Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Sierra Nevada - Bigfoot Ale

I’m guessing this is named Bigfoot Ale because the immediate smack it gives you will put hair on your chest, or back in my case. This bold and beautiful barely wine is as strong and powerful as its name with a Jack Links beef jerky punch. Its sighting is about as rare as the beast itself, not even listed as a seasonal beer.

The brew boasts a reddish brown color with a nice frothy head, has a strong malt bite, a dry finish, with a stingy hop presence that you can chew. Sierra Nevada is not trying to hide anything with this one. The aroma is just as strong as the taste. A few of these down the hatch and you’ll be on your ass or swinging fists at your buddy and his girlfriend.

As far as comparable to other barley wines I’d say go for it. Its harsh on the taste buds, and my guess would have a salt and vinegar potato chip effect on your mouth after 4 or 5. At a couple bucks a bottle you definitely get your money worth with the amount of alcohol, but don’t buy a case unless you plan sharing at a campfire.

Alcohol content: 9.6% ABV
Bitterness units: 90
Malts: Two-Row Pale, English Caramel
Hops: Chinook (Bittering), Cascade & Centennial (Finishing), Chinook, Cascade & Centennial (Dry)
Yeast: Ale

Drinkability: 7/10
Taste: 8/10
Value: 5/10
Curb Appeal: 6/10

Overall: 6.5/10

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