From the HBD Archive
Subject: SNPA
Date: 1992-04-16 18:33:00 GMT

Has anyone else noticed a change in the bouquet of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale?
I bought a sealed case in mid March on which the date was "FEB 92" so it
could not be old. SNPA was not available in my area (SW suburbs of Chicago)
for a few months and now that it has returned, the bouquet is not as I
remember it. The way I remember it was, when you opened the bottle, you
could smell fresh Cascade hops and when you poured, the whole room filled
with a fresh Cascade smell. The FEB 92 bottles have a stale, wet-cardboard
aroma (not sherrylike as in Chimay Grand Reserve which can be attributed to
the porosity of the cork). Has anyone else notice this change? Could the
beer have been damaged in shipment (freezing more likely than being too hot)?
Could this bee attributed to a poor 1991 Cascade harvest? I know that the
Summer of `91 in the midwest was very dry -- maybe the Pacific NW has similar

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