Boulevard Brewing and Sierra Nevada Brewing, two trailblazing breweries situated at opposite ends of the California Trail, have ventured into uncharted territories with their collaborative creation, Terra Incognita. This earthy beer is a celebration of the distinctive terroir from both locations, blending Sierra Nevada’s estate-grown pale malt with amber malt, wheat, and malted wheat. Assertively hopped with Bravo and Styrian Goldings, dry-hopped with East Kent Goldings, and barrel-aged with Brettanomyces in Missouri oak, this beer promises an adventure in brewing and flavor.

Release and Exclusive History: Originally crafted for and exclusively released at SAVOR Fest 2012, Terra Incognita later made its way to the general public on 6-18-13. This limited edition beer carries the spirit of its inaugural debut, inviting enthusiasts to explore the unique blend that emerged from this cross-state collaboration.

Tasting Notes: Unveiling the Earthy Complexity

Appearance: Pouring a deep, dark brown with a dense creamy tan head, Terra Incognita entices with its visually rich presentation, setting the stage for what lies within.

Aroma: The olfactory journey begins with musty basement funk, followed by notes of roast and toast, reminiscent of Sweettarts candy. The aromatic profile offers a complex blend, preparing the senses for the multifaceted taste experience to come.

Taste: Delving into the taste, Terra Incognita reveals woody spirits, tannins, and burnt toast, accompanied by an intriguing industrial funk. The presence of Brettanomyces adds a layer of complexity, making it a challenge to discern whether the flavors are influenced by the barrel aging process. Earthy bitter hops linger in the background, making a subtle but lasting impression.

Mouthfeel: The beer’s full, fluffy, and slightly puckering mouthfeel contributes to the overall sensory experience, enhancing its appeal as a contemplative sipper.

Overall Impression: Unfolding Pleasure

As the glass empties, the reviewer notes a rising enjoyment level, acknowledging the initial harshness that gave way to a more nuanced experience. Terra Incognita’s development potential becomes evident as pleasant fruitiness and brett characteristics emerge with each sip. The beer, initially challenging, ultimately impresses with its evolving flavors, leaving the reviewer intrigued and optimistic about its future evolution.

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PublisherGenrePrint LengthISBN
DAN Beer Reviews, Boulevard BrewingSour Ale750 mlNot Available

Boulevard Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita is a testament to the collaborative spirit of two renowned breweries, pushing the boundaries of flavor and brewing into unexplored realms.