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:
No notes at this time.

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%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
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0
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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 8
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.19/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This poured out as a pale yellow color with a white head on top. The lacing is pretty good on this, the retention is thin. The smell of the beer is a bit on the weak side, some subtle hops and bready yeast. The taste is kind of bland for an IPA, not the best tasting Belgian IPA out there by far. The mouthfeel is light bodied and nicely carbonated. Overall this beer is decent but not really all that impressive.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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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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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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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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