German Style IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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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Reviews by HalfFull:
Photo of HalfFull
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a large wine glass. The German style IPA pours a lightly hazed golden with a thin cap of whitish foam and dropping off some spotty lace. Nose of spicy and floral hops. Taste is moderate bitterness with spicy and citrus hop notes. Smooth with some witbier attributes at times. Finish is a bit light but matches expectations given the profile of the beer. Pleasant and easy on the palate with a faint lemony sweetness throughout.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I thought this was the best new beer in the 4 way ipa variety 12 pack. Pours pretty standard, golden/light copper colored beer, 3/4" white head. Aroma was of English like Euro hops. Is what it is.

Taste is more of a mixture of English, German and West Coast ipas, and that is for the better. Usual descriptors of grapefruit, pine, dry toasted pale malts. Just more of a unique earthiness to it. Lacks the soggy woodiness and heavy earth feels of traditional English ipas. Respectable 50ibu levels of bitterness. Kolsch yeast feels neutral. Carbonation on point. Well done.

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Photo of oberon
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/15/16.Pours into a standard pint a clear lighter golden with a thinner but well sustained white head atop.Clean crisp malts with a smattering of floral and citric hops,not in your face but pleasant enough.It is very German in nature with that yeast,lightly bready and crisp with a bit of a peppery bite,citrusy hops finish the beer out.This a beer I could see myself drinking alot of a few months down the road when getting the smoker/grill out,crazy drinkable.For now with pair with some kassler's and dumplings.

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

Photo of bsp77
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unique IPA with a Kolsch backbone of crackery malts, apple and hay. Modern-style German hops add mandarin, tangerine, lemon, berry, pepper and general spiciness. The aroma has the same notes. Crisp and dry with so.easy lager characteristics from the Kolsch yeast. Slight distracting aftertaste. Really good overall.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an IPA glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright amber orange. Moderate amount of bubbles and a big two finger off white head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A floral, spicy, and bready aroma with a scent of earthy hops and biscuit. Floral and earthy Euro hops with a scent of pine and grass. Citrus hints of orange and lemon zest. Malt scent of biscuit, cracker, caramel, and grains with some yeast. A pretty solid balanced aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a floral, spicy, and bready balanced taste of earthy hops and biscuit malt. Floral and earthy presence of noble hops with notes of pine, spice, and grass. Light citrus fruit notes of lemon zest and orange. Malt notes of biscuit, grains, cracker, and caramel along with some German yeast. A pretty nice balanced taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp and pretty smooth.

Overall: A pretty nice "German style" twist on an IPA. Nice balance of spicy hops and biscuit malt.

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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 chinchill
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1/2 pint on tap at the brewery taproom in NC.
Clear, medium amber body. Durable white head. Loads of lacing left on the glass.
Relatively strong aroma given the flavor: fairly intense and fruity hops with some floral and herbal notes.
The flavor is less hoppy and much less bitter than the aroa suggests.
Lingering hoppy aftertaste.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Crisp yet relatively smooth, with a dry finish.

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Photo of mrosenfeld32
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of OKbrew89
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LXIXME
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcbeers
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of DrewBest
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I like the idea, light German ale with a bigger German hop profile.

A slightly hazy golden color. Solid, white cap has very good retention qualities.

The nose has a very nice hopped up citrus and spice effect. The traditional German hops are both citrus fruity and earthy spice. A kolsch yeast and malt gives off mostly earthy, butter and slightly sour-bread aroma's.

Incredibly clean flavor and feel with a big, herbal-spice kick coupled with light fruits and mild citrus notes. The German hops are very impressive and full of flavor, but It hardly reaches a true IPA level of hoppiness. The super clean and crisp malt is very impressive with even more clean but classically sour-earthy yeast of Kolsh.

Really enjoying this hybrid idea, all flavor's are bold and very balanced. Dangerously easy to session at 6.1 % abv.

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

Bottled date of 12/09/16

Appearance - Pours clear and golden yellow in color with a white, half finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a very thin, broken layer of surface suds and a razor thin ring around the edge of the glass. Decent lacing, mostly consisting of broken lines and some spotting.

Smell - Balanced aroma hitting on moderate notes of citrus, grass, floral and spice hops offset by big bready sweetness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Very balanced flavor profile. Big bready malt body with hoppy notes of lemon and a touch of spice. Finishes much the same, with citrus zest and bready character lingering in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium in body with slightly bitey carbonation. Slick texture, with a fairly crisp, semi-dry finish

Overall - I think they accomplished what they set out to create, but the overall product itself isn't anything particularly noteworthy. It's very solid though. Something I'd drink while watching sports or doing work around the house, but not something I'd seek to buy.

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Photo of whatname
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brewerburgundy
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, New Belgium glass, packaged

When viewed in a glass this beer is reminiscent of the German style lagers it takes its inspiration from. Deep yellow, white frothy head that dissipates rather quickly to leave a satisfying ring of suds.

It smells of a hearty and slightly musty grain bill that again takes inspiration from German lagers. The hops are a mix of lemony citrus and noble pepper and spice.

The taste is a warehouse of musty, grainy malt and a handful of pungent noble hops. Subtle resin, lemon, white pepper, whole grain crackers, with a bite in the finish.

Full bodied with a pleasing carbonation bite. This is a meaty beer.

This is a little departure for Sierra Nevada. Hoppy, yet not in their signature citrus West Coast way. The malt bill is excellent. This beer has chops.

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

Appearance: Cloudy golden, with a nice head of off-white suds, and a thin but attractive line of lace.

Aroma: Lagery-grainy with plenty of malts up front and a touch of hops.

Taste: Body here feels light as intended but the heavier hopped-up snap arrives with a tinge of bitter underneath the prevalent malt profile. Overall, a very drinkable ale that balances the German malts and yeast with more prominent hoppy characteristics. No problems here.

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Photo of andrew8626
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 Damian74
3.17/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of let8it8grow
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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