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  • or Stuff you love/hate
    Title Edited: to add new brews and extend the conversation :{)
    I have a few brews that are my faithful regulars but I make a practice of buying a 6er of something I've never had before.
    This is one of them, that I would drink again.


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    I find it quite refreshing :{)
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Re: Anybody tried any of this stuff?
Tue Sep 08, 2015 5:40 am
  • Just finished my 12 pack. Not my favorite Sierra Nevada to be honest. But not bad. They do love their hops there.

    Hard to walk out of the store without the traditional Pale Ale in all honesty.
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Re: Anybody tried any of this stuff?
Tue Sep 08, 2015 6:41 am
  • Uncle Si wrote:Just finished my 12 pack. Not my favorite Sierra Nevada to be honest. But not bad. They do love their hops there.

    Hard to walk out of the store without the traditional Pale Ale in all honesty.


    This. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is excellent, I've never really been wowed by any of their other offerings.
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Re: Anybody tried any of this stuff?
Tue Sep 08, 2015 6:43 am
  • peachesenregalia wrote:
    Uncle Si wrote:Just finished my 12 pack. Not my favorite Sierra Nevada to be honest. But not bad. They do love their hops there.

    Hard to walk out of the store without the traditional Pale Ale in all honesty.


    This. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is excellent, I've never really been wowed by any of their other offerings.


    Celebration is a fantastic seasonal as well. Big Foot isn't bad. But yeah, the other stuff hasn't really caught me. But the iconic Pale Ale is one of my all time favorites.
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Re: Anybody tried any of this stuff?
Tue Sep 08, 2015 6:46 am
  • Well I've had a lot nooners in my life but no, haven't tried that beer.



    Seriously, have always liked their Pale Ale. Agree with Peaches that their other stuff is kind of meh.
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Re: Anybody tried any of this stuff?
Tue Sep 08, 2015 12:41 pm
  • Tried the Nooner and wasn't too excited about it. I love their Torpedo XIPA though. I tend to like the hop monsters lately though.
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Re: Anybody tried any of this stuff?
Tue Sep 08, 2015 3:47 pm
  • Uncle Si wrote:
    peachesenregalia wrote:
    Uncle Si wrote:Just finished my 12 pack. Not my favorite Sierra Nevada to be honest. But not bad. They do love their hops there.

    Hard to walk out of the store without the traditional Pale Ale in all honesty.


    This. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is excellent, I've never really been wowed by any of their other offerings.


    Celebration is a fantastic seasonal as well. Big Foot isn't bad. But yeah, the other stuff hasn't really caught me. But the iconic Pale Ale is one of my all time favorites.


    Celebration is awesome as is their Oktoberfest. I also enjoy Torpedo, and this past spring, Beer Camp.
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Re: Anybody tried any of this stuff?
Tue Sep 08, 2015 4:47 pm
  • It's decent. I love pilsners and I would recommend Lammsbrau or Firestone Walker Pivo instead. (Heater Allen is the best but available only in Oregon.)
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Re: Anybody tried any of this stuff?
Wed Sep 09, 2015 6:02 pm
  • I like most of the SN stuff I've tried, though they all do seem to be variations on the original SNPA theme. Torpedo is nice. Been a while since I've had one, but I remember liking their porter.
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Re: Anybody tried any of this stuff?
Fri Sep 11, 2015 9:58 am
  • peachesenregalia wrote:
    Uncle Si wrote:Just finished my 12 pack. Not my favorite Sierra Nevada to be honest. But not bad. They do love their hops there.

    Hard to walk out of the store without the traditional Pale Ale in all honesty.


    This. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is excellent, I've never really been wowed by any of their other offerings.


    Fun Fact: SNPA was my first drink ever as a teenager. Ruined crap beer for me.
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Re: Anybody tried any of this stuff?
Fri Sep 11, 2015 10:38 am
  • Welcome back Sonic.
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Re: Anybody tried any of this stuff?
Fri Sep 11, 2015 3:00 pm
  • Whoa, like whisper in the night.

    Must be time for beer and FOOTBALL :{)
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  • You baiter....you switched it...dammit.
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    This is another first timer for me.
    It was good, not great.

    Smelled of citrus, first taste was citrus with a hint of clove, had a pepper finish.
    Very light bitter (hop) after taste.
    I would buy again if I didn't see something else I wanted.
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Re: Anybody tried any of this stuff?
Sat Sep 12, 2015 3:32 pm
  • peachesenregalia wrote:
    Uncle Si wrote:Just finished my 12 pack. Not my favorite Sierra Nevada to be honest. But not bad. They do love their hops there.

    Hard to walk out of the store without the traditional Pale Ale in all honesty.


    This. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is excellent, I've never really been wowed by any of their other offerings.

