Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America CANfusion Rye Bock

So, awhile back, I set up my Netflix queue with 500 different movies and documentaries that I wanted to see. I’ve watched a bunch and I’m finally below 100. The other half despises my choice of things to watch. She jokes that I did this when Netflix didn’t have anything decent to watch. Tonight’s choice of DVD was “The Search For John Wilkes Booth.” I’m enjoying it, but the other half does not seem to. I think she’ll be happy when I have nothing else to watch on my queue, although she’s added some movies to the queue. Now that I’ve bored you, let’s get back to the beer…

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ABV: 7.2%

Style: Rye Beer

Trivia: This was brewed in collaboration with Oskar Blues Brewery.

Random: The glass I used for this one is my newest one, purchased from Dogfish Head during our vacation.

This brew poured with a three finger, pure white head that dissipated slowly and left generous lacing on the glass. The body was a clear copper color with light carbonation visible. The nose had a bit of hops on it with a touch of tropical fruit. It also had some rye and bready malt after a few sniffs. The taste started with some sweetness from the malt and molasses and quickly went into spicy rye with citrus hops as well. The body was on the thicker side with light carbonation that could have been dialed up to cut through the booze warming at the end of the sip. It had a long finish with citrus hops and spicy rye. This beer was pretty good. I enjoyed the abundance of rye in the flavor and would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America Tater Ridge

One of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving is the sweet potatoes. Every year, we do sweet potatoes with raisins and apples and a bourbon glaze that I love. For years, my sister and I would fight over the leftovers. Now that I’ve written this, I’m having a craving for sweet potatoes. This beer uses potatoes in it and is also brewed in collaboration with the brewer’s alliance from the city that Sierra Nevada just built their new brewery in. I definitely have to make my way down there and see that. Anyways, let’s see how this one was.

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ABV: 7%

Style: Scottish Ale

Trivia: This was brewed in collaboration with Asheville Brewers Alliance.

Random: This twelve pack has really been hit or miss so far. I’ve read a few other blogs and they seem to feel the same way.

This beer poured with a two and a half finger tan head that dissipated slowly. It left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, dark mahogany color with very little carbonation visible due to how dark the beer was. The nose had some notes of sweet, toasty malt. The taste was a more intense version of the nose with sweet malt, toasted bread with a touch of peat and smoke. What I didn’t get was any influence from the sweet potatoes. After a few sips, some light nuttiness came through as well. It had a thicker body with moderate carbonation. The beer finished with sweet malt and toasted bready and lingered. This was a decent beer, but again, it wasn’t amazing, which was a bit of a letdown.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America Alt Route

It’s almost the weekend! It’s been a crazy week and the other half and I are headed to Connecticut tomorrow to visit her mother. It will be nice to get a change of scenery and I have a feeling that we’ll manage to come home with some more beer. Shocking, I know. Anyways, this beer is an altbier. I haven’t had a beer from this style in over two years. I’m curious to see how this one is and if I enjoy the style and more or less than the last time I had one.

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ABV: 6.6%

Style: Altbier

Trivia: This was brewed in collaboration with Victory Brewing Company.

Random: I’m very excited for next Thursday. We get to wear football jerseys to work. I will be rocking some sort of Eagles jersey.

This brew poured with a two finger, cream-colored head that dissipated slowly. It left a lot of lacing on the glass and a crown as well. The body was a clear, dark sienna color with very little carbonation visible. The nose had some sweet grain with hazelnuts. The taste had more depth than the nose. There was some bitterness and hop character that quickly went into some grain and caramel and nuttiness. It had a thick body with light to medium carbonation. It had a long finish with the same caramel nuttiness that was in the end of the sip. There was nothing wrong with this beer, but given that it was a collaboration between Victory and Sierra Nevada, I just thought it would be amazing. This was definitely not the shining star of the mixed pack.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America Maillard’s Odyssey

We’re back into the reviews from the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp twelve pack. I have so much beer in the review queue it’s ridiculous. Every time the other half and I go somewhere, we keep bringing more and more beer home. I don’t mind, especially since most of the beer that we’ve brought home lately is pretty difficult to find as it’s not distributed in Jersey. One brewery that’s not available in Jersey is Bell’s, so let’s see how this one was.

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ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: This was brewed in collaboration with Bell’s Brewery.

Random: I don’t know how I feel about the new “Top Chef Duels” show. Depending on the pairing, it can either be really annoying or really good.

