Sierra Nevada Juniper Black Ale

Well, here’s something you don’t see often. A few precious kegs have found their way from Sierra Nevada’s esteemed Beer Camp to Leeds, and there was no way I was going to miss out. Although a quick internet search tells me there has been some limited-edition releases of this beer, there’s still enough of the exotic about it to make trying it an event; something that one-off beer should always have in thier locker.

Obviously, the downside of ‘special’ beers is that they can often come laden with so much hype that they disappoint; Juniper Black Ale (8%abv) does and more. I’d call it a Black IPA but it’s much softer than that label would suggest. The tan head tells you it’s laden with dark-and-roasted-malt goodies, and the aroma manages to pack a hefty wallop of tropical fruit in on top of any coffee or bitter chocolate you might have been expecting. It’s really, really light – which is proof of the balance of the beer – despite being filled with soft, rounded, full vinous notes. The finish just reasserts some black coffee notes, but the finish is clean as well as drying. However,  I didn’t get much Juniper in it, to be honest. That aside, it’s a fantastic beer, and is on now at Mr Foley’s. Part of me doesn’t want to tell you about it, simply so I can go drink some more of it this week. Here’s what Ghostie thought. 


About leighgoodstuff

Blog: I'm Leigh Linley; born and bred in Leeds, and writing about it since 2005. TGS exists solely to highlight the great beers that are out there; brewed with passion by Craft Brewers around the World. I also edit the 'Tavern Tales' section of Culture Vulture, which looks at Pubs and Pub Life rather than the beer in the glass.

Posted on 27/06/2011, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Wow, I didn’t think any of the Beer Camp offerings would make it over here. Hopefully a keg will find it’s way to Scotland – sounds (lack of juniper aside) like a must-try…

    welcome to WordPress, too 🙂

  2. Blogs looking great on wordpress mate! Youve tempted me to switch! What are the benefits over blogger?

  3. Thanks, Neil. I find WP offers more in terms of publishing and editing posts – that’s the main thing for me.

  4. OFF TOPIC: Looking good Leigh. Always liked the style of wordpress but it had one or two things I wasn’t keen on last time I tried it – but that was a long time ago. Think we might take another look. Keep up the good work!

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