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

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Beer Camp Across The World: Thai-Style Iced Tea AleBeer Camp Across The World: Thai-Style Iced Tea Ale

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

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

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Satsuma
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.32/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StormAles
4.16/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerasaurus
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.75/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of doktorhops
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look I’m a sucker for anything Mikkeller makes, and Sierra Nevada too for that matter - these are two brewing Gods in my pantheon and there’s nothing better than a crazy collaboration (if it works!). This beer from the “around the world” 12-pack immediately caught my eye and wouldn’t let go: 2 of my favourite brewers - check! Crazy set of ingredients including tamarind and star anise - check! 7.2% ABV - check! Brewed with black tea and lactose - check! What could even remotely go wrong with this one? Well, yeah, you’re right: everything... but hell you’ve got to give it to that ballsy Mikkeller bastard for going for the maddest ideas he can come up with (which are pretty mad TBH) and Sierra Nevada for providing the gypsy brewer with Beer Camp equipment. Salute!

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Hazed with floaty bits and an amber-coloured body with a rather large hard-poured 1 inch off-white cappuccino foam head that slowly drops back leaving latticework lace in the glass. I wonder what the floaty bits are, I’m hoping it’s spices and such, I do enjoy spice: it’s the spice of life. 7/10.

S: Star anise and sour tamarind upfront and bashing the nose repeatedly. Well it is what I asked for, so thanks Mikkeller & SN. Hints of tannic black tea and a touch of orange peel rounds out what must be said is one of the most odd beer aromas I’ve ever encountered. Not sure if I 100% like it but it’s certainly interesting. 7/10.

T: Spicy, funky and malty - in that order. Flavour is dominated somewhat by star anise, with funky tamarind and orange playing minor roles, and black tea rounding it all out. Finish lays down more tamarind funk (if you’ve never tried tamarind before you can get it in paste form at the supermarket - I use it in my yummy Pad Thai, but it’s a secret... oh wait, it was a secret, shhh!). Overall flavour profile is a bit confused, and IMO doesn’t come across with enough tea flavour to pull off the “iced tea” moniker. Still it is tasty... tasty and funky in equal measure. 7/10.

M: Medium bodied and fairly smooth - a decent mouthfeel here. 8/10.

D: Definitely one of the oddest beers I’ve encountered (and I’ve encountered a fair few beers now!). The flavour is all over the shop, like other Mikkeller swing-n-miss brews. He doesn’t always get it right and this brew is one of them. More tea and perhaps lemongrass would have pushed this in the direction it needed to go. As it is I didn’t actually mind it, but I wouldn’t bother getting it again. 7/10.

Food match: Busy thinking about my Pad Thai now, mmmmm.

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Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of travelguy
4.09/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgator3
2.83/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of OKbrew89
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Short notes: It's weird but hits the description of Thai style ice tea. The black tea, orange, and sweetened milk come through in the taste without wiping out the basic beer elements. It's drinkable as a beer, but something that people can wildly disagree on purely due to the source of inspiration.

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Photo of kingmaker
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tone
3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, alcohol, yeast, pale malt, citrus, tea, hint of sugar, and licorice. Fits the style of an Herbed / Spiced Beer. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, alcohol, yeast, pale malt, citrus, tea, hint of sugar, and licorice. Overall, average appearance, aroma, and body.

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Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beejay
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A murky brown color with a light tan head.

S: Some light tea and herbal/spice notes. A touch of anise, but I'm not getting a lot of strong aroma from this one.

T: Slightly sweet, with a touch of citrus zest. There is a nice iced tea with lemon thing going on in there.. Slight tea flavor with herbal notes, and a cream finish.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Overall I think it is an interesting theme beer, but the flavors are just a little timid to make it really work. Interesting, but a touch cloying.

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Photo of BenHoppy
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of durlta
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mamaraza
3.49/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EMV
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip

L: Hazy golden orange pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head. Great lacing.

S: Fruity... lemonade/citrus and tea. Smells like.... iced tea.

T/F: Wheat/grains and some sweetness... balanced out by citrus and lemonade tartness. Herbal notes and tea definitely present. Mild spice... a little bit of an estery touch like you'd get with a wheat beer. Medium to light in body... zesty carbonation. Finish is a bit tangy and citrus.

O: Very interesting... they hit the 'iced tea' part pretty well... but it's definitely got more going on in terms of spice and flavor. Pretty nice collaboration... a bit out there, but surprisingly drinkable. One I'd definitely have again.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of garymuchow
3.96/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting mix of spices in the aroma - some sweet, others spicy, a little fruit and a soft background of herb. Pleasant. Really pick up some orange in time.
Mostly clear amber (orange and soft brown), smallish head. Big enough beer to get a little hit of warmth in the gut. Smooth feel.
Drying finish from the spices and tea. Moderately light finish and softly carbonated. A whole mix of flavors, with some resembling but not necessarily mimicking the aroma. The fruit shines at times, other times the spices and tea.
This is nice array of flavors. Would I have another? Easily.

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Photo of gandres
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured to tulip glass
Sight: dark dull amber, small tan foam that lingers, some lacing
Aroma: not a lot, malty aroma
Taste: medium bitterness, some sweetness, bit sour almost not noticeable Mouth feel: good carbonation, sticky, good finish, good aftertaste
Overall: Very good beer, very good fruit beer

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Photo of Suds
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I expected a bit more from this one. The color is a light orange, hazy hue. The aroma is a little hollow and the taste is a bit bland, compared to my expectations. There are subtle flowers, a bit of licorice, and some spice. The taste is lightly sweet. Grain, flowers, fleshy fruit, but all a little distant. Medium body and just okay.

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Photo of mactrail
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Handsome beer in the Affligem chalice, golden-amber clear brew with plenty of white foam. At first sip I wonder why anyone would think up such an extreme beer flavoring idea, but it's actually fairly drinkable. And even somewhat balanced among the competing flavors, acidity, screwball aromatics, and angy finish.

Very sweet, like a mixed drink, sparkly on the tongue. There's no trace of hops, but maybe a drop of cocktail bitters. The star anise is disconcerting since it dominates every sip, but it fades into the Hawaiian Punch fruit drink flavor. From the 12 oz bottle in the Beer Camp 2017 pack.

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Beer Camp Across The World: Thai-Style Iced Tea Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 322 ratings