Archive for the ‘Sierra Nevada Brewing Company’ Category

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


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.


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

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.


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


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.


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


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.


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


Conceptually, I like the Beer Camp packs. I like the idea of breweries collaborating and making one-off beers, but sometimes they’re hit or miss. This is one of the ones that I thought was more of a miss.


ABV: 5.6%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Pat-Rye-Ot is an ‘old-meets-new’ take on a pale ale by brewers all located in the original 13 colonies. It features rye and apples, which were among the first ingredients used by American brewers in the colonies, alongside bold American hops—hallmarks of our modern craft beer ‘revolution.'”

Random: “Pitch” is quickly becoming my new favorite show. Fox is putting out some great shows, like this one and “Empire.”

This beer poured with a one finger, slightly off-white colored head that dissipated slowly. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was really cloudy and bright yellow. It also had a lot of floaties and moderate carbonation. The nose had a bright lemon and apple note. There was a honey sweetness as well. The taste had a lot more grain to it than the nose. It had the same lemon note as the nose with grains of paradise. It didn’t have a huge amount of sweetness. Rye came through and was incredibly strong with mineral water. The body was thicker than expected with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy and grainy. A bottle of this was $2, which came to $.17 per ounce. I liked the beer, but the rye was a bit too strong.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0


Despite the mixed pack getting less than stellar reviews on both content and price, I picked one up. I also was not a huge fan of the price and if I knew what the price was before I got to the checkout, I would have reconsidered my purchase.


ABV: 7.3%

Style: American Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This stout hails from the land of sun, sand, and surf and proves that beach beer doesn’t have to be light colored and delicate. Stout of the Union is rich, roasty and full of deep malt flavor, creating a union of like-minded brewers together through beer.”

Random: My local beer store doesn’t have the best selection of mixed twelve-packs. They seem to generally be less popular than they were a few years ago.

This beer poured with a one finger, light brown head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown with some carbonation visible, despite the dark color of the body. The nose started with smoke and ash notes and quickly went into dark chocolate. The taste was even more ashy, like licking the bottom of a cigar ashtray. It also had wood smoke and then dark, bitter malt. The booze was apparent in the taste along with shaved dark chocolate. The body was shockingly light for the style with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with the same wood ash and dark malts. A bottle of this was expensive at $3.08 ($.26 per ounce), and although I had no issue drinking the beer, I think it was a bit off-balance and wasn’t worth the price.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0