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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 034: Westnatte Lupulus


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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.76/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
Beer Camp 34 August 2010 ABV 6.3 IBU 35

This is our take on a Belgian-style ale ramped up with plenty of whole-cone American hops. Westnatte Lupulus is copper in color with complex aromas of spicy clove, black pepper, and stone fruits from the use of a traditional Belgian yeast strain. The beer is hopped with Sierra Nevada estate-grown hops and features some Ohio-grown Cascades from the heartland. Made with Columbus, OH area residents Geoff Randolph and Jason Davis.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2011
draft, Sierra takes the taps, Rattle & hum. light to medium amber, medium yeast presence that is both floral & fruity. sessionable but flavor is somewhat light. Needs more oomph in flavor department. Very close to being really good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2010
On tap at Rattle n Hum during their Sierra Nevada event. Pours a clear orange amber. Big caramelized pineapple and some dank notes on the nose. Resinous. Smooth caramel, milk sweet with some caramel, toast, and a bit of nuttiness. Smooth sweet toast, and gentle grapefruit on the finish. So good, one of my favorites from the event.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2010
Tap at RNH. I made the mistake of ordering a large glass after kinda liking the 4 oz sample glass. I really wasn’t digging this after a whole glass. Pours a nice bright peachy copper with a thin lasting sticky head. Aroma is slight DMS, light corn, citrus and tangerine hops aren’t as pronounced, or fresh as they could be, medium phenolic yeasty notes with some off dry light peppery notes, light toasty crackery malt, some dust, and earth. Flavor is doughy, hay, cracker, light grass, citrus toast, dough biscuit, orange oil - mostly dry in the end but becomes papery tacky drying in my mouth in the finish. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zdk (1870) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2010
tap @ RnH - Got a punch of musty, dank hop nuggets. Sweet, caramel malts, with plenty of yeast character with a distinct hop notes though not bitter. A touch of light fruit to round out the palate. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Tap at Rattle n Hum. Poured a deep amber with thin head. Typical Belgian nose , yeasty and a bit fruity. Nice flavors. Dry and fruity and a bit spicy. Nice dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2010
On tap @ Rattle N Hum. Clear amber with an off white head that laces nicely. Aroma is hoppy with citrus and a hint of herb with some yeasty notes. Fairly light bodied and very smooth, malt comes out a bit on the palate. Clean, crisp, and very well balanced. A very enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Tap at RnH. A distinctly Belgian yeast note in the aroma here threw me off at first. Super-spicy, biscuity. Hop impact is minimal. Lots of black pepper. Excellent body, surprisingly clean in the middle considering the aroma, but the yeast strikes again in the finish. Lean, mean, and excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14092) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Tap at the brewpub. Given as West Natte Lupulus. Pours a clear and very bright mahogany with a creamy white head. Hoppy aroma. Citrus plus. Med body. Flavors of smooth roast malt with fruity hop and something like Belgian yeast/spice. Nothing intense, but it is quite beautiful and extremely tasty. Drinks very easily. Must be high ABV, because they serve it in the tulip reserved for such.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (11508) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2011 On draught at Byrne’s Pub for "Hellbilly Hop Night" on 10/12/2010: The beer is a clear orange-amber color with a medium white head that recedes steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma is floral and citrusy with malt in the background. Medium body with a moderately bitter hops character with notes of citrus and apricot, as well as a malty base. The finish is hoppy with a citrus aftertaste. Pretty good all around.

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