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)

Floral IPA – 2012 IPA Beer Camp #53 (Sierra Nevada Brewing Company)

Style: English/Herbal India Pale Ale (IPA) 5.9% ABV See Review of Oatmeal Stout for my review of the Beer Camp labels. To start off this review, I will quote the back of the bottle so as to enlighten the unenlightened as to why the Floral IPA got its name, and what makes it different from the average IPA.  The back of the bottle reads: “This unique take … Continue reading Floral IPA – 2012 IPA Beer Camp #53 (Sierra Nevada Brewing Company)

Red-oric – 2012 Imperial Red Ale Beer Camp #65 (Sierra Nevada Brewing Company)

Style: Imperial American Amber/Red Ale 8.0% ABV   See Review of Oatmeal Stout for my review of the Beer Camp labels.   The beer pours a deep dark candied red, bordering on brown with a nice clear body and a good flow of carbonation bubbles.  The head is big, rocky, and mountainous, with sticky fat globs of lacing moving up the sides of the glass … Continue reading Red-oric – 2012 Imperial Red Ale Beer Camp #65 (Sierra Nevada Brewing Company)

2012 Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale (Sierra Nevada Brewing Company)

Style: American Brown Ale 5.5% ABV 37 IBU’s Malts: Two-row Pale, Crystal, Chocolate, and smoked Beginning Gravity: 13.6 Plato Ending Gravity 3.5 Plato Ale Yeast Bittering Hops: Challenger Finishing Hops: Challenger and Yakima Goldings A Tumbler beer for a Tumblr blog!  I felt the similarities were worthy of note.  I love Sierra Nevada’s bottles.  Something about their simple seasonal landscapes just looks lovely on a … Continue reading 2012 Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale (Sierra Nevada Brewing Company)