The “little thing” series may be popular but don’t forget that Sierra Nevada has the Torpedo name as well and they are leveraging it for a bigger version, Atomic Torpedo.
The Little Thing series from Sierra Nevada is getting a big brother as their new Imperial IPA comes aboard. It is “a 9% ABV, smooth malt body and mega-tropical hops, yet its sweetness is discreet and the finish is clean.”
The brewery adds, “To make it happen, we max out the mash and dry-hop a lot. And dry-hopping during active fermentation sparks biotransformation: yeast cells alter the chemical compounds in hops to unlock entirely new aromas—like the notes of mango, grapefruit, and tangerine billowing from Big Little Thing.”
Sierra Nevada has announced that has a new IPA coming. Dankful IPA, is “a hoppy West Coast-style IPA to help the brewery raise funds for a variety of charities, including a donation of $250,000 to World Central Kitchen for COVID-19 relief.” The Jose Andres charity does some great work plus I bet that the beer will taste real good too.
It has taken me awhile to trying the Wild sibling of Sierra Nevada’s Little Things lineup but I am embracing the color red now. This pours a pink color tending towards red. Even the foam is pink. The nose is very much candied strawberry. This has a soda pop flavor to me. No real sour or tart notes here. Getting that fruit punch flavor as a co-star with the berry. It’s only so-so to me. Not much beer here.
A small side benefit of unopened taprooms is that some breweries are starting to dig into their cellars and offering up some great aged beers. Sierra Nevada is selling Bigfoot packages that allow you to taste the beer from one year to the next (and they will shop it to you!).
Beachwood in Long Beach has added special bottles from their extremely well curated lists too.
Lastly, the reliable Beer of the Month Club has become a go-to again. Thanks to breweries being forced to package in anything other than kegs, the monthly club now has more options including their Rare Beer Club which has some gems from breweries like Lost Abbey.
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Moonstruck Chocolate has struck out beyond their Oregon home to their neighbors both North and South for a trio of beer + chocolates with Sierra Nevada, Pike Brewing and Breakside Brewing. In my boozy chocolate experience, spice and barrel comes through more than subtle flavors so I would guess that the tripel and the hazy would be true-r to the beers.
Brewport Tap House in El Segundo has expanded their footprint on Main Street and they must have expanded taps because they have 40 Sierra Nevada beers a’coming on the 5th. If any of the beers in the image are ones you are looking to tick, then head out on Thursday.
The clock has struck 8 and Sierra Nevada and Russian River are releasing the 2020 version of Brux, a Wild Domesticated Ale. This is a treat to see this get the yearly release special treatment. If you have not had this before, this will be a fun taste experience.
Let’s dive into the second Christmas beer review and we head to another California standard, Celebration from Sierra Nevada. Filled to bursting with Cascade, Centennial and Chinook hops.
Lovely cascading pour. Nice dark red Christmas color. I would classify this more as a red ale rather than Fresh Hop IPA. Big hoppy Cascade hop bite. That lovely hop note really lingers on the palate with a mix of pine and citrus.
When one thinks of Christmas and Sierra Nevada beer, you think Celebration their fresh hop winter seasonal. But dig a little deeper and you find a plum festooned 10%ABV beer as well.