Beer Camp Across America West Coast Double IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Beer Camp Across America West Coast Double IPABeer Camp Across America West Coast Double IPA

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Reviews: 117
Hads: 885
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 16
Gots: 115 | FT: 0
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jaydoc on 06-11-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Beer Camp Across America West Coast Double IPA clocks in at 8.5% ABV and features five hop varieties, two of which went into Sierra Nevada’s “Hop Torpedo” dry-hopping device and impart hints of grapefruit and a floral note that recalls orange blossom. A light malt body and dry finish complement the bold hop profile.

Brewed as an invite for the 2014 Beer Camp Across America tour.  http://beercamp.sierranevada.com 
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Photo of Hop_God
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This review is based on drinking on 7/25/14 . Got it fresh, and it was a great example of the style. Very crisp bite. Great balance of bitter and tropical fruitiness. Look forward to the next time they do this. (211 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"This summer we're throwing a monumental seven-city traveling beer festival. Don't miss it! We've invited every U,S, craft brewer-around 2,800- to serve their beers at the festival nearest them. Experience the largest craft beer celebration in history with us." Brewed in the style of an American Imperial IPA, released as an introductory ale separate from the Beer Camp 2014 variety pack. Available in 24 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 24 oz. bottle to a Sierra Nevada tulip glass. Served above 51 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a foamy frothed off-white head over a densely hazy golden amber body with heavy sediment in tow and light carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is light and streaked. 4

(Smell) Humble hop aromas of tropical fruit, apricots, citrus peel, peppery spice and a touch of grass atop a light pale malt body with a touch of biscuit malt for enhanced body. Hop bitterness and flavor is very mild mannered for a Double IPA, but the overall aroma is fairly well balanced and clean. Potency is medium. 3.75

(Taste) While the bitterness of the hop profile is stronger in the flavor, the hop selection is slightly more simplistic and less clean than the aroma gives off. Pithy grapefruit, zesty lemon, spice and grass with a bold bitterness. The malt profile is fairly simple, pale and biscuit malt with a modest but appreciated level of sweetness, finishing on a note of herbs and pepper with a subtle grainy undertone. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) The texture is silky soft, fairly clean, moderately dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a mellow frothiness and a light crispness on the finish. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is moderately bitter and slightly grainy over sweet. Alcohol presence is modest and there are no significant off characters otherwise. 3.5

(Overall) Sierra Nevada's West Coast Double IPA caps off what may be one of the most appealing and sought-after Variety 12 packs in recent history. The beer itself is a fairly modest drinking Double IPA, a bit lighter in body and hop flavor than the average DIPA but with the expected startling dose of hop bitterness that comes with the style. It is perhaps the least imagined beer in the Beer Camp series considering it was the only one brewed exclusively by Sierra Nevada without input from a collaborating brewery, so I don't think it as a mandatory part of the series, although rather as an appreciated introduction for what is to come. I found this beer incredibly difficult to find, as the distribution for this ale was allocated incredibly thin in my area. 3.5

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.'s
Beer Camp Across America (Join Us): West Coast Double IPA
3.59/5.00 (2,704 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours nearly clear, golden yellow color with a big, barely off-white head. Scattered curtains of lacing remain from the slow-to-dissipate foam.
Smell is weak, just a little citrus hops and some cardboard.
Taste is nowhere near where I expect a "West Coast Double IPA" to be. Hops are seriously restrained (for the style) and of the citrus and evergreen varieties, some malt, some green wood, some spice. Balance is quite good.
Medium plus body with a medium effervescence. Dry finish and cleaner than I thought it would be. A good beer with a weak nose. (553 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a huge, soapy, white head with decent lacing. A nice, citric hop aroma that is a touch sharp and has notes of candied fruit. Hazy, golden color. Starts with big notes of grapefruit and citrus rind. Builds into a high bitterness with more floral, citrus notes. A sharp, building bitterness lingers into the finish; citrus rind.

This is about what I expected, but the lingering bitterness isn't as grotesque as I've come to expect from West Coast IPA's, which are never a hop profile I like. This one is better balanced than many, though. (545 characters)

Photo of are_doubleyou
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

L: Pours a deep golden color that is a bit paler than I like my IPAs with a strong pearl head that lingers a good time before turning into lace. The beer is a bit murky, but transparent with minimal carbonation bubbles.

S: Surprisingly subtle for a Sierra Nevada DIPA. I smell some moderate herbal, citrus and earthy notes from the hops with a little bready malt backing it. Nothing special, but pleasant and balanced.

T: The beer is very crisp and forward with it's floral, herbal and earthy hop flavoring. I would say floral is the defining taste up front with the others supporting it. There is a nice pale malt backbone to this beer that keeps everything in balance throughout the body. The beer finishes with strong floral notes and some cedar resin. The aftertaste is a bit too harshly bitter, but overall a well balanced, but unspectacular DIPA flavor.

F: You can feel the strong malt backbone very well and the beer is very full and rich on the palate. The hops add a very zesty feel. Very good work here.

O: I'm a bit disappointed in this more because of the Sierra Nevada name than anything else. It's well balanced, but really unspectacular. I can't recommend this beer when the store almost certainly has cases of Torpedo nearby.

