Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale (2013)

Hey everyone, glad you could make it!  Tonight I am going to try a different style of barleywine than the Brooklyn Monster I had last night.  Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale is an American barleywine, and can be expected to have the hops kicked up to another level.  Bigfoot Ale is part of Sierra Nevada's High Altitude line of beers and is released every winter.  Let's check it out!
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale
Bigfoot Ale (2013)
Barleywine Style Ale
9.6% ABV
90 IBUs
12 oz bottle poured into my Victory Brewing tulip glass

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale

 Sierra Nevada Bigfoot pours a deep copper color with red hues.  It has a two finger width off-white head, and leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.  The aroma explodes with grapefruit and pine that covers a caramel backbone.  Bigfoot starts out rough on the palate, but eases up as it warms.  There are flavors of bitter grapefruit, pine and sweet caramel.  There's a bit of an alcohol burn in the finish.  The body is halfway between medium and heavy, and seems to have average carbonation. 

Back label on Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
Back label on Sierra Nevada Bigfoot

 Overall:  Yet another great beer from the folks at Sierra Nevada.  I have really been into the barleywine style recently.  The amount of delicious hops and malt in this beer definitely makes it seem like a pumped up double IPA.  I can't wait to see what age does to this one!

Have you had Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot?  What did you think of it?  Let me know in the comments!

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  1. I have yet to hold onto a bottle of this stuff for long, but I heard once it mellows out, it is so much better. I had a bottle of 2011 in 2012 and enjoyed it but I want to get a 6... actually, they only sell it in 4 packs now, and hold onto some bottles and taste it yearly.

    1. I have one extra 2013 right now, but I'm going to try and find another 4-pack to put away for awhile! I think some age would definitely be good to it.

    2. I only have one bottle of 13. I think I am going to pick up a few more before they disappear, even though they are fairly common.