineyness, lemons

T: Grapefruit, a touch of biscuitty malt, plus a hint of tropical fruit up front. Leafy hops, grapefruit & dryness as this warms, & a bit of toffee hiding in the background. finishes with loads of leafy & herbal hops, plus a touch of caramel. Almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Medium bodied, semi-chewy, low carbonation, fairly good balance, does skew hoppy

Drinks pretty easy, but the hop profile would get old to me after a while, hopheads would disagree

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Photo of portia99
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The General Sherman looks good and clear with a golden/light amber pour. A half inch of nearly white cap offers decent retention.

Touch of light caramel and cascade on the aroma are classic for the neighborhood, that being in the foothills of the Sierra. Touch of spice is there as well. Well done albeit run of the mill to a degree, though does expand in complexity with warming.

Flavor is good though a bit off as the bitterness seems perhaps a bit strong in tannins. Hop aroma and flavor are present yet not quite convincing, likely for the same reason.

Smooth feel otherwise and with a pleasant citric bitterness. Fairly well balanced if perhaps a bit one dimensional. A decent IPA, easy drinking for its 7.5% without a doubt. Good sipper by the campfire..

I didn't think Fresno had any redeeming qualities. I stand corrected..

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Photo of Samuel906
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was on my way through Fresno on business, and I thought I'd try to find something new and local. I was presently surprised to find a 22 of this IPA at a local liquor store; honestly, my hopes were not up as Fresno is not particularly known for its beer. Pretty average on appearance and smell. Good hops, pine, and citrus on the nose, but pretty subdued. Flavor and mouth feel are great though. Tons of hops all around, lemon, caramel and malts. Mildly sweety with a hint of boozy warmth. Buttery smooth and full with good carbonation; it really costs your mouth. Overall, I am rather pleased with this beer, definitely something I would like to keep in my fridge.

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Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Named after the largest living tree on earth,poured into a standard pint glass a light clear golden with a huge blooming white leaving broken rings of lace behind as it settled very slowly.English hop aromas to me and somewhat mild at that,floral and leafy with a big firm toasty lightly sweet malt base.English themes on the palate as well leafy with a hint of mint with only a mild citric quality and borderline medicinal, that big toasty malt base stands up to the hop keeping it even keeled thru out.Not a big left coast hop bomb like I was expecting but its honestly not bad.

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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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General Sherman IPA from Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company
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