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Belgian Blonde IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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3.74/5
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56 Ratings
BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by lovindahops on 04-19-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
56
pDev:
11.23%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Reviews by KickbacksSteve:
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4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a Unibroue tulip. Large, fluffy white head with high retention on a slightly hazy copper/gold body. Soapy, sticky lacing. Aroma includes notes of citrus, banana, clove, passion fruit, a quite lovely Belgian yeasty character. Taste includes all of the above and a piney hop character stands out much more on tasting. Nice clash of America and Belgium. Delicious.

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Assertively hopped, Sierra Nevada tinkles with the supple Belgian nuances in hopes that the hop content does't completely dominate the ale. But if it did, would that be such a bad thing?

Opening with a bready gold color and mildly hazed appearance, the beer appears both creamy and light to the eye. Creamy in its foam stance that caps the ale, its foam structures slowly recede into the beer and holds firm thereafter. Its slight lace is a mere testament to the Belgian-esque character to come.

Sharply flavored with both zesty white wine, citrus, and grassy hops- the lupulin and peppery notes are fully supported by the malty underpinnings that would resemble caramel, starchy bread, and supple powdered sugar. Its a finesse balance that eventually succumbs to the hops in finish. That's where the spicy and earthen pepper taste takes hold and arrests the throat with a dry and seductive dryness that's both refreshing and clean despite its extended hop bitterness.

Peppery and warm in its delivery, the beer starts moderately malty but finishes nearly bone-dry. It's a favorable beer that gives an accurate display of hop taste, texture, and aroma but does so with kid hands. I could use more rusticity and raw character in less simplified form.

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Belgian Blonde IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 56 ratings
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