Beer Camp Across The World: Dry-Hopped Barleywine-Style Ale
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Beer Camp Across The World: Dry-Hopped Barleywine-Style AleBeer Camp Across The World: Dry-Hopped Barleywine-Style Ale
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Style:
Barleywine - American
ABV:
9.4%
Score:
88
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 9.74%
Reviews:
111
Ratings:
342
From:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
88
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Beer Camp Across The World: Dry-Hopped Barleywine-Style AleBeer Camp Across The World: Dry-Hopped Barleywine-Style Ale
Notes: Colorado's Avery Brewing Co. and Sierra Nevada both make American-style barleywine ales verging on the hop extreme. For this collaboration-dubbed "Big Hog" as an homage to the two beers that inspired it-we recreated both barleywine recipes and then blended the beers into a new hop-heavy creation. It features rich, bittersweet malt character with notes of caramel and toffee balanced against a massive wall of hop flavor and is bottle conditioned for longevity.
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elNopalero from California

4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 4/17, enjoyed 3/18.
Wish I had this fresh for comparison but I also prefer my barleywine with some time on it.

Right out the bottle this poor looks amazing. Incredible head retention atop a ruby-tinged caramel colored brew. I get a big heady aroma that's part orange pith and part pine sap. For a beer with age it remains remarkably hoppy, sweetly bitter with lots of grapefruit and orange peel in the finish. Big, but not too big. I liked it.

Nov 29, 2019
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Billolick from New York

4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, PKGD 4-12-17, apparently well cared for and aged at a beer store here in Florida...

Pours darker amber and leaving loads of fine and frothy sheeting all over the glass.

Maple and vanilla malty nose.

Super smooth and tasty BW, More maple malts and more smooth vanilla and bready notes..highly enjoyable, glad I took a chance on this one.

Jan 31, 2019
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jbakajust1 from Oregon

4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aged 16 months, poured into a tulip.

Pours a dramatically clear garnet with an off white2 finger head that maintains a thick cap through the whole drink. Sticky lace clings to the glass in large rings with each sip.

Resinous hops, pine, grapefruit peels, and rich toffee leap from the glass with underlying notes of grape esters and alcohol.

Toffee, resin, pine, and bitter citrus peel give way to a deep bitterness that clears and leaves a tingle on the back of the tongue and a mild alcohol warmth.

Rich and creamy with a medium body that quickly washes away with a dry bitterness and alcohol, leaving the throat warm.

Had this beer fresh when the Beer Camp multi pack released. Was just like Bigfoot... too bitter with charred American C60 notes. Age has done this beer well. Much more rounded as the C60 has oxidized some removing the acridness and elevating the esters from Avery's London Ale yeast. The big resin and pine from the the Columbus dry hopping and large doses of Chinook continue to dominate with the grapefruit from the Cascade and Centennial. Floral notes from these two hops have faded leaving a great beer behind.

Aug 19, 2018
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Psilo from California

3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark orange amber, a finger of dense froth. Good amount of sticky off-white lacing.

Smells of sweet malt, caramel, earthy hops and alcohol.

Tastes very bitter still. Brown toast, earthy hops, caramel sweetness, booze, and lingering bitterness. Still quite bitter.

Creamy, resinous, sticky mouthfeel. Very smooth. A nice sipperĀ 

Reminds me of Bigfoot at a similar age. I haven't had any Avery Barleywines, so I can't comment on how this compares to those.

Jul 23, 2018
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.31/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle. Served in a snifter glass. Pours a dark caramel brown body, two finger thick white head, lots of retention, plenty of lacing. Smell is citrus, grapefruit zest, lots of caramel, touch of toffee. Lemon zest. Flavour is caramel, toffee, less of the grapefruit and lemon zest, fair bit of citrus. Drinks like a very sweet triple IPA. Really not my favourite as far as barleywines go; super hoppy without too much in terms of character and citrus as on the aroma. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lighter than expected, fairly decent carbonation, zesty bitterness on the finish. Not my favourite rendition of barleywine. Too much hops here, to be honest.

May 29, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Slightly hazed dark copper pour. 2 fingers of creamy white head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Malty and piney. Resinous hops and sweet sugars

T/F: Follows the nose. Big caramel malts/grains. Herbal/pine hop profile... mildly spicy.. earthy. Not much in the way of citrus. Feels like an old school California barleywine... big on the hops. Medium bodied... definitely some oomph with the ABV. Bitter/sweet combo nicely balanced... warming. Sticky on the tongue.

