Resilience Butte County Proud IPA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Resilience Butte County Proud IPAResilience Butte County Proud IPA
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IPA - American
4 | pDev: 7.5%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Resilience Butte County Proud IPAResilience Butte County Proud IPA
Notes: When the Camp Fire started in the hills above our Chico brewery on November 8, 2018, it soon became the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. The fire burned more than 153,000 acres, killed at least 85 people, and destroyed more than 13,000 homes. Many of our employees and community members were severely impacted by this tragic event.

In the days following the fire, we announced plans to brew Resilience Butte County Proud IPA, a fundraiser beer for Camp Fire relief. We committed to brewing the beer and donating 100% of the sales to the Sierra Nevada Camp Fire Relief Fund, aimed at long-term community rebuilding support. And we asked every brewery in the country to do it with us.

We sent out the “bat signal” calling our friends in the industry, asking our suppliers to donate ingredients, asking other breweries (our competitors) to donate their time and labor costs, and asking our wholesalers and retailers to carry the beer for free. It was a big ask, and we never could have anticipated the response.

More than 1,400 breweries signed up to brew Resilience. Our suppliers donated ingredients to every brewery nationwide. Wholesalers and retailers agreed to carry the beer and donate every dollar they received.
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rajendra82 from Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Jan 13, 2019
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kaseydad from California

4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Found this in cans at my local Safeway. Happy to try the original recipe version from the legend.

Pours a nice dark amber color with a good size cream colored foam.

Whiffs of pine and more pine and love.

Taste has a nice hop presence but not intrusive. The malt balance is spot on though the hops is the main show.

Overall this reminds me of a hopped down version of Celebration. I can definitely see and taste some resemblance of Cele but this brew is amazingly drinkable and a perfect recipe for this remarkably, generous show of love and support from the beer family that is all of us. I’ve already heard this is very difficult to find so I feel blessed to enjoy this beer and will definitely be drinking more and more. I know you’ll do the same.

Dec 21, 2018
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TigerSoul from New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Put simply, may be the best west coast style IPA that I have ever encountered. I'm not half the expert that many of you are, but I know what I like, and this beer is it. When I read that already $15,000,000 has been brought in that goes directly to the fire victims, well, that just makes it taste that much better. I'll be returning again as long as my local package store can keep it in stock.

Jan 23, 2019
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Clemson_OB from South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I just had this beer on draft from their brewery in Mills River, NC. It had a light amber color with a 2-finger off-white foam head and beautiful lacing. It smelled of pine and citrus. This IPA was relatively dry and hoppy, as it's more toward a West-Coast style brew with notes of citrus, grass, pine, and grapefruit.

Overall, the IPA, itself, was fantastic. A very delicious beer! However, the cause for which it was brewed makes this IPA a must have. It is incredible the amount of impact Sierra Nevada and the 1,400 participating breweries are having on the areas in California affected by the wild fires. With our help, they can raise $15 million+ for those in need. Truly a great initiative by the industry and I'm glad I could support it.

Dec 29, 2018
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beer brewed with a specific cause in mind. Awesome. These fires were devistating. I feel like a good citizen drinking this. I like that.

The liquid is clear and bright amber...classic SN west coast stylie! The foam head is seriously clumpy, sea foam style off white and crazy dense. It does eventually dissipate and leaves a major amount of sticky-icky lacing all over the glass.

The fruits, man...the hops are full of excellent fruity aroma's. Strawberry jam, candy apples, mandarin oranges, watermelon, caramel-sweet malt, grape jam, dried grasses and rye graininess. A very pungent and pleasant.

Resiliance is a very well rounded, west-coast style ipa that has some seriously complex aspects. Easy to drink but full of hoppy goodness, including a snappy rye and grainy maltiness that blends very well with the dried grassy aspect of the hops. Sour and tangy fruits pop out from what was the sweet fruity notes of the nose. A perfectly dry and bitter, leafy hop thing goes on for days! The fruitiness of the hops becomes like wild red berries and pithy orange rind citric style attack, but not crazy...easy to deal with actually, but certainly bold.

A crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel that stays interesting all the way through, slightly dry finish. Nice.

Overall, Sierra Nevada deserves major kudos for this one.

Jan 04, 2019
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 2/7/19

A: Medium amber with some copper and orange tones - nicely clear - pours with a medium sized light beige head, retains a wispy cap and a small collar, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

S: Ah, C-hops - Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook are all involved, smells like a distinctly Sierra Nevada beer - orange, grapefruit, citrus zest, floral citrus - some herbal hops, spicy hops, earthy notes, some sharp pine - pale and caramel grains, malts

T: Decidedly old school, and I do not mean that as a criticism - tangerine, orange, and grapefruit flesh, zest - floral citrus, herbal hops, some spice - some herbal pine and pine needles - medium bitterness - pale and caramel malt base, with some sweetness, but nicely balanced

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, finishes with some lingering oil

O: Drinking for charity

There are so many things to praise about this beer, from the cause to the old-school recipe. I'm glad this was canned and sent east, as I've enjoyed having it in my fridge. It's also been cool to drink this at local breweries.

Feb 08, 2019
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TheSixthRing from California

4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Canned 12/11/18

Appearance - Pours clear and reddish copper in color with a sandstone, near finger width head. Fair retention before dying down to a thin, broken layer of suds and a thick ring encircling the edge of the glass. Decent lacing, with large patches decorating the glass.

