Sierra Nevada Brut IPA

Val and I had a small gathering for Super Bowl this year and I picked up a variety of beers, this being one of them. I was really interested to give it a shot, especially since everyone seems to be coming out with a brut IPA these days. I also haven’t had a Sierra Nevada beer in awhile and their beers are always solid.

ABV: 6.2%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Bright citrus, dry finish
This is our Brut IPA, a new take on IPA brewed for a bone dry champagne-style finish. Late hop additions give the beer balanced bitterness and a bright pop of citrus flavor. It’s as intriguing as it is drinkable.”

Random: They could definitely put a little more information on the website.

This beer poured with two fingers of wispy, white head that dissipated quickly. It left very little lacing on the glass. The body was a clear yellow with generous carbonation. The nose was cracker malt and a touch of herbal hops. The taste had more hops to it with some pine and herbal notes. It had cracker malt and the end of the sip. The body was on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation. It was incredibly dry, which I appreciated. It had a quick finish with cracker malt. I really enjoyed this beer and it would pair well with fish or a light pasta dish. It’s also a good alternative to champagne because of the dryness. I would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

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Sierra Nevada Narwhal Imperial Stout

Happy New Year’s Eve! Val and I try to do something low-key every year. Staying off the roads and in pajamas is usually right up my alley. The first year that we were dating, we spent New Year’s in DC, which was great, but now that we have the house, it’s nice to just hang out and watch tv at home with family and friends. Anyways, stay safe tonight!

ABV: 10.2%

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A malt-forward monster, highlighting the depths of malt flavor. Narwhal Imperial Stout is inspired by the mysterious creature that thrives in the deepest fathoms of the frigid Arctic Ocean. Featuring incredible depth of malt flavor, rich with notes of espresso, baker’s cocoa, roasted grain and a light hint of smoke, Narwhal is a massive malt-forward monster. Aggressive but refined with a velvety smooth body and decadent finish, Narwhal will age in the bottle for years to come.”

Random: I’m really digging Sierra Nevada’s rebranding.

The beer poured with a one finger, tan head. It took awhile to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was black with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was filled with dark chocolate and roasted malts. There was a scent of alcohol as well. The taste was much of the same. I picked up some cocoa and dark chocolate. There was roasted malts and a very strong alcohol note. The body was thick and chewy with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with booze and cocoa. A twelve-ounce bottle of this was $2.38, which came to $.20 per ounce. I thought I was going to love this beer, but the booze took over everything.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Sierra Nevada Tropical Torpedo Tropical IPA

Sierra Nevada keeps putting out new beers that are totally solid. This is a beer that got great ratings on a beer podcast I follow. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 6.7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Inspired by the island life, we created an IPA completely disconnected from the mainland. We used our one-of-a-kind Hop Torpedo to deliver an intense rush of hop flavor and the lush aromas of mango, papaya, and passionfruit with every sip. Enjoy our tropical twist on the American IPA.”

Random: Fresh mango is one of my favorite fruits. Wawa sells small containers of them that I get before I go to work.

The beer poured with less than half a finger of white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was mostly clear and light orange in color. It had moderate carbonation. The nose was filled with tropical fruits. Specifically, I got mango, pineapple and passionfruit. I didn’t get a lot of papaya. It had some light malts as well. The taste was also incredible. It bordered on tropical air freshener. The same flavors of mango and passionfruit came out, but it tasted like fresh tropical fruit instead of artificial flavors. It also had some cilantro and herbal notes to complement the tropical fruits. The body was on the medium side with lots of carbonation. It had a lengthy tropical finish. This was an excellent beer and the flavors were incredibly. I look forward to having this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America – West Latitude

We finally got an electrician to come to put up our new lighting fixture in the dining room. We also replaced the outdoor light and put a fan up in the guest bedroom and a new fan in the master bedroom. It all looks great, especially the new outdoor light. We hated the one that came with the house, so this made me especially excited.

westlatitude

ABV: 5.5%

Style: Rye Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “West Latitude combines our Californian Left Coast love of fruity hops with a touch of Hawaiian ‘aloha’ from the addition of hibiscus flowers, all anchored by robust malts and spicy rye. This session beer is light in body but looms large, like the long shadows of a westward setting sun.”