    Try Hoptinium from them.
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  • Seahawkfan80 wrote:You baiter....you switched it...dammit.


    Was referencing the Sonic sighting just in time for opening day.
    :{)
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  • Had a Knee Deep Hoparillo and a Elysian Punkuccino the other night. I don't remember what they tasted like but I enjoyed them. Also don't remember what I drank after that but I'm sure I enjoyed it too.
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  • pmedic920 wrote:
    Seahawkfan80 wrote:You baiter....you switched it...dammit.


    Was referencing the Sonic sighting just in time for opening day.
    :{)


    I will allow that....carry on. :P
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  • Ok here's a question.

    What does "bottle conditioned" mean?

    I snagged a 6er of SNPA, and it says on the label that it is "bottle conditioned"

    Edit: yes I can use google but that wouldn't keep our "beer thread" moving.
    Just answer the dam question :{)
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  • Dunno Pmedic...but is this too hoppy for you???
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  • No.

    That makes me hoppy :{)
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  • pmedic920 wrote:Ok here's a question.

    What does "bottle conditioned" mean?

    I snagged a 6er of SNPA, and it says on the label that it is "bottle conditioned"

    Edit: yes I can use google but that wouldn't keep our "beer thread" moving.
    Just answer the dam question :{)


    Bottle conditioned over here is when there is a layer of live yeast in the bottom of the bottle which will still ferment over time until the bottle is opened and should in theory increase the ABV;
    I have a bottle of 2006 Fullers of London Vintage Ale bottle conditioned, still in it's box and unopened; it started off at 8.5% in 2006, so god knows what it is now!
    BTW, liking the look of that Nooner! I've only seen (and had) the Pale Ale and Torpedo and they're great :)
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  • Recently tried an IPA on tap with kind of a lame name, Shadow Ninja from Loowit Brewing Co. in Vancouver, WA. Not remarkable but very good. Similar to Vortex IPA from Ft. George Brewing in Astoria, OR.
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  • SussexSeahawk wrote:
    pmedic920 wrote:Ok here's a question.

    What does "bottle conditioned" mean?

    I snagged a 6er of SNPA, and it says on the label that it is "bottle conditioned"

    Edit: yes I can use google but that wouldn't keep our "beer thread" moving.
    Just answer the dam question :{)


    Bottle conditioned over here is when there is a layer of live yeast in the bottom of the bottle which will still ferment over time until the bottle is opened and should in theory increase the ABV;
    I have a bottle of 2006 Fullers of London Vintage Ale bottle conditioned, still in it's box and unopened; it started off at 8.5% in 2006, so god knows what it is now!
    BTW, liking the look of that Nooner! I've only seen (and had) the Pale Ale and Torpedo and they're great :)


    Thanks, and I did like the Nooners.
    I can only describe it as a pilsner on steroids. Seemed to me like a full flavored pilsner with the bite of a few extra hops.
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  • Once you go black, truly black, you'll never go back.

    Thank jebus its on a seasonally limited release.

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  • Looks interesting....what ABV is that ?
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  • SussexSeahawk wrote:Looks interesting....what ABV is that ?


    11.0% per Beer Advocate.
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  • :snack: Oooh, not a session beer then
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  • I recently bought a 4pack of these.
    Throughly enjoyed them. Bout halfway into my third one, I was feeling kinda special. Decided to look up the ABV, 8.9 %
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    Took some over to share with Rob (largent80)
    I think he like it as well.
    If you like the Farmhouse Ale style, I'd highly recommend. One of my current Favs.
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    Looks great, like a good farmhouse or Saison
    Here's the fridge now, er might be a little lighter later :D
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  • SussexSeahawk wrote:
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    Looks great, like a good farmhouse or Saison
    Here's the fridge now, er might be a little lighter later :D

    Are your "bitters" over there similar to our IPAs Sussex?
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  • Yes i'd say so, generally speaking, a standard bitter is a lighter version of IPA, less hoppy, normally if bottle or draught about 4.2% up to 6.5% as an average, standard IPA around the 5-8% average, but you get some weaker/stronger bitters and IPA's. IMO, our IPA here with the larger scale brewers is hoppy, but you can tell it's around 5%, a "proper" IPA, with a craft brewery are generally much more strongly hopped, and you can taste it, and 5.5% upwards as the norm.
    Saying that, anything over 7.5% is a bit more expensive as thats the government's threshold for higher beer duty they collect from the brewer.
    Just as a guide, Ale/IPA/Bitter/Stout is normally around $3 a 500ml bottle (just under a UK pint), or in supermarkets, they generally do 4 for $7.80 or $9.30 (i try not to go for cans!); in a pub though, draught, you're looking at between $5 and $7.00 a pint; clubs well, bring your credit card! and generally it's generic crappy lager
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  • Got a few of these the other day. 9% abv imperial porter. Delicious! Only good for a couple of them a night because of the strength and size of the bottle, but they're one of the better porters I've had, imperial or otherwise.