This brew poured with a huge, fluffy, two finger light brown head. It took forever to dissipate and left lots of lacing. The body was a dark brown that was almost black with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose had a lot of oats along with chocolate malt and black coffee. The flavor was big and much more intense than the nose. At first, I got strong black coffee with roasted malt, dark chocolate and oats and even some toffee. There was also some light bitterness at the end, much less than I’ve come to expect from a porter. The body was thick and velvety with moderate carbonation. It had a long, silky coffee finish with some booze warming, which was much less than I would guess would be apparent from the ABV. This beer was absolutely outstanding. It was really complex and all of the flavors worked so well together.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Flying Dog Mint Chocolate Stout (Brewhouse Rarities)

As usual, I’ve been crazy busy at work. But, at least lately there’s a reason for it. I got a promotion, so I’ve been working longer hours and I’m going to be much busier. I will get to leave earlier on Saturdays too, so that will be nice. Anyways, here’s a beer I had earlier this week.

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ABV: 5.7%

Style: American Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Inspired by the chocolate mint herb grown in our staff garden, Mint Chocolate Stout is a dessert beer you can have more than one of. Both cocoa and peppermint are added post-fermentation for subtle sweetness and a refreshing minty finish.”

Random: The Jets look awful in this preseason game.

This brew poured with less than half a finger of light brown head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color with no visible carbonation due to the color. Since this was a stout, I let this one warm up for about 15 minutes before sampling. The nose reminded me of melted mint chocolate chip ice cream. The mint was pronounced and I was very excited. The taste wasn’t as good as I was hoping for. The mint was really strong on this one, and I was hoping for more chocolate to balance it out. Unfortunately, the chocolate was too hidden. The body was on the thinner side with moderate carbonation, which was also a bit of a disappointment. It had a long finish with spearmint. I was really excited to try this beer, but it was a big letdown. I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America Yvan The Great

This was the second brew that I had from the Beer Camp twelve-pack. I still can’t believe how difficult it was to find. There were reports at one of my local beer stores that people were buying the twelve packs while they were taking it off of the distributor’s truck. That is a bit ridiculous. I understand wanting a beer, but that’s a bit ridiculous. I guess that’s why I don’t understand paying and/or searching out super rare beers. I like them as much as the next person, but the more I drink good beers and write about them, the less energy that I put into searching out a whale. Anyways, let’s crack this one open.

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ABV: 6.3%

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Trivia: This was brewed in collaboration with Russian River Brewing Company.

Random: As much as I didn’t think I’d like “Brewdogs,” I’m definitely addicted to the show.

This brew poured with a half a finger of pure white head that dissipated very, very quickly. It didn’t leave any lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow with very high carbonation visible. The nose had Belgian yeast with lemons and flowers. The taste had a bit more complexity. There was Belgian yeast along with lemon rind with some barnyard funk and hay. There was also notes of white pepper, coriander and hop bitterness at the end of the sip. The body was thin with prickly carbonation. It had a long finish with spice and yeast. This was a good, solid beer that I would have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America Myron’s Walk

I always feel so tired on my first day back to work after the weekend. This week was no different. I went into work early today and there were a lot of higher ups in the office. That’s never a good combination for an easy day. I got home later than normal tonight, but the other half is still stuck at work. So, that means I get to bang out some reviews of the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp beers. I was really excited to try this one, which is a Belgian Pale Ale that was brewed with Allagash, who puts out seriously good stuff. Let’s see how this one went.

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ABV: 5.3%

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Trivia: This was brewed in collaboration with Allagash Brewing Company.

Random: I’m watching “Rizolli & Isles” because the other half is DVRing too many things for me to switch the channel. It’s not awful.

This beer poured with a one finger, pure white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. It also left a small crown on top of the clear, golden-yellow body with high carbonation. The nose had a lot of Belgian yeast up front with white pepper, coriander and citrus. The taste started with some bitter hops and grapefruit and quickly went into Belgian yeast, coriander and some pine. The body was on the thicker side and dry with high carbonation. It had a long finish with some pine and bitterness. This was a pretty good beer. It wasn’t mindblowing, but definitely good and you can put back a few.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Applewood Naked Flock Draft Cider

The other half had a really great idea for the blog. She said that I should start keeping my receipts when we buy beer and mention what I think of the beer as related to the price. I’ve seen a few other beer blogs that do this, and I think it’s a great idea. So, this cider was one from the seemingly never-ending Westchester stash that the other half wanted to try and wasn’t a big fan of. Let’s see if I had the same opinion.

