It’s time to move on from the Sweetwater brands, although I have a feeling we’ll be seeing more of their seasonal beers on this blog as we go along. I was stuck at the store and couldn’t put my finger on what I wanted to go for next. I thought about going for a more mainstream beer (more on that tomorrow), but I saw the Summerfest brand from Sierra Nevada and couldn’t help but pick it up.
Sierra Nevada is known mostly for its Pale Ale which we will be sampling at some point during our journey. But I wasn’t quite ready for it and was about to find another choice until I saw the Summerfest and decided we’d go down that route. As you can see above, it’s $8.29 for a sixer – not cheap.
- Alcohol Content: 5.0% by volume
- Beginning Gravity: 11.8 Plato
- Ending Gravity: 2.8 Plato
- Bitterness Units: 32
- Yeast: Bottom-fermenting Lager Yeast
- Bittering Hops: Perle & Saaz
- Finishing Hops: Saaz
- Malts: Two-row Pale, Dextrin & Munich
At first taste, it has a similar flavor of the Sweetwater, but a little more unique. It’s bittersweet at first, but eventually settles rather heavy with a surprisingly refreshing finish. The Alcohol Content is somewhat disapointing compared to our predecessors, and after a few it fills you up. It paired nicely with the cheese and crackers Mrs. Beer fixed for me as a snack (she thought the aftertaste was strange, so chose to pick up a sixer of Rolling Rock to sip on… she says that it, too, is delicious with cheese and crackers). I’m impressed and like what I’ve tasted so far, but I expect nothing less from Sierra Nevada. Mrs. Beer, on the other hand, will not be expecting much when we get back to the Pale Ale.
I’ll be back tomorrow for my final judgement. I’m trying to figure out how to add a poll to this site so my loyal readers can pick the next beer, but we’ll see how that works out.
Let me know what you think – 0f what the next beer should be, or how you would rate this one.