Sierra Nevada Sampler Pack

Discussion in 'Beer News & Releases' started by BeastOfTheNortheast, May 16, 2019.

  1. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Devotee (402) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Not sure if this was discussed here or not, but this seems to be new:

    https://sierranevada.com/beer/the-sampler/

    6 beers:
    SNPA
    Tropical Torpedo
    Ruthless Rye
    Sidecar
    Hop Solo
    Helles In The Tropics

    Sounds pretty good to me!
     
  2. riptorn

    riptorn Initiate (161) Apr 26, 2018 North Carolina
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    Plus their classic Pale Ale makes six. :slight_smile:
     
  3. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Devotee (402) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Added it.
     
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  4. Justonemore91

    Justonemore91 Aspirant (260) Nov 24, 2018 New York
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    Even better news I was at a recent craft beer event and a bunch of sierra reps were there, thats when they told me barrel aged narwhal will be realesed in 16 oz can in a couple of months... That made my night
     
  5. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Meyvn (1,062) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Brewing a great Helles is no easy task. But when it’s right, oh, is it right. That’s what you’ve got here: what might be a perfect Helles. Crisp and light, a symphony of new-school juicy hop flavors and a soft and easy mouthfeel—an all-around absolutely crushable beer.



    Doesn't sound like a Helles to me.
     
  6. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aspirant (268) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    This pack has been around for a while now and was discussed in one of the SN threads, I purchased it once and enjoyed the beers (but most I have had before) but doubt that it will be a repeat purchase for me and hopefully they occasionally rotate the beers or something.

    Edit: here is a thread and I can't believe that this was almost a year ago already, time is really flying!

    https://www.beeradvocate.com/community/threads/sierra-nevada-party-pack.506173/page-3#post-6041189
     
  7. BeardedWalrus

    BeardedWalrus Disciple (316) Jun 5, 2018 North Carolina
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    Well this is life changing news, I've been hunting for BA Narwhal since my 21st birthday last year.
     
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  8. thedaveofbeer

    thedaveofbeer Initiate (173) Mar 25, 2016 Massachusetts
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    Yeah, sounds more like "what the hell!" Maybe it is just marketing...
     
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  9. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Poo-Bah (1,775) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    I am going to snag a pack for the items I never had. It is a good summer mix.
     
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  10. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Devotee (402) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Appears to be different beers.
     
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  11. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aspirant (268) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I must have linked to the wrong thread then but trust me this pack with this lineup is older news and has been around for a bit, I had it months ago (Jan. or Feb. of this year I think it was). And I just did a search and in Dec. '18 it was announced for the 2019 lineup so while this lineup was definitely not last year, it was since the beginning of this year.
     
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  12. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Devotee (402) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I'm not trusting you until you provide factual evidence.
     
  13. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,913) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Red Oak Hummingbird Helles imo is just a tad malty sweet. No juicy hops with this one.
     
  14. Giantspace

    Giantspace Crusader (717) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Bought this pack in MD back in March......liked the Hop Solo, nothing else stood out but nothing was bad.

    Enjoy
     
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  15. hillind

    hillind Aspirant (247) Apr 24, 2010 Pennsylvania

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  16. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Devotee (402) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

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  17. ecpho

    ecpho Aspirant (244) Mar 28, 2011 New York

    Yeah we discussed this a long time ago. Dismissed by most. @SierraTerence any possible chance we could get a SN Helles without the "new-school juicy hop flavors"?
     
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  18. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aspirant (268) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Some more factual evidence and here was my review from Jan. so I guess my memory is still on point:

    Sierra Nevada 2019 Calendar

     
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  19. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Meyvn (1,062) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    What’s that?
     
  20. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,913) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Sorry , Red Oak is a local brewery that does German beers exclusively. Hummingbird Helles is their Munich style take. It’s good but both this and their Bavarian Lager imo are a tad too sweet. Their Hopgarten Pils is banging though, and the head brewer trained in Germany for over 20 years.
     
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  21. Mineo

    Mineo Disciple (372) Jul 7, 2010 New York

    For some reason reason even these newly released mix packs from Sierra Nevada have bottles that are 2+ months old in them, so I have stopped buying them.

