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Belgian Blonde IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Belgian Blonde IPA
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: lovindahops on 04-19-2013)
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

baklo, May 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

amishbooze, May 22, 2013
Photo of hsus0225
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

hsus0225, May 21, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
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.

Knapp85, May 20, 2013
Photo of LI_PO12
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

LI_PO12, May 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Nage37, May 14, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

UCLABrewN84, May 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

JimmyFlatRock, May 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

MickeyHops, May 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

bluckbeyes, May 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Gagnonsux, May 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Cramerican, May 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

ejimhof, May 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

UltimateLivewire, May 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

kjkinsey, May 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

spycow, May 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

PoppyParthenonE, May 01, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
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.

BEERchitect, May 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

zonker17, May 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

TheBeerAlmanac, Apr 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

jgbiggs, Apr 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

Texasfan549, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of dpianka
3.89/5  rDev +4%
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

dpianka, Apr 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

illiniipa, Apr 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Horbar, Apr 21, 2013
Belgian Blonde IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.