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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Brolo75
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 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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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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General Sherman IPA from Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company
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