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Sierra Nevada Best Bitter Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-20-2003)
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Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

11/03/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Very smooth, almost buttery mouth feel. Very little on the bitter side. At 4+% I'll be coming back again & again.

seedyone, Monday at 05:16 PM
Photo of gillagorilla
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

gillagorilla, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of SamuelR
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

SamuelR, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of Bieniek30
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Bieniek30, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of Spaz7
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Spaz7, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of July2Nov
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

July2Nov, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of chefduff2
3/5  rDev -18.7%

chefduff2, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of QuakeAttack
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

QuakeAttack, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of ac22rush
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

ac22rush, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of Vigilante
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Vigilante, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of BrewCaveDweller
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

BrewCaveDweller, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

t0rin0, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of jco3rd
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

jco3rd, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

drewone, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Baldwins Trappiste in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some tea-like aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of ThomasG19
4/5  rDev +8.4%

ThomasG19, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of rlee1390
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Clear orange amber, two finger head, not much carbonation

S-Malt, some floral hops, not much else

T-Too much malt, floral notes are good, not much bitterness either.

M-Light, a little on the flat side, crisp though.

O-A little too much on the malt side, could have used some more bitterness.

rlee1390, May 20, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -18.7%

JAHMUR, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of Kendo
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blue Tusk in Syracuse on 6/28/11; served in a mug.

A: Body is light golden in color with a small white head on top. Carbonation is visibly low. Good rings of lacing left behind.

S: Faint fruitiness and bread-doughy malt.

T: First impression: "light." A light malt foundation, reminds me of a pilsner malt, actually (though the color may be responsible for that impression, due to the power of suggesstion). Touch of bread or toast-like malt and some fruity sweetness underneath. Balanced somewhat by a touch earthy, herbal hops.

M: Carbonation is low, as expected given the lack of visible bubbles. Call it light-to-medium in heft, shading towards the light side.

O: If this were the older "Drinkability" category, I'd give it a 4.5, since this one was an easy drinker. However, as an "Overall" category, I'm only giving it a 4. Decent beer, lighter than expected and sweeter than expected, but I could have a few.

Kendo, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of nezelrac
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap into a shaker pint

A - pale orange; one finger of fine beaded white foam; moderate retention; little lacing

S - clean malt and hop nose; straw, grass, grain, faint bread, hint of nuttiness; simple and appealing

T - follows nose; lightly toasty and faintly nutty; rather four square; very enjoyable; would like to see a little more depth

M - firm CO2, not too high, but a little high for the style; light weight, but good body

O - very good example of American bitter; quite sessionable; the whole is greater than its parts

nezelrac, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap at Churchkey.

Pours a dark gold to light copper color with a nice white head and a bit of lacing. Nose is light bread and some floral, herbal hops. Light bitterness and bread in the taste with a bit of hop flavor. Fairly light but nice bitterness levels and quite drinkable.

Thorpe429, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A dark golden color, fluffy head. Didn't really pick much up aroma wise.

Taste, not as bitter as I was expecting, this was definitely more traditional than was hoping. Pretty light but ample bitterness and light low alpha acid hop quotient to it. At times had the feel of a pale wheat. Light, but woody.

Anything drank at the bar there in Chico is always drinkable, cheap, just perfect ambiance.

Beerandraiderfan, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at churchkey

A clear, burnished copper with a dense white head with good retention and lacing, this looks great. The nose is decent. A moderate, earthy, leafy hop character is immediately noticeable, along with a light toast and toffee character. For a bitter, it's a little lacking. The palate opens with a nice bitterness, with the english hop character pleasant, along with a mineral character. Not really fruity. Malt character is not particularly true to style either, with insufficent depth, there's not enough nut, toffee , just some toast. The carbonation, while typical for a tap beer, is more than i like for a bitter. Light in body with a bitter, drying finish, this is decent.

DefenCorps, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of gory4d
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange color; three-finger head made up of large bubbles; a good bit of lacing, and a thin cap all the way down. The smell is faint but nice: straw, dandelion, maybe some oatmeal. The taste is rich grain with salt, a twang of violet leaves, savory notes like blood sausage, mild sweetness that bleeds into a mellow dandelion finish. It's well carbonated without being fizzy, light in body. A very good session beer. It's certainly an American take, but manages to be true to style nonetheless.

gory4d, Feb 07, 2010
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Sierra Nevada Best Bitter Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.