There And Back: English-Style Bitter (Beer Camp Across America)
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

There And Back: English-Style Bitter (Beer Camp Across America)There And Back: English-Style Bitter (Beer Camp Across America)
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English Bitter
3.68 | pDev: 10.33%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
There And Back: English-Style Bitter (Beer Camp Across America)There And Back: English-Style Bitter (Beer Camp Across America)
Notes: For beer folks, Chico, CA, and New Glarus, WI, are must-see capitals on the U.S. brewing map, but getting between the two is no simple feat. There and Back is named for the planes, trains, and zeal needed to connect them. This classic English-style Bitter is a complex yet easy-drinking mix of toasty malt and a fruity, herbal hop flavor.

New Glarus is fiercely loyal to its home state, growing to one of the largest breweries in the U.S. without selling a single drop outside of the borders of Wisconsin. With those local tastes in mind, New Glarus has perfected traditional German styles and invented masterful versions of complex and intense fruit beers featuring Wisconsin-grown ingredients.
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours an orange-amber color with a thick one finger white head that has fantastic retention. The head slowly fades over a long time to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The nose of the beer is sweet and malty with tons of caramel and toffee sweetness as well as a good deal of a grainy and toasted bready malt smell. Along with these aromas comes some smells of a sweeter fruitiness as well as a bit of an earthy and piney hop smell.

Taste – The taste begins much drier then I would have anticipated from the smell with a toasted malt flavor along with just a bit of a more caramel sweet taste. The bit of sweetness that is present upfront fades as the taste advances with just a hint of a lighter butterscotch flavor taking its place. Joining the toasted malt flavor are some flavors of grain and a bit of a hay-like malty taste. Hop flavors are largely absent upfront, but as the taste advances some flavors of an earthy and herbal hop flavor come to the tongue. Along with a little bit of nut and a very light happening of some toffee, one is left with a malty and slightly dank hopped and sweetened flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side for a brew of only 5.6 % abv. For the style and tastes of the brew, which consist of malty and dank hops, the thicker body and lower carbonation level are rather well fitting and make for a nice mouth coating feel.

Overall – A decent bitter overall, but really nothing all that fantastic.

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4.15/5  rDev +12.8%

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass.

A- Poured a clear orange color with off-white soapy head that left minimal lacing.

S- Pretty rich malty aroma full of bready notes, caramel, toffee, and white grape..

T- Rich bready notes, lots of white grape and bright citrusy notes, caramel, cream soda, and toffee.

M- Very smooth, prickly carbonation, dry, and medium body.

O- This is such a well-balanced, flavorful, and smooth English Ale. This one caught me by surprise, quite a treat.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I probably got a bad batch but there's an overwhelming sulfur aroma, which is confusing because I thought this only came from lagering yeast. Any thoughts?

Otherwise, taste is good, mouth feel and appearance is around what is expect for a bitter style.

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3.4/5  rDev -7.6%

On tap at Bx Beer Depot. Served in a taster.

Appearance - Amber body. Small white head with a medium collar.

Smell - Fruity and estery. A bit of earthy spicy English hop. Caramel malt.

Taste - It's really fruity. Surprisingly so. Caramel malt with a little bit of sweetness. Earthy english hops give it some bitterness. Almost a creamy finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Maybe medium heavy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - The fruitiness is odd for the style, but everything else is pretty good.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 05/22/2014 printed on the back label. My third beer from the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America mixed twelve pack, this one a collaboration with New Glarus Brewing Co.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a nice burnt sienna orange colored body, with just under a finger of frothy off-white head. Leaves some okay spotty lacing behind.

S - The smell is fairly neutral. Light nuttiness and some fruity / berry sort of hop presence.

T - The taste is mostly the same. Not a whole lot of nutty or roasted maltiness going on, in my opinion. It is more berry / white grape hop driven. Somewhat bitter, dry, grainy, and lightly medicinal. Maybe some mild alcohol presence noted also.

M - The feel is crisp and clean. Finishes bitter & dry. Medium bodied with okay carbonation.

Overall, this has definitely been my least favorite of the three I've tried from the Beer Camp Across America pack so far. Far too berry / fruity/ grapey for me to consider it a nice example of an English bitter.

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America There And Back ---3.5/5

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There And Back: English-Style Bitter (Beer Camp Across America) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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