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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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1,242 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,242
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 9
Gots: 79 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: raynmoon on 07-03-2014

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.
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Photo of Ultimate
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mitchster
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Brewed with Golden Promise, Caramel malts. Bitter and Northern Brewer, finished with Willamette, Sterling.
5.6% ABV, OG=13.0P, FG=2.8P, 40 IBU's.

Pours out to a slightly hazy pale copper, forming a tall whipped yellow head with superior retention and solid lacing. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs or so. Layer of sediment in the bottle. The nose is of fruity hops (pineapple, mango) and some subtle toast, that ruddy english yeast character like wet cardboard. Mouthfeel is light bodied, crisp, dry in the finish, and somewhat tart and metallic and oxidized. The taste is not very good. It is oxidized, lots of wet cardboard, there is a weird metallic sourness like a fermentation/sanitation problem. Medium firm herbal bitterness. Bone dry finish.

Not very good. Definitely the weakest of the beer camp series so far. If this were homebrew I would give it away to non-particular friends or dump it.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"For beer folks, Chico, CA and New Glarus, WI, are bucket-list pins on the U.S. brewing map, but it's no simple feat seeing both. There and Back is named for the planes, trains, and zeal that connect them. This classic English-style bitter is a complex mix of toasty malt and fruity, herbal hops." Brewed in the style of an English Bitter. Available in 12 oz. bottles within the Beer Camp Across America 2015 variety pack and on limited draft. This is a collaboration ale between Sierra Nevada and New Glarus Brewing.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Sierra Nevada snifter glass. Served above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy crisp head of a buttery cream color over a mildly hazy orange amber with light, lively carbonation. Retention is good and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) Bready English malts with a modest nuttiness, light toffee sweetness and moderate cleanliness is paired with a mildly bitter fruit hop note. The aroma is fairly mild overall, but there are several nods to the expected characteristics of the style. Potency is mild. 3.5

(Taste) A soft bread malt leads the way, finishing on a note of fruity hops and soft butter toffee with a mild graininess. There's a bit more diacetyl in the flavor over the aroma, although the nuttiness of the aroma is more reserved, and the beer drinks even cleaner and lighter than expected. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) The texture is lightly syrupy, mildly chewy, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a light frothiness and a medium+ crispness on the finish. Body is medium for the style, light/medium overall. Balance is very slightly bitter over sweet although the flavors are collectively mild at their most vocal. Alcohol presence is very low and there are no off characters noted. 3.5

(Overall) Sierra Nevada and New Glarus team up on a style that isn't commonly brewed stateside. The flavor profile of English Bitters are fairly mild, even on the malt front, which has the potential to impress with flavor diversity, but this beer keeps fairly simple on the malt front, with only some mild toffee and bread malt building the aroma, not quite as much depth and flavor as may be expected per the style. Perhaps my first underwhelming experience in the Beer Camp Across America variety pack thus far, There and Back nonetheless makes for a highly drinkable ale with a delicate nod to the style's English roots. 3.5

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.'s
There And Back English-Style Bitter (With New Glarus Brewing Co.)
3.52/5.00

Photo of woodychandler
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had picked up most of this series as singles at The Friendly Greek and then put them in my reefer awaiting review. The backlog at Chez Woody is phenomenal and so I am now getting around to them.

From the bottle: "This easy-drinking English-style bitter features nutty, toasted English malts balanced by a solid dose of zesty hops and a fruity, dry finish."; "Brewed in Collaboration with New Glarus Brewing Co."; "For beer folks, Chico, CA, and New Glarus, WI, are bucket-list pins on the U.S. brewing map, but it's no simple feat seeing both. There and Back is named for the planes, trains, and zeal that connect them. This classic English-style Bitter is a complex mix of toasty malt and a fruity, herbal hops."; "We brew in Chico, CA, and Mills River, NC, to bring you the finest quality beer."

I Pop!ped the cap and commenced a gentle pour so as not to rouse the lees that had collected in the punt. This meant no head until I used the bartender's trick and stirred it in the glass. I got a brief two fingers of tawny head that fell rather quickly. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a biscuity, nutty maltiness that I have encountered in other English bitters along with a dried, dark fruitiness. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium, but quite effervescent. Taste was at once nutty and fruity and I was put in mmind of fruitcake. I am one of those rare birds who actually will eat fruitcake, albeit in limited quantities, hence I know from whence I speak. Finish was semi-dry, so the yeast may have continued to do something to it while in the bottle, if people felt it sweet originally. 40 IBUs, so not wildly hopped, strengthening my case for bottle aging, even inadvertently. Next, the lees pour: Waste not, want not has long been my motto. Now, I did get a little bit of head initially. Color was Copper, but man, it was murky and muddy. The nose seemed to have a more pronounced maltiness. The taste was not markedly different, but it did seem slightly more bitter.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of slipperysoup
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oldsailor
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of redleg411
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brywhite
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of socon67
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jgeddis
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Goldndomer
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vande
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mdlb44
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brewale4me
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CJNAPS
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hosehead83
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber/gold in color, with a nice fluffy head of off-white foam
Aroma-Subtle toasted malt
Taste-Tosated malt, nice dose of fruity/herbal hops. Well-balanced and tasty. Session-worthy.

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3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zenithberwyn
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of angrybabboon
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 1/8/15, with apologies for apparently abandoning most of the Beer Camp beers in the back of my fridge

A: Clear, medium amber with burnt orange highlights - medium size, off-white head, fades to a wispy cap and an average collar, leaves some streaks of lacing

S: The aroma doesn't scream "English Bitter" but I like it - lightly hoppy with some citrus, grassy, floral, and herbal notes - nice malt profile with some pale and caramel grain, light bread, toasted biscuits, and slight hints of caramelized sugar - clean and lightly sweet - touch of minerality as it warms up

T: Well-balanced toasty grains and hints of citrus - light citrus flesh and zest, with some pine, herbal, and grassy flavors - slightly earthy, but mostly clean - great malt flavor with pale and caramel malts, toasted white bread, toasted multigrain bread, bread crust, biscuits, and some caramel sweetness

M: Light to medium body, extremely smooth and drinkable

O: Another Beer Camp beer I would drink again

This is further proof that I utterly failed in my strategy to drink this 12-pack. This is probably the best I've had so far. This, like the Torpedo Pils, I would probably buy again if it ever saw the light of day.

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3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tommy5
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jemarent
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JMS1512
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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