Belgian Blonde IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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:
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Added by lovindahops on 04-19-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
56
Reviews:
8
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
11.65%
 
 
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1
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
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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Photo of lovindahops
4.34/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very impressed to see this creative brew on tap. I have never even heard of if before. It's like a mystery style

A- pours a copper orange body with excellent clarity and a strong off white head of foam. Very brief lacing forms on the edges while strong carbonation is clearly present

S- Belgian yeasty characteristics are present with a butter and peppery presence. Some pine properties are present as well as some musty scents as well.

T- strong Belgian properties blend with strong caramel malt and piney flavor profile. Buttery yeast and sweet caramel malt are coupled with some resinous aspects as well. A sharp flavor profile layered with Belgian attributes is showcased with a hoppy malt background. Creative and interesting simultaneously, perhaps the blonde ale attributes create the drinkability

M- carbonated and creamy, the styles mingle with flavor a cut through with a bitter finish

O- so Belgian Blonde IPA from Chico delivers with the most curious delicious taste profile. I really enjoyed this and would seek it out!

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of dpianka
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

date of tasting: 4-23-2013
place of tasting: Barley Vine - Bristol, CT
beer: Belgian-Style Blonde IPA
brewery: Sierra Nevada
brewery location: Chico, California
type: Ale
style: Belgian IPA
abv: 7.5%
ibu:
glass: mug w/appearance test in tasting glass
temperature of beer: 45F

Appearance: golden within average carbonation, head pours thick and likes to hang out for a bit.

Smell: i smelll iiipppaaa... ok, there it goes. Now I’m getting... soda? cola to be specific.

Taste: somewhat near English hoppiness gets you upfront with that Belgian yeast looking for some love. Hay stacks mixed with fresh Belgian grass with some fake tropical flavoring sprinkled on top

Mouthfeel: buttery, medium bodied with decent carbonation

Overall Impression: kinda threw me through a loop. The Belgian yeast was a bit weird mixing with the stronger hop profile, it’s not bad, just different. (like my mom always says about me).

Food Pairings: a burger with cheddar, grilled cheese with taleggio, grilled peaches and candied spicy walnuts

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Photo of LI_PO12
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler into tulip

Appearance- Light gold, clear, 1 &1/2 finger white head good retention. Lacing clings as the glass goes down.

Aroma-Belgian yeast, light malt, pine, citrus, slightly musty, grassy, slight onion

Flavor- Belgian yeast, woody, grassy and piney hops, uncooked mushrooms, very crisp, dry, smooth, bitterness lingers for a bit.

Mouthfeel- Crisp and smooth

Overall- Very interesting, I have only had a few Belgian IPAs so its hard to say where this stacks up. I would have liked a little more belgian yeast, but its nice and easy to drink. Worth trying If you see it.

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3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus, wood, and Belgian yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with butter and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice woody presence in the aroma and flavor.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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Belgian Blonde IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.69 out of 5 based on 56 ratings.
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