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

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Ratings: 1,139
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 10
Gots: 69 | 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:
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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3/5  rDev -18%

AFb2stealth, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the tap into a standard sixteen-ounce glass at the University of Chicago Pub, I was of course excited to see anything with New Glarus involvement in an Illinois bar.

The first thing that hit me was how fruity this ale is for an ESB; certainly the bitterness is one of the least pronounced components of the beer. The malt heart of the bitter is nice—though I'm sure the exact malting outlay contribute to the predominant fruitiness—and it shines through most in the nose; the yeast-bill is also a heavy contributor to both the odor and the flavor, which likewise seems pretty unusual for the professed style.

The second thing that asserts itself is a bit of wineyness, which persists through both the smell and taste. As one drinks, it takes over as the dominant element, transmuting the fruitiness into a discernibly fermented product. It's an odd detail.

Finally, the expected rich, malty bitterness arrives, about eight ounces through the pint. It's a very weird progression, and I have little clue if it's (laudably) what they were going for, or (lamentably) a failed experimentation.

Overall, considering the reliable—and, in the case of New Glarus, reliably awesome—names behind this bitter (one of my favorite styles, no less), it's an underwhelming offering: it's interesting, but not necessarily very pleasing. I'm glad to have tried it—and went back for seconds, to clarify my impressions—but I don't believe I could call it a success.

OrestesMethuon, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of Flounder57
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Toasted and pale malts followed by fruity and herbal hops.

Taste: Definitely malt got ward like the style should be with hops that are noticeable, but not too crazy. Nice mild bitterness in the back of the palate.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, a little chewy, low to medium carbonation, and slight bitterness.

Overall: ESB's don't seem to get much love. Maybe because they are simple and east to drink. What's wrong with that? At a time when Harpoon made an ESB, it was one of my favorites to only see it disappear years later.

It was good to see Sierra and New Glarus collaborate on this traditional style of beer. Make more please and get other breweries to make this style of beer every once in a while too.

Flounder57, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of Mendoz3
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%

Mendoz3, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of KnowYourCraft
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

KnowYourCraft, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of vancean2
4/5  rDev +9.3%

vancean2, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of Dactrius
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Dactrius, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of Necronomad
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Necronomad, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of TheBrewo
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We crack a bottle, pouring into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It shows a solid golden-amber coloring and holds a fluffy two finger head of cakey, French vanilla colored foam. This retains well, leaving etched craters of lacing around our glasses. No haze or sediment is noted, but carbonation appears to be highly active. The aroma gives bright notes of pear, cherry, and prune fruitiness, licorice bite, English pale malts and ruddy amber malt sugars, black pepper spice, board chalk, crumbly Graham cracker sweetness, light but warming buttery diacetyls, hand lotion emollients, tin, moldy books, lightly piney and herbal hoppiness, wet cardboard, and ink. The flavor involves a blend of sweet and biscuity brown, amber, and crisply chalky pale malts, chemical phenolic bite, garbage bag plastics, steely metallics, creamed corn adjuncts, baked blueberry pie crust, wood lacquer, mineral water, leafy and sappy hop greenness, burnt molasses, honeysuckle floral pollens, tea tree oil freshness, lemon balm bitters, aloe vera, and shaved ice coolness. The body is medium, and the carbonation is moderate. The lip meets hearty cream, froth, slurp, and smack, with nice and crisp pop to the back, and glug on the pull. The mouth is cooled and coated, but this drips into a metallic sheen of tannic dryness that creeps all the way down to the belly. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks nicely.

Overall, this beer is drunk on the day of our style-quest, where we attempt to round out the remaining styles we need to rate on BA. We’ve been excited to sample each of the Beer Camp offerings, so we figured that here we could kill two birds with one stone. “There and Back” served both of these purposes nicely. This is an expectedly mild beer, with a bit more sweetness than hoppiness for the style. The bitterness of it tends to come on the back, and as you allow for each sip to settle. We found this to be a refreshing presentation and introduction of that aspect of the beer, rather than being killed off the top with forced flavoring. The malts are allowed to build to their dark, biscuity center; enough to cushion the bitterness of yeast, booze, and toast. This will be easy to enjoy for most beer lovers.

TheBrewo, Oct 05, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

SD-Alefan, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of BWED
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a craft tumbler

A- Bronze in color. Beautiful dense head is light tan, and retains well.

S- Nutty toasty malt. Nice fruity ester. Dark fruits. Some caramel.

T- Very great flavor. Some fruity sweetness. Toasty malt. Caramel notes.

M- Very wet in the drink. Sweet and smooth. Carbonation is light, finishes dry.

O- Very impressed with this one. Lots of great toasty and sweet qualities. Too bad this was only brewed once. This would be a go-to drinker for me.

BWED, Oct 05, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

ralerwen, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of Cylinsier
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz.

Pours a clear copper golden with an off-white fine film for a head. Retains indefinitely.

Smells of dry biscuit and cracker malts with hints of caramel.

Tastes of crackers and biscuit with a coppery undertone and a mellow dry hop finish.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A tasty and thirst-quenching beer, some nice simple tastes and aromas. It's solid and easy to drink. Since it's a one-off, this is your only chance to try it, so I'd say it's worth picking up if you run across it. You're not going to be heartbroken if you miss out on it, though.

Cylinsier, Oct 03, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Raziel313, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of RyanK252
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%

Bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass

A: Pours hazy amber with off white head that settles quickly.

S: A little stone fruit, peach and plum, some white grape, and roasted malt sweetness.

T: Floral and fruity hop notes, a little pine and grassy bitterness, backed with sweet bready and caramel malt.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation

O: I have a soft spot for ESBs and this one hits the spot. I dig it.

RyanK252, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of therubicon
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

therubicon, Oct 02, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev +11.5%

wsr602, Oct 02, 2014
Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Begins with an earthy, spicy nose floating on a rich British malt backbone. It pours brilliant coppery amber with a 1” white foam cap that provides rich lace. Big grainy malt initiates the palate with light spice, a hint of chocolate, caramel and vanilla over a subtle malty sweetness in the background that fades into a grain spiced dry finish. There and Back’s medium body and medium low carbonation make it an easy drinking session beer.

pat61, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of Treyliff
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap, Black Sheep Huntington

A-pours a hazy dark amber color with a two-finger white head that retains long after the pour, nice lacing left behind

S- subtle fruity hop aroma with classic English malt aroma

T- fruit is assertive up front, balanced out by clean malt crispness. Dry finish with a hint of grassy bitterness

M- medium body and moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel with a dry, crisp finish

O- an easy drinking English mild with nice fruity notes

Treyliff, Sep 30, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

taylor714914, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of Samp01
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark amber with a medium off white head. Aroma and Taste is of mild toasted grains, barley, fruity notes, caramel malt and a bready. Palate is a medium crisp body with good carbonation. Finish is sweet malted toasted grains, yeast and mild bread flavor, fruity notes with mild bitterness. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this brew, crisp, refreshing and tasty.

Samp01, Sep 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

fossage78, Sep 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

slavall, Sep 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

jpd7374, Sep 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

Lare453, Sep 28, 2014
There And Back: English-Style Bitter (Beer Camp Across America) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,139 ratings.