Sierra Nevada Hop Bullet

Val got a Ninja Foodie for Christmas and we’re trying it out for the first time tonight. She just finished making some grilled chicken and it looks amazing and took only 10 minutes. While she’s finishing up, let’s see how this beer is.

ABV: 8%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Hops are the name of the game with a Double IPA, but we knew we had to take it one step further. With Hop Bullet, we’re using a new technique, hitting the beer with a one-two punch of Magnum hops and lupulin dust—pure, concentrated hop flavor—directly into the tank to emphasize the intense pine and citrus flavors of classic West Coast hops.”

Random: This beer comes in at 55 IBUs.

The beer poured with a three finger, fluffy white head. It hung around for a minute or so and then dissipated. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear yellow color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was pleasantly hoppy, presenting with lots of grapefruit and grapefruit pith. The taste was incredibly hoppy with the same grapefruit note and transitioned into pine as well. It had a nice sweetness from the malt to balance the hops out. The body was on the heavier side with a lot of carbonation. The alcohol dried the beer out a beer, but didn’t overwhelm. It had a lengthy and sticky finish with grapefruit. This was a solid beer from Sierra Nevada. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Sierra Nevada Sierraveza

Tonight’s beer is one from Sierra Nevada. I pick up their beers with relative frequency, because they’re always solid. For Christmas, I picked up their mixed pack because there wasn’t one from Sam Adams or Magic Hat (those tend to be my go-to selections to bring to parties). Let’s see how this beer was.

ABV: 5%

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Inspired by the classic cervezas served ice cold by the beach, we created our own take on those light and easy beers born south of the border. Sierraveza is golden and crisp, with a balanced malt flavor and a hit of floral hops that will have you calling out for another round.”

Random: I always look for good lighter beers so that if we have people over who drink macro beers, we have a decent option. I look even harder for them in the summer and every year they seem to be more plentiful.

The beer poured with a half a finger of off white head that dissipated quickly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow-color with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had some cracker and malt along with some honey. There was also some lemongrass as well. The taste started with some malt and cracker. There was a touch of cilantro and grass but then some honey came through. The body was light and crisp. It had a lot of carbonation, which made it go down easily. The finish was quick and unremarkable. This beer was alright. I wish it didn’t have the cilantro and herbal notes because it took away from the crispness. I wouldn’t rush back to have this again.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

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

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