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Sierra Nevada Best Bitter Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Best Bitter AleSierra Nevada Best Bitter Ale

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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.81%
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

08-17-2014 01:54:49 | More by gillagorilla
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

08-03-2014 02:56:58 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

06-08-2014 22:08:04 | More by SamuelR
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New York

3/5  rDev -18.3%

11-03-2013 16:57:44 | More by Bieniek30
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

09-16-2013 17:34:34 | More by Spaz7
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

04-22-2013 02:26:12 | More by July2Nov
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

04-21-2013 16:24:11 | More by chefduff2
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

04-08-2013 23:17:20 | More by QuakeAttack
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-29-2013 03:55:21 | More by ac22rush
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

03-27-2013 05:47:44 | More by Vigilante
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

02-14-2013 22:03:19 | More by BrewCaveDweller
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

01-20-2013 02:14:23 | More by t0rin0
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-22-2012 06:29:26 | More by jco3rd
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-22-2012 06:28:44 | More by drewone
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3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

09-22-2012 04:19:36 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4/5  rDev +9%

08-17-2012 16:25:34 | More by ThomasG19
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3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

05-20-2012 03:42:17 | More by rlee1390
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

04-29-2012 16:13:28 | More by JAHMUR
Photo of Kendo

New York

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

06-29-2011 23:17:17 | More by Kendo
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%

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

03-31-2011 17:50:35 | More by nezelrac
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3.65/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

10-25-2010 22:14:29 | More by Thorpe429
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3.64/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

10-06-2010 01:42:23 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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3.55/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

06-05-2010 22:11:57 | More by DefenCorps
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New York

4.22/5  rDev +15%

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.

02-07-2010 00:45:05 | More by gory4d
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New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured into a sampling glass. Dark copper/caramel color, with no carbonation and very little head, which wasn't surprising given the style. The smell revealed very little in the way of typical bitter aromas like caramel, toffee, and biscuit, but did reveal more of these as the glass warmed towards room temperature. The flavor though was immediately more identifiable than the aroma, with some oakiness and vanilla in it as well. Thin-bodied and no carbonation as expected. This beer did reveal more nuances as the temperature went up, but I'd like it to be more evident at the getgo, if I'm going to session it.

10-02-2009 06:26:12 | More by donniecuffs
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Sierra Nevada Best Bitter Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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