Next up is the New Glarus and Sierra collab There and Back, an English Style Bitter. If I am being truthful this was by far the beer in the pack that I was the least excited for. In fact I continually put off drinking it, I eventually bit the bullet though since I did want to review all the beers in the pack. There was just nothing to get excited about. I know New Glarus likes to stick to their classic styles but c’mon! A once in a lifetime variety pack of collaborations with Sierra Nevada and you guys brew a English Style Bitter! There and Back comes in at 5.6% ABV and 40 IBUs.
Appearance: Amber 1/2 finger head. Slightly hazy with some decent lacing.
Nose: Grassy, caramel, toffee and some fruit. Honestly smells a lot like an American Adjunct like a PBR or Bud heavy.
Taste/Mouth: Malty and finishes pretty dry. Bready, caramel and some citrus notes with a medium body and medium carbonation. Not very exciting or complex. Drinkable I guess but not something I would be excited to crack open and drink.
Price/Availability: As with the entire pack, one time only!
Overall: Pretty much what I was expecting out of this one. Just not happy with the style choice. Its not innovative or interesting or anything you expect from a collab featuring some of the US’s biggest craft breweries. Would have loved to see them have some more fun with a weird style or even a new age take on this style. Would avoid drinking this one again for sure. One of the weakest beers in the pack in my opinion.