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Life & Limb - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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90
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1,453 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,453
Reviews: 743
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 137
Gots: 484 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Sierra Nevada & Dogfish Head collaboration brew.

(Beer added by: mjl21 on 11-14-2009)
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turnerk3

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a midnight black tint with a humble dirty brown head, kind of like a Guinness appearance. The retention unexpectedly slides down the side of the glass quite easily for strong ale.

S: A chocolatey, syrupy, and boozy aroma floods the nostrils. Not exactly what I was expecting from a strong ale, but it should be expected considering it's brewed with maple syrup and birch syrup. The hops have a minimal, if any, appearance.

T: A pleasant syrupy, candy type of flavor with a minute alcohol burn at the end. This is an extremely tricky brew. The syrupy sweetness cloaks the alcohols presence marvelously. However, (this is when it becomes more complex) it may appear similar to a stout upon first impressions, but the sweetness seems to subside only to be replaced by subtle hop and boozy essence. This is when the true strong ale flavor appears.

M: Nicely carbonated allowing the flavors to really come through. A remarkable chewy, sticky feel coats the mouth. Exceptionally unique in character since the feel combines the malts, hops, and alcohol in different stages and styles.

O: Altogether a pleasant brew. I respect the complexity this beer presents. Even though I'm a hop-head I would still suggests this over quite a few IPAs. If you appreciate complexity and uniqueness, you'll enjoy this one.

Serving type: growler

07-17-2012 23:11:48 | More by turnerk3
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Life & Limb from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,453 ratings.