Sierra Nevada IDEA

Had this on tap at Manuel’s, Atlanta, GA, USA.
16 oz pour. A bit turbid in the glass, not an especially attractive beer.
A bit of a strange brew to say the least. Not sure how I would categorize it but it seemed to me like a cross between a brown ale and an IPA. To me, that generally means “American Brown Ale” with some of the appearance of a brown, but a hoppier presence that would otherwise be expected in such a beer.
There are some dark malts present up front, and given SN’s liberal use of hops all over the place, I was expecting a bitter blast coming at me to accompany the mellower start. Although some bitterness did come through, all in all it was actually LESS hoppy than I expected, GIVEN SN’s usual heavy-handedness.
Nice lace and a well sustained head, the beer has some nice balance and to be honest I enjoyed more than I thought I would. Decent drinkability, it slid down a little quicker than I was expecting. Interesting, and glad I got to try it.

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06/12/2009
Format:
on-tap
ABV: ? %
Appearance: 3.5
Taste: 4
Mouthfeel: 4
Smell: 4
Overall: 4
Total: 3.98
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