Beer Review: Sierra Nevada/Three Floyd’s Chico King Pale Ale



The beer in the entire Beer Camp pack I was looking forward to the most was quite possibly this one, the collaboration between Three Floyds and Sierra. And what did these two amazing breweries decide to brew? A pale ale of course. Thank god, finally someone decided to brew the style they are most known for. Three Floyds has arguably the best APA in the world right now in Zombie Dust and Sierra has the most classic and iconic APA in their Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. This is a match made in heaven and of all the beers in the pack this one sounded like it was gonna be the best. Chico King comes in at 6.5% ABV and 45 IBUs.

Appearance: Deep gold, light amber color darker than I was expecting it to be. 2 finger white head and pretty hazy beer.

Nose: Smells like Sierra Pale Ale, gotta be the Sierra yeast which seems to make most APA’s smell like the Sierra Pale Ale. You get some citrus, floral and resin as well as a good amount of maltiness in the nose. Not a very bright or exciting nose, granted I know it’s not super fresh because of all the work it took to actually put this pack together. Pretty damn disappointed already at this point.

Taste/Mouth: Some citrusy hops especially some lemon, orange and grapefruit notes. More so than that though this beer is malty, way too malty. Finish is more malt and slightly dry and bitter. Not very complex or exciting at all, actually pretty dull and boring. This is where I am now super disappointed and thoroughly not enjoying this beer at all.

Price/Availability: As with all of the Beer Camp Collabs this is a one time only deal. Price of 12 pack was around $28.

Overall: Super underwhelming and disappointing. This beer had so much promise (they used citra, el dorado, mosaic and calypso hops!) and unless you like malty below average APA’s you will probably be upset. Like I said before I would’ve liked to have it on the fresher side but I got it as early as I could it didn’t make it’s way to the east coast for quite some time. Either way I expected so much more from this collab and what I thought would be one of the best if not the best in the pack is actually one of the worst if not the worst.

Grade: C-

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