Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Sierra Nevada BFD Review

Name: Sierra Nevada BFD
Style: Blonde Ale
ABV: 4.8%
IBUs: 33

I’ve got a new offering from Sierra Nevada but this one is a bit different and that beer is their BFD. What does BFD stand for? Big Friggin’ Drink? Beer From Dave? Barney From Denver? No, it actually stands for “Beer For Drinking.” It also shows in both the style (Blonde Ale) & ABV (4.8%), which means that Sierra Nevada is trying to reach a wider market. Also, unlike most Sierra Nevada beer containers that have some sort of artwork depicting the outdoors, mountains, etc., Sierra Nevada opted for a generic design this time around.

Appearance – Dark cloudy yellow color with a high abundance of carbonation. The head is pretty foamy and thick with some good lacing retention.

Aroma – Pale malts dominate in the nose followed by mild floral hops, along with a slight earthy undercurrent.

Taste – For the most part, the composition of the palate is the same with one key difference. At first the Pale Malts are pretty profound but the middle of the palate is where those floral hops become more vibrant before fading away into what I consider to be a dry aftertaste.

Well if the intended purpose of BFD is to make it a beer that one can drink without having to think about it, then they’ve certainly accomplished that with BFD. Yeah, it’s probably not going to win any awards and there’s nothing particularly mind-blowing about this beer…….but it’s still an ideal beer to drink for a casual setting like say at a bonfire or picnic. It’s beer, it’s drinkable and that’s all there really is to say about it.

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