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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 007: Unrivaled

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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.38/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
Beer Camp #7 from 06/2009. Only served in the UK. A collaboration beer, brewed by enthusiasts in the beer industry throughout the world. A smoked rye malt ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yespr (40864) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2009
From tap at the Rake. Pours clear and golden deep orange to amber with a small tan head. Roasted caramelish and pinewood hoppy aroma. Solid hoppy flavoured yet with a somewhat smokey note. Roasted, smoked and quite hoppy fruity flavoured into the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (25472) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 5, 2009
Draught@SBWF2009. Deep amber colour, beige head. Aroma is yeasty, fruity and slightly wooden notes along with some caramel malts and grass. Flavour is fruits, wood, mild smoked notes as well as some fruits and grass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
omhper (23725) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2009
Draught at Stockholm Beer Festival. Clear nut brown, small head. Restrained grapefruit aroma. The very clean mouthfeel prevents most of the malt flavours to come out. Just slight caramela nd smoke that fails to compete with the rather vague hops. Some late hop bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (18323) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2010
Brown beer with an offwhite head. Floral aroma with malty notes. Hoppy floral flavor with caramel notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (17352) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2009
Had this twice, first at The Porterhouse in Covent Garden when I didn’t think it was quite right, interesting, but not quite right, and then at The Rake where is was a lot better, cerainly hoppier over an interestingly full bodied slightly smokey rye body. I thought pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (16197) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 4, 2009
Draught@SBWF 2009
Dark brown color, small brown head. Hoppy-grassy nose. Cut grassy-sweaty hops and grapes in the flavor. Although being a collaboration beer, has typical Sierra Nevada house flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (9594) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2009
Draught at Bishops Arms Avenyn, Göteborg. On October 26, 2009
Clear dark brown color, small tan head. Caramel, cream, hoppy, floral taste. Sweet and bitter aftertaste. Floral hoppy scent, also malty sweet. Some peppermint in the back of the nose as well. Smooth, soft, creamy mouthfeel. Medium to medium low bitterenss at first masked by the dominant fruitiness. Afterbitterenss medium to medium high. Also floral aftertaste. Some hints of smoke in there, but well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Svesse (7932) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2009
(Cask, by gravity, at White Horse, Parson’s Green, London, 29 Nov 2009) Dark reddish brown colour with brief head. Malty, slightly roasted nose with spicy notes of rye. Malty, smoky taste with roasted rye, chocolate and lots of hoppy bitterness in a fairly short and dry finish. Medium body, slightly oily mouthfeel. Rather weird beer. Interesting and definitely worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2009
A Mes rate. Keg at the Rake.
Well... this is a bit of an odd one. Thankfully, odd in an interesting way. I’ve had plenty of smoked beers, it’s one of my favourite styles, but never one this hoppy before. Darkish brown with a thin oily off white head. Aroma is clearly Sierra Nevada hoppy stuff but the darker malt and smoke hint that this is just that little bit different. The flavour is just the same but the smoke comes on really late. Not before there is a really good hit of earthy malt and grassy hoppage. There is an almost peaty note and then a building, germoline infused smoky finish. The delicate dryness on the palate makes for effortless drinkability too. My overall impression is that of a beer that is uncomplicated yet really enjoyable. Good work Mike and Rich for making this happen.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsniclas (6725) - Billdal, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2010
Draught at BA Avenyn 2009-10 Dark amber. Small off-white head. Light toffee- and caramellearoma. Grassy flowery hoppiness in the flavour along with some leather and horse-blanket. Pretty light and fresh.

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