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Friday, February 12, 2010

A taste of… Sierra Nevada Glissade Golden Bock

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
1075 East 20th Street
Chico, CA 95928-6722
(530) 893-3520

Preface: This 12 oz. bottle of Sierra Nevada Glissade Golden Bock was purchased for $2.25(USD) at Key Foods Grocery in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, NY. There is a date code on the neck of the bottle: “0008109:35”.

The following notes are made after a mouth wash with room temperature sparkling water. These notes have not been influenced by reading promotional material or any other review of this brew.

I am including this preface to inform the reader of any and all circumstances that might be conceived of a creating a biased review or a conflict of interest regarding the choice of words used in the following review. I could go on and on with semi-legal jargon but I guess you will just have to trust me eh?

The following are my tasting notes:

Appearance: A light burnished gold brew is crowned with a generous head of small to tiny sparkling bubbles. The rocky head fall slowly leaving a light Belgian lace to ease down the glass.

Aroma: First impressions are a bit confusing in that there are few identifiable aromatics in the grassy first meeting. The second visit finds more of the traditional floral greenery from hops. The third nosedive revealed traces of grain.

Flavor: This is a full bodied brew and the first flavors are rushed in on that full mouth feeling. After the creamy refreshing sensation the metallic tangs of hop oils rush forward closely followed by a bitter-sweet sensation. The second visit finds light citric flavors and a slight chalk dry sensation. The third sip showed the smoother path where the flavors of sharp citric and bitter-sweet find a détente.

Mouth feel: There is a lush feel to this brew.

Finish: A slightly chalky last cleansing of the pallet leaves a drier than sweet coda.

Comments: The hop experiments continue across the board and some are more interesting than others.

Food & Beer: This brew, with a bag of bar nuts, just before an afternoon spent trying to get an old Ford pickup truck’s engine to turn over.

The Brewery: http://www.sierranevada.com/

What others say:

BeerAdvocate: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/140/55243

RateBeer: http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/sierra-nevada-glissade-golden-bock/113317/

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