O: A solid old-school style Barleywine. Big flavor... definitely a sipper. Very glad I got to try this one.

Apr 15, 2018
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jkblr from Indiana

4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottled 4/12/17 (365 days ago) poured into a snifter at just above fridge temp 9.4% ABV. The beer pours mostly bright orange amber in color with sticky light khaki head. The head recedes to a cap and ring leaving abundant lacing. The aroma is mild with malt and a hint of hops. There is no alcohol presence in the aroma. The taste is semisweet caramel (toffee) up front with bitterness moving in quickly. The hop flavors tend toward oranges and pine and leave a lasting prickly bitterness that sticks to the tongue, no alcohol in taste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and dry in the finish. There is some residual hop oil stickiness and shellac, but the beer remains dry. Overall, excellent. I'm enjoying this much more that regular Bigfoot. I was concerned this would be over the top on bitterness, but it's actually very drinkable and well behaved for a 9.4% beer.

Apr 12, 2018
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Suds from Missouri

3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew is a hazy orange-amber color with a small soapy head. The aroma has a lot of hops...citrus and spring flowers. The taste is dry, warming, and very bitter. Flavorful and full in body. Lingering finish. Interesting, but not exceptional

Mar 23, 2018
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap during Mad Fox's Barleywine Festival. A dry hopped barleywine, a blend of Avery Hog Heaven and Sierra Nevada Big Foot Ales. Also called Big Hog or Hog Foot (2017). Poured into a 4 oz fluted taster.

A nice middle of the road BW, but otherwise not very noteworthy except for its clean crisp taste. 3.75

A - Pours a brillantly clear orange amber with a small head and some off white lacing. 4.0

S - Aroma was minimal. (-) 3.5

T - Very clean tasting for a BW. 3.75

MF - Medium heavy with a dry finish 3.75

Feb 27, 2018
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a blend of Sierra Nevada's Big Foot and Avery's Hog Heaven. Also known as Big Hog or Hog Foot. Brewed for the 2018 Extreme Beer festival in Boston.

Amber colored and clear. Modest but lasting head. Excellent blanket lacing.

Creamy aroma with a mild and lightly sweet caramel touch. Floral and very inviting.

Rich with lots of alcohol warmth and caramel. The carbonation is strong enough to prevent the beer from becoming cloy. Strongly hopped for the style but that makes the balance superb. The aftertaste is very bitter which means this beer transitions through the entire beer tasting palate. In a word, superb.

Feb 17, 2018
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jjamadorphd from Florida

4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I decided to save this one for 9-months based on its ABV, I am so glad I did...

This quite possibly is the best beer out of the 2017 Beer Camp 12er. Though I am partial to barleywines, I have come across a couple I would rather never do so, ever again. But this one is special. A hazy tannish-yellowish-copperish color meets your eyes and forms a thick foam for head. The staying power is noticeable and the lacing is some of the best I have seen in some time. The smell was a blend of sweetness, hops, and a touch of barley with some booziness mixed in - another superb aspect. Mouthfeel was my least favorite category with this brew - well carbonated, did it not tamp down much as it warmed, but it at least it had a nice heavy-bodied feel (kinda like some well-endowed...never mind, back to the beer.) The taste was a boozy mixture of the hops a touch of cinnamon, and even some spice giving it an added kick that was thoroughly enjoyed. Overall, this was definitely the best beer (IMHO) out of that 12-pack last year. It'll be interesting to see if they can top this, later this year.

Jan 06, 2018
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

2.89/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Had this on 2017-12-21 in Columbia, PA from a 12oz bottle

A - Clear amber-brown with a 2.5-finger off-white head and moderate lace

S - Lots of earthy, piney, dank hops and them some caramel malt sweetness. Kind of an odd smell but not unpleasant.

T- Medium-toasted bread, caramel, then a rather monstrous onslaught of one dimensional hop bitterness, which ruined the experience for me. There is some residual sweetness but not even close to being enough to accommodate the brutal bitterness. Yuch.

M - Medium-heavy body and light carbonation. Smooth and substantial, which I quickly forgot about as the very prickly tongue scrapping hit me.

