As much as I love Sierra Nevada, this is a bit disappointing.
Don’t get me wrong, its head and shoulders above lots of others, but the bottle tells me that this beer has been brewed with, “steam distilled hop oil gathered right in the hop fields [which gives you] unmatched hop aromatics.”
Not from my bottle it doesn’t.
Yes it’s hoppy, aromas of honey and resinous pine, and there’s that lovely sticky Sierra Nevada malting that’s all gloopy and rich with toffee popcorn along with redwood resin and hedgerow greenery, herbal leaves and a dab of orange marmalade from the hops.
But none of this is any bigger, any bolder, than a whole host of modern IPAs.
Good, very good in fact, but not quite as intense an experience as you’d imagine from reading the label.
Source: Beers Of Europe