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Belgian Blonde IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Belgian Blonde IPA
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BA SCORE
85
very good

56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: lovindahops on 04-19-2013)
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3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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3.18/5  rDev -15%
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.

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2.43/5  rDev -35%
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.  

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Belgian Blonde IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.