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

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Beer Camp Across The World: Dry-Hopped Barleywine-Style AleBeer Camp Across The World: Dry-Hopped Barleywine-Style Ale

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Lucular on 05-10-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 334 |  Reviews: 109
Reviews by HalfFull:
Photo of HalfFull
3.34/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A summer barleywine this must be. 12 oz. bottle poured into a large wine glass shows a clear deep amber with a steady cap of tan foam. Nice clarity and lacing though perhaps a bit lighter in color than anticipated.

Aroma is light for the heft but fits in with the lighter color. Muted woody malts with some piney hops through the foam. Light wasp of ethanol and some dark malts are more dominant if allowed to settle.

Taste is lightly oily with some caremel roundness, buttery through the palate and finishing with a coarse spiciness. Cold this beer masks the ABV well, while warming gives you a sense of the sweetness on the palate but still keeps it well shy of cloying. Finish is thick but not rich, full and with lots of hop spice.

Overall this really does drink like an Imperial Red with faint hints of the malt complexity I would expect for a barleywine. So a Summer Barleywine indeed. Packaged 4/12/2017

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Photo of teromous
4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From the back label: "PKGD 04/12/2017 1406"

Appearance: This beer looks absolutely amazing in the glass. The head is a thin creamy textured white cap and it rests above a beautiful body of mahogany brown, deep reddish-brown, burnt umber, and autumn orange. It is truly a beautiful beer to look at.

Aroma: The beer certainly has a hoppy aroma which is a bit piney and earthy. There is also a light woody aroma to the beer and just a touch of alcohol. The hop aroma has an additional scent that is a bit hard to is a bit like the scent you get from certain weeds or wild grasses after mowing but it isn't like hay or like cut flowers.

Taste: The flavor of the beer strongly mimics the hop aromas. It has a strong herbal flavor that is a bit hard to pinpoint; it is a bit minty with some bay leaf and thyme. Honestly this feels like a bit of a new take on the American Barleywine and it is a welcome one. The beer has a very savory spice-focused flavor and although many people will tell you that they associate Barleywines with Winter this has a very Spring or Summer-like feel to it.

Mouthfeel: It has a good deal of bitterness and the beer has a good medium-sized body to support it. The carbonation is excellent. The best part of the mouthfeel is the crescendo of sharp bitterness that hits right at the end and then silently drops away. I am very impressed at how well this beer drinks.

Overall: It is an excellent beer and I hope that it is brewed again. I would highly recommend it and this is one of the beers that really "makes the pack." This beer really exemplifies what an American Barleywine is. It is absolutely fantastic and I am enjoying every drop of it.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.84/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Regrettably brief bottle impressions.

AROMA: Copper malts, caramalt, mild faintly herbal hopping.

TASTE: See aroma. Flat, shallow, reticent, plain.

TEXTURE: Somewhat dry, somewhat coarse, unrefreshing, medium-bodied, well-carbonated.

OVERALL: A pedestrian barleywine from brewers who have done better.


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Photo of stevepat
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A collaboration between sierra nevada and avery brewing, the bottle says that it is a blend of the two breweries individual barleywines. It pours a beautiful golden amber, surprisingly light colored for a barleywine but absolutely lovely with a creamy, persistent head. The smell is full and boozy. Hints of apricot and raisin with a faint back of resinous tart hop. The taste is one I can get behind fully. A barleywine for hop heads, you could pass it off as an overly malty DIPA but it's strong malty backbone lends a caramel booziness familiar to any barleywine lover. The lemony hop top end balances the booziness perfectly. And to top it all off this beer flows over the tongue languidly, a weary barge captain giving in to the river it takes it's sweet time crossing your palette. Muted carbonation and a rich flavor make it an absolute delight to take down. Overall this is a fine ale from two fine brewers. The perfect detente for anyone embroiled in an IPA/Barleywine feud.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There is a slight difference in the aromatic hop profile between this and, say, Bigfoot - it offers a bit more grapefruit peel and general citrus. Still, it's nonetheless a very piny-smelling brew. There's a hefty and even nuanced malt backbone that offers some toffee, brown sugar, molasses, and caramel. Peachy ale esters seem to tie everything together well. A good nose, but one that seems overly bitter (just like Bigfoot, really). Indeed, this one is bitter as it traverses the palate. It does start off sweet tasting, but then bitterness takes over the middle and finish. I do notice the citrusy dry-hopping slightly around the back end, but ultimately the trademark pine and floral qualities dominate. This one needs AT LEAST a year in the cellar to smooth out. It tries to go down easily (and it does finish dry), but the bitterness makes it almost taxing. Carbonation is medium to slightly high. For better or worse, it tastes just like a cross between Bigfoot and Hog Heaven - the former being something I must be in a very specific mood to enjoy. An interesting curio, no more, no less.

3.18/5: These brutishly bitter barleywines are rarely my favorite

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Photo of Tiernan
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a snifter the beer was a cherry amber color. There was a modest off-white head that left some pretty lace..
Sweet malt aroma. Herbal/floral hops.
Caramel and toffee taste, followed by a blast of bitterness.
This is an aggressively hopped beer, maybe not to everyone's liking.

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Photo of tvenne
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ledouge
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Franziskaner
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper to bronze in color with a light sedimentary haze. There's an inch of creamy and densely packed brown head. The aroma is a bit of pine and sweet dark bready malt. I'm tasting initially that dark bready malt and then the piney (but thankfully not soapy) hops come rushing in at the back of the palate. The mouth is resinous from intense hopping, warm with alcohol, and dry.

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Photo of juicebox
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MattyG85
4.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of off white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: An earthy and bready aroma with a scent of pine, caramel, and biscuit. Upfront scent of earthy hops with some pine resin and grass. Malt scent of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, and toast with yeast. Subtle hints of dark fruit, apple, and citrus. Sweet hints of brown sugar. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, an earthy and bready American Barleywine taste with notes of pine, caramel, and biscuit. Upfront earthy hop presence with notes of pine resin, grass, and slight citrus. Malt notes of caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, and grains along with some yeast. Sweet notes of brown sugar and syrup. A very nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Chewy and fairly oily.

Overall: A pretty good take on an American style Barleywine. Big piney hop presence with some good caramel malt notes and fruit undertones.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.63/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the Pour Taproom in Greenville.
Pours with a copper colored body that has excellent retention. It's topped with a durable, creamy, beige head.
Smells a little odd but nonetheless appealing. The flavor is quite good, with obvious bitterness and other hop character from the dry hopping. Well hidden ABV.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zonian1
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sgttibbs
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LXIXME
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RDW
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tdm168
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Beer Camp Across The World: Dry-Hopped Barleywine-Style Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 334 ratings