Christmas Jam Session Ale
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Christmas Jam Session AleChristmas Jam Session Ale
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American Pale Ale (APA)
3.83 | pDev: 8.09%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Christmas Jam Session AleChristmas Jam Session Ale
Notes: From the opening chord to the final encore, this hop-heavy beer is the perfect match for an all-night party. Brewed for Asheville’s one-of-a-kind musical marvel, the annual Christmas Jam, this session ale features bright hop flavors of citrus and stone fruit with just a hint of piney hop character— all in a well-balanced and easy-going package, just right for jam-worthy drinkability. Cheers! Brewed with our friends from Asheville Brewing Company.
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4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12/27/17...pours clear bright gold and with a touch of light white foam. Bright citrus fruity nose. Sharp pine flavor, floaral and citrus. Clean, crisp, and a lingering bitter. Outstanding.

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KTCamm from New Jersey, Feb 04, 2018
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3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Scored this from the brewery in Chico late 2016/early 2017 if I recall correctly. The color was deeper than I would expect for a session ipa, apparently Sierra Nevada still loves its crystal malt. 1/3" white head. Kinda mild aromatics, some C hops, maybe Amarillo. A little bit of forest and pine to it.

Taste is almost like an amber ale levels of malt. Seriously, the maltiest session ipa I have ever had. Its not that it is "overly" malty, just wasn't expecting this level. Kind of amazing when you think about it. Taste is mildly bitter. Their pale ale is pretty non pale and malty, so this is really just a milder version of that methinks with some hop tweaking. Not as bitter as SNPA for sure. Would like to see this put into 6 packs one day.

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3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

24oz bottle into imperial pint.

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark lemon color with a couple fingers of fluffy off-white greasy head that took forever to slowly fade into a rocky film. Sheets of chunky, sticky lace was left on the glass.
S: Very fresh smelling hops (reminds me of a hop fridge) fill my nose with perfumey fruit and citrus notes. I get a hint if crisp, bready pale malt backbone poking through. Mild leafy character.
T: Clean and crisp crackery malt under sweet and slightly juicy hop nectar, peppery and slightly leafy notes, and slight pine resin and ambiguous citrus pith.
M: Medium body with fluffy chewy carbonation, and a slick mouthfeel with a sweet yet drying finish. Bitterness is herbal and foresty.
O: Sweet overall but still light enough on the palate. Easy to drink and enjoyable.

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scottfrie from California, Jul 20, 2017
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a slightly cloudy yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is all citrus hops. The tazte is a very hoppy and has a dry finish.

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ordybill from Georgia, Dec 22, 2016
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3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

24 oz 2016 bottle with an Oct. 2016 bottling date.
Pours with a lightly hazy gold body topped by a durable white head that leaves lots of sticky lacing on the glass.
Sweet citrus, hay, herbs and baked brad in the aroma.
Flavor: quite flavorful yet well balanced and easy to drink.
Smooth, well (medium) carbonated body.

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chinchill from South Carolina, Nov 28, 2016
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4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Intro: First off, this ale has been brewed more than once (as the availability states) Sierra Nevada has helped Asheville Brewing Co. brew this ale starting in 2013, and also in 2014, so it's safe to say that it will be around in 2015, but only time will tell.
I got a "sample - not for sale" 24 oz. bottle from a friend that works at Sierra Nevada in Chico.

A: Rather clear, amber hue, frothy creamy looking head with good retention, lively carbonation. I had plenty of lacing around the inside of the glass.

S: Herbal hops with some fruity notes, as well as sweet malts lingering.

T: Very much fruity and piney hops, clovey phenols, with caramel notes. Pale malts, with a bitter hop after taste. Balanced taste, and smooth finish. Very drinkable!

M: light tingling on the tongue from the carbonation, very much like a mild seltzer.

O: Very high level of drink ability. You can slam several servings of this down without noticing. I'm disappointed that I won't be enjoying this beer more often as I fell in love. Guess I'll have to wait until Christmas.

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TheDeezler from California, Jul 05, 2015
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3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a clear, amber-orange color with a small creamy white head that retains nicely, leaving some lace behind

S- floral and piney hop with with some sweet bready malt, a touch of caramel

T- lightly hopped with notes of pine and citrus, sweet caramel malt , dry citrusy and floral finish that disappears quickly

M- medium body and carbonation, slightly foamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish

O- good balance, easy to drink and very sessionable

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Treyliff from West Virginia, Feb 17, 2014
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3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Seven Sows in Asheville, NC

A: Pours a crystal clear medium amber in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and copper highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall light beige foamy head that reduces to a thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of floral hops with lighter aromas of pine and citrus/orange hops over the top of very light slightly sweet malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sweet malts with some hints of caramel and light fruit (apple/pear) which is followed rather quickly by the moderate floral hops and light pine hops. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades rather quickly.

M: Just less than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of dryness. Slightly thin.

O: Should accomplish the stated goal of the beer (for drinking during the 48 hour jam session) as it is very easy to drink and very sessionable. Nice light and enjoyable flavors.

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dbrauneis from North Carolina, Dec 07, 2013
Christmas Jam Session Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 44 ratings