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DevESTATEtion - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Not Rated.

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

562 Ratings

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Ratings: 562
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 8.95%
Wants: 12
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mverity on 09-07-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Brown chestnut color, nice off-white head with good lacing. Aroma of caramel and hop. Caramel , tropical fruits and hoppy bitterness in taste. Full body , low carbonation. Strong bitterness in very long aftertaste

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4.06/5  rDev +3.8%

$ 10.99/bomber at Vintage Estates in Boardman, OH
Undated 2013 vintage bomber at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of hops and roasted malt
Head large (6 cm), light brown, frothy, slowly diminishing to 3 mm layer
Lacing good – complete rings of various size bubbles
Body dark reddish brown, clear
Flavor of roasted malt and earthy hops – seems well balanced; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4. Final weighted score: 4.0625
Surprisingly good IPA, probably one of the better black IPAs.

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4.02/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

750 ml bottle dated 2013 poured in a chalice glass. The bottle was wax sealed with a thick plastic coating. The beer pours nearly jet black with a thin head that clings heavily to the glass. The smell is of roasted malt. The taste is heavy, with toffee and cocoa notes that dominate the palette. The aftertaste is earthy and bitter, like a stout. The bottle says there are citrus notes but I was hard-pressed to find them, although there were slight traces. It's not what I look for in a dark ale anyway. Overall, excellent brew that goes well with a grilled steak.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Farming's never easy, but Mother Nature got the best of us this year and we lost our entire estate barley harvest to strong winds and California drought. Luckily, our homegrown hops are as good as ever, so we're honoring the memory of the barley that wasn't by bringing you this new black IPA. It's a shame when good barley goes bad, but instead of crying in our beer - or lack thereof- we decided to do one better and make something new. Featuring organic malts and our estate-grown wet hops, this black IPA is the evil twin of our legendary Estate Ale. Black in color with a mild roast flavor and moderate body, this beer has a bold citrusy and earthy hop flavor and aroma from the use of our own wet hops. We'd never let one bad harvest get in the way of a great beer, so join us in a toast to the memory of our devastating season." Brewed in the style of a Black IPA. Released fall 2013 as a one time release. Available in 22 oz. black waxed bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a Sierra Nevada tulip glass. Served above 58º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy frothed mocha-white head over a deep mahogany brown body. Carbonation is relaxed and plentiful. Retention is excellent, lacing is lumpy and streaked. 4.75

(Smell) Roasted malts up front this time- Light roasted barley malts and biscuity caramel malts combine with robust fruity yeast notes, licorice, raisin, cocoa and molasses for a fairly malt-forward beer in the aroma. Hops are secondary, with hints of herbal, fruity and mellow citrus generating some balance in favor of the style. The roast and sweetness is a bit more noticeable than expected, especially for the style. 3.75

(Taste) The malts and hops merge better in the flavor. Nice roasted barley malt up front with some fruity complexity paired with a modest herbal and fruity hop, finishes lightly dry with lingering chocolate, roast and stickiness. The balance is still in favor of the malts, although the hop bitterness is a bit more predictable this time. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is roasty, chewy, lightly sticky. Carbonation generates a subtle creaminess for a fluffy, smooth mouthfeel. The body is medium for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is very slightly sweet over bitter, and drinkability is very high. Alcohol presence is low and there are no off characters to mention. 4

(Overall) Black IPA perhaps in name only, this has much more porter-like flavors and aromas going for it than a black IPA usually would. Recommended for those in favor of a maltier black IPA or or perhaps a less aggressively hopped one, either way I found it a pleasant surprise because not too many black IPAs are as graciously balanced as this one, and it manages to be as enjoyable, if not more so due to it's originality in that regard. Sierra Nevada have done a fine job with this beer. 4

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company's
DevESTATEtion Black IPA [ALMOST Homegrown Ale]

DevESTATEtion from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 562 ratings.