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

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There And Back: English-Style Bitter (Beer Camp Across America)There And Back: English-Style Bitter (Beer Camp Across America)

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by raynmoon on 07-03-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 185 | Ratings: 1,276
Photo of RyanK252
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass

A: Pours hazy amber with off white head that settles quickly.

S: A little stone fruit, peach and plum, some white grape, and toasted malt sweetness.

T: Floral and fruity hop notes, a little pine and grassy bitterness, backed with sweet bready and caramel malt.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation

O: I have a soft spot for ESBs and this one hits the spot. I dig it.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Begins with an earthy, spicy nose floating on a rich British malt backbone. It pours brilliant coppery amber with a 1” white foam cap that provides rich lace. Big grainy malt initiates the palate with light spice, a hint of chocolate, caramel and vanilla over a subtle malty sweetness in the background that fades into a grain spiced dry finish. There and Back’s medium body and medium low carbonation make it an easy drinking session beer.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap, Black Sheep Huntington

A-pours a hazy dark amber color with a two-finger white head that retains long after the pour, nice lacing left behind

S- subtle fruity hop aroma with classic English malt aroma

T- fruit is assertive up front, balanced out by clean malt crispness. Dry finish with a hint of grassy bitterness

M- medium body and moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel with a dry, crisp finish

O- an easy drinking English mild with nice fruity notes

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Photo of Samp01
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark amber with a medium off white head. Aroma and Taste is of mild toasted grains, barley, fruity notes, caramel malt and a bready. Palate is a medium crisp body with good carbonation. Finish is sweet malted toasted grains, yeast and mild bread flavor, fruity notes with mild bitterness. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this brew, crisp, refreshing and tasty.

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Photo of Mikus
3.17/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Western PA backwoods... I JUST got this. I know it may be a bit past it's prime. Here goes. 12oz into the snifter. Cool looking tangerine hue, and a 1/2 finger of white head that dropped to virtually zero in quick succession. Clean (SN standard?) aroma, distinct bitter note, and a hoppy (floral) note in there as well. Up front bitterness on the tongue, and a decent malt presence. Mild, light, and pretty refreshing. It's good. Overall, this was nice. I am not too well-educated on ESB. Despite the slightly old bottles, I was not disappointed.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.09/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks like, tastes, and feels like a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale with a lot less hops and more toasted malts. Average at best. A disappointment in my book from two top notch Brewers. Was expecting something much more than this. Not a bad beer by any means, though - just around average. When did a bitter get to 5.6% ABV?

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Photo of arizcards
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up at Bevmo in early July for $22.99. Bottled on 5-4-14.

Beer poured amber orange with a nice white head that is barely hanging on after a few sips.

Nose is floral hops.

Taste is a nice caramel malt bittered nicely in the end by those floral hops.

Mouthfeel is crisp and alive.

Overall a nice beer to try, would drink again!

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Photo of rlee1390
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

A-Clear light amber, not much carbonation or head.

S-Caramel, toffee, some floral not much else.

T-Mainly caramel and toffee, not much else, no bitterness. Kinda bland.

M-Light, not much carbonation, watery.

O-Yet another miss from the Beer Camp pack.

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Photo of Tone
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%

Pours a hazy, dark copper color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hint of hop, hint of pale malt, slight citrus, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an English Bitter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, citrus, hops, hint of pine, hint of pale malt, slight alcohol, and a hint of yeast. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, great aroma, great blend, and decent feel.

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Photo of jlindros
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%

Pours a decent but smaller fizzy 1/4 finger head that fades at a med pace with lots of nice lacing, clear honey orange color with an amber hue. 3.75

Nose is typical ESB, plenty of grassy herbal hops, some earthy leafy aromas as well, a bittering earthy like hop, into biscuity sweet slight candy like malt, a little chewy caramel like malt. 3.75

Taste brings lots of herbal hops, tons of black tea and herbal tea, like tea leaves are still soaking in it. Mild grassy leafy herbal hops, some earthy tones and fair bitterness. A mild sweet like candy-ish malt, but not really candy or sweet, just perceives it to be, touch of biscuit and brown sugar, little caramel toffee syrup note. Finish is fair bitterness, more grassy herbal hops with plenty more iced tea, and some grassy earthy hop notes as well, little brown sugar caramel malt lingering. 3.25

