Sierra Nevada Spring Seasonal: Powder Day IPA

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  1. ESHBG

    ESHBG Disciple (371) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Interesting that a Spring seasonal runs from Jan-March and is called "Powder Day" but what do I know? Seasonal creep, I suppose. And another IPA in the market, hooray :wink:

    The Details
    We started dry-hopping, and it snowballed into a full-on Powder Day. Notes of citrus, stone fruit, and melon pile high in a blizzard of lupulin powder.

    Spring Seasonal | Available Jan – Mar

    ABV 7.7%; IBU 45; OG 18.2; FG 3.3

    https://sierranevada.com/beer/powder-day-ipa/
     
  2. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,183) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Ugh. Or oy. Take your pick.

    (Yet) another IPA. :confused:
     
  3. eagles22

    eagles22 Devotee (440) Sep 7, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    If its going to be yet another IPA. Why can't it be a black IPA ugh
     
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  4. bsp77

    bsp77 Poo-Bah (2,363) Apr 27, 2008 Minnesota
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    Would you rather they bring back Wanderland?
     
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  5. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,183) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    I would rather they bring back Pale Bock. Then Summerfest. But I've never been the biggest proponent of the wide interpretation and exploitation of IPA anyway.

    And truth be told, Wanderland surprised me by being pretty drinkable.
     
  6. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Poo-Bah (9,093) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Well, up here in the Cascades, ski season generally runs from Thanksgiving-ish until about Easter, and I'd suspect that the Sierras have a similar time frame.

    But, yeah, another IPA from the brewery that over-hops everything? Ugh. Or, oy.
     
  7. bsp77

    bsp77 Poo-Bah (2,363) Apr 27, 2008 Minnesota
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    I never had Pale Bock, but I would certainly take Glissade. However, I will also certainly take a new SN IPA (which they tend to do quite well) over Wanderland, which I found mediocre.

    I must say though that anything by SN is better than Summer Break.
     
  8. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,183) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    I honestly think SN does a good job with hop use and balance in their recipes (most times). My complaint is just that we really don't need another IPA to choose from the already flooded choices -- no matter who is brewing it.

    I miss diversity on the shelves.
     
  9. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Poo-Bah (9,093) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    My long-time biggest complaints about SN are: A - they overhop Pale Ale to the point that it's realistically an IPA (I've always considered it such since my first one early-mid 90's), and now folks expect anything labeled as Pale to be as hoppy. And B - They overhop Bigfoot so much that it takes 2-3 years of age before it starts to taste like a Barleywine. I love it fresh, but the sweet spot seems to be 3 years.
     
  10. JBogan

    JBogan Champion (883) Jul 15, 2007 California
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    Whoopie! I was hoping it would be another IPA because, you know, there just isn't enough of them out there to choose from. Damn. To paraphrase steveh above me, in this day and age where the quest for diversity seems to be the rage, I sure do miss it on the shelves.
     
  11. jasonmason

    jasonmason Zealot (502) Oct 6, 2004 California
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    I have no issue with SN making yet another special release IPA. IMO they make great IPAs (if maybe a few too many...), and I'm sure I'll give this a try.

    But a "Spring Seasonal" that doesn't even bother with more that 11 days of spring? Come on, this is getting ridiculous. Just make it a special release or something instead of tying it to a season.

    Seconded. Dare to dream...
     
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  12. Hoos78

    Hoos78 Aspirant (290) Mar 3, 2015 Ohio

    I get your seasonal lament, but they do four a year and a year is 12 months. Breweries seem to prefer to tie their releases to the calendar year…
     
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  13. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,183) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    See, Pale Ale is the one "hoppy" beer I can drink without my palate being killed. I just don't find it over-hopped.

    As to Bigfoot -- I wish I could comment, I haven't seen it in years. :confused:
     
  14. bsp77

    bsp77 Poo-Bah (2,363) Apr 27, 2008 Minnesota
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    Agreed. Just ignore the words "spring seasonal" and it doesn't matter. And it seems this beer was designed for colder months in mind with its name, label and abv. I guess they didn't want to say "Q1" and sound like a corporation. Lol
     
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  15. jasonmason

    jasonmason Zealot (502) Oct 6, 2004 California
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    If tying the release to a season is necessary, would it be too far a reach to suggest the one that encompasses roughly 90% of the release window? And they one that *generally* has more snow anyway?

    Screaming into the void, I know, I know.
     
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  16. jonphisher

    jonphisher Defender (672) Aug 9, 2015 New Jersey
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    Did you get any yards haunted forever? I have some in the fridge but didn’t open yet.
     
  17. BeerVikingSailor

    BeerVikingSailor Meyvn (1,080) Nov 19, 2009 Ohio
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    Yea, a "spring" seasonal announcement, and we are barely 6 weeks into fall....gotta love it...not
    Get real SN!!
     
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  18. o29

    o29 Disciple (300) Sep 29, 2020 Texas
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    One man's trash is another man's treasure I suppose, as this is actually one of the primary reasons why I enjoy Bigfoot: its versatility. You can drink it fresh when it essentially drinks like a malty TIPA, or wait and let it age to become a truer-to-style Barleywine.

    What other beer provides such a varied drinking experience over the course of its lifetime?

    Regarding this beer, I agree with the general sentiment here. I'll reserve judgment until trying it, but I wish SN would spread some of the love they give to IPAs around to other styles.
     
  19. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Poo-Bah (9,093) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    No, it drinks like an overhopped Barleywine. It's great fresh, I drink enough of it, but it's nothing like any kind of IPA.
     
