Posts Tagged ‘ Sierra Nevada ’

Normal Beer!


Sometimes you just need a regular beer that costs $2.50. Keeps me grounded, these shelf turds


Cheap Stout..

God really damn tasty! I think this beer will have to be my go-to for the winter. $10 a four-pack is pretty extraordinary.

All of the Maple

My tasting group got together for another themed tasting. This time we went with maple beers. I don’t have a lot of experience with maple in beer, but I’m pretty indifferent about it. It is neither good nor bad. After the tasting I can say that maple in beer, when done correctly, is simply jaw-dropping. At other times, it simply doesn’t contribute much.

Pretty ambitious for 6 people methinks.

Lawson’s Finest Liquids – Fayston Maple Imperial Stout: Not really a fan of this beer. Really nothing special about it. C+

Lawson’s Finest Liquids – Maple Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout: This beer is awesome, the maple barrel completely changes it. Roasty but not overly so due to the sweetness imparted on the beer from the barrel. A-

Lawson’s Finest Liquids – Oak Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout: I did not like this beer at all. I felt like I was chewing burnt pieces of tree. C-

Lawson’s Finest Liquids – Maple Trippel: Best beer of the day by far. It was absolutely stunning, I haven’t had too many beers better than this one, and nothing that I’ve had that uses maple as an ingredient comes even close. Stellar beer and I plan to be trading for some soon. A+

Founders CBS: Another delicious beer. I have not had this release yet, but it’s better than I remember. In my opinion, this beer has the perfect amount of maple for use in a stout. Nice and sweet, but not cloyingly so (looking at you Dark Lord!) A

Midnight Sun Berserker 2009 – Old, but still great. Didn’t stand up to CBS , but when I came back around to this bottle, it was delicious. Less maple presence than CBS, but that might be attributed to age. A-

Dogfish Head 75 Minute – a good change of pace, but this beer just didn’t stand up to the hopslam that we had earlier that day. B

Alesmith Decadence – Nothing particularly stands out here, but maple and barleywine play together okay. Barleywines are sweet enough as it is, so I had a difficult time tasting the maple among the caramel notes of the beer. A-

Sierra Nevada Life and Limb Batch 1 – This beer was better than batch 2, but that’s all I can really say. I was suffering from some serious palette fatigue at this point. B+

Bruery Otiose – Not a maple beer, but a sour guava beer. I really enjoyed it, but I don’t know if its because it was so different from everything else or because I simply like guava. A-

Bruery Acer Quercus – Nope. Smells good, but doesn’t deliver. B-

Bruery Autumn Maple 2009 & 2010 – 2009 was significantly better than 2010, but both beers just taste like I’m drinking sweet potatoes. My friend Matt from college would absolutely love these beers. He’s a big sweet potato guy. C+

Founders Better Half – surprisingly tasty, and nothing like I was expecting. A nice bit of bourbon barrel to go with the sweetness from the molasses/maple syrup. B+/A-

Rye can be relentless

Whoops, I meant ruthless!

Pardon the dark photo, Photoshop takes a surprising amount of effort (read: I’m kind of a lazy ass)

Description: It’s a rye IPA, there.

Beer: Ruthless Rye

Brewery: Sierra Nevada (whoops, had Boulevard listed before)

Style: IPA

ABV: 6.6%

Location: Chico, CA

Appearance: Brown with bits of orange in it. 1 finger of head that fades quickly

Aroma: Citrus and pine notes of a typical IPA are here, but then I get some woody/rye smell, with a touch of breadiness that I associate with a doublebock.

Taste: Much less complex than the smell I think. I get some caramel with a touch of rye along with good citrus and pine. Very balanced, and quite tasty considering I went into the beer not expecting a whole lot.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. None of the viscosity that usually comes with a bready nose. I like it, thick, thick beers should all be stouts and barleywines.

Drinkability: I could definitely drink 4 during a soccer match or football game. There’s just enough complexity to keep me interested, but it’s not complex or heavy enough for me to stop and think about all the crap that’s going on in this beer during a game.

Beer Advocate Grade: B+ (88)

My Grade: B/B+

Back on Track!

Okay, after writing out the various reviews that I had missed, it’s time to get back to the the beers I’m currently drinking and enjoying while watching various superhero movies! With Iron Man and Iron Man 2 watched, it was time to move on to the Incredible Hulk. And with angry hulk comes tasty beer.

Beer: Life and Limb

Brewery: Sierra Nevada/Dogfish Head

Style: American Strong Ale

ABV: 10.2%

Location: Chico, CA/Milton, DE

Appearance: Black with two and a half fingers of off white head

Aroma: Roasted malts, coffee, maple syrup, alcohol

Taste: Maple syrup sweetness, some figs, molasses, little bit of coffee, and some alcohol burn

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, dry, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: 1 bomber is perfect before making the switch to something else

Beer Advocate Grade: B+

My Grade: B

I was actually a little disappointed in this beer, I generally like Sierra Nevada beers and there are many tasty Dogfish Head beers as well. I would have thought that this collaboration would have worked out really well, but I think the breweries are better off working on their own.