Mouth is med bod, decent but lighter carb. 3.5

Overall it started nicely, aroma was pretty good for an English Bitter, but the flavor profile just swung and missed, so much iced tea and sweet malts that attempt to be syrupy but not quite there, just wasn't really enjoyable for an english bitter. Also not nearly as bitter as expected, and little on the grassy leafy herbal earthy hops. 3.5

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

12 oz bottle

pours a clear copper color, with foamy off-white colored head that fades. aroma is biscuity malt. more of the same in the taste - a bit bready. not really much hop flavor, but does have some bitterness to balance out the malt. medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

A: slight haze; deep bronze in color; 1 finger off white head with big bubbles; receded to a thin cap; light lacing;

S: balance between earthy hops and sweet malt;

T: balanced like the nose; caramel malt with earthy hops; moderate bitterness on finish;

M: a little thin; medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: a little thin, but enjoyable;

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Had this on tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Louisville, my ninth review of a Sierra Nevada offering. Call me old fashioned but I think I prefer my bitters to know, bitter. This one is very mild, and the fruitiness wasn't really welcome either. The color is an orangish-amber, not a bad look. It's all right, just not my favorite.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%

Bottle from the mix pack. Pours deep hazy copper colored with a one finger white to off white head. Aroma of characteristic SN yeast, some light bitterness, bready malt, straw. Flavor is malty to the core, bready with some fruits in there like figs and apples, clean crisp finish of straw and sugars. Light bodied, crisp, medium plus carbonation. Not bad, easy drinking, seems on style, but a style that doesn't excite me that much. One of the better in the style for me though.

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Photo of scotorum
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Collab with New Glarus, from the Beer Camp Across America variety twelvepack.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint.

a: Nearly clear amber with a two finger thick offwhite head which receded to even surface foam and some spotty lacing.

s: Mild light fruit.

t: Same as nose with medium bitterness over a smooth bready malt base. Dry to bitter finish. Malt gradually leans more towards caramel and becomes more evident as it warms.

m: Smooth medium, quite a bit of carbonation tingle.

o; Nice and smooth, but a bit too fruity and bitter for my English Bitter preference, although that dissipates towards the end probably due to warming. Might be better served closer to the English standard of 55-60 rather than around 50 as I did due to storing it in a beer fridge set to 48.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

Aggressive head prevent pours much at a time. Golden bitter looking beer. Tight aroma, probably smothered somewhat by the huge head. Herbal hops, soft malt.
Good English ale flavor. Herbal, earthy hops that leave a long bittering. Shot of warmth in the gut furthers shows it is big for style - adds okay flavors but it is not longer a classic bitter. A little astringency (briefly) but just a lot of hop flavor and a soft but apparent malt base. A soft feel but too carbonated.
So many good pieces but several that take away. Still a worthwhile ale.

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Photo of Zach136
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%

Bottled 5/22/14
Reviewed: 8/18/14 transcribed from notes

Appearance: Deep orange, large beige head moderate lacing - 3.75

Aroma/Flavor: Moderate bready malts with light fruity, and herbal hop character - 4.00.

Mouthfeel: Medium-Full body, soft carbonation and drinkable soft flavors - 4.00.

Overall: Supreme drinkability and a well crafted example of the style. 3.9

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%

Poured into a Sierra Nevada shaker pint. Pours a medium coppery amber with a half finger light khaki head that dissipates to patches, leaving light lacing. Nice biscuity and lightly bready malt aroma with brown bread, good lightly earthy and grassy English hops. Flavor is mild biscuit malt, unassuming at first, but developing a nice dry biscuity, brown bread and nut flavor into a malty, lightly grassy hop finish. Medium bodied. Starts a little shyly, but the finish is spot on, except much fresher than some authentic imports, perhaps because of shipping time. This is exactly what I would want to drink on a foggy day in an English pub (or hobbit hole). I've had only a few chances to drink New Glarus beers and expected the best; very flavorful, authentic tasting bitter. My penultimate Beer Camp Across America and another one I'm very happy with. A truly fun and tasty case of beer. I'm glad Sierra went to this much trouble, it was worth it.
EDIT: As I finish this, I'm detecting more nice malty flavor with a slight floral element to the hops, and I'm enjoying enough to give it a boost in flavor points.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%

12oz bottle from the BeerCamp pack
Notes on 08/02/2014 – Sierra Nevada balloon glass

A: Light amber color with a soft peachy glow and mild hazing across the body. Thick choppy billow of khaki suds builds up only to succumb to the elements a few moments later. Chunky globs and swaths of lace stick behind to the glass.

