Sierra Nevada Alpha Hop Society Raspberry Barleywine-Style Ale

Sierra Nevada Alpha Hop Society Raspberry Barleywine-Style Ale

Rated 3.100 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Chico, CA, United States

Style:  American Barleywine

8.8% Alcohol by Volume

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This is one of the beers we’re most excited about. It has been in barrels for more than two years mellowing-out and developing flavor. This started life as a non dry-hopped version of our Bigfoot base beer, but even after months of ageing, the initial hop assault was still too strong. We tucked the beer into barrels, and last January, pulled some out for sampling. The bitter bite had tamed and mellowed nicely, leaving the beer with a slight vanilla note, and a bright woody fruit-forward tang from the barrels themselves. To each barrel, we added several pounds of raspberry puree and let it sit some more. As a result, this magenta / amber beer has a nicely complex flavor of malt, with honey and vanilla notes from the barrels and a bright fruity wallop of raspberry in the finish.

ID: 72236 Last updated 2 years ago Added to database 2 years ago

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Overall Rank29201
Overall Percentile38.5
Style Rank374 of 423
Style Percentile11.6
Lowest Score3.4
Highest Score3.4
Average Score3.400
Weighted Score3.100
Standard Deviation0.000

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  • CYBERCAT 10143 reviews
    rated 3.4 2 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours translucent caramel with an OK light tan head. Aroma delivers tart, zesty raspberry and snips of caramel and toasted malt. Raspberry is the main player in the flavor, though this time some woody hops come through. Thin mouthfeel still has good fizz and a woody finish. Join this society.

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