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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen

Posted by dugpark on July 15, 2009

It has been a while since I had something new to drink, so thought I would go with the new Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen that I picked up at ol’ Malt & Vine the other day… Sierra Nevada touts that this beer was brewed in open fermentation style where the top of the fermenting tank is left open… this can be dangerous as it is easier to contaminate, but if done in a very sanitary environment can also lend depth and character to the brew… lets see… on to the review:

Pours a cloudy, light-yellow with a small head. Nose is defnitely yeasty… it almost smells like it is in the fermenting tank still… :) Much more yeasty than a traditional hefeweisen, that is for sure. First taste is nice… different. The front of the beer definitely has belgian influences but as you head to the back and finish, you can taste the citrus of the American Hefe… very nice. Overall, drink after drink brings the same results, giving you a little European flare to your standard American Hefeweisen. Think Hefe meets Belgian and you have this one nailed.

Nice work on the style, Sierra Nevada!!

Details:

alcohol content 4.8% by volume
yeast Ale Yeast
beginning gravity 12.8 Plato
malts Two-row Pale, Wheat, Munich
ending gravity 3.5 Plato
bittering hops Perle or Sterling
bitterness units 15

JBB6 Rating: Will Buy Again

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Sierra Nevada 12th Release Harvest Ale

Posted by dugpark on June 22, 2009

Sweet sweet wet hop Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale, hallowed be thine name… thy beer come, down my gullet… to rest in my warmed belly. 

This super-solid brew uses a style of hopping where they don’t dry or turn the hops into rabit food, but they actually bring it fresh from the plant and throw it in their batches of beery goodness.  This gets the most out of the hop and doesn’t allow any of the juices or flavors escape… similar to picking herbs straight out of the herb garden.  In this instance, it does the body good and brings forth an amazing brew that hits you just like it should in all the right places. 

Clean, hoppy nose leads to a refreshing dose of hoppy goodness in the body and finish… really hits throughout the drink, so you don’t have to think about where and when the hops were used, but they are just omnipresent… always with you from soup to nuts.  The nice thing about this brew, though, is that they aren’t trying too hard… at 6.7% ABV, this isn’t some huge hopped up mess like the guy at the gym who is living on ‘roids… no… this brew is ‘roid free and just heavy enough to keep it interesting, but light enough to not question the doping. 

Overall a super solid brew that balances the hops perfectly from start to finish.  Wet hopping FTW!

JBB6 Rating: For the Win

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA

Posted by dugpark on May 23, 2009

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA… a brilliant orange IPA with a healthy head, perfectly hoppy nose… almost like you were sniffing them raw just before the boil. Body hits hoppy, as well.. guessing this was dry hopped (confirmed it was on the six pack box), but either way the hops hit for sure. finish is bitter but a bit sweet… overall impression is this is a good strong hopped beer… may not be for everyone but fits the PNW just fine.

JBB6 Rating: Will Buy Again

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Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale

Posted by dugpark on July 25, 2008

Ah Sierra Nevada… little did I know that these fine folks have been brewing beer for nearly 30 years… (28 to be exact).  And so, you would think they would know how to brew a fine beer… and they do.

Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale celebrates 28 years of expertise, experimentation, success and failure, and you can tell it is there in this complex yet even IPA.  This anniversary ale definitely has the hops in it and the IPA-ness of it jumps right out at you but the finish does’t leave you feeling liky you just got hit by the hop train… rather, it leaves you feeling like you just got off it after a beautiful little locomotion through the sunny hillside.  A very heady pour with the kind of foam that leaves big white remains on the sides of the glass as it dissapaits, a good coppery golden color and a medium body preceed the finish and make this a very, very well rounded beer.

JBB6 Rating: For the Win

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Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager

Posted by dugpark on June 26, 2008

I was attacked by a pirate tonight…

He was trying to take my beer but I was able to fend him off with an easy stiff-arm to the forehead…  Good thing since I really was enjoying this beer and I didn’t want to give it up.  Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager was at the back of the beer fridge, so I figured I would pull it up to the majors and give it a try. 

A very lager-y lager, this fine brew was nice and refreshing on a hot summer afternoon after a long day at work.  It was just the right level of hops and didn’t leave a nasty aftertaste like some cheap lagers can.  It was crisp as the bottle notes, easy on the lips, beautiful gold in color, and the 5% gave me a quick little reminder of why beer is relaxing. 

All in all, a wonderful little lager that will be a good addition to anyone’s beer fridge or belly (if you don’t have a beer fridge, by chance).

JBB6 Rating: Will Buy Again

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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Posted by dugpark on March 22, 2008

Beer number three on this blog (meaning types, not bottles :) ) from our friends at Sierra Nevada Brewery.  Sierra Nevada Pale Ale comes into its own as a solid choice in the category.  Granted, I have had about 4 Widmer Hefeweizens tonight, but I don’t think that is impairing my judgement as much as it would be my eyesight… I know this is good stuff since we had a few the other night on Po’s deck and then I had another one the other night just because.  A good beer with a strength that belies its label and sneaks up on you as you are sitting harmlessly on the porch.  Plenty of tasty hops and enough bitterness to let you know you are drinking real beer.  This is a good choice all year round.  Clean and refreshing on a warm summer day, but strong and warming if it is a bit chilly or wet outside.

JBB6 Rating: Will Buy Again

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