    Doesn’t matter so much for brown or darker ales, but a pack with pales and hoppy stuff? No thanks.
     
  22. MarshallBirdhouse

    MarshallBirdhouse Devotee (435) Feb 19, 2013 South Carolina
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    That's why I start with a couple cans of local super fresh stuff and then when my palates shot I ease into the sampler pack.
     
  23. stevepat

    stevepat Crusader (710) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Just saw a summer sampler pack from sn at Costco. Didn't think the release calendar listed any seasonal sample packs but it's nice to think that a fall pack may still be in the works
     
  24. bostonbro5

    bostonbro5 Initiate (40) Jan 6, 2011 New Jersey
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    I'm still crushed we're not going to get any of the awesome variety packs. Loved the winter packs, 4 way ipas and especially the southern hemisphere pack. Those were the only Sierra Nevada packs I consistently bought
     
  25. riegler

    riegler Initiate (88) Apr 30, 2015 Iowa

    Yep. I remember buying this and drinking it during the Super Bowl. Most of the beers were pretty forgettable, just like that game was :grin:
     
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  26. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Meyvn (1,062) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    I enjoyed it.
     
  27. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,529) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico


    Sounds like it could just be a new school helles. Are the hops what makes the style for you guys? For me, I could see it still being a helles type beer with some new types of hops included, personally.

    Would the style be better for that? That is another question and one I don't have an answer for without having tried. I'd expect id prefer the original version but never say never....
     
  28. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aspirant (268) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    What was in it?
     
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  29. stevepat

    stevepat Crusader (710) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    If I remember correctly it was pale ale, summerfest, 3 weight, and sierraveza
     
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  30. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aspirant (268) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    That's interesting, I wonder if that is store exclusive? Something tells me that it is and I just checked the site, nada.
     
  31. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,128) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Terence (@SierraTerence), does SN produce a variety pack exclusively for Costco?

    Cheers!
     
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  32. Jaycase

    Jaycase Meyvn (1,283) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois
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    He mentioned in this post an upcoming Club Store pack. So it seems one exclusive to Costco and other club stores.
     
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  33. SierraTerence

    SierraTerence Initiate (156) Mar 14, 2007 California

  34. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Meyvn (1,062) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    It's all about the malt for me. It's more of a malt forward style, compared to say, a Pilsner. The hops should add some subtle flavor to complement the beer, but shouldn't be the star of the show in my opinion.
     
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  35. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,913) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    I don't see why they’d put in PA, it would have been better to put in Summerfest and Sierraveza and leave out the Tropical Torpedo too. It would have been a stronger mixed pack it’s why I pass mixed packs, they always stuff in a few you’ve had to death.
     
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  36. waltari

    waltari Initiate (65) Jan 28, 2016 Georgia

    Please bring back the seasonal hops packs. The IPLs were the best.
     
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  37. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aspirant (268) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    While most of the beers tasted fairly similar (not bad mind you, just similar) I did enjoy drinking through each pack and the IPL, Pilsner and Session IPAs were usually the standouts, I liked the can format as well. But unfortunately not surprised that SN abandoned them for now, there were piles of them in my local stores and I never saw others buying them like I was.
     
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  38. WIexile

    WIexile Initiate (73) Jul 20, 2017 Michigan

    @SierraTerence

    Helles in the tropics is the best helles I've ever had. Lets get this in sixer's before summer is over?

    Also bring back Ruthless 12 packs.
     
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  39. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,233) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    It's one of the better APAs I've ever had, but it's no SNPA.
    And they definitely are in the Helles in the Tropics.

    Don't get me wrong, it's an easy drinking, great beer for summer -- but there's no resemblance to a Helles by any stretch.
     
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  40. TriggerFingers

    TriggerFingers Disciple (343) Apr 29, 2012 California

    Pale Ale, 3 Weight, Hop Bullet, and Sierraveza

    3 Weight was really a good surprise. I almost enjoy that as much as Easy Jack. Sierraveza on the other hand? Not a fan. I would have rather seen something like BFD or Summerfest in that pack.
     
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