New Beers in Iowa: Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada

3 news beers to report on this week hitting the shelves, thanks to Joe at John’s Grocery for the information. I haven’t had any of these yet and can really only speak on my past experience with Bigfoot Barleywine, which is a spectacular brew. We have from Samuel Adams Griffin’s Bow, which is an oak-aged Barleywine and Tasman Red, which is a Red IPA.
From Sierra Nevada we have the yearly release on Bigfoot Barleywine. Here is the product info for each:

Griffin’s Bow Oak-Aged Barleywine – “Small Batch Series: From the aroma and notes of sweet honeysuckle, pineapple, and grapefruit, to richer hints of burnt sugar, and toffee, this intriguing brew is full of complex flavors. The distinct character of toasted oak adds depth and contrasts the light fruit sweetness.”

Tasman Red“This wily red IPA gets its character from the Tasmanian hops that are full of grapefruit, pine and earthy notes creating a bold flavor that threads throughout the taste. The hops are balanced by a core of roasted malts that give this brew body and richness with hints of toffee.”

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine“Gold Medal Winner, Great American Beer Festival (Ales: Brown, Bitter and Pale 1987, Barleywine 1988,1992,1995). Sierra Nevada Bigfoot is an award winning example of the English Barley Wine style. It boasts a dense, fruity bouquet; an extremely rich, intense, bittersweet palate; and a deep, reddish-brown color. This ale is superbly balanced between an almost overpowering maltiness and a wonderfully bittersweet hoppiness. “


2 thoughts on “New Beers in Iowa: Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada

  1. The Beer Counselor says:

    I did a tasting over Christmas with many top level IPA’s and the Tasman Red from Sam Adams was the consensus pick as the most sessionable of the bunch. Others of note from that tasting include Sam Adams 3rd Voyage IPA, Russian River’s Pliny the Elder and Blind Pig, Ballast Point’s Sculpin, Stone’s 15th Anniversary Black IPA as well as their IPA and Ruination, Dogfishhead 90 min, and a couple others that escape me at the moment. Boston Brewing is doing a nice job with this small batch series.

    On a side note I spotted the newest Boston Brewing small batch series brew Cinder Bock (Rauchbier) at the truck stop in Center Point, IA this afternoon. Beers are blooming all over the place.

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