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Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Official Web Page 
1075 E. 20th St., Chico, California 95928, USA
Tel: 916-893-3520   

Opened: 1981
Date Visited:

Beers Reviewed

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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale Type: Winter/IPA ABV: 6.8%
Orange-red color, hoppy aroma turns to citric grapefruit. Tastes very similar to aroma,  very hoppy flavor, and you also get the grapefruit again, while there is a good maltiness to counterbalance. Very refreshing, probably the best winter ale I tasted in 2000/2001. May be a little too hoppy for some.
Ratings: Appearance: 3/5 Aroma: 10/10 Palate: 5/5 Taste: 9/10 Overall: 18/20 Score: 4.5


Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Type: Pale ABV: 5.6%
Foamy, slight carbonation, deep amber color. Malty, and fruity on the nose, both of which appear in the flavor. Yeast adds to flavor, followed by sour citric aftertaste. Easy drinking and thirst-quenching.
Ratings: Appearance: 3/5 Aroma: 9/10 Palate: 4/5 Taste: 10/10 Overall: 17/20 Score: 4.3


Sierra Nevada Porter Type: Porter ABV: 4.7%
This is not a dark beer as porters go; it is black essentially but borders close to a dark amber, with a creamy head. Throughout the nose and flavor you canít help thinking of a Sierra Pale Ale, with itís hops and bitterness. You do get a malty aroma, and the traditional porter flavors, maltiness and a little chocolate. The finish has a pleasant dry bitterness. A very good porter, light and easy to drink. It would be a great first porter for a Sierra Pale Ale drinker, due to the similarities. 
Ratings: Appearance: 4/5 Aroma: 8/10 Palate: 3/5 Taste: 7/10 Overall: 15/20 Score: 3.7


Sierra Nevada Stout Type: Stout ABV: 5.8%
Strays a little from a traditional stout but with interesting results. Nose shows signs of roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, and a hop fruitiness that are confirmed upon tasting. The flavor also adds a little smokiness, while finishing a little citric with a mix of apple and grapefruit. Definitely a much hoppier version of the style, making this easy drinking and refreshing. Not for everyone.
Ratings: Appearance: 5/5 Aroma: 8/10 Palate: 4/5 Taste: 8/10 Overall: 15/20 Score: 4.0


Sierra Nevada Summerfest Type: Lager ABV: 5%

Light, slightly hazy, pale golden color. Lively carbonation, short lived foam. Faint mustiness in the nose, then a nice sweet malty aroma. I also get a little fruit, grain and a slight herb. Spritzy carbonation greets the palate, making for a tingly and refreshing mouthfeel. The crispness and sharpness is appreciable from the first sip right through to the finish. Itís a little heavier than youíd expect from a typical pilsner. Thereís an initial fruitiness thatís briefly orangey but more definitely lemony. The hop bitterness comes into play very early providing for a good counterbalance against what is essentially a malty lager. The hops also provide a little spice in the middle. Thereís a sharp hoppy feeling to the finish, providing a nice satisfying dryness that fades out into a lingering lemony sugary aftertaste.

Ratings: Appearance: 3/5 Aroma: 7/10 Palate: 5/5 Taste: 7/10 Overall: 16/20 Score: 3.8

Last Updated: 08/06/2001

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