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690. Sierra Nevada / Cigar City Yonder Bock

Cigar City Sierra Nevada Yonder BockI am a little late getting to the Beer Camp 12-pack from Sierra Nevada. I purchased it when it was released and stuck it in the fridge at work until last week when I finally had the time to open it. The 12-pack includes 12 different beers that were brewed at Sierra Nevada’s facility in Chico, The list of breweries involved is a who’s who of craft beer across America.

My first beer is the Yonder Bock from Sierra Nevada and Cigar City. The can describes this as a tropical maibock which sounded very interesting. An aggressive pour leaves a nice copper colored beer with a single finger off white head. Aroma is mostly malt with some hints of fruit. Nothing too crazy happening in either the appearance or aroma. 

Taste improves on this a little with a well balanced mix of those sweet malts in the beginning with a subtle tropical fruit finish. A solid beer but honestly glad there was only one included as I doubt I would seek this beer out again. 
 well balanced

Alcohol Content: 7.7% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 45
Brewers Website: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp
Brewers Description: Yonder Bock is a summery twist on the robust blonde bock. Its silky, semi-sweet malt body is bolstered by a blend of new and experimental hops that impart bright, fruity hop aromas of guava, mango and passion fruit.

320. Rogue Dead Guy Ale

I heard about the Rogue Dead Guy growlers earlier this year at a local beer store and was bummed that I missed the opportunity to buy one last fall. This year when they came in they notified me so I could come over and grab one. I believe it was $16.99 which is not bad for 64 oz of beer and the best part is they glow in the dark. Well not the entire growlers but the white parts; skeleton on the barrel, etc. Like most things that glow in the dark it has to be completely dark for it to work but I will try to get a picture and update this post.

The beer is just the normal Dead Guy Ale which happens to be excellent. The beer has a nice bright orange color with thin white head. Mostly malt in the nose with maybe just a bit of floral hops. Taste is a bit hoppier than the nose but still has more malt than anything. Also some fruit in there although I am not sure what I am tasting, maybe apricot? Finishes clean and very easy to drink. 64 ounces of this beer is not a bad thing. 
Very drinkable, balanced
Alcohol Content: 6.5% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 30
Rating: ★★★☆
Brewers Website: Rogue
Brewers Description: In the early 1990s Dead Guy Ale was created as a private tap sticker to celebrate the Mayan Day of the Dead (November 1st, All Souls Day) for Casa U Betcha in Portland, Oregon. The Dead Guy design proved so popular with consumers and especially Grateful Dead fans, that we made it the label for our Maierbock ale. Even though the association with the Grateful Dead band is pure coincidence, we have gratefully dedicated Dead Guy Ale to the Rogue in each of us.

125. Smuttynose Maibock

Have I said that I like Smuttynose beer before?? If not I am saying now. This is the 7th beer from Smuttynose and other than the Star Island they have all been superb. This one will make it into my to 10 list for 2011. Color is a bright, crisp orange with a very nice floral aroma. Taste had lots of malt with a very nice warming affect from the fairly high alcohol content. Finish is clean with a minimal amount of hops. This is part of Smuttynose’s Big Beer Series. I have 2 more bottles from this series in the fridge and after trying this one I am really looking forward to the others.
Pros: Everything
Cons: Nothing
Alcohol Content: 8.7% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★★☆
Brewers Website: Smuttynose
Brewers Description: Bock beer is a broad stylistic category describing a wide range of malty, lightly-hopped German lager beers, ranging in color from light straw to dark brown, from medium to full body. Maibocks, typically released in the springtime, tend to be light in color and medium to full-bodied bodied and usually feature German “noble” hop varieties. As is the case with other traditional styles, American brewers have taken some creative liberties with bock beers, often with outstanding results. We brew our Maibock to be hugely malty & subtly finished with a variety of continental hops, with an eye-pleasing russet brown color. Prosit!