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1,000th Untappd Unique Checkin: Sierra Nevada / Boulevard Terra Incognita – SAVOR Beer

Extraordinary indeed!

SAVOR Beer Week was a great one in DC (and for this blog) and guest poster Chase had a great time at the event itself. One piece of swag ticket holders receive at SAVOR is a special collaboration beer for consumption at home. Chase was kind enough to share it with me, and I decided it was a beer that lived up the prestige of my 1,000th checkin on Untappd.

in case you don’t know, Untappd is a social networking beer checkin app that a few writers on this blog use religiously. In fact, it’s how Chase and I met Paige. I checked into my first beer on November 29, 2010 and number 1,000 came on September 12, 2012 (653 days), which means I averaged 1.53 unique beers per day. I’m the third member of the blog to reach 1,000 (Jeff and Bob are more prolific at checking in than am I), but I think it’s a pretty cool accomplishment nonetheless.

Some people have asked how high I hope to get, I don’t think that’s the point. I like to drink this delicious beer because I enjoy it and I enjoy the people I drink it with. So I guess there is no number, I’ll just enjoy the journey.

In terms of the beer, the label really does a great job explaining what Sierra Nevada and Boulevard Brewing wanted to create. So, I’ll leave it to them:

Situated at opposite ends of the California Trail, pioneering breweries Sierra Nevada and Boulevard have embarked upon a journey into the unknown, to a land where adventures in brewing and flavor await. Terra Incognita is, fittingly, an earthy beer, celebrating the unique terroir of the two locations. Beginning with Sierra Nevada’s estate-grown pale malt, and combined with amber malt, wheat, and malted wheat, it is then assertively hopped with Bravo and Styrian Goldings, dry-hopped with East Kent Goldings, and finally barrel aged with Brettanomyces in Missouri oak.

Terra Incognita
Semi-viscous brown pour with about a finger of light brown head. Slow bubbles raise up on this one.
Very malty aroma, almost earthy. A slight amount of booze is noted, but it isn't too much. The brett isn't crazy strong, and the major theme I'm getting is malt.
The brett is a little more of the focus on the taste, as are the hops (which I didn't smell at all). Malty and earthy again, the beer has much more complexity here and finishes with a dry aftertaste. I can't say it really blows me away, especially for an american wild ale. I quite enjoy what they did, I just don't think it came off all that well (but that could just be me being picky).
Medium to heavy body with an average to lower than average carbonation. The drinkability is only alright, and the earthiness on the aftertaste I thought wasn't all that enjoyable overall.
This is one of those beers that really has be judged as invaluable. You could only get it by attending SAVOR, an event is was brewed specifically for. I was very happy Chase made it because I was unable to, and that he shared it!
This was a really nice beer and I'm glad I got the chance to try it, but it didn't impress me. This is not a beer I would let age because you'll lose the hops, which are a major part of the reason the beer was created. I certainly wouldn't tell anyone to steer clear, but I also wouldn't sell the house to try it again!

That’s Garrett’s face in the background.

Beer Stats
Style: American Wild Ale
Serving: Bottle
Size: 750ml
ABV: 8.0%
BA Score: N/A
RB Score: 87

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Written by Russ Beck

Russ can trace his beginnings in craft beer to sitting in Zeno’s Pub in State College drinking various craft beer options from across Pennsylvania. Since then, he has never faltered in finding new brews, whether they’re rare, delicious, or hopefully both. Russ will be writing on a large variety of subjects, including but not limited to: reviews, homebrewing, and how to take labels off of beer bottles. He’ll drink just about anything, but prefers a nice Stout, IPA, or Weizenbock. Find Russ Beck on Google Plus

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