Beer Review – Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale

Beer Review – Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale

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Today’s beer is a solid American Barleywine from Sierra Nevada. Their 2012 Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale is an awesome example of this style, so let’s take a look.


The Details

  • Brewery – Sierra Nevada
  • Beer Name – Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale (2012)
  • ABV – 9.6%
  • Style – Barleywine Style Ale
  • Serving Type – Bottle
  • Brewery Location – Chico, California
  • Availability – Winter
  • Color – Deep amber, reddish amber. Similar to maple syrup color
  • Head/Retention – Small head formation, with a slight ring of retention and average lacing
  • Aroma – Malty with a strong hop aroma
  • Taste – definite hop character with the strong malty backbone. Alcohol taste is present as well.
  • Finish – Good malty finish with a lasting hop taste.


Overall, this is a great american barleywine. This beer is a solid barleywine, and at 9.6%, it’s not too strong, but still strong enough to pack a punch.


Craft Beer Academy Score

Craft Beer Academy Score (out of 10) – 8


I give this beer an 8 out of 10 because of it’s excellent representation of an american barleywine style ale. I feel this beer could stand to age for a year or more to mellow out the hop character and would make this a solid 10 out of 10.


Even without the aging, this beer stands apart from many of the other American Barleywines to deliver a solid malt backbone and killer hop character. I strongly recommend you pick a few of these up, some to drink now, and a few to age a year or 3.


Thanks for checking out this review of Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot. Check out my other beer reviews too.

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