Trip In The Woods: Barrel-Aged Lime Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Trip In The Woods: Barrel-Aged Lime AleTrip In The Woods: Barrel-Aged Lime Ale

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in Tequila barrels.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 56
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375 picked up by Deggar and shared tonight by Buckeyeboy... Thanks guys!! Pours clear orange with a nice white head and lacing.. Tequila notes are pretty heavy especially with warmth.. lime zest helps moves this into a more familiar territory.. Unique is an understatement.

All 3.75's

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Photo of HipCzech
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 12.7 oz corked/caged bottle poured into a 7 oz Libbey Embassy snifter.

Appearance: Murky bronze-brown with a light, tan head that quickly recedes to hazy cap and spots of lace.

Smell: Sweet, malty, boozy with hints of vanilla, oak and agave.

Taste: Rich and malty while restrained in sweetness; toffee, vanilla, toasted grains. Oak and agave cut through the malt base with woodsy tannic and pleasantly savory vegetal notes; lime is less obvious, but seems to round out the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a smooth, slightly sticky feel and moderate carbonation. Slight alcoholic burn.

Overall: A solid, malty brew with clear tequila notes (vegetal agave) that add interest alongside the growing range of bourbon barrel brews.

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Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very interesting brew with clear tequila notes in aroma and taste, as well as a bit of lime. Too strong an abv for my tastes, but worth trying as a well-made, unusual beer

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Photo of frasergrove
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amber colored, medium light head. Aroma has a light undertone of vanilla and coconut with some tequila essence. Up front bit of tang from the lime with a smooth mid body of toastiness and malt. Unique and interesting to try!

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Photo of BKotch
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's strange, but it works. Great nose and flavor. Lime, obviously, and some sharp notes from the alcohol, but it's quite tasty. A little murky in appearance, and with a medium body. I would never have expected this to come together like it has, but stranger things have happened.

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Photo of zander4dawin
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thick beer with a soapy head. Tequila barrel shines through on the nose. Taste like a lightly hopped strong ale, key lime pie, rum, sugar, brown sugar. Pretty tastey.

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Photo of zac16125
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sierra Nevada A Trip in the Woods Barrel Aged Lime Ale
12.7oz into a tulip

A: Dark amber, nearly opaque, 1plus fingers width tan head with decent retention and leaves essentially zero lacing 4.

S: Huge tequila notes, at first it literally just smells like a shot of tequila with a lime wedge. After your senses acclimate to the tequila there are also some sweet malt notes. But really, this is just a tequila bomb. I admittedly am not a huge tequila fan but I occasional enjoy some tequila, however, I don’t love this. 3.25

T: It definitely tastes like tequila, but not as prominent as the aroma. Decent amount of lime, darker malts with adds to an odd conglomerate of flavors. 3.25

M/D: Medium body, carbonation low but not flat, drinkability is somewhat limited. 3.25

O: Its interesting, but again, I don’t love it. 3.25

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Photo of cjgator3
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12.7oz bottle corked and caged. Pours a nice dark brown color with a creamy light tan head with great retention and lacing. The aroma features some tequila barrel and a hint of lime with some malt. The taste is malty, not too sweet, and a hint of lime like the aroma. Overall, this was an interesting brew but not something that will knock your socks off.

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Photo of scuttlebutt21
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks great, smells really boozy like it's going to burn but man, it is smooooth. Has a pretty dry finish. Glad I tried it but probably wouldn't buy again just because of the price.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Bottleneck says 043015.

A- Pours a hazy medium brown color with s 1/4 inch light tan head that retains a bit before becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and some faint wisps of surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves tiny specs behind. Specs of sediment settle at the bottom of the glass.

S- Lime, lime and more lime with a faint tequila presence underneath. A bit of booze fume.

T- Some sweet, toasty malt at first then the lime washes everything away. The barrel complexity is drowned out by the lime at first but comes out more as it warms. Notes of vanilla, caramel and smoke. Very drinkable.

M- Somewhat sharp with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Pretty good but I feel like something's missing. Either more barrel presence or tequila...definitely not more lime though, they got that part covered. Either way, something nice to try but I probably wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got a free bottle of this 12 days ago when my best friend Jon Passow, who is Barrel Operations Manager at Anderson Valley Brewing Company, took a day trip to Chico to visit Sierra Nevada when I was visiting him and his wife in Mendocino County, CA. We brought SN some cases of Anderson Valley's beers and they gave us some cases of their beers in return. POP! goes the cork as I pull it out of this 12.7 oz bottle and pour it into one of my pint glasses. I gave this a fairly gentle pour as I wanted to be careful not to pour most of the yeast sediment at the bottom of this bottle into my glass. And boy is there a lot of yeast sediment in the bottom of this bottle. This beer pours a quite cloudy/hazy/murky medium brown color with a nice amber glow. Has a slightly tan/off-white, creamy looking head that is about 1/4 of an inch thick when first poured and stays here. Good retention and not much lacing. Aromas of some hints of caramel malt sweetness along with quite a bit of oak that gives way to Super funky, oaky, and nearly medicinal, hello old agave notes. Expected this to be much fresher, though if you dig, there are great tequila notes and a fair amount of oak, funky notes, agave, and tequila. No aromas of lime is really present, but it does have quite a pleasant aroma nonetheless. Has a hint of caramel malt sweetness upfront that gives way to some vanilla, almond and other slightly roasted nut notes. This is followed by a good oak, agave, and tequila flavor and is all rounded out with the lime, the taste of which is certainly more prominent in the taste than in the smell. A very interesting and enjoyable flavor profile. Not really any discernible hop presence, which I find to be odd for this style of beer. Has a mainly smooth, frothy, silky, creamy, yet still somehow slightly crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean and dry finish and a somewhat dry aftertaste that lingers. Very glad I got the chance to get my hands on a bottle of this. this is certainly one of the most unique beers I have ever drank. Worth a try for sure if you can get it!


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Photo of Moose90
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12.7 oz bottle poured into tasting glass

A — Pours a murky and oddly dark brown color, this almost looks like muddy water in the glass.

S — Super funky, oaky, and nearly medicinal, hello old agave notes. Expected this to be much fresher, though if you dig, there are great tequila notes and a fair amount of oak. I kept searching for a lime sharpness or presence, but didn't really detect much on that front.

T — Taste is much like the nose, and quite a bit sweeter than expected, there is a bit of lime, but it is dominated by a lot of oak and a large agave / tequila presence in its body.

M — Medium-Full bodied, and quite sticky, fair amount of alcohol burn.

O — OK overall, I almost wonder if this would have been better if the carbonation was a tad higher, ABV a touch lower, to help balance out the heavy sweet agave character. Still ecstatic I got to try it.

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Photo of dertyd
4.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

What a unique and very delicious beer. This beer started out as a strong ale but in the end with the tequila barrel ageing it turned into an enlish barley wine almoast. The smell was almoast pure tequila with a hint of lime. The taste was a sweet lime,butterscotch,carmel,
Oak and tequila. This beer was unique and verry silky smooth. Great job Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of BirdsandHops
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a murky copper with two fingers of eggshell head that fades into a thin layer with little lacing.

S: Tequila dominates here with some sweet malt and lime aromas peeking through.

T: Chocolate and caramel malt flavors up front before oak and spiced tequila come through. Some lime and candy sugar flavors come through as well before a lightly boozy finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer has the feel of a traditional Belgian style but the alcohol kick keeps it from being as drinkable.

O: A very interesting and unique beer. Lots of tequila notes, which I like, though the other aspects don't quite mesh so it ends up a bit odd tasting.

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Trip In The Woods: Barrel-Aged Lime Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 56 ratings