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Sierra Nevada Chico IPA

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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.76/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
Our answer to the calls for a big "west-coast" style double IPA. This beer is a big hop-hearty bruiser packed with flavor. A deep, tarnished-penny color, Chico IPA is brewed using massive amounts of Simcoe and new experimental varieties of hops. The beer has a full body and flavor from the malt, which balances perfectly against the assertive citrus, pine, and spicy herbal notes in the hops. Chico IPA is dry-hopped during fermentation to harness all the thick resinous aromas and flavors of bold, whole cone American hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 26, 2009
If itís the only high-profile IPA on tap you are in good shape. Smell is of really unripe orange juice and pith. Tastes of tart malt, fresh hop, slightly grainy. Refreshing overall but the flavors lack unity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcferc4 (59) - New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2009
Review dated 10/13/08: "Hand drawn pint at D.B.A. Manhattan. Beautiful amber color. Lovely sweet, floral aroma. Subtle and well-executed. Malt heavy, great bittering hops. Honey, bananas (flambe?), brown sugar notes. Mellow, but SOLID. A great session beer, supremely drinkable."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 27, 2009
Tap at the Grey Lodge. Pours a translucent amber with a creamy off white head that left some lacing. Aroma of nice floral and citrusy hops, caramel and nuts. Flavor of the same. REally nice hop flavor and aroma. On the dry side too, which I liked since it really helped bring out the hop flavor! The title on this beer can probably lose the "firkin" since SN kegged up a bunch of this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (6576) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Like the Torpedo, Iím not getting huge changes from the regular IPA. Musty. A bit more English style. Caramel. Bitter. But not an imperial - as I understand that "style."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 5, 2009
Tasted on tap at the Bistro Double IPA Festival on 2/7/2009. This Imperial IPA pours an orange gold color from the firkin. Small sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity and sweet with a touch of floral hops. A medium bodied double IPA. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are floral and citrusy. Soft carbonation. Nice balance. Nice floral and orange flavors. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoozieSusie (15) - California, USA - FEB 27, 2009
Smells of caramel and sweetness. Served warm and slightly undercarbonated. Really bitter but reasonably balanced with the hops. Nice and mildly dark flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nik925 (786) - USA - FEB 14, 2009
Caramel-y. A mild and somewhat average taste, but perfectly done. Very mild with emphasis on the malt. Not a full on DIPA but since it was made especially for the DIPA fest (apparently) I labeled it as such. Served out of a cask, which highlighted the subtle flavors and let the malt shine. Perfect for what it was trying for.

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