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Sierra Nevada “Pale Ale”

May 15, 2011 9:25 am

It’s getting hot outside which means it’s time to start serving light, refreshing beers.  Tim mentioned that Sierra Nevada is one of his favorites so I figure we’ll give it a run even though it isn’t a northeast brewer.  Sierra makes some great beers and while it’s been a while since I’ve had their Pale Ale I remember it always being a nice, balanced beer with a very managable body and ABV.  This one should certainly go quickly.

Sierra Nevada wrote:

Our most popular beer, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, is a delightful interpretation of a classic style. It has a deep amber color and an exceptionally full-bodied, complex character. Generous quantities of premium Cascade hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor.

“Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is the flagship beer, the one that made Chico famous. It is a flawless beer that opens with bright, perky high notes of maltiness and orange blossom and segues into a delectable hoppiness.”

– Elaine Louie, Premier Beer—A Guide to America’s Best Bottled Microbrews
Great American Beer Festival (American Pale Ale: 1995, 1994, 1993;
Classic English Pale Ale: 1992; Pale Ale: 1990, 1989, 1987)

Kicked 6/13/11.

Good beer, but I found I was allergic to the hops.  I’ll try it again at some point but didn’t have the confidence to drink it after one.

Berkshire “Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale” #3

May 9, 2011 8:30 pm

This might be one of my favorite light beers.  Served in 2008, 2010, and now 2011, it’s always a fast seller.

We’re recovering from a pair of the slowest moving kegs we’ve ever had (Geary’s HSA & especially Gritty’s Halloween) so this should be a nice, welcome change.  I also wanted to serve something light since I’ve been getting sinus/allergy headaches when drinking and I suspect it might be the hops that I’m allergic to… which this hopefully won’t affect as much.

From BBC,

BBC’s flagship brew is a light colored, medium bodied ale exhibiting exceptional freshness through its 2-Row Pale malt backbone and signature hop flavor and aroma.  In the words of renowned beer writer Lew Bryson, Steel Rail EPA is “what the water in heaven oughta taste like.”

5.3% Alcohol by volume (ABV)
20 International Bitterness Units (IBU)

Kicked 6/1. Popular beer but we all seemed to have problems with C02 the following day as if the yeast was still aggressively fermenting.  It didn’t slow us down but it was definitely in imperfection with the batch.