Random: They couldn’t put up one light outside without drilling through the masonry, so I told them not to put it in.

This beer poured with a one finger, cream-colored head that was quite thick. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was clear and dark brown with moderate carbonation. The nose had some rye along with some maple and old leaves. The taste had more bitterness with rye spice and brown malts and brown bread. The body was on the lighter side with generous carbonation. It had a quick finish with a lot of rye. I don’t remember how much I paid for the beer, but it came in the Beer Camp mixed pack. I thought this beer was decent and I liked all of the rye spice that it brought. It’s worth a shot, although I doubt it’s still on shelves or on tap.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America – Sweet Sunny South

We’re getting closer and closer to Spring, which means that a review of a bright table beer is in order. As mentioned in a bunch of blog posts before, I post about six months in advance in case work gets busy and I can’t get to posting. This beer was part of the Beer Camp mixed six-pack last year.

sweetsunnysouth

ABV: 4.9%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The south holds strong to its traditional flavors—tea, honey-sweet peaches and corn grits—so we looked at those culinary cues for this southern-inspired table beer. With a golden grainy malt body and complex tangy finish from the fruit, tea and herbs, Sweet Sunny South is perfect for sultry summer sipping”

Random: It’s also getting closer to barbecue season.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and yellow with moderate carbonation. On the nose, I picked up notes a lot of fruit. Specifically there was guava, pineapple and papaya. There was also a floral characteristic along with honey that went into lemon. The taste was just as bright with a lot of fruit and lemon pith. It went into wildflowers and floral tea. The body was thin with moderate carbonation. It had a quick floral and wildflower honey finish. I don’t remember how much I paid for this beer, but it had some good flavor and was easy to throw back. It was one of the high points of the mixed pack.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America – Moxee-Moron

Today’s selection is another one from the Beer Camp variety package. Although I like the concept of it, the beers tend to be hit or miss. Hopefully this one is decent.

moxeemoron

ABV: 7.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The city of Moxee, WA, is in the heart of the Yakima Valley hop growing region and this Imperial Session IPA—a style contradiction—honors the Pacific Northwest’s hop-bomb heritage. Moxee-Moron features hops in the mash, the kettle, the Hop Torpedo, and the fermenter for ultra-complex hop aromas and flavors in an ironically named package.”

Random: The cats finally sit on the new cat tree that we got them. They like to sit on the top of it and watch the neighbor’s dogs.

The beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated quickly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, bright orange with moderate carbonation. The nose had a lot of pine needles and pine sap. There was some citrus as well with pomelo and orange peel, but this was definitely a dank hop bomb. The taste started with caramel malt sweetness and quickly went into fruit cup syrup, pine needles and some red berries. It had a grassy and herbal note as well. Even though the ABV was relatively light for a double IPA, there was some astringency from the booze. It had a medium thick body with moderate carbonation, which worked for this beer. The finish was lengthy with grassy notes and a touch of green NyQuil. I liked this beer a lot, even though I recall the mixed pack being a bit expensive. I would recommend this one again if it gets re-released.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America – Family Values

Val’s away for a few days, so I’m catching up on the blog at home while watching documentaries on Netflix. I also have the flu, which isn’t that fun, to say the least. Let’s get to something more fun, like this beer.

familyvalues

ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Brown Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Family Values showcases the cooperation and kinship of Midwestern brewers. It features largely Midwestern-grown ingredients: Minnesota wild rice, Indiana honey, Missouri oats, Michigan hops, and cocoa nibs from Illinois as well as Sierra Nevada’s estate-grown malt. This is our centrally located collaboration celebrating the best of the Midwest.”

Random: Wild rice is one of my favorite site dishes.

The beer poured with half a finger of tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. It left a small crown on top of a dark brown body. There was no visible carbonation because of the color of the beer. The nose was filled with roasted malts, hazelnuts and cocoa powder. It was quite inviting. The taste had much more depth than a typical brown ale. It started with roasted malts and then went into a touch of instant coffee powder. Cocoa powder was next and then was followed up by a bit of nuttiness and brown bread. The booze was well-hidden. It had a thick and chewy body with high carbonation. The finish had brown bread and cocoa powder. I don’t recall what I paid for this beer, but I remember it being on the pricier side. I enjoyed the flavors on this one and would definitely have it again, if they ever re-release it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0