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  • HomerJHawk wrote:Once you go black, truly black, you'll never go back.

    I don't trust beer I can see through.

    OK, that's not true, but I do prefer beer that's too dark to see through. That brew you posted looked very tasty.

    SonicHawk wrote:Ruined crap beer for me.

    QFT. I can't even drink Bud/Miller/Whatever any more, it makes me gag. Unless it's a really hot day, and the stuff is too cold to taste.
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  • Not to correct anyone harshly, but bottle conditioning isn't done to raise the alcohol, it is done to carbonate a beer in the bottle. the amount of alcohol jump is maybe a quarter of a percent, tops, usually less. The brewer waits to bottle until the brewing malts have all been consumed by yeast, then adds a specific amount of malt or sugar back into the beer just prior to bottling so they can hit a very specific carbonation style. Some of your bigger beers can take a long time to age before bottling, and have few viable yeast left, so those brewers will add yeast at the bottling stage, perhaps a yeast with a bit better tolerance to alcohol.

    That Abyss from Deschutes is good stuff. IF you like that, try Dragon's Milk. If you want to spend way too much, try Black Damnation One.
    I had an Imperial Porter with pumpkin for a local brewery last night, it was pretty much perfect. Making a pumpkin beer that doesn't taste like pie is a tough task, and the brewer pulled it off.

    I am bottle conditioning a Kolsch style right now, I made it with local hops my wife picked, it is a very curious beer. the hops/yeast comboI used have given it a taste and smell of pineapple. I will see how that profile holds up to lagering.
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  • HomerJHawk wrote:Once you go black, truly black, you'll never go back.

    Thank jebus its on a seasonally limited release.

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    Is that really an uninfected 2009 vintage? All my bottles have been sour.

    Also, I have gone black....and I have gone back. Pilsners (and right now, Oktoberfests) hold just as much, if not more appeal to me than Imperial Stouts.
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  • Sarlacc83 wrote:
    HomerJHawk wrote:Once you go black, truly black, you'll never go back.

    Thank jebus its on a seasonally limited release.

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    Is that really an uninfected 2009 vintage? All my bottles have been sour.

    Also, I have gone black....and I have gone back. Pilsners (and right now, Oktoberfests) hold just as much, if not more appeal to me than Imperial Stouts.


    Got a sixer of Sam Adams Octofest in the fridge for the game now. I have junk beer for the college games. LOL
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  • I had two of these with dinner last nite.

    Chicken fried steak with garlic mashed spuds and corn on the cob.
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    Was another first for me.
    I would drink again although it was a touch spicier that I prefer.
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  • Got a small bottle (growler) of Rogue Nation ale from costco. NOt opening it til tomorrow some time. I have other fruitcake beers to finish off first. The Rogue Ale was in an American style container. Still a little woozy from the shot of Apple Crown I had yesterday too. That is some good stuff......

    edit...doing a sockeye Lucky Peak Pilsner at the moment. More of an ale flavor to me.
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  • I typically scroll past Ninkasi but their Oktoberfest Festbier is dynamite this year.
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  • Been on a Ballast Point kick recently. Their Victory at Sea and Calm Before the Storm brews are ridiculously good.
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  • volsunghawk wrote:Been on a Ballast Point kick recently. Their Victory at Sea and Calm Before the Storm brews are ridiculously good.

    I love that brewery. Their Sculpins are damn good too.
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  • volsunghawk wrote:Been on a Ballast Point kick recently. Their Victory at Sea and Calm Before the Storm brews are ridiculously good.


    They have a distillery, too. One they built themselves. I pine to try their whiskey, but at the moment, 99 dollars is too much.
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  • Tried a 4 pack of these.
    I've only had 1 so far and I was totally stuffed from a big meal.
    I had to force it down, so I'm reserving full comment.
    @ 8.5 abv I did feel it :{)
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    It's from the same brew house that the Tank7 is from.
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  • Latest offering, Badger Poacher's Choice; Damson & Licorice flavourings; nice beer for winter
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  • This is new from Shiner (Texas brew) I like it a lot.
    6% @ Only 55 ibu
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    I've always liked their "bock" but not a big fan of their others.
    This new IPA is a strong 8.9 on my scale of 0/10.
    I think it's their first release of an IPA.
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  • Yes......WICKED RAM! :lol:
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  • Scottemojo wrote:
    volsunghawk wrote:Been on a Ballast Point kick recently. Their Victory at Sea and Calm Before the Storm brews are ridiculously good.

    I love that brewery. Their Sculpins are damn good too.


    Hell yeah. Their Grunion pale ale is my favorite pale ale. Far superior to Sierra Nevada pale ale IMO.
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