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There And Back: English-Style Bitter (Beer Camp Across America) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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There And Back: English-Style Bitter (Beer Camp Across America)There And Back: English-Style Bitter (Beer Camp Across America)

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Ratings: 1,186
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 11
Gots: 76 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
For beer folks, Chico, CA, and New Glarus, WI, are must-see capitals on the U.S. brewing map, but getting between the two is no simple feat. There and Back is named for the planes, trains, and zeal needed to connect them. This classic English-style Bitter is a complex yet easy-drinking mix of toasty malt and a fruity, herbal hop flavor.

New Glarus is fiercely loyal to its home state, growing to one of the largest breweries in the U.S. without selling a single drop outside of the borders of Wisconsin. With those local tastes in mind, New Glarus has perfected traditional German styles and invented masterful versions of complex and intense fruit beers featuring Wisconsin-grown ingredients.

(Beer added by: raynmoon on 07-03-2014)
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Reviews by TheSixthRing:
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours an orange copper color with am off-white finger's worth of head. Sub-par retention, resulting in a broken layer of surface suds. Lacing is nearly non-existent, with a rare spot here and there.

Smell - Some bready malt and faint fruitiness.. and that's about it.

Taste - Bread, red apple, hints of citrus. Caramel undertone. If I'm being short here, it's because there's not a whole lot of prominent flavors going on, but that's not atypical of the style. Nice balance, in the least.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with lively carbonation. Really smooth, almost buttery texture. Goes down nicely.

Overall - Yeah, it's okay. Even for an English Bitter, it's nothing special. Goose Island's Honker's Ale is much better, in this reviewer's opinion.

TheSixthRing, Jul 20, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of Hoptometrist
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass.

A- Poured a clear orange color with off-white soapy head that left minimal lacing.

S- Pretty rich malty aroma full of bready notes, caramel, toffee, and white grape..

T- Rich bready notes, lots of white grape and bright citrusy notes, caramel, cream soda, and toffee.

M- Very smooth, prickly carbonation, dry, and medium body.

O- This is such a well-balanced, flavorful, and smooth English Ale. This one caught me by surprise, quite a treat.

Hoptometrist, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours an orange-amber color with a thick one finger white head that has fantastic retention. The head slowly fades over a long time to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The nose of the beer is sweet and malty with tons of caramel and toffee sweetness as well as a good deal of a grainy and toasted bready malt smell. Along with these aromas comes some smells of a sweeter fruitiness as well as a bit of an earthy and piney hop smell.

Taste – The taste begins much drier then I would have anticipated from the smell with a toasted malt flavor along with just a bit of a more caramel sweet taste. The bit of sweetness that is present upfront fades as the taste advances with just a hint of a lighter butterscotch flavor taking its place. Joining the toasted malt flavor are some flavors of grain and a bit of a hay-like malty taste. Hop flavors are largely absent upfront, but as the taste advances some flavors of an earthy and herbal hop flavor come to the tongue. Along with a little bit of nut and a very light happening of some toffee, one is left with a malty and slightly dank hopped and sweetened flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side for a brew of only 5.6 % abv. For the style and tastes of the brew, which consist of malty and dank hops, the thicker body and lower carbonation level are rather well fitting and make for a nice mouth coating feel.

Overall – A decent bitter overall, but really nothing all that fantastic.

Darkmagus82, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a nonic a clear brass color with a thinner but well sustained white head,hard to find the right adjective for the color so I came up with a light brass.herbal hops and toffee malt in the nose,the hops are bigger than the average English bitter.Hard toffee and mild caramel on the pale with a drying zesty herbal hop finish,again the hops a little bigger than the average of the style.A good quaffing bitter,could drink alot of these in a sitting.

oberon, Jul 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

DanGeo, Jul 29, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

t2grogan, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Tiernan, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of GameOfBeers
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%

GameOfBeers, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of woodchipper
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

woodchipper, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of drewkennedy
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

drewkennedy, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of sabitu
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

sabitu, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In my pint glass this beer was an amber color with a small tan head.

Aroma of pine and citrus, with a bit of sweet fruit. A bit understated.

Same with the taste. Some grapefruit, some pine notes, some fruit, some caramel.

A light, easy-drinking beer.

This was OK. It was definitely my least favorite in Beer Camp.

lordofthewiens, Jul 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

freshflesh, Jul 12, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

SD-Alefan, Oct 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

DaftPatrick, Aug 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Kappakoosh, Jul 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

warnerry, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy copper orange with a big rocky off white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet nutty caramel malts with some fruit.

The flavor is sweet fruity caramel malt with some nuts and a dry grassy hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, a decent bitter, better than most.

Beaver13, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of barhoc11
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

I feel like the beer camp series isn't as bad as everyone thinks and I am somewhat of a harsh critic when it comes to my reviews.

This ESB is perfectly inline with a ESB, I am not sure what others were expecting but this is a very fine 'almost' sessionable ale. I love the fruitiness of the hops with the strong malt backbone. It's not the best beer in the world but it is fine for what it is.

barhoc11, Aug 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

77apm, Jul 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Fcip78, Aug 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

JakerLou, Aug 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

Beerswag, Aug 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

mctizzz, Jul 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

aquazr1, Jul 10, 2014
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There And Back: English-Style Bitter (Beer Camp Across America) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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