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Belgian Blonde IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Belgian Blonde IPA
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%


Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: lovindahops on 04-19-2013)
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LI_PO12

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler into tulip

Appearance- Light gold, clear, 1 &1/2 finger white head good retention. Lacing clings as the glass goes down.

Aroma-Belgian yeast, light malt, pine, citrus, slightly musty, grassy, slight onion

Flavor- Belgian yeast, woody, grassy and piney hops, uncooked mushrooms, very crisp, dry, smooth, bitterness lingers for a bit.

Mouthfeel- Crisp and smooth

Overall- Very interesting, I have only had a few Belgian IPAs so its hard to say where this stacks up. I would have liked a little more belgian yeast, but its nice and easy to drink. Worth trying If you see it.

Serving type: growler

05-16-2013 01:34:44 | More by LI_PO12
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.43/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden yellow color with subtle apricot edges and a one finger, white foam head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.  

Surprisingly malt forward aroma with biscuit and bready yeast followed by estery light fruit notes and a very faint piney hop presence.  Not much hop character in the nose for an IPA.  Slightly floral but more reminiscent of a regular Belgian blonde.

Medium body with a stronger hop presence than the aroma suggests but it still feels more like a hoppy Belgian blonde/pilsner hybrid than anything else.  Very dry and earthy to the point of it being unpleasant.  Soil-y/dirty with pine needle and earthy grass followed by ester-y yeast notes and pilsner malt.   Slight peppery spice along with some light fruit sweetness, notably apple and pear.  Lingering sticky finish with an unpleasant aftertaste.  The flavors of this beer don't really mesh for me.  Kind of harsh and tough to drink.  

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2013 02:35:46 | More by corby112
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.36/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a Unibroue tulip. Large, fluffy white head with high retention on a slightly hazy copper/gold body. Soapy, sticky lacing. Aroma includes notes of citrus, banana, clove, passion fruit, a quite lovely Belgian yeasty character. Taste includes all of the above and a piney hop character stands out much more on tasting. Nice clash of America and Belgium. Delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2013 08:10:49 | More by KickbacksSteve
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This poured out as a pale yellow color with a white head on top. The lacing is pretty good on this, the retention is thin. The smell of the beer is a bit on the weak side, some subtle hops and bready yeast. The taste is kind of bland for an IPA, not the best tasting Belgian IPA out there by far. The mouthfeel is light bodied and nicely carbonated. Overall this beer is decent but not really all that impressive.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2013 01:17:37 | More by Knapp85
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus, wood, and Belgian yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with butter and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice woody presence in the aroma and flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2013 04:37:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Assertively hopped, Sierra Nevada tinkles with the supple Belgian nuances in hopes that the hop content does't completely dominate the ale. But if it did, would that be such a bad thing?

Opening with a bready gold color and mildly hazed appearance, the beer appears both creamy and light to the eye. Creamy in its foam stance that caps the ale, its foam structures slowly recede into the beer and holds firm thereafter. Its slight lace is a mere testament to the Belgian-esque character to come.

Sharply flavored with both zesty white wine, citrus, and grassy hops- the lupulin and peppery notes are fully supported by the malty underpinnings that would resemble caramel, starchy bread, and supple powdered sugar. Its a finesse balance that eventually succumbs to the hops in finish. That's where the spicy and earthen pepper taste takes hold and arrests the throat with a dry and seductive dryness that's both refreshing and clean despite its extended hop bitterness.

Peppery and warm in its delivery, the beer starts moderately malty but finishes nearly bone-dry. It's a favorable beer that gives an accurate display of hop taste, texture, and aroma but does so with kid hands. I could use more rusticity and raw character in less simplified form.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2013 06:48:38 | More by BEERchitect
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dpianka

Connecticut

3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

date of tasting: 4-23-2013
place of tasting: Barley Vine - Bristol, CT
beer: Belgian-Style Blonde IPA
brewery: Sierra Nevada
brewery location: Chico, California
type: Ale
style: Belgian IPA
abv: 7.5%
ibu:
glass: mug w/appearance test in tasting glass
temperature of beer: 45F

Appearance: golden within average carbonation, head pours thick and likes to hang out for a bit.

Smell: i smelll iiipppaaa... ok, there it goes. Now I’m getting... soda? cola to be specific.

Taste: somewhat near English hoppiness gets you upfront with that Belgian yeast looking for some love. Hay stacks mixed with fresh Belgian grass with some fake tropical flavoring sprinkled on top

Mouthfeel: buttery, medium bodied with decent carbonation

Overall Impression: kinda threw me through a loop. The Belgian yeast was a bit weird mixing with the stronger hop profile, it’s not bad, just different. (like my mom always says about me).

Food Pairings: a burger with cheddar, grilled cheese with taleggio, grilled peaches and candied spicy walnuts

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2013 02:35:10 | More by dpianka
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lovindahops

New York

4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very impressed to see this creative brew on tap. I have never even heard of if before. It's like a mystery style

A- pours a copper orange body with excellent clarity and a strong off white head of foam. Very brief lacing forms on the edges while strong carbonation is clearly present

S- Belgian yeasty characteristics are present with a butter and peppery presence. Some pine properties are present as well as some musty scents as well.

T- strong Belgian properties blend with strong caramel malt and piney flavor profile. Buttery yeast and sweet caramel malt are coupled with some resinous aspects as well. A sharp flavor profile layered with Belgian attributes is showcased with a hoppy malt background. Creative and interesting simultaneously, perhaps the blonde ale attributes create the drinkability

M- carbonated and creamy, the styles mingle with flavor a cut through with a bitter finish

O- so Belgian Blonde IPA from Chico delivers with the most curious delicious taste profile. I really enjoyed this and would seek it out!

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2013 21:30:51 | More by lovindahops
Belgian Blonde IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.