Resilience Butte County Proud IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Resilience Butte County Proud IPAResilience Butte County Proud IPA
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Resilience Butte County Proud IPAResilience Butte County Proud IPA

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sierra Nevada celebrated the release of Resilience Butte County Proud IPA with a nationwide tapping called “Resilience Night” on Thursday, December 20, 2018, bringing renewed attention to the area’s ongoing need for financial assistance. Between draft and cans, Sierra Nevada made approximately 5,000 barrels of the beer. When combined with about 13,000 barrels brewed by beer companies from across the country (and a few from around the globe) plus roughly $300,000 in T-shirt sales, the business founded by Ken Grossman in 1980 says it expects to raise as much as $15 million. I caught up with Grossman to ask him about the potential reach of the Relief Fund, the logistics of coordinating such a large initiative, and Sierra Nevada’s dedication to helping its community rebuild.

Added by Gatch on 12-20-2018

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Ratings: 101 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of 1nkling
2.63/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Too sweet

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Photo of BB1313
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 12/10/18. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours an amber/burnt golden with nice clarity; fluffy light khaki head that falls slowly leaving great retention and nice lacing. The aromas are floral. Some caramel. Malts are there. The flavors basically follow the nose. The flavors are pretty clean, crisp, sharp and refreshing. More floral notes leading the way. More caramel. Subtle hints of grapefruit and orange. Some fresh grass. Some pine. Solid bitterness. Malts do their thing without dominating. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's medium-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's sharp, fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a pretty solid IPA. This one kind of has a "Red IPA" vibe going on. Once again, it's clean, crisp, sharp and refreshing. The craftsmanship is on point, just like all of Sierra Nevada's IPAs. It's enjoyable and fun to drink. I like it.

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Photo of Ehall1995
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was looking at this beer and hoping a local brewery would brew this, of course the Daytona market wouldn't jump on this. But I typically don't like IPAs but this IPA is very well balanced and full of flavor and the right amount of hops. I will pick up another 6 pack of this and it goes to a great cause

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Photo of eldoctorador
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FBarber
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color. Completely clear and initially effervescent although that peters out pretty quickly. Two finger off-white head dissipates leaving a thin layer of residual foam. Nice looking beer albeit dark for an IPA - looks more like an amber ale. Lots of sticky lacing left on the glass.

Aroma is rather malt forward with some orange and grapefruit notes. Simple and classic, but really nice.

Taste follows the nose with notes of bready malt, grapefruit, pine, sap, orange, and some grassy notes. Pronounced bitterness on the back end, but it doesn't linger too long on the back end.

Feel is light, drinkable, and bright. Rather dry-isa finish. Lingering bitterness on the palate.

Overall this is a throwback IPA and a damn good one as well.

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Photo of BenjaGrif
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear medium to dark copper in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate amounts of golden yellow + amber + dark orange colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a few medium sized patches of thin film surrounded by a large patch of slightly mottled very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Slightly heavier than moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith, pine resin, herbal, earthy, and floral hops over the top of light to moderate aromas of toasted + caramel + cereal grain malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness.

T: Upfront there are just shy of moderate flavors of toasted + caramel + cereal grain malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith, pine resin, herbal, earthy, and floral hops which impart a moderate amount of aggressive bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly smooth with a hint of slickness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Enjoyable this is a great throwback West Coast style IPA with the classic hop flavors + aromas as well as the aggressive bitterness. Glad I was able to grab one of these.

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Photo of Bshaw22
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear red amber
2 finger white head. Dissipates quickly leaving a small amount of lacing.
Smell is malty and piney.
Taste is a little fruity a little malty and then piney dry on the back.
Pretty easy to drink overall.
Pretty good beer.
Happy to support the cause

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a reddish,honey color with much creamy/fluffy head. Smell is very muted, hops,fresh cut grass,hay. Tastes earthy,piney,malty,slightly bitter, This is no way a fruity beer. Feels mildly astringent and semi-dry. Overall a worthwhile old school East coast IPA. I forgot to mention the most important part of this beer. 100% of profit goes to help CA wildfire victims.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Burnt amber with tons of creepy lace over a khaki head, this is taking me way back. Resilience is old school af. Bitter, catty and piney, it's unapologetic while also featuring a maltier presence delivering caramel and biscuit via a crisp, medium body that finishes semi-dry.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A straightforward “classic “ PNW IPA - piney hops, a tinge of citrus and a noticeable malt backbone. None of the hop notes really sing, but still a solid beer

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Photo of GreenBayBA
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RBorsato
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerLover99
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewsOverHoes
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeWard
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint glass. Packaged 12/10/18, so a month old.

Brilliantly clear copper colored body. Good thick cream colored head leaving excellent lacing.

