Alpha Hop Society: Dry-Hopped Farmhouse Ale
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Beer Geek Stats:
Style:
Belgian Saison
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
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Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 15.2%
Reviews:
3
Ratings:
6
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 6
Photo of JdoubleA
2.9/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Look - Dark, muddy gold. White head.

Smell - Old hop. Black tea. Mild Oak. Sweet fruitiness. Faint whiskey. Lemon and orange pith. A tad phenolic.

Taste - Fruity spicy hoppiness and mild lemon that adds a bit of whiskey flavor as it develops. Finishes with a dry oakiness.

Mouthfeel - Tingly carbonation. Medium body. Finishes dry and coats the mouth.

Overall - Maybe should have had it fresher for the hops to shine, but oh well. Wasn't really fantastic in any way. I liked it more about half way through the bottle, if that counts for anything.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Interesting, this farmhouse ale came across the same color as bourbon, and once the mild head settled, it really took on that appearance. Interesting earthy aroma, definite bourbon presence, mild farmhouse notes, dry hopping was there and exceeded my expectations in terms of its pleasantness and ability not to clash with the other olfactory aspects of the beer.

The taste and mouthfeel were exceptionally smooth. Every aspect was accounted for, there was wood, vanilla, hops, bourbon, even a minor barnyard brett feel to it all. Was amazingly drinkable for the abv and complexities, had this next to the pool.

Docking points because of the rarity factor and pain in the ass of this club though. I don't play that.

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Photo of Miles_in_beer_city
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had several 4oz tastes at the Alpha Hop Society get together. Received my bottle to bring home, and was stunned at how good it really was. But alas, there is no more, so it is only a memory.

SN really should consider some high-end premium offerings, and this should be one of them.

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Alpha Hop Society: Dry-Hopped Farmhouse Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 6 ratings