12 Days of Beers Across the World – Day 1

More specifically that’s Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across the World. The plan here is to drink one of these collaboration beers and write my immediate impressions of each one. One beer and one short post per day.  We’ll see how that goes.  If you aren’t familiar with Beer Camp Across the World, it’s a 12 pack of collaborations between Sierra Nevada and some of the top talked about breweries on the planet.  Some of the breweries involved include: Avery, Duvel, Mikkeller, Kiuchi, and of course Tree House.  So without further ado, let’s begin.  

First up, simply by virtue of being the first one I grabbed, is the White IPA with yuzu.  This white IPA is a collaboration between Sierra Nevada and Japan’s Kiuchi Brewery.  White IPA with yuzu comes in a 12 ounce bottle and has a 7% ABV and 20 IBU.

Pour:

Pours a clear light gold color with about a finger and a half of white head.  Pours like a lighter beer than it actually is.

Aroma:

First impression off the top is “this smells a lot like a witbier.”  There’s a spice in the aroma like coriander or clove maybe.  There’s also a strange citrus, not quite lemony but close. A very slight touch of grain or wheat or something, which is probably the malt.

Taste:

My initial gut reaction was “ugh this is not great.”  A few sips later, after I got accustomed to the flavors, I actually really enjoyed it.  Granted, at first there was that strange, tart, citrus flavor that kind of stuck in my throat (research tells me that’s the yuzu, which is a small Asian citrus fruit).  After the first sip the harsh citrus mellowed and I got a little graininess, hoppiness, and some of the same coriander, clove, nutmeg type flavors. Citrus is definitely the star of the show here.

Overall:

A strong start to the Beer Camp Across the World set. I was sure after my first sip that I was going to hate this beer but I ended up digging it.  One of my favorite styles of beer is witbier, which this is reminiscent of, but with a lot more hoppiness.  Hopefully the rest of the set will impress me like this White IPA with yuzu does.

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