Smell - The aroma hits on citrus, pine and floral hoppiness with a hint of toasty malts sitting beneath.

Taste - Follows the nose. Hoppy bite with notes of citrus, herbal, floral and pine character, all sitting atop a toasty malt backbone. Aftertaste lingers with a bit of grapefruit and orange pith and a hint of grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick, easy drinker before a dry, warming finish.

Overall - Very similar to their Celebration, but man what a fantastic idea and overwhelming response from breweries all over the world. Truly a special and awe-inspiring concept that will hopefully be replicated in the future for similar disasters. For that I give it a perfect 5 overall.

Dec 23, 2018
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of SN's best and raised $15M already for Butte County.
a) they even made the color remind us of the fire and the pine sap.
s) All pine woods for miles, what's bloomed and fallen.
t) Sticky, piney, sappy, oily, for hop heads, clean and fresh, juicy, yet warming.
f) bony, turgid, with stiff mid body, frizzy carbonation ,long oily resonate, resin finish
o) Balanced, a great beer, get's extra marks for boldness and flavor duration.

Jan 22, 2019
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Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 19, 2019
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Jsalz21 from New Jersey

3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jan 18, 2019
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Jan 15, 2019
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MrUse from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 28, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-From a growler, pours a very nice amber copper color with a generous head and lacing
A-Aroma has generous hop and fruity hints
T-The taste follows the nose with an overflowing hop flavor accentuated with fruity pleasantness, the taste has just the perfect amount of bitterness
M-A medium bodied very well carbonated beer
O-A very well balanced and complex American Pale Ale

Jan 05, 2019
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GreenBayBA from Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jan 15, 2019
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firkingroovin from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 05, 2019
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EMH73 from New York

3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a monstrous fluffy off white head that left spotty lacing all the way down the glass. Smells and tastes of pine, resin, herbal and floral notes and a caramel malt backbone. Light bodied (in a very good way), well carbonated, dry mouth feel with the high side of medium bitterness. Very easy drinking west coast IPA.

Jan 25, 2019
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Toasty caramel malts, ruby red grapefruit, orange citrus, lemon, some resiny pine

Jan 09, 2019
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Beers-es from Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap, pours a clear dark copper. Huge off-white head leaves thick lacing. Great-looking beer. Smell and taste balance citrusy hops and malt. The color shows they amped up the malt, but they also added enough hops to balance it out. Really enjoyable West Coast IPA for a good cause.

Jan 07, 2019
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mikeinportc from New York

4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 1/2/19. Pours coppery orange, with ample yellowy-tan head, that leaves a good bit of lacing.

Aroma is pine, something fruity, that evokes something vaguely mango-ish, honey/sweet-toasty grain, and some rosy floral smell. (Think 'Fragrant Cloud', but 1/4 intensity.)

Taste is pine , light grapefruit, dried mango, dried orange peel, a touch of earthy malt sweetness, finishing with some old-school pine/grass/bitter astringency , that is drying.

Feel is medium-oily/creamy , picking up some very fine carbonation tingle mid-taste, that lingers a bit after swallow.

Overall, quite good , and easy-drinking. Wouldn't ever get tired of it.

Jan 30, 2019
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at Winco the other day. Pours a color and consistency that is virtually identical to that of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (SNPA). Amber color, 1/2" white head. Aroma was actually kicking down some more of those maltier, possibly crystal/caramel malt like notes. Floral C hops on the top, seemed like some combo of Cascade/Centennial/Chinook. Green flowers, stems and trees with caramel.

Taste is also real similar to SNPA. Still has all that C hop forest note and caramel going through it just like it did in the nose. This is SNPA + ~1% alcohol/malt addition. Which is to say its really good. They even charge .50/$1 more than SNPA to get those relief funds up I guess. I dunno what the deal is, but they seem to be the best in the world at making a hoppy caramel malty beer. Solid 55 ibu level I'm guessing, similar to SNPA. I can dig it man, great beer, great price, in a different costume.

Feb 07, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an amber brown that carries a clear transparency. Two fingers of khaki foam retain well on top. Aroma is pine, resin, dank, nettle, and herbal hops mingle with woody, bready, earthy malts forming an aroma akin to wandering through an evergreen forest, with a layer of pine needles coating a slightly soft soil. Flavor profile continues that walk, hitting notes of nettles, pine, resin, and herbal hops with earthy, bready, caramely malts. Hops open up with malts closing out, forming a clean transition that splits custody of the flavor profile, netting a splendid balance. Mouth feel is lightly velvety, with a soft fuzziness at the back. It has a medium thickness. Overall, splendid beer with a quality balance. Hops are nuanced, allowing them to add to both the aroma and flavor profile, but without detracting from the malts or balance.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 12oz can.

Feb 04, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Jan 15, 2019
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craigbelly from Iowa

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 21, 2019
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sjrider from California

4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep amber/copper color with big off white head leaving lacing for days. Nose is mildly hoppy with hints of citrus. Taste follows and is a surprisingly well balanced mix of hops and malt. Finishes with a fair amount of carbonation.Nicely done for a good cause.

Jan 06, 2019
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KTCamm from New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6/12/19...pours bright clear amber, with hints of red. Foamy lid rests on top. Sweet cherry caramel nose, with underlying bitter at the end. Toffee with vanilla open, edges towards sweet, and then snaps back with an earthy buried bitter. Real tasty.

Jul 21, 2019
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