S: Toasty malt biscuit up front with some apple juice, raisin, and stone-fruit like esters in follow. Mild toffee sweetness with some floral and earthy hop tones underneath. Not particularly stand out but nice and well balanced.

T: Nutty biscuit malt warms over like buttered toast back by a stone fruit medley with raisin and a light toffee like sweetness. Lots of appropriate yeast esters present here for that signature ESB flavor. Low moderate amount of earthy hop bitterness accompanied with some mild herbal notes. Greatly balanced with no alcohol coming through. A rather quaffable beer.

M: Moderate filling with its heavier toasted malt presence and seemingly lower amount of carbonation. Low to moderate peppery bitterness on the palate. Clean with a soft drying in the finish but lands a touch on the wetter side of things.

D: This was my least favorite of the pack and that might be given the style. That said it is brewed quite well and has a great drinkable balance. Just a bit uninspired for me.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.95/5  rDev +7%

Poured into a standard pint glass: color is amber, light; head is off white and presents 1/2 inch thick the dissipates to a lighter top with some bubbles on the glass

Aroma is great blend of malt flavors: toffee, toast, malt, biscuit, grape

Taste is similar o the aroma with less pronounces malt diversity: malt flavors are focused on the toffee, toast and pale malt; hops are lightly fruity, grassy, earth and dry finish.

Mouthfeel is very nice, malt forward flavors create a sweet presence then transitions to a dry and crisp finish

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Dark copper body with a quarter inch of head. Bready aroma, with alcohol, line, sweet, fruity malts. Earth flavor with underlying herbal notes. Light line and perhaps a touch of citrus. Not on par with the quaffable British bitters. Another mediocre, boring Beer Camp offering.

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Photo of cbutova
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%

Beer Camp review three.

A- Stubby bottle poured to a tulip glass with an amber, light red body. A foamy off-white head builds upon the beer to about two fingers with a thick consistency and good retention. Puffy islands remain with a thick ring depositing big pillows of lace.

S- Malty but not by much considering there are plenty of hop and yeast notes in the aroma. Toasted and nutty grains followed by earthy, spicy hops, yeast fruit esters and bread hints.

T- The maltiness of the beer seems to strengthen here as nutty, toasted and cereal grain sweetness form the base flavor of the brew. Bringing balance in the finish are notes of yeast bread, spicy-fruity-herbal hops, light fruit esters and medium caramelized sugars.

MF- Just between light and medium bodied with a creamy, slightly chewy texture. Carbonation moderately high but cushioned by the creaminess. Finishes with a medium bitterness lingering.

Toasty and nutty bitter with a moderate amount of hop flavors and plenty of contribution from the yeast, balanced to say the least. Not a hype brew but for me this is a refreshing bitter to drink down on this swampy, humid day.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a clear, dark orange with an uneven one-finger white head. Spider web like lacing.

S - Mild strength earthy aroma with a hint of buttered bread.

T - Earthy notes in the nose found here; mild leafy hops blend with nutty caramel malts. Hints of red delicious apples and pecans. Nice balance between the malt and hop bills.

M - Nicely full bodied for the style, with prickly carbonation. Just a little creamy, which works very well. Dry finish.

O - Not especially inspired, but well put together and a decent effort.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Has a nice burnt orange body with very little head.
Aroma has a maltyness to it.
Taste has malty beginning and a little fruity hop on the back of the tongue
Overall a good beer.

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Photo of Jesse13713
2.25/5  rDev -39%

Appearance - loads of carbonation. Deep amber orange.

Smell - not much to comment on. Very faint fruit.

Taste - sweet toffee with a bitter cherry bite for am aftertaste. Tastes heavily carbonated.Not much to say about this one really. Im a bit underwhelmed.

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There And Back: English-Style Bitter (Beer Camp Across America) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.69 out of 5 based on 1,276 ratings.
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