O - Drain pour for me. Can't think of another Sierra Nevada brew where I did this.

Dec 22, 2017
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ONUMello from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 4/12/17 poured into a snifter
A: Amber with a 1/2 finger head
S: Sweet, cherry, caramel, malts, a hint of bourbon
T: Similar notes to the nose but less sweet, the malt/sugar notes are in front of the fruit; adds a bit of oak
M: Full-bodied, a bit sweet, just a hint of bitter
O: A solid if average example of the style

Dec 18, 2017
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Griffin2 from Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Willi Becher glass.
L - Poured a dark Amber with a white head.
S - Smalls of caramel.
T - Tastes of toffee and caramel.
F - Medium body and carbonation.
O - Pretty easy drinker for the ABV.

Dec 17, 2017
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

10/3/17...pours reddish amber, white foam, medium thick head. Earthy nose, dusty. Interesting taste. At once fruity and intensely bitter. Very dry, lingering bitter. Hearty and bitter. Creative.

Dec 02, 2017
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Tone from Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear mahogany color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of piney hops, spicy hops, alcohol, sweet malt, rye, and tea. Fits the style of an American Barleywine. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level and strong bitterness. Tastes of piney hops, spicy hops, alcohol, sweet malt, rye, and tea. Overall, good appearance, feel, blend. simplistic, but tasty.

Dec 02, 2017
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Glowing clear orange brown body, moderate off white head, lots and lots of tight lacing.

S - Lots of medicinal hop notes, pine and resin, and a bit of fruit, mostly suggesting grapefruit pith.

T - Very bitter throughout, with strong pine and pith, a toffee and caramel note, and a close that is bitingly bitter.

M - Sticky in the open, but very dry in the close. Not much build up, but lingering nevertheless.

O - A well executed beer, but a touch too punchy for my taste.

Nov 18, 2017
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garymuchow from Minnesota

3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Super clear with a beautiful golden red color. Tan with and a non-dense head. A good bit of sticky lacing.
Grassy hop character with a mix of fruit and herb. A shot or two of alcohol, resembling fuel a little bit.
Pretty hoppy but not over the top, but there is a long lingering mixed hop and bitterness finish. Hops carry a strong earthy tone. Good shot of warmth in the gut. So far the malts are not sweet or rich. Largely large but neutral.
Feels a tad thin for such a big beer.
Seems closer to a malty DIPA than a barleywine.

Nov 12, 2017
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mactrail from Washington

3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Dark, slightly hazy amber brown. Hugely aromatic. Each tiny sip, though, is a challenge. Hot with alcohol followed by burnt sugar. Thick mouthfeel and a Sugar Daddy caramel taste.

But then comes the bitter orange and grapefruit pith. The vast depth of hop aroma and intense taste is an achievement, but as the bitter wood that takes over you can kiss any pleasure goodbye.

Oct 30, 2017
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scottfrie from California

4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into snifter. Bottle dated 4/12/17.

A: Pours a burnt amber with a cap of tan foam that faded into a greasy film. Lasting fuzzy collar, wispy lace.
S: Much brighter, lighter and perfumey than expected with very floral and perfumey hop scents. Super floral and fragrant, smells like a juicy dry hopped DIPA. There is a subtle kiss of heavier, thicker malt undertone however, maybe even caramel. I also get sweet notes of candied fruits as the beer warms.
T: Sweet floral flavors mixed with sugary fruits and an herbal finish. Tropical fruits, tangerine and floral/perfume bouquet. Ambiguous bitter finish but a sweet light aftertaste. Juicy overall.
M: Full body, warming kiss of alcohol mixed with a clean herbal bitterness. Creamy and soft fluffy carbonation.
O: I've had double ipas more malty than this. Superb example of dry hop in a barleywine. Blurring the lines. Doesn't taste like an old IPA, doesn't taste like a fresh barleywine. Very enjoyable.