Aroma is mild, but both the malt and hops can be detected.

Good strong malt background. Light to medium bitterness. Some pepper notes at times. Good tasting well balanced beer.

Mouth above medium, finish lightly bitter.

Overall, if BA had a category for "reason brewed, this would get a 5. As a beer, it's a solid good tasting, well balanced offering. Happy to have 5 more in the fridge.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours a clear copper color with a tan head. Simply gorgeous. The nose is loaded with pine and fruity citrus hop notes, and there’s a beefy caramalt component as well. Just a perfect balance.

The fruity citrus notes are noticeably up front on the taste, and there’s also resiny pine notes, and the toffee flavors from the caramalt. The mouthfeel matches the gravitas of this excellent beer, with an oily feel notes on beer from the PNW.

From the first sip to the last, you know with that you’re enjoying a perfectly executed beer from Sierra Nevada. This is SNPA’s big brother, with a dollop of Celebration mixed in.

Rated 4.19, I’ll pick up another 6er or two of this. A pleasure to drink, and it supports a great cause.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can dated 12/26:
The pour is results in a nice clear light copper offering. A nice lightly tanned spongy head tops the body, lasting pretty well. The early lacing is as if you took what you see atop the beer and then turn the opacity up to 50%.

The nose on this does have an earthy backbone, but it has a pop of citrus - grapefruit and tangerine, a little black tea, and a light bit of indistinct woodiness. I also get a little bit of nectarine - perhaps a mix of the citrus with some other scent.

Opening notes have a distinct bitterness that pairs with an earthy base. The bitterness grows with the citrus pith more than pine components by mid-taste. The malt base isn't adding sweetness, so I am guessing the darker color means it is a combination of some toasted notes joining the obvious bitterness in a way to lend to what I call earthy.

This does have a fairly distinctive SN profile to it. I have seen others compare it to Torpedo and Celebration. I find it a bit drier than I recall those beers, but we all know how memories can fool you. I sorta have it as a more citrusy (and less piney) version of SNPA. Cheers!

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Photo of jaxon53
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kdown
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rajendra82
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The cause is worthy, but how is the beer? Time to find out. The pour was amber, clear, and effervescent. The head was two finger is thickness, and the overall look was typical of most IPAs. The aroma felt potent at an arm's length, but didn't intensify upon a closer whiff. There was a bit a pine in the nose and bit of melon, but not much else. The taste was quite a bit more caramelized than typical Sierra Nevada IPAs, like Celebration and Torpedo. The hop bitterness was herbal, and earthy, and the beer had a touch of brown sugar mid palette, which was bit unusual for the style. The finish was a tug of war between sweet and dry, with the dryness ultimately prevailing. There was also a carbonation bite to the mouthfeel. I did like this more as I drank it further.

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Photo of Zorro
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored ale with tall tan colored head.

Smells strongly of hops with a big grapefruit bite. Pine and orange are lesser scents. Smells fairly sweet but not like any kind of candy or syrup.

Starts out Mildly bitter and woody with a mouthful of cirrus oil. Taste is mostly woody and dry. A bit bitter but well balanced so you don't really notice.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty IPA on the stronger side.

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Photo of tucson_brewson
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw this at Total Wine and am always up for trying a new offering from these guys, especially when it's for a good cause.

L - Pours a clear, copper-amber color with about inch of soapy white head that leaves a generous lacing and coats the glass. Looks like a classic NW IPA.

S - As soon as I cracked open the can, the aroma of citrus (grapefruit, orange, lemon) and pine jumps out. Super fresh and piney. I could use this as an air freshener.

T - Backs up the aroma with a super hoppy bite up front. Pine, resin, and citrus rind with a sticky sweet caramel and bready malt follow-up, slightly astringent alcoholic bite, but finishes strong and balanced bittersweet.

F - Light-to-medium bodied, moderate carbonation, slightly oily and sticky but finishes smooth and very drinkable.

O - This is a great offering from a very reputable and honest brewery. With the charity of other local breweries and proceeds to help the Camp Fire Relief Fund, hop-heads and non hop-heads alike should try this beer at least once for both an excellent beer and to help those in need.

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Photo of gentlystewed
4.73/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a beautiful bourbon hued body, giving up a creamy tan head.
The aroma is piney with a sugary sweet backbone.
The flavor is everything I expect given the aroma notes--a huge caramel base topped with a bitter pine bite.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied.
Overall, this brew is exactly what I look for in a IPA--malty, with a vicious, stinging hop bite. This is classic American IPA done to near perfection. If you're looking for a IPA that tastes like a juicy breakfast drink, look elsewhere.

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Resilience Butte County Proud IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 101 ratings