Beer Camp Across The World: Thai-Style Iced Tea Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Denmark's Mikkeller brewery is famous for pushing the boundaries of beer, so when we decided to partner we knew the result would be a wild ride. This beer was inspired by flavors of a classic Thai Iced Tea. It;s sweet and rich, with warming spice notes and delicate fruit flavors that maintain a drinkability from the use of black tea in the finish.


Added by Lucular on 05-10-2017

BEER STATS
Ratings:
245
Reviews:
71
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
11.83%
 
 
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1
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Photo of jsmith313
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of user785335
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of briancathy
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sabtos
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sparkling light amber with a dense, thick creamy off-white head that clings in light sheets and retains a thin blanket.

Smell is minty black tea, light spices, earth, and a hint of orange.

Taste is also mint-like with the nice earthy and floral black tea leaves and a bouquet of unimposing spice. It's much like a homemade iced tea with sweetener and lemon, and a little bitterness from the tea which is not overwhelming like some teas can be. I've had a few Radlers recently, and this is definitely head and shoulders above the amateurs.

A little bready malt far in the background gives this a good, medium but nice crisp froth and semi-dry finish.

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Photo of clager
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ONUMello
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle dated 4/20/17 poured into a pint glass
A: Orange with a thin head
S: Sweet/creamy like the milk in Thai tea along with spice and tea
T: Spice/tea up front with a sweet/creamy finish
M: Medium-bodied, sweet/smooth
O: This does mirror Thai tea sort of, but it's hard to flush out the nuances of the ingredients listed on the label. Unique but only okay

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Photo of jschott75
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TastyIsBeer
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DeutschesBier
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CaptainHate
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This taste like some 4C iced tea powder mixed in an otherwise fine beer. The citrus notes (from the tamarind & orange peel) are playing off the black tea. Use of lactose added a nice rich sweet depth that I am fond of.

This beer is confusing to say the least. I feel like I'm in a seedy massage parlor up to no good; it makes me uncomfortable to drink this beer peacefully. I hate to say it, but this was the worst beer in the beer camp case.

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Photo of eldoctorador
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tracker83
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A weird beer. But, we should take seriously thoughtful experiments. (I speculate that the brewers of Mikkeller used this reasoning: if we can put coffee into beer and Americans like it a lot, why not tea ?)
Having Had 10 of their 800 beers, I am justified enough in concluding that Mikkeller experiments in a strange space often... and it seems they were in that space when they concocted this.

While I will rate this ale, I'm not going to go through the drill of the five categories which, we should remember, is designed to compare similar beers. And that doesn't seem to work for a beer that is a fusion, at best, of ale and iced tea. Both are refreshing and stimulating, but the similarities stop quickly. After several sips, I simply didn't want more.

So to finish what I started, I looked for a distraction and went into the refrigerator and ate Indian leftovers. While that culture also drinks mostly black tea, the ale didn't complement the food.

I got thru this experiment; but I can't imagine choosing to do it again.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RacerX5k
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Never having Thai anything had no idea what Thai iced tea was supposed to taste like but this is good. Tasted like the Snapple I had after dinner, only creamier. This was the third beer last night after 2 shots of bourbon, I was done by that point so take this review for what it's worth.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of goopy
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rammed96
2.25/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Raime
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rangerred
2.42/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Kegatron
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.39/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thai-Styled Iced Tea Ale has a thick, spongy, off-white head, a mostly clear, golden appearance, some bubbles, and some glass lacing. The aroma is muted, with, perhaps, some faint fruit and a touch of pale malt. Taste is likewise muted, but a bit of fruit salad and milk are detected, with a somewhat stronger pepper note. Mouthfeel is medium, and Thai-Styled Iced Tea Ale finishes dry. RJT

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Hardwood Artisans shaker pint
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $22.99 for a Beer Camp Variety 12-Pack
Purchased: June 30, 2017
Consumed: July 2, 2017
Reviewed as: Herbed / Spiced Beer
Misc.: Bottled on April 20, 2017 at 4:05 p.m. PT; Collab between Sierra Nevada and Mikkeller

First time I actually saw this beer camp variety 12-pack in stores. I had bought every one since 2012 at least, maybe 2011. Was hoping to find if for cheap at Costco, but couldn’t pass this one up for $22.99 at Trader Joe’s. Guessing it retails for $27.99 or so. This

Poured an amber clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of off-white frothy head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Outstanding spiderweb foamy lacing. Excellent retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled herbal, mint, coriander peel, menthol, black tea, licorice, anise, cocoa, nutty malts, brown sugar, hints of vanilla, rye and a touch of cinnamon spice. (Smell - 3.50)

Tasted better than I thought it would, somewhat reminding me of a spicy Fat Tire. There was a lot going on. Got mint, tea, lemon zest, orange peel, herbal, menthol, light cinnamon, licorice, anise, cocoa powder, nutty malts and toasted caramel. The 7.2 pct. ABV was well hidden. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was surprisingly very good. Just a nice balance of flavors. (Overall - 3.75)

3.71 | 84 | B

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