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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Sierra Nevada Life and Limb 2 Ale Dogfish Head Collaboration

Sierra Nevada Life and Limb 2, a collaboration between Sierra Nevada and Dogfish Head, poured a murky dark brown into the glass with red highlights and a thick, foamy beige head.  The nose carried forward strong notes of maple syrup, baker’s chocolate, caramel, and dark brown sugar. 

Sierra Nevada Life and Limb 2 opened with sweet maple and brown sugar and  a lightly hopped, dark citrus note that lingered as the darker malts came forward and settled.  The ale became slightly sticky in the mouth until vanilla, maple, and cocoa flavors dried out my mouth.  Life and Limb ended on a heated, semi-sweet fade and left my breath smelling like maple syrup.

Sierra Nevada Life and Limb 2 is and excellent and exciting collaboration from the two coasts’ biggest craft brewers.  The concept of each providing a local, personal ingredient is fun, and the result is a thoroughly enjoyable take on the American strong ale… I purchased several bottles and will be laying most of the to age a year or two, as Life and Limb shows strong signs of getting much better with a little resting.

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