Sierra Nevada Brewing (Chico, CA)
"A pale ale with a twist. We love hops with a bright, citrus-heavy character. We always wondered what it would be like to punch up the citrus while maintaining a crisp hop bite and balance. The result is this new take on the hoppy pale ale brewed with Cascade, Equinox, and Mandarina hops with a hint of orange peel from additions in both the brew kettle and the fermenter that tweak the classic hop profile and add a zesty pop of bright orange flavor."
I've been waiting for warmer weather to try this new offering. Well, it hit 78 today ... good enough! Billed as an "Orange Pale Ale" I had convinced myself, for some reason. that this was a beer I wouldn't be very fond of but man oh man was I wrong.
The beer is a beautiful golden color with a rich foamy head. The taste is crisp and "bright". The 'orange' is more noticeable on the nose than on the tongue.
This is certainly a top candidate for refreshment while working in the yard on a hot summer day ... well ... while watching my son working the yard. LOL.
5.3% ABV, 35 IBU