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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.95/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Our audition ales are experimental pilot brews we use to test new ingredients and methods. Our audition beers are made with identical basic American ale malt recipes, but hopped throughout with a new experimental hop. #66 features hops with a pronounced citrusy, grapefruit flavor and aroma. A touch of added dryness lightens the finish and makes a very drinkable brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
closey22 (1685) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Reddish brown with thin beige lacy head; soft nutty light aroma; Flava is rich with hops bittr and nutty caramelly sweetness; feels medium with fizziness; finishes bitter and dry;

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 17, 2010
Sampled at the brewpub on 6/16/2010. This American Pale Ale pours a medium orange gold color from the tap. Small sized white foamy head. The aroma is grapefruity and citrusy. A medium bodied American Pale Ale. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are grapefruity and citrusy. Nice carbonation. Good balance. Crisp and clean with a fairly dry finish. Nice grapefruity hops in this one. Like Audition #44 there is not a lot or residual bitterness. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 10, 2010
Growler from Sierra Nevada courtesy of my beer-loving wife. Thanks, Ali! Pours a bright, golden-orange color; brilliant clarity; lightly effervescent; a modest, creamy, fine-bubbled white head with decent retention and lacing; attractive pour, but didn’t quite give the head size of SNPA or the 44. Quite a pleasant hop-forward aroma, if not necessarily as forward as other types of aroma hops; the citrus and grapefruit are light, lighter and less pronounced than their standard pale ale, but there’s also the presence of a rounding floral character that really fills out the nose; the malt core is quiet; just subtle, filled-out, non-abrasive hoppy goodness. Perfect mouthfeel, which is the case for so many Sierra Nevada beers; medium body; medium to medium-high carbonation; lightly creamy, with nothing close to astringency or alcohol showing through; the grapefruit is much more pronounced in the mouth: nicely juicy, with plenty of other citrus around it; there’s also a pronounced earthiness here (along with the floral notes, following the aroma) that wasn’t suggested in the nose; this doesn’t have the same uniqueness as the 44, but it’s definitely well-presented and even a touch spicy; tasty stuff; I actually think this is just a touch better overall than the 44, but without that really unique blueberry / blackberry character that the latter offered; both excellent, excellent stuff; the toasty, quiet malt core is perfect for setting off a pale ale like this. Is it even possible for Sierra Nevada to make a bad beer (aside from that godawful Stricklander tripel)? Hugely drinkable, this is the kind of beer I want in a growler. Medium finish, nicely toasty, with lasting soft citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
J_man (934) - Tustin, California, USA - MAY 22, 2010
The description from SN on this beer is very accurate. It’s dry with a nice cereal malt flavor complimented by the citrusy hops. Not too heavy, not to strong, this is a great thirst quenching beer with good flavor and character. If you’re in Chico, give it a shot!

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