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  20. ESHBG

    ESHBG Disciple (371) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I wanted to try this beer but I only saw it at one place near me and at the price I passed ($14.99), as I enjoy Yards beer but they never blow me away. If I see a single I'll give it a try, though, which I think will be highly possible soon, as not one pack left the shelf I saw it on over the weeks and now with Halloween over and the winter beers moving in...

    In all fairness I just happened to see this on their site and January is only a few months away (hard to believe TBH) and I'm sure retailers want something to try to ride on the hype *err excuse me* the demand for Celebration.

    Victory Storm King Stout is like this for me also and drink it fresh and it's damn near a Black IPA but let it age and it's a whole other beer.
     
  21. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (5,427) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    Really? I see it around ... I just don't like it at all *ducks*
     
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  22. Tilley4

    Tilley4 Poo-Bah (2,393) Nov 13, 2007 Tennessee
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    I'd like to see Glissade make a return as well...

    Or how about that Vienna Lager...now that beer I would love to see in stand alones...
     
  23. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (7,912) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    I'm not a big fan of melon so...perhaps a single.
     
  24. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,183) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    It, or him?

    :rofl:

    Seriously, though -- you may live in the same state as me, but we both know you're in a different country. :wink:
     
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  25. o29

    o29 Disciple (300) Sep 29, 2020 Texas
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    To my palate fresh Bigfoot doesn't taste that dissimilar to, for a more recent example, something like Stone's 25th Anniversary TIPA.

    On paper they at least look a little similar as well.

    Hops:
    Stone 25th Anniversary: Centennial, Citra, Chinook, Cascade, Belma, Simcoe, Amarillo & Sabro (That's a lot of hops!)
    Bigfoot: Cascade, Centennial, Chinook

    ABV:
    Stone 25th Anniversary: 12.5% ABV
    Bigfoot: 9.6% ABV

    IBU:

    Stone 25th Anniverary: 100+ IBU
    Bigfoot: 90 IBU

    So I don't think it would be totally out of the question to say these two beers may drink similarly to one another while also acknowledging the style distinctions between them. They're certainly still two different styles of beer with unique flavor profiles, but that doesn't mean we can't acknowledge any similarities either.

    Cheers! :beers:
     
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  26. Genuine

    Genuine Devotee (460) May 7, 2009 Connecticut

    I had high hopes for wonderland but it just didn’t hit the spot. I miss the hell out of Glissade however. I felt that was one of the best spring beers. It was crisp, clear and bright with just enough ABV for the cooler spring days. I hope this new one is better than summer break, which I only bought a 6 pack of, and I’m a huge Sierra Nevada fan.
     
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  27. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Defender (697) Mar 28, 2009 California

    Brew all the ipas you want SN just bring back the fall variety pack with the Vienna lager, tumbler and flipside.
     
  28. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,794) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    I believe Bill Manley from Sierra Nevada has been on these forums before saying that the brewing industry brews seasonals quarterly, rather than seasonally.

    So Q1 is their spring, Q2 is their summer, Q3 is their fall…which makes sense since Celebration comes out in October.

    I dunno, it has the exact same hop and malt profile as Celebration. Celebration is at 65 IBUs, and Bigfoot is 90.
     
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  29. bsp77

    bsp77 Poo-Bah (2,363) Apr 27, 2008 Minnesota
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    In general, I wish there were more Maibocks. In MN, there used to be like 5 that were distributed (3 local, 2 not). Last year I only found one. I can still find them in taprooms, but I love sitting on my balcony on a crisp April day and having one.
     
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  30. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,183) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    FTFY.
    Same hop and malt bill. Profile tends to suggest a flavor comparison, but many different beers can be brewed using the same ingredients in different quantities and methods.
     
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  31. IPAExpert69

    IPAExpert69 Aspirant (225) Aug 2, 2017 Pennsylvania

    I can't remember the last time I saw a Black IPA on a shelf, I miss them too. Along with the IPL thing that seemed to have lasted a week, personally I enjoyed a few of them. But Sierra Nevada makes pretty damn good IPA's I will be checking this one out.
     
  32. EnronCFO

    EnronCFO Zealot (575) Mar 29, 2007 Massachusetts

    This honestly sounds pretty good to me, but come on guys, 7.7%? Celebration, your winter "stay inside it's cold out" IPA is 6.8% and your spring "get outside and enjoy the slopes" IPA is 7.7%? I'll snag some of these when they come out, but I'll be sticking with Conehead at 5.7% as my regular hoppy offering. This is a real missed opportunity, IMO.
     
  33. IPAExpert69

    IPAExpert69 Aspirant (225) Aug 2, 2017 Pennsylvania

    Yes Celebration was DEFINITELY available in October this year :grin::sob:
     
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  34. rodbeermunch

    rodbeermunch Poo-Bah (6,826) Sep 30, 2015 Nevada
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    Don't you just hate it when a super high quality pioneer in the beer world releases new beer for a little over $1 per bottle?
     
  35. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,654) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    I'm in, at least to try it.
     
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  36. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,654) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    Cause they gotta keep those IPA customers happy.
     
  37. bsp77

    bsp77 Poo-Bah (2,363) Apr 27, 2008 Minnesota
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    But the weather during this release will average colder than during Celebration, so I disagree.
     
  38. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,654) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    I miss diversity as well. I'm not hard to please but row upon row of IPAs just isn't as interesting as it used to be.
     
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  39. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,654) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    I suppose the marketing aspect of naming it a seasonal is to trigger a "get it while you can" buyer's response. Just making it good doesn't seem good enough anymore.
     
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  40. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,654) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    In the olden days before refrigeration both brewers and distillers were limited by seasonal weather conditions but that's not the case anymore. Today's brewers may call seasonal releases traditional but to me that reads like marketing.
     
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