Sierra Nevada / Dogfish Head Life & Limb

Sierra Nevada / Dogfish Head Life & Limb

Rated 3.690 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Chico, CA, United States

Style:  Strong Ale

10.2% Alcohol by Volume

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They say there are no second acts in American life, but this beer is living proof that sometimes-if we are very lucky-we get another shot at bringing something great into the world. In the fall of 2009, Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada created Life & Limb to celebrate our extended brewing families. That beer was so popular that it sold out nationwide in less than two weeks and proved once-and-for-all, that the wild and wonderful world of craft beer was healthy and vibrant. Because of that wonderful response, we've decided to brew the beer again…something like a Life & Limb redux. Using the same recipe, but a different package, we invite you to raise a glass once again to the rambling and rambunctious craft beer family tree. Life & Limb 2 will be available nationwide in limited supply starting mid-August 2011. To Our Extended Brewery Family, Our decision to make this beer together comes from a shared passion for bringing natural beauty into the brewery process. Our families own and operate our independent breweries, and our co-workers, who share this passion, are an integral part of our extended family. LIFE-This beer is naturally carbonated to enhance complexity refinement, and shelf-life; the family of yeast cells in every bottle working in vibrant unison. LIMB-The two syrups used in making this beer, (Maple and Birch) contribute to its unique and earthy flavor and symbolize the collaboration between Sierra Nevada and Dogfish Head. We are proud to share our two branches with the thousands of other vibrant branches—those of fellow brewers and beer enthusiasts—who collectively make up the craft brewing family tree. Life & Limb was first released in the fall of 2009, and the beer was so popular with the beer community, we decided to bring it back for the summer of 2011 Available in 750mL cage-and-cork bottles and limited draught. Sincerely, Sam Calagione and Ken Grossman

ID: 37342 Last updated 6 years ago Added to database 11 years ago

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Overall Rank1129
Overall Percentile97.6
Style Rank47 of 722
Style Percentile93.5
Lowest Score3.0
Highest Score4.5
Average Score3.812
Weighted Score3.690
Standard Deviation0.394

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  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 4.2 9 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    A strong ale with characteristics of an IPS. Similar to the 30th Anniversary Fritz and Ken's Stout. The maple and birch syrups make this sweeter than the average IPS, but can still taste the chocolate, coffee/toffee, caramel, and all the other goodies that go into this. Super-dark brown appearance with creamy mocha head. Near-perfect carbonation from the aging yeast. Wondering what aging this for a year or two would do? May look for another bottle to age a year, so I can open in late 2012 with my 2009 Stone Vertical Epic to compare the two.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 4.0 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    This is what I expected their Ovila Dubbel to be like, let down by Ovila but satisfied by this Life & Limb 2 as listed on the bottle. Dark brown body with a medium sized, lasting head. Mixed berries, black licorice and a heavy Belgian yeast influence. A bit lighter bodied than anticipated, with a rounded out smoothness and very drinkable.

  • CYBERCAT 10140 reviews
    rated 4.5 10 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 9

    Comes out of the tap a luscious warm sable with a fairly thick and fine-bubbled light tan head that sticks around for a while. Malty aroma has strong molasses and caramel notes. Mouth-filling flavor has a malty core and caramel, nutty, molasses and earthy notes plus a hint of honey sweetness. Full-bodied texture is rather smooth and has a firm, fine tingle. Risk life and limb for this 'un! ;)

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 3.5 10 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 7

    A deep brown colored beer with a moderate sized, foamy textured tan head that rises brieflyabove. Not much hang time. But it does settle into a thck ringlet and splotches of film. A sharp alcohol punch. Burnt molasses and dark fruit in a light nose and a more dominate tasting. Full bodied, nearly syrupy. A nice drink overall.

  • ZYTHUM 289 reviews
    rated 4.0 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    sampled on 11/13/09. 24oz bottle with mitch. pours a dark brown color. thin head. aroma is sweet, caramel, hops. taste is caramel, a little dark fruit and woody, a little hoppiness in the back. maple and brown sugar coming out as it warms. body is medium. aftertaste is a little sweet.

  • CLASH 2576 reviews
    rated 3.8 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    This beer poured a dark brown color with a reddish beige head. The aroma contains some whiskey, toffee, and caramel. A definite alcohol presence is there. The flavor is similar to the aroma with chocolate, whiskey, and coffee. Overall a little overpowering but nice all the same!

  • DOULOS31 1349 reviews
    rated 3.9 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Dec. 2009 - Very unique and worth a try, for sure. Thanks to eaglefan538 for sharing this with me on our Eagle Gameday beerfest. Sweet with chocolate, caramel and bread...and birch (which I never would have been able to identify if it weren’t on the bottle)....but not overly sweet. I was digging it, especially since I didn’t have to shell out the $20 for a bottle (wow).

  • THOMASSOVA4 1037 reviews
    rated 3.8 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    I really enjoyed this beer. It was BIG and full. It was a very nice brown ale and an excellent collaborative effort with Sierra Nevada. I would buy this beer again and look forward to trying the sister beer, "Limb & Life."

  • PFOXYJOHN 676 reviews
    rated 3.9 11 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    On tap, quite fresh and raw. Beautiful pour - a rich deep opaque chocolate brown with a thick melted-ice cream head. Wooden and maple-syrup sweet but pleasantly balanced by a dry bitter finish. Is this the best of both worlds or the least of both worlds? Can the the whole be less than the sum of its parts? For me a collaboration that doesn't quite work. An interesting effort and an alright dessert beer but just not inspirational.

  • POPERY 212 reviews
    rated 3.0 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 5

    Tap @ SF L&L Release dinner and @ City Beer Store. A rather disappointing mess of a strong ale. Life & Limb certainly isn’t awful, but it doesn’t live up to the hype surrounding this collaboration of two high profile craft brewers. It pours a dark brown, opaque, with little head. Light aroma of birch, citric hops and nutty malt, which sounds pretty good but it’s already obvious that the beer is too sweet for my taste. The flavor is sweet with syrup and malt with a bit of a hop bite. Unfortunately, nothing seems to mesh. The flavors aren’t terribly pleasant on their own and don’t really work together well. Feel is thick. Had to try it twice to confirm.

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