Love At First Bike | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Beerandraiderfan on 01-23-2013

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 2
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This looks a lot like sidecar amber ale. I wonder which one came first. Anyways, clarity is ample, the red is popping and glowing. Aroma was nice, let the hops jump first, c hops. Stays pretty dry especially for a red.

A little bit of citrus in the mouthfeel, pretty balanced sweetness/bitterness wise. I dug it.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of DMc8ride
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Originally brewed to celebrate the wedding of Gina and Brian Grossman, who first met on the famed Sierra Nevada beer bike at GABF, this red ale features five different hops and malts. The beer will walk you down the aisle with tastes of biscuit, caramel and berry, which is balanced nicely by a generous kiss of citrus from the use of whole cone hops. That's the brewery write up, here's mine.

At 5.7abv and 49ibu, it was going to be interesting to try a more traditional red ale again, instead of the imperial reds that have flooded the market the last couple of years. Nice clarity, equal parts red and amber. Drank at the brewery restaurant. Aroma was a little muted, didn't have that aroma I can't describe but appears frequently with red ales, but it also didn't have the sweetness that a good one could, the hopping, truly is minimal for a Sierra Nevada brew.

Taste wise, much better, the malt sweetness and citrus hops are in balance, for real this time. A little more substantial than a crowd pleaser, this is a sessionable beer for sure. Easily drank mine, enjoyed it, definitely one of the better red ales out there, imagine the hop schedule was similar to SNPA.

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Love At First Bike from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.7 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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