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

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Ratings: 1,183
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 11
Gots: 75 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

joemochas, Oct 19, 2014
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3.65/5  rDev -0.3%

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Manzanita pint glass
From: Albertsons in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $25.99 for the variety Beer Camp Across America 12-pack
Purchased: Oct. 17, 2014
Consumed: Oct. 17, 2014
Misc.: Collaboration with New Glarus Brewing Company; Packaged May 22, 2014 at 10:32 a.m.

Poured a caramel, auburn, clear color with 4-to-5 fingers of rocky, off-white head. A great deal of bubbles coming up from the bottom, a bit like a snow globe. Sporadic spots of foamy lacing along the sides of the glass. Great retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled roasty malts, roasted nuts, toffee, caramel, toast, grassy hops, dark pilsner notes, light menthol, light lemon zesty hops, other Citra hops and light peppery spices. (Smell - 3.63)

Taste was similar to the nose, but maybe a tad better. Got roasty nuts, toasty malts, caramel, toffee, grassy hops, toast, Honey Nut Cheerios, corn, faint butterscotch, light lemon menthol cough drops and rusty rye hops. (Taste - 3.63)

Medium-to-light body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Abrupt, bitter finish. (Feel - 3.50)

Was my first beer of the Beer Across America variety 12-pack. Not too bad, but nothing exceptional. (Overall - 3.63)

3.69 | 83 | B

BucannonXC5, Oct 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

john0721, Oct 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

FriedSlug, Oct 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

nilesschmidt, Oct 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

JAHMUR, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of Onenote81
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Onenote81, Oct 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Dag48, Oct 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

ZachKelly, Oct 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

MrBeige, Oct 12, 2014
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3.24/5  rDev -11.5%

sonofliberty2, Oct 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

barneysdad, Oct 12, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev +2.7%

Nicolette10895, Oct 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Jonny41, Oct 11, 2014
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3.65/5  rDev -0.3%

A: Rich copper color with a frothy egg shell head. Good clarity, sticky laces.

S: Very malty aroma combined with a sterile-domestic yeast. Smells like your typical macro-craft beer. Deep notes of buttery biscuits and corn flakes.

T: As with the nose, very malty and starchy. Notes of orange, bread, lemon peel, and grain.

M: Moderately smooth, medium body, and high carbonation.

O: A decent session beer for a carnival. Nothing subtle but well rounded for a beer that could appeal to the masses. No crazy flavors or notes, but it gets the job done.

macher0, Oct 09, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

420Rick, Oct 09, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

beernads, Oct 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

pwdiamond, Oct 08, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

t2grogan, Oct 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

AFb2stealth, Oct 08, 2014
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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
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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
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3.48/5  rDev -4.9%

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

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

vancean2, Oct 06, 2014
There And Back: English-Style Bitter (Beer Camp Across America) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,183 ratings.