German Style IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

German Style IPAGerman Style IPA
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German Style IPAGerman Style IPA

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

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Teutonic take on the traditional IPA features spicy German grown hops and an expressive Kolsch yeast. The result is a golden beer with a moderate bitterness and an intensely fruity aroma reminiscent of raspberry and lemon peel. Prost!

Added by DrMindbender on 05-26-2015

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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 12/15/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy medium golden/yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, melon, berry, peppercorn, pine, cracker, biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of earthy/spicy hops, pale malt, and light-moderate fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of big lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, melon, berry, peppercorn, pine, cracker, biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, melon, berry, peppercorn, pine, cracker, biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of earthy/spicy hops, pale malt, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/sticky, and fairly crisp balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.1%. Overall this is a delicious English IPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of earthy/spicy hops, pale malt, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish. Nice showcase of German noble hops with restrained Kolsch yeast character; and nice bready malt backbone for balance. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of Beerlover
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBrewsky
2.87/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of TTripp725
2.92/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of DanGeo
3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Everydayoff
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

It pours a translucent bright golden yellow liquid with thick frothy white head that withstands with pretty good retention before slowly subsiding to a long-lasting bubble patch on the surface and leaving some lacing on the glass-side.

The aroma is led by fruity hop of lemon peel, lime, citrus, sour berry, as well as herbal and spice that is most likely from the German hops. Malt at the same time provides its bread and biscuit to support.

Fruity hop also covers the taste buds with its lemon peel, lime, citrus, and sour berry together with notes of spice and moderate herbal bitterness. Malt is in the supporting providing its some sweetness, bread, and biscuit in the undertone.

The body is between light to medium with quite smooth mouthfeel and rather crisp yet pretty well lively carbonation. The feeling is refreshing with a typically dry finish.

Very fruity and sour forwards IPA with modest bitterness to balance, the German hops here provide their trademark notes of herbal and spice.

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Photo of Dharmelink
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Treyliff
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a slightly hazy golden-yellow with a one-finger creamy white head that reduces to a film floating on top

S- spicy German hops with some fruity berry-like elements. Undertones of Kolsch yeast and toasted malt

T- spicy-peppery hops up front give way to some red berry elements, as well as some lemon rind. Mid-palate gives some grassy elements, as well as toasted malt. The finish is dry and yeasty with a linger of fruity hops

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish

O- pretty spot on from the description, a little more balanced than a typical American ipa with high drinkability

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Photo of Ahypercube
4.79/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From the 4-Way IPA 24 pack. I had 5 of these already and I wish dearly this were not the last, but I cannot find this collection anymore around here. Into a pint glass...

L: The bottle sports nice colors, as they complement the beer. It pours a golden tinged amber orange with a faint beige tinted head that lingers as a swirling film. Lacing makes hearts and angry faces.

S: Raspberries, mango, pineapple, orange, lemon, papaya, sourdough bread.

T: I haven't seen many brews (or wines for that matter) that the description matches in flavor profile. This absolutely does. I taste the raspberry. I taste the lemon. First papaya, then big raspberry, lemon, pineapple, orange, and pine. Dank pine. It's probably those cascade hops that SN loves.

F: Clean, smooth, a little bit creamy, but tangy and sharp. A good dose of bitter. Clingy like glass. Thin for my taste. But it's a 6.1% abv.

O: Delicious. Raspberries are my second favorite fruits and lemons are my first. An excellent sour IPA. Idk how German it is, but it's freaking delicious.

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Photo of jabo134
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of doremite
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KTCamm
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5/7/17...pours light cloudy gold with smattering of white foam. Malty chalky nose, very faint. Subtle. Citrus forward bitter, German pils taste with a heavier bitter. Lemon lingers. Simple and tasty IPA.

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Photo of Tone
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy gold color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, citrus hops, piney hops, hint of pale malt, hint of wheat, and earthiness. Fits the style of an English IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, citrus hops, pale malt, hint of yeast, piney hops, hint of pale malt, wheat, and earthiness. Overall, great appearance and blend, good body, complexity, and aroma.

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Photo of MKrauss
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JPadilla
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cryptichead
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CraigP83
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dry crisp. Similar to a full bodied IPL

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Photo of milwaukee512
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of grittybrews
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Just as noted on the brewery description there is a short whiff of raspberry and a little more lemon. It is largely short lived and it is preceded with a neutral yeast take. Followed by a herbal mix and the fruit. This is even bolder in the taste. A noticeable bitterness starts early and last a long time. Never too much and on the lighter side of moderate. An enjoyable mix of flavors with the raspberry an unique flavor that isn't too sweet by any means. On the lighter side of feel. Light colored and mostly clear.
I like this but I don't see myself craving it in any way. Probably best in a mixed pack.
Thanks bro.

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Photo of rfreed
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dmorgan310
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. "German Style IPA"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "PKGD 12/15/16" and sampled on 05/19/17
$2 @ Weis Market #231, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: German Style IPA? I've had IPAs that were brewed in Germany, but those were American-style IPAs. I had no idea there was a German-style IPA! You learn something new everyday, huh? Nice label. I like the colors, they're reminiscent of the German flag. It pours a very hazy golden body beneath a frothy head of white. It looks like a kellerbier to me. It smells fruity, but it also smells like noble German hops! I was expecting Pacific northwest hops. Perhaps there is indeed a German style of IPA that I never knew about. It's floral, fruity with apple, berries, and lemon, and lightly grassy and herbal. The flavor follows with a dollop of sweetness from the golden malt. It's solidly bitter but not overdone, and I think I'd say the same thing for the hops ~ it's hoppy but not really aggressively hoppy. Leave it to Sierra Nevada to nail the balance, they always do! It's just perfect. Malt sweetness, bitterness, yeasty fruitiness, and hops all show equally throughout; and it's not complex, well, a little bit, but all of the components show clearly and work together at the same time as opposed to some beers where the entire beer takes on more of a singular flavor. Some lemon, apple, berries, and spice linger in the finish with a dollop of honey-like malt that slowly erodes. In that sense, perhaps it could be a bit drier as it is an "IPA". Medium bodied and gently crisp. Very fruity. It's interesting, but it's also far more fruity than any non-hefeweizen German beer I've ever had. Overall, it's a decent beer but I can't get past the name because it seems deceptive. Will the younger generation of beer drinkers now start to believe that in addition to English and American IPAs there are German IPAs? Well, maybe time will catch up as there are plenty of new breweries opening in Germany that are trying new things, and brewing different world styles. Maybe they'll come up with a new German IPA.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This “German style IPA” pours a golden yellow color with a fairly slight white foamy head and a fairly high amount of carbonation. The smell is pretty unique and distinctly unlike traditional IPAs that I’ve had. It has a dry yeasty element, a little fruity, and light grain notes. The taste is kind of what I expected based on the smell, which is pretty interesting and strange to me. It has a spicy yeast snap and a slightly acerbic hoppiness with an underlying fruit element of lemon, a bit of grassiness, and biscuit-like malts. The finish is quite dry. This is a pretty interesting beer that tastes to me like an over-hopped Kolsh with a touch of Gose thrown in. I like some of the other Sierra Nevada beers better personally, but I really appreciate the creativity here and I would definitely drink it again.

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