Sierra Nevada 2011 Bigfoot Barleywine review…

Posted: April 6, 2011 in Beer, Craft Beer

This is my second review of a Sierra Nevada beer. Everyone knows about their classic Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. The green label, with the yellow banner of the brewery on the label. A definitive American style IPA that people know.

But have I reviewed it. Of course not. That would be far too obvious. I have previously reviewed the Northern Hemisphere Harvest Ale, and today I’m reviewing the 2011 Bigfoot offering. It’s a Barleywine Style Ale.

Aroma: Vinous nose upfront with sharp hop aroma. Heavy malt body gives hints of caramel and nuts.

Appearance: Rich copper hue, no haze, brilliant clarity. Thick off white tightly formed lasting head that eventually gives way to intricate lacing down the glass.

Flavor: Full sweet malt with alcohol warming bites with the first sip. Sweetness is balanced out with a hefty hop bite, all finishing up dry, but not harsh.

Mouthfeel: Very full bodied ale with medium carbonation. A thick and creamy mouthfeel, with some alcohol burn. Finishes slightly cloying, and dry.

Overall Impression: A big hearty almost chewy Barleywine style ale. Complex and evolving if enjoyed slowly. Another great beer from the Chico crew at Sierra Nevada.


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