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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1965) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2010
Amber with good, creamy, tan head / Nose of citrus, brown sugar, and dry hops / Medium body, somewhat sweet and creamy, balanced with some biting hops on the good finish / Flavors of orange, grapefruit, brown sugar, dry hops, and toast / Very nice although alcohol only qualifies this as a double.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2010
Tap at Blind Tiger. Poured a rich dark amber with a fluffy head. Nose was floral and piny hops. Flavor does follow the nose with nice balance and a solid malt base. Not a hop bomb, but a classic and delicious IPA with everything right about it. Not too anything and not lacking in any way either. Really great beer.

   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.

   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 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - AUG 6, 2010
Draught at the brewpub. Medium amber color with a lasting fluffy, off white head. Big mango and grapefruit aroma. Well, a little tangerine too, and some tropical fruitiness. Then thrown in some toasty caramel from the malt. No yeast character detected, though it would be hard to tell under the massive hop aroma. Medium-light malt sweetness with a touch of caramel and toasty malt. Bitter, but still very smooth in the finish. Pretty well balanced actually, with lots of aroma hops helping to balance the substantial bitterness. The composition reminds me a bit of Green Flash, but with a smoother bitterness and fruitier hop aroma. Medium bodied with a creamy texture. Plenty of malt flavor (as with all of their IPAs) but with a great hop profile. I can dream of SN someday doing a truly pale, dry IPA, but this is about as good as it gets with their house style. Very well made beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (18735) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2010
Tap at Blind Tiger, NYC. Pours a mostly clear copper with a moderate, off-white head. Holds a ferocious hop aroma with earth, pine and light citrus. Flavor begins with mild caramel malts before the hops take hold. Reasonably balanced and not over-the-top. Medium in body with average carbonation. Finishes with strong bitterness that lingers. Delicious.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elihapa (1547) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAY 12, 2009
On tap, Eli Cannon’s on SN Ale night. Pours hazy orange with a lasting, creamy head. This beer sat for a good 25 minutes without losing its head retention! Aroma of fresh citrus and flowers, very “west coast.” There is some tangerine in there that sets it apart from, say, their torpedo or Harvest ales. Flavor is initially very citrusy, with pointed grapefruit notes. It soon follows with clean hop bitterness is delicious fashion. Really nice IPA bitter-balance to this beer. Some unique sweet citrus flavors (tangerine?) anchor the experience. I wish this was year-round.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flyingshoes (100) - USA - JUN 3, 2009
On tap at Capital Ale House Downtown. Poured as a deep ruby color that almost seemed to sparkle. The flavor was extremely hoppy, as expected, leaving a floral aftertaste in my mouth with every sip. Surprisingly, there was also a pleasant sweetness to the brew, mellowing some of the intense bitterness and creating a very nice balance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2009
Draft notes from DRE. Pours deep coppery with off-white head. Nose is resiny hops, tropical citrus. Tastes hoppy, resiny, with tangerine and pineapple notes, solid malt, floral and peppery notes, and a crisp finish. A very good IPA.

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