No Middle Ground IPA

American IPA Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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No Middle Ground IPA, an American IPA by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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No Middle Ground IPA is an American IPA brewed by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in an IPA glass from a bottle.

Appearance

The IPA pours a cloudy burnt orange that is topped by a thick stack of rocky off-white foam. The head shows fair retention and leaves behind a soapy collar and a spittle of lace on the glass.

Aroma

The aroma wafts coffee beans and floral hops.

Flavor

Tart orange leads the palate and recedes to a base of toasted bread. The finish is punched with a juicy bite of grapefruit and is followed by cold-brewed coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel

Its feel is smooth on the draw and picks up a slight grain on the backend. Medium body and matching carbonation.

Overall

Its appearance and feel are fine but the aroma and palate are fantastic. The fusion between coffee and hops is sublime. They really blend so beautifully together. No Middle Ground IPA is only available in variety packs but goes a long way towards making that purchase worthwhile.

Recommended Pairings

Sierra Nevada recommends the following food pairings with their No Middle Ground IPA: buttermilk pancakes topped with fresh berries, Norwegian gjetost, and glazed German chocolate donuts.

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About the American IPA

The American IPA is the most popular craft beer style in the United States. And for good reason, too. When well crafted, its hoppy goodness delivers intense aromas and flavors that can be citrusy and fruity; floral and piney; earthy and herbal. The hops are complemented by a wide range of malts and other ingredients. It’s a popular playground for brewers to express their creativity and a veritable cornucopia for craft beer connoisseurs.