Sierra Nevada Christmas Jam Session Ale (2013-)

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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Turn up the bass, plug in, and settle down for a long jam session with this hop-forward beer. Brewed for the 25th annual Asheville Christmas Jam, this hop-driven session ale is the perfect beer for this one-of-a-kind musical marvel. This easygoing beer works its way up the scale of hop flavors with cool notes of citrus and pine alongside bright fruity aromas. This medley balances against a light, toasty malt backbone for a mellow balance and jam-worthy drinkability. In previous years, our friends at Asheville Brewing Company had the pleasure of making this musical brew, but Sierra Nevada was lucky enough to get the call this year, and what an honor it is. Cheers!

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3.1
slowrunner77 (12594) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 7, 2017
Initially fruity citrus and pine nose. Fades a little into grainy and bitter, but stays pleasant. Does a decent job at being a session ale - just not very exciting, and a little more malty yet more bitter than expected.

3.5
snoworsummer (5961) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2017 From a bottle. Pours hazy gold with a bubbly white head. Tastes like herbs, musky malt, straw, grass, pine hops, and peaches. Light body and low/medium carbonation. Smells like peaches, straw, and grassy hops.

3.5
sonnycheeba (6264) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2017
Bottle. Pours mostly clear gold. Aroma is pale malt, wheat, citrus, and some floral notes. Flavor is bright citrus hops, pale malt, some faint floral notes, and faint dank. Medium body.

3.7
Travlr (25828) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2017
Draft at The Cellar. Clear amber color, medium white head. Flora aroma with subtle spice. Taste is lightly bitter and peppery straw. Tasty.

3.5
Cybercat (6036) - Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2017
Pours hazy apricot with a very thick and frothy, though not too long-lasting, eggshell head. Aroma presents strong fresh malt, pomme fruit and lemony tones. Flavor features evergreen hops, fresh malt, pomme fruit and citrus notes, somewhat bitter, a little sweet, quite enjoyable. Mouthfeel offers decent body and some firm tingle. Jam on!

3.2
mnoud (318) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2016
2016.12.25 - 22oz bottle in Asheville NC (on Christmas Eve!) No long review... Does what it says on the bottle (assuming 5-6% qualifies as sessionable). Pretty hoppy but without the lingering bitterness the aroma would imply. Tasty, subtle hoppy ale. A bit more palatable (to me) than they typical PAs and IPAs in SN’s lineup.

4.5
ordybill (1815) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2016
Poured from a 22 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a slightly cloudy yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is all citrus hops. The tazte is a very hoppy and has a dry finish.

3.5
jw0406 (1302) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2016
16 oz draft pours a hazy golden color with a nice white head. Aromas of citrus, pine, lemon. Light bodied, nicely balanced, a very nice beer.

3.7
Darwenus (1159) - Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2016
The best session IPA I’ve had. I actually liked it. I’d have thought this was a regular ol’ IPA if you’d poured it and handed me a glass without telling me that the S word was on the bottle. It pours golden yellow with a fair amount of foam. The aroma is lemony and grassy, it smells great. The flavor is clean and slightly malty, with a big, hoppy finish. Not watery, not weak, not boring, not thin. This beer actually tastes good.

2.9
cobaink2 (771) - seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2016
Easy drinking with lemon and pine notes. It’s a fine drinkable beer but not outstanding.


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