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Sierra Nevada Best Bitter Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-20-2003

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Reviews:
31
Ratings:
57
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
15.82%
 
 
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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 57
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Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on draft at the Blind Tiger ale house in NYC, Poured light amber, clear and low head/carbonation noted. This is Sierra Nevada's take on the classic and under appreciated Bitter style. Malty nose, mellow and mild. Malty base, very smooth and subtle. Understated, reserved and smooth. Fine sessioner. Give it a try if it makes it to your local.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A dark golden color, fluffy head. Didn't really pick much up aroma wise.

Taste, not as bitter as I was expecting, this was definitely more traditional than was hoping. Pretty light but ample bitterness and light low alpha acid hop quotient to it. At times had the feel of a pale wheat. Light, but woody.

Anything drank at the bar there in Chico is always drinkable, cheap, just perfect ambiance.

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Photo of watermelonman
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was poured with a good pale brown color with plenty of head. It left a great looking lace as it went down.

It's got a good subdued bitter flavor. It's very well balanced; no single aspect of the flavor is dominating. Each sip begs for more, and I could drink gallons of this stuff.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber with a small white head.
Aroma of malts and light hops with a tiny bit of citrus.
Taste is light on the malt and a little heavier on the hops with a bit of citrus drying on the backside.
Mouthfeel is comfortable due to the carbonation.
Aftertaste of hops and drying makes you want another sip...
..and another.
Very good take on a british bitter

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Photo of SamuelR
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Bieniek30
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of poohbearzeccola
3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of gillagorilla
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of VeganUndead
2.85/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of spark3148857
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at at the Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a clear amber, with a small head, and a small amount of lacing.

This smells like toasty malts, grass hops, and earthy tea.

This definitely isn't the boldest beer I've ever had, but it is only 4.6%. I think cask delivery could help this one, give it a fuller body and flavor, possibly, but as it is now, it's super drinkable- the glass was gone befor eI even knew it. There's a muted hop flavor, at least in comparison to the typical Sierra Nevada beer. The hop flavor that's there is really nice though, a bit of citrus, some grassiness, and herbal tea. The malts are toasty and nice, and stand up just as strongly as the hop flavor.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp and crackery mouthfeel, and a moderate level of carbonation.

This was tasty.

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Photo of Spaz7
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rlee1390
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Clear orange amber, two finger head, not much carbonation

S-Malt, some floral hops, not much else

T-Too much malt, floral notes are good, not much bitterness either.

M-Light, a little on the flat side, crisp though.

O-A little too much on the malt side, could have used some more bitterness.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Sierra Nevada Torpedo Room

A: Pours golden yellow with a frothy white head that settles and laces well.

S: Floral, some fruity notes, and light malt.

T: Floral hops, some lemon, a bit grassy, a little fruitiness, and light cracker malt.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation.

O: Crisp and drinkable, quite nice on a warm day.

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Photo of plaid75
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Blind Tiger.

Poured a light copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured light grainy malt and a flowery hop.

The taste consisted of clean and full cereal malts and a balancing flowery hop. There was some light sweetness toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a seemingly authentic and very tasty ale.

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Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreenWBush
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

As I pointed out in one of my numerous Sierra Nevada reviews, this company has gotten all of its beers to seem like frighteningly similar shades of the brand's rainbow. I would love to line up Sierra Nevada's beers from light to dark and see if by the end they all just ended up tasting like differently booze-and-hop spiked versions of one another. Maybe I worry about these things too much.

I found it rather funny when I ordered the "ESB" and the waiter looked at me like I was crazy. Maybe SN does do a ESB also, but the confusion seemed a bit funny in my way-past-perfectly sober point at the brewery that afternoon.

This beer, I have to say, would be the perfect wedding beer. It has more in common with Harp and Fuller's than it does Celebration. Its noble-hop quotient is obviously higher than most somewhat-similar styles but overall its light, delicate, and schwillable. Something your father in law could love. Something to let you dry out a bit from all that Celebration.

This beer most likely hits a slight niche of SN drinkers, making sense that its most likely only found at the brewery. But nice to see that the brewery can differ from the formula from time to time.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap at Churchkey.

Pours a dark gold to light copper color with a nice white head and a bit of lacing. Nose is light bread and some floral, herbal hops. Light bitterness and bread in the taste with a bit of hop flavor. Fairly light but nice bitterness levels and quite drinkable.

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Photo of baklo
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ac22rush
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark golden color well suited for esb territory. Immaculate 1" white head on the imperial pint glass. Served in Chico. Aroma was mostly grainy biscuity malt impressions.

Taste not even as bitter as SNPA, but hit those traditional notes. They went noble hop I believe. Pretty nice, could see sessioning this easy going beer plenty in the summertime for those who stay away from lagers, this is a good hot weather golf choice.

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Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of flexabull
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark and clear gold color, with a smaller white head.

Aromas are of light hops, an easy pine light aroma, along with some easy brewed teas.

Taste is flavorful, but not at all heavy or overpowering. Nice malt flavors, light biscuit, easy sweetness, cream, and brewed tea. Finish has a touch of hops, mostly some mineral bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. Nice carbonation, and an easy full and not overly heavy feel.

Drinkability is quite good. This is one of my favorable sessionable Sierra brews. I'd love to have a keg of this at a party. Very tasty, but not heavy, and is very easy to drink.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sampling glass. Dark copper/caramel color, with no carbonation and very little head, which wasn't surprising given the style. The smell revealed very little in the way of typical bitter aromas like caramel, toffee, and biscuit, but did reveal more of these as the glass warmed towards room temperature. The flavor though was immediately more identifiable than the aroma, with some oakiness and vanilla in it as well. Thin-bodied and no carbonation as expected. This beer did reveal more nuances as the temperature went up, but I'd like it to be more evident at the getgo, if I'm going to session it.

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Sierra Nevada Best Bitter Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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