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Sierra Nevada Scotch Ale
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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.32/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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Sierra Nevadaís Scotch Ale is a dark amber hued ale. It has a sweet nose with just a bit of earth in the undertone. The taste is warm yet very accessible with a clean, refreshing finish.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - MAR 30, 2007
tap at Barclays. Pours with a fairly drak color and a nice creamy head. Roasted aromas and quite a bit of smoky flavor as well. In addition roasted malts and coffee. Very smooth, never seen this beer before but it is a very nice flavorful session beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2007
Draught at Brazen Head. Dark rusty brown color. Chocolatey malt aromas and flavor (Ovaltine?), with a touch of molasses, otherwise akin to dark toffee with some earthy notes. Balanced flavors. Substantial but smooth drinking body. Great choice for free cheese and crackers night.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (3929) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 23, 2007
Draught pint at Redbones on 2/10/07
Deep orange-caramel colored body with strong strawberry-tan hints. Buttercream-colored head is medium-sized and recedes to partial cover, leaving minimal lacing behind. High clarity, very slight, glassy chill-haze.
Boisterously fruity nose entices with raspberries, strawberries, and a touch of oily caramel behind it. Breadiness and a moderate hardness follows quickly, from the malts and seems to end in a fruitiness laden with acidity. Soft vanilla sweetness, with only a bare hint of chocolate and thick caramel. Shockingly similar to their Rauchbier, though obviously minus the smoke. Much more of a red-fruity, creamy-sweet, bready scotch ale, than the more common, dark, thickly caramelized and dark-fruit-laden variety. Which is fine. Medium strength of aroma, no alcohol/flaws noted.
Peppery hops are quite notable, but, though true to style, they are almost wholly lacking in flavor, just adding bitterness and a light dusting of earthiness. With warming, light brown sugar notes emerge, with more vanilla and raspberry/strawberry flavors. Though you can tell there are some crystal malts hiding in the depths, with some slickness and hard candy-like flavor, this one is much softer-malted on the whole, than the rauchbier and the fruitiness matches well the lighter sugar notes. Dosent overwhelm you with caramel, not syrupy in the least and the breadiness is moderate for the style, with only light acidity building up on the finish. Drinkable, if, like many of their draught-only beers, rather unremarkable. Malts seem rather simple, overall, though thereís a bit of hazelnut-like roastiness in the background. I just got finished saying how I liked boring, but well-made beers, but this one dosent quite hit me the right way. Guess itís just a little too sugary in the end. Sort of on the border between a scotch and a scottish ale.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2007
On tap at Red Bones. Very floral aroma. Taste had violet, lavender, mint, minerals, caramel. Good drinkability, unique and tasty. Didnít really seem like a scotch ale to me at all, though.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Doctormirk (100) - USA - JAN 26, 2007
Not too much aroma, nothing screams out at me. Dark fruits..Dates? Lasting bitterness, well balanced hops and malts. Long lived lacing. Wheres the Scotch?

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2007 Tap at Barcade: Pours a nut brown with a decent tan head which leaves a light lacing. The aroma has some dark fruityness, anise, and a light chocolate touch. Itís medium in body with a roasty caramel malt touch. A bit sweet and slightly viscous. Some oakey perfumy notes leading to an earthy light resin finish. A simple Scotch Ale.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JAN 9, 2007
On Draft. Light brown and clear with an ivory head. Very faint fruit and malt aroma. Nice fruity flavor with some figs and chocolate. Dry finish. Very nice.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2006
Tap @ Cumming Summits: Clear chestnut color with a small off-white head. The aroma was pretty simple made mostly of sweet malty caramel. Malty flavor of caramel and nutty. Semi-dry. Moderately bitter finish. Some warmth. Light to medium bodied.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - APR 27, 2006
Pours dark amber with a thick tan head. Nice appearance. Weak aroma of smoked malts, caramel and nuts. Not much there. Kind of weak in the flavors too. Descent caramel and smoked malts tastes but not much else. Where were the fruits? I thought this was pretty average.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5486) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2006
Poured a copper color with a medium sized, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malts, light peat, nuts, and light roast. Taste of caramel and smoked malts, nuts, light alcohol, and faint citrus hoppiness. Did I have the same beer everyone else had?


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