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Sierra Nevada Christmas Jam Session Ale (2013-)



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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Turn up the bass, plug in, and settle down for a long jam session with this hop-forward beer. Brewed for the 25th annual Asheville Christmas Jam, this hop-driven session ale is the perfect beer for this one-of-a-kind musical marvel. This easygoing beer works its way up the scale of hop flavors with cool notes of citrus and pine alongside bright fruity aromas. This medley balances against a light, toasty malt backbone for a mellow balance and jam-worthy drinkability. In previous years, our friends at Asheville Brewing Company had the pleasure of making this musical brew, but Sierra Nevada was lucky enough to get the call this year, and what an honor it is. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (8190) - Indiana, USA - NOV 20, 2015
Draft to taster at the Mills River brewpub. This vintage is 5.3% abv and has 49 IBUs. Looks good; a transparent golden orange with foamy eggshell head. Smells of bitter and piney hops with a moderately bittersweet backbone. Tastes like it smells with a slitly bitter medium-bodied mouthfeel. A nicely-hopped and sessionable brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Bottle shared at the RBWG Grand Tasting. Pours a bright orange color with a small white head that leaves spots of lace in the glass. Notes of grass, florals, spice, straw, and amber and caramel malts. Light-medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a sweet, spicy, earthy mouthfeel. I’m not sure I had it pegged as an APA, but whatever it is, it worked for me. These SN rarities have been a nice surprise of RBWG.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - FEB 25, 2014
[ Bottle ][ RBWG Asheville Grand Tasting ][ 650mL ][ Globe ][ Free ][ 2/8/14 ]
>> Pours a clear orange amber, yellow weak foam. Nose is fresh garden, honeydew, forest floor, squash. Taste is clean, crusty bread, caramel. Palate is whole wheat crust, lemon. Huh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (9137) - Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle sample during RBWG grand tasting. Pours a clear orange amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have toasted malts, caramel, orange citrus, light resin and a splash of herbal hops. It really does have a decent hop bite for a low abv beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (11937) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2014
RBWG14 Trip Rating #144. Bottle shared at the Grand Tasting. Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of nuts, caramel, raw malt, spice. Taste is nuts, raw malt, bitter hops. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Etched glass bottle at RBWG. Pours orange with off white head. Nose and taste of hoppy citrust, light lemon, orange zest and light malt. Lighter medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbruner (4114) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Bottle shared at RBWG! Pours a clear amber with bubbly head. Aroma is much hoppier than expected, nice balance too. Taste follows, had no idea it was a session beer. Definitely very nice, and apparently really cheap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Taster at RBWG 2014 grand tasting - thanks to the person who shared this! Mostly clear amber orange red color. Thin khaki head. Dots and short ropes of lace. Surprisingly hoppy, orange citrusy aroma. Moderate bitter, light sweet taste. Medium body.. Light, soft, lighter carbonation. Solid IPA. Like a session celebration. Solid stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chudwick (2850) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Double deuce plus two ounces bottle thanks to one of the cousins from the barrio. Citrus and caramel. Pine aftertaste. Enjoyable. Mildly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Nothing out of this world, but good share from Chudwick’s cousin in law. I mean rarity isn’t always a good thing, right?

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