Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Charlie, Fred & Ken’s Imperial Helles Bock

Serve in Dimpled mug, Stein


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RATINGS: 443   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
Charlie Papazian and Fred Eckhart are the men who launched a thousand breweries. Their writing on the art of homebrewing and steadfast promotion of beer culture helped propel the craft brewing movement. Charlie and Fred agreed to work with us on this special ale in honor of our 30th anniversary. This Imperial Helles Bock is a testament to the ever-evolving brewer’s art. Bold yet balanced with distinct toasted malt character, moderate sweetness and clean and floral hops.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ScottyP (425) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - JUN 18, 2010
Pours a clear gold with thick, slowly dissipating head. Aroma of bread, bubblegum, spice, caramel malt, a hint of hops. Malty sweet and fruity up front, has a nice, slightly bitter finish. Creamy and medium bodied. I enjoy the subtle use of the hops to round out this beer, helps mute the alc content. Very solid for a style that’s usually not my thing. Here’s to 30 years of Sierra Nevada, and to 30 more!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 18, 2010
Why? Imperial Helles Bock? Are you shitting me? Who’s idea was this? At 5% ABV, this could have been a great beer. As it is, it’s way too sweet, the hops are completely drowned out, the cracker malts take a backseat to the raw sugars and alcohol.. and it’s just not in any way refreshing. So sad. All three of you should all be ashamed of yourselves.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 17, 2010
On tap at the crescent moon. Dark gold with large off-white head. Very Belgian aroma of fruit and bubblegum. An up-front candy sweetness that segues to a midpoint drying hop bitterness. Medicinal quinine finish. Seems like a cross between an imperial pilsner and a Belgian blonde. A good beer but worthy of a 30th anniversary. Sorry, Charlie.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kitschy (326) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 17, 2010
On tap at the moon. Slightly spicy, sweet nose with floral hops. Tastes like juicy fruit in a malty way. I expected more malt for this style. Interesting, not sure it lives up to the hype I created in my mind.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
944play (414) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 17, 2010
Draft at Toad in the Hole. Clear orange, medium dissipating head. Initial light sulfur, then big rich dried fruit, spicy noble hops. Candylike sweetness is made pleasant by crisp, fresh, complex herbal hoppiness. If beer-flavored popsicles were perfected, they would taste exactly like this. Finishes super clean with just a charming tingle to remind...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hatchattack (255) - Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2010
Bomber. pours a copper color with a two finger head. aroma little bread, and some sweetness. taste: sweet candy like caramel in the beginning and then bitterness from the hops, and nice finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wegro (332) - Fresno, California, USA - JUN 16, 2010
Pours a very nice clear copper with a wimpy head. aroma is nice but not very prominent. flavor is extremely balanced with a very full mouthfeel. really very nice palate, hides abv a little too well. flavor has a very nice malt presence with balancing floral hops, but the "imperial" label is misleading if you ask me. really the only problem with it is the price and the misleading imperial label, i feel this should be available in $10 6 packs instead of a 10 dollar corked bottle. 30th anniversary isn’t going to happen again, give us something truly memorable SN

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 15, 2010
Pours a light amber pour with a medium sized white frothy head. Aroma holds lots of citrus, with lime, lemon, Froot Loops, a touch of white peach, and a bit of grass and hemlock. Flavor starts sweet, with really nice orange zest and a touch of sweet caramel, and then moves to a great hoppy bite, with some grass and spruce, then moves to an awesome hint of toasty malt, German wheat, and floral hop. Awesome progression of flavors. Palate is medium bodied, and mixes hop bitterness with sweet malt beautifully. Top notch beer- so impressed with this series so far.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7922) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 15, 2010
Bottle. Pours with a huge white head over a clear golden body. Aroma is of caramel, corn, dry, alcohol, and a spicy hop note. Taste is sweet, bready, toasty, caramel and lightly grassy. Medium to lively fizz. Sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (7943) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 14, 2010
draft at malt and vine. pours a clear and fairly dark golden amber. loose white goes away before too long. funky, hydrogenous, laundry nose. creamy medium body with lively carb. tastes like mushy wet cardboard and a dusty dog thats been running around outside on a hot day. is this acetobacter from a situated mash with wheat? whats up with this? certainly unexpected.

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