Return Of The Red Eye IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by lacqueredmouse on 07-03-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 2
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3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a golden amber colour, bit of haze. Head is cream-coloured, sparse webs and sticks around for a bit. Not bad.

Smells fruity and hoppy. Touch of oatmeal on there as well, some caramel malts, and then passionfruit character abounding in the hop stakes. Nice fruit, but overall seems quite subdued.

Grainy upfront with more oat notes and puffed rice with caramelisation. Hops take over midway and are surprisingly bitter with a strong grapefruit character and a touch of tangy passionfruit. Took me by surprise with the bitterness and there isn't a whole lot of other flavour so it comes across quite dank and astringent.

Very fizzy mouthfeel; seems like the body isn't quite big enough so it feels overcarbonated.

Don't really feel the love from Sierra Nevada here. It just seems a bit sloppily put together compared to their outstanding regular range, and I had extremely high hopes for this special one-off.

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Photo of SavageHopHead
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Navalartichoke
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of dgilks
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried on-tap at the GABS festival in Melbourne. An American IPA brewed with Australian Galaxy and Ella hops.

Pours a deep copper colour, very clear and relatively fluid in the glass, with a little weight behind it. Head is a solid, persistent crest of yellowish off-white that leaves lace in rings. Nice carbonation. Overall, it's a good looking beer.

Zesty hops on the nose, surprisingly sharper and less fruity than I expect from Galaxy, but maybe about right for Ella. Slight mandarin characters, a little mango and a twang of moisturiser. Some toffee provides the malt basis. It's not as powerful as it might be, but it's quite pleasant.

Light, clean mandarin and mango characters on the front before a creeping malt makes its presence felt and the hops turn slightly vegetative. Balanced bitterness towards the back leaves the finish light and bright with a slight spritzy sherbet character and a dry crisp aftertaste.

Feel is quite effervescent. It works nicely.

This is very drinkable stuff. Did SN deviate far from where their core strengths lie? Of course not, but that just means yet another tasty beer from them. That's fine by me.

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Return Of The Red Eye IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 5 ratings