Oct 26, 2017
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THANAT0PSIS from Wisconsin

3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

Sierra Nevada/Avery Dry-Hopped Barleywine-Style Ale

Beer Camp Across the World 2017 9/12

A: This creation of two breweries famous for their barleywines pours a rich tequila sunrise orange/red, teetering on the edge of rust. The head is off-white/sand and amounts to little more than half a finger, disappointing but expected at 9.4%. Lacing is above average, however, but the retention is lacking (though it does settle into a nice, very small collar). The color is gorgeous and regal, but it does suffer from the same sediment problems that other beers from this set have, and overall it lacks in a few aspects here. 3/5

A: As with Bigfoot and Hog Heaven from Sierra Nevada and Avery, respectively, this beer reeks of pine, sap, resin, burnt caramel, and bitter toffee (since this is literally a blend of the two, this is unsurprising). It is not quite as outrageously intimidating as fresh Bigfoot, for better or worse. There is some classic Cascade and Centennial grapefruit hanging around as well as some tobacco leaf and Irish breakfast tea. Alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming. This is pretty simplistic, breaks no new ground, and does not stand out from its component parts as a unique product. It smells like a middle-of-the-road, decidedly American, barleywine. 3.25/5

T: The taste is marginally more complex than the nose, but it is still lacking in differentiation from other examples of the style. Up front of course brings wave after wave of piney, rindy, unrelenting bitterness, sappy, and tannic. Burnt orange, candied orange, orange marmalade, bergamot, pomelo, sweet caramel, and lots of toffee are apparent as the beer warms, but they are constantly overshadowed by the earthy, bitter, and piney hops, as well as a ton of tobacco. The aftertaste is all tobacco and deeper roasted teas, lightly floral, herbal, fruity, and toasty. It is a clear improvement on the nose but still American barleywine by numbers, well-executed though it may be. 3.75/5

M: The feel is full and creamy but very drying and bitter to a near extreme. It avoids astringency in a minor miracle, and the lack of alcohol heat makes this beer a bonafide miracle. Still, the very high bitterness will be a turn-off for many palates, and combined with the syrupy stickiness and viscosity (part and parcel of barleywine), there is some clashing. It is to style, however. 4.25/5

O: This beer is fine, a very safe move for these two great brewers, and that makes it rather disappointing. It is arguably worse than both components, neither as ludicrously oppressive as Bigfoot or as sweet and fruity as Hog Heaven, it falls somewhere in the middle and ends up being just boring. Even the idea behind it (a simple blending of the two beers) is boring, and while Sierra Nevada and Avery claim that is exactly what they wanted to do, I have to take issue with that choice as terribly...boring. These collaborations are opportunities to do something fun, to take risks. This does nothing special on any level, and there are much better examples of the style out there. I am sort of enjoying drinking it, but I will never remember this beer even a month from now. As a side-note, definitely let this warm to room temperature, or it will be even worse. Pair with Lil Yachty's disappointing debut "Teenage Emotions" and be equally bored on all levels by something that could have been innovative and, well...good. 2.75/5

Oct 25, 2017
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Lucular from Maryland

2.57/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was very disappointing. Smells like a hot, sweet, boozy mess and the taste is not much better. I know it's over 6 months old at this point but the label says "bottle conditioned for longevity" so I don't think I'm being unfair.

Oct 24, 2017
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gandres from Philippines

3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from a beer camp around the world variety box poured to tulip glass
Sight: dark amber, medium foam, appears clear some lacing
Smell: slight aroma of hops, toasted malt stronger
Taste: Bitter throughout, some sweetness"
Mouth feel: good follow through, good finish, bitter aftertaste
Overall: Very good beer, ok to repeat not to look for

Oct 19, 2017
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arizcards from Arizona

4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle from TW Arrowhead as part of the 12-pack 7-1-17 for $2.08 average per bottle. Bottled on 4-12-17.

Beer poured amber brown with a very nice white head with the initial pour.

Nose is hints of dark fruits, toasted malts, and citrus hops.

Taste is caramel toasted malts, toffee, citrus. Huge malt base is overwhelmed by the alpha hops.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and smooth.

Overall this is a nice hoppy west coast hop bomb that probably would do well with some aging but is enjoyable now if you like big bad ass hoppy barleywines!

Sep 23, 2017
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Zorro from California

3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Slightly chill hazed red colored ale with a medium sized tan colored head.

Smells sweet and woody with a strong tea scent to it. Scents of cedar wood. Lesser scent of bubblegum.

Starts out bittersweet with a good caramel and wood flavor. Taste of hop oil. Taste of strong tea.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Overall an OK beer.

Sep 19, 2017
Beer Camp Across The World: Dry-Hopped Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 342 ratings