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ABV: 6.8%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The Naked Flock is introducing people to a true Hudson Valley Hard Cider. ‘Our Cider is for people who crave unique flavor and are on the hunt for quality.’ Says Cider maker Jonathan Hull. Naked Flock Ciders are available in 3 varieties, Original, Draft and Pumpkin. Naked Flock Ciders are made from Fresh Hudson Valley Apples. ‘With the demand for gluten free diets and local sustainable products Hard Cider has come into it’s own.’ Says the Cider maker. ‘We don’t add water or grape spirits, flavorings or colorants and that’s why when you open it and you smell it you get a big Apple nose. It gives it a look and feel that sets it apart from the competition.’ Draft is a drier style fermented with Belgian Trappist Ale yeast and smoothed over with organic Maple syrup.”

Random: Ever since we came home from vacation, the meow has been super snuggly.

This cider poured with absolutely no head and a clear, greenish-yellow body with light carbonation visible. The nose was very much like a white wine to me. It had a touch of champagne grape along with granny smith apple. The taste was very much of the same. I got granny smith apple, champagne grape and then slight yeast notes came out. I was disappointed to say that I didn’t get any maple syrup. The cider was very dry with a light body and light carbonation. It had a long finish with some booze warming and apple. This cider was alright, but definitely missing the maple syrup and I would have hoped for more flavor from the maple syrup. Given the price of this at $8.99 a bomber, I don’t think this was worth it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA – Simcoe

The other half picked up the Samuel Adams Latitude 48 Deconstructed pack for me a few weeks ago. I popped this one open last night thinking it was a drinking beer…it wasn’t. So, I poured what I had left in a smaller glass to salvage a review.

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ABV: 6%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to beerlegends.com, “Simcoe Hops were released in 2000 by the Yakima Chief Ranch in Washington State. Its one of those hops that are closely associated with India Pale Ales, but its capacity does not stop there. Simcoe is used almost to obsession in varying ales, predominantly by American Craft Brewers. Its parents are unknown but is compared to Cascade Hops. Simcoe Hops are dual purpose hops with high bittering potential. The alpha acid content comes in at 12.0%-14.0% with a relatively low beta acid content of 4.0%-5.0%. The co-humulone for this variety is very low (among the lowest) at 12.0%-15.0%. In total this makes Simcoe a good choice for foundational type bittering in beer. Simcoe is also known for its aromatic qualities. And is described as both fruity and an herbal piney earthy fragrance. The myrcene oil content is a skyrocketing 60.0%-65.0% which is among the highest. And naturally this leaves the other oils at a deficit from the norm with the humulene oil content at 10.0%-15.0%, and the caryophyllene oil content at 5.0-%-8.0%. The aroma in Simcoe Hops is complex, and this is part of what explains its popularity with bold hop heavy ales. Simcoe Hops are heavy yielding plants at 2300-2500 lbs/acre, which is a theme from some of the Yakima varieties. The bright yellow lupulin comes from the medium size hop cones mid season after a moderately vigorous growing season. Going with the times, Simcoe has been bred for disease resistance which includes powdery mildew and sperotheca.”

Random: We finished all of our backlogged episodes of House Hunters.

This brew poured with a one finger, cream-colored head. It was slow to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass. It was a clear, deep mahogany color with light carbonation visible. The nose had grapefruit and pine with a touch of herbal scent as well. The taste was nice. I got a lot more pine and spruce tips then grapefruit, but both were present. There was a little bit of malt but it was definitely hop forward, as it should be. It had a medium thick body that was also really crisp with moderate to light carbonation. The finish was long and piney. I enjoyed this beer. It was a nice way to show case the hop.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Mispillion River Citron

On the way back to New Jersey, we stopped for a late lunch at the same place that we stopped at on the way down. They had a few different beers on tap from when we were there the first time, but I wanted to try one more beer from Delaware before we came home. This was the brew that I settled on. I’ve been having a lot of saisons lately, so hopefully this one is decent.

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ABV: 7%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, this is a seasonal beer released in August.

Random: Don’t you love how much information the brewery gave about this beer? That always irritates me. Why can’t they just put a decent description up? I will say, it’s one of my biggest pet peeves about writing the blog.

This beer poured with a small, white head that was less than half a finger high. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The nose had notes of lemon, lemon rind and Belgian yeast and a bit of coriander. The taste was nice and light, especially given the elevated ABV. There was some lemon rind and then a touch of candi sugar. One thing that was disappointing was that there was very little spice along with it. It also had a thin body with high carbonation. The beer ended with a quick finish with notes of lemon zest. I could see that this brew had potential, but for me it was only alright and one that I wouldn’t rush back to have again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0