2014 Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale (Sierra Nevada Brewing Company)

Style: American Barleywine 9.6% ABV 90 IBU’s OG: 23.0° Plato FG: 6.0° Plato Malts: Two-row Pale, Caramel Bittering Hops: Chinook Finishing Hops: Cascade, Centennial, Chinook Yeast: Ale yeast Brewer’s Note: “Bigfoot is a beast of a beer, brimming with bold flavors of bittersweet malt and heaps of aggressive whole-cone Pacific Northwest hops. First introduced in the winter of 1983, Bigfoot is a cult-classic beer brewed in the barleywine style, … Continue reading 2014 Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale (Sierra Nevada Brewing Company)

Brux Domesticated Wild Ale (Sierra Nevada and Russian River Brewing Companies)

Style: American Wild Ale refermented in the bottle with Brettanomyces bruxellensis 8.3% ABV Released: July 2012 Brewer’s Note: “What began as mutual admiration between Sierra Nevada’s Grossman Family and Russian River’s Cilurzos has grown and progressed into genuine friendship. Brux began as an idea and has grown into something altogether different: The liquid manifestation of change over time. Refermented in the bottle with Brettanomyces bruxellensis, Brux will … Continue reading Brux Domesticated Wild Ale (Sierra Nevada and Russian River Brewing Companies)

Revisiting: 2012 Narwhal (Sierra Nevada Brewing Company)

Style: Russian Imperial Stout 10.2% ABV 60 IBU’s OG: 24.2 Plato FG: 6.6 Plato Bittering Hops: Magnum & Challenger Aroma Hops: Challenger Malts: 2-Row Pale, Caramel, Chocolate, Honey, Carafa, and Roasted Barley From: Chico, CA So I’m finally going to start cracking open some of my cellars offerings and let you know what a year (+) does to a beer.  The first to be given … Continue reading Revisiting: 2012 Narwhal (Sierra Nevada Brewing Company)

Celebration Ale (Sierra Nevada Brewing Company)

Style: American IPA 6.8% ABV 65 IBU’s OG: 16.0º Plato FG: 4.0º Plato Bittering Hops: Chinook Finishing Hops: Cascade & Centennial Dry Hopping: Cascade & Centennial Malts: Two-Row Pale, English Caramel Firstly I’d like to fill in all of those who (like I was before I wrote this review) were unaware that Celebration is really just an American IPA with fresh hops, and not a … Continue reading Celebration Ale (Sierra Nevada Brewing Company)

Narwhal (Sierra Nevada Brewing Company)

Style: Russian Imperial Stout 10.2% ABV 60 IBU’s Beginning Gravity: 24.2 Plato Ending Gravity: 6.6 Plato Bittering Hops: Magnum & Challenger Aroma Hops: Challenger Malts: 2-Row Pale, Caramel, Chocolate, Honey, Carafa, and Roasted Barley I love this bottle.  I’ve always been a fan of Sierra Nevada’s bottle art, and their limited releases only continue this feeling.  The coloring choice of dark blue is brilliant for … Continue reading Narwhal (Sierra Nevada Brewing Company)

What Makes A Beer Imperial/Double?

For some reason a lot of people are confused these days with what the moniker “Imperial” or “Double” signifies before a beer’s name.  Even the internet can’t seem to give a solid and unanimous answer past “A bigger beer with more stuff in it.” For those who have read my last post, you might know that Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Imperial Pilsner #43 has made … Continue reading What Makes A Beer Imperial/Double?

Sticke Pilsner – Imperial Pilsner Beer Camp #43 (Sierra Nevada Brewing Company)

Style: American Pilsner 5.6% ABV I would first like to say that I will follow up this post with my own research and thoughts on what qualifies a beer as Imperial, as I do not see this beer as falling into that category.   The beer pours the color of dehydrated piss and apple juice, yellow with faint hits of rose and brown.  The body … Continue reading Sticke Pilsner – Imperial Pilsner Beer Camp #43 (Sierra Nevada Brewing Company)