This beer was poured from a 24oz bottle into a Blind Pig mug and enjoyed at apx 60F. (1,331 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an IPA glass.

Look: The body is a murky rusty tangerine color. The head is cream colored and pretty thick and foamy with great retention. Light lines of lacing cling to the glass.

Aroma: Very citric and herbal with grapefruit rind and cedar coming through.

Taste: The taste starts out malty with cedar notes bringing a little spiciness to the palate, while the beer finishes with the very bitter taste of grapefruit rind and pine resin.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied

Overall: The 8.5% ABV stays rather hidden. This beer is nicely balanced and tastes as good as expected. (582 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look 8/10
Smell 15/20
Taste 34/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 83/100

A very average DIPA, I for some reason really thought this would rock. However it had a bit of a soapy after taste and the body was a bit flat. However it was very easy to drink~ (341 characters)

Photo of BrewChatKen
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Citrus fruits, lemon, orange, pine on the nose, which all carries through to the taste. It's easy drinking but ultimately boring. One of the weaker entries in this summer's awesome beer camp collaborations. (206 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%

Type: 24-oz. bottle
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass
From: Barons Market in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $5.29
Purchased: Oct. 22, 2014
Consumed: Oct. 23, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a golden, honey, pale, hazy color with 2-to-3 fingers of khaki white rocky head. Haziness cleared up fairly quickly to a nice clear look. Various bubbles coming up from the bottom, but not overwhelming. Sporadic, uneven spots of foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Very good-to-great retention on the top. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled lime, pine, wet Cascade hops, Citra hops, caramel, tangerine rind, mango, light pineapple, tropical hops, rye hops, iced tea and some floral hops. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste wasn’t that great, to be frank. Got boozy rye hops, bitter tropical notes, wet Cascade hops, lime, pine, caramel, melon, mango, light grapefruit rind, spoiled tangerine rind, light onion and other cooked vegetables. (Taste - 3.50)

Medium-to-light body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Bitter, abrupt finish. (Feel - 3.38)

Was very disappointed. This beer was pretty average, maybe a bit better. I feel like I even overrated it a tad. (Overall - 3.50)

3.58 | 81 | B (1,152 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Deep fluffy and large rocking four finger head, light white, a little bit of tan in there also. Body color is a magnificent bright rocking orange, somewhat clear as well too, with lemon and almost red hues. Thick clumps and a big island middle, lots of lacing and big. Yup wonderful.

Wonderful hop front nose. Big pine needles, and a sweet sense of cedar like wood. Sweet wood like aromatics a bit, and hints Christmas citrus tangerine as well. This smells just fantastic.

Palate brings the goods solidly. Bright tasting brew, large aromas of hop but also very fleeting and doesn't stick around on the mid palate. Mouthfeel is a bit light, and often doesn't coat or fill as much as I thought it would. Malt depth is fleeting, but also makes for a nice subdued sweetness. Taste bring much of the aromatics to play, a real good woody like hop finish, and everlasting mix of tropics and citrus. Nearly camp fire ashen smoke a bit with this woody and sweet hop bent too.

Very interesting and fun hop brew, from a brewery that knows how to deliver the goods. (1,123 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden body, chill haze, big Rocky Mountain off-white head, dense coat of drippy lace.

Assertive pine and lemon aroma.

Medium malt foundation, not overly sweet. Plenty of juicy fruit. Big bitter bite. Plenty of hop tingle in the afterglow.

Medium mouthfeel, some prickliness.

Another damn fine IPA from Sierra Nevada. (326 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden orange with a two-finger foamy white head. The head dissapates quickly leaving lots of sticky lacing.

S - Aromas are of faint pine and tropical fruit.

T - Taste starts sweet with lots of citrus and tropical fruits. The sweetness fades and strong piney hop take over. The finish is more piney hops that produces a lingering bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This was a nice West Coast DIPA. Lots of strong hop flavors. (507 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Picked up a 24 oz bottle in early July from Bevmo for $4.99. Bottled on 06-20-2014.

Beer poured orange with a decent white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is malty and vegetal, more earthy than hoppy.

Taste is very hop forward, tropical and citrus dominate up front, the malt backbone attempts to balance things out but in the end a pine resin is left on my palate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall this is a good brew. THe SNBC yeast strain is evident. The hops do their job and keep the beer true to the style. (548 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%

24oz bomber into my SN Balloon naturally
Notes taken on 08/07/2014 – International IPA Day!

A: Hazy golden blonde look with a vibrant glow about it when held to the light. Thick topper of off-white soapy suds. Lively and active as it settles out to a mere crown. Lots of sticky cling observed.

S: Smells juicy with pine needle and spiced spruce topped with a bit of citrusy orange zest. Some bready malts lay underneath with just a kiss of caramel sweetness to the nose. Very fresh and floral while somewhat unique yet still carrying through that Sierra Nevada signature aroma of whole cone dry hopping.

T: This is damn good and hoppy as heck with a much lighter dry malt base than what you are used to with Sierra Nevada brews. Delivers a solid mix of hoppy pines, citrus fruit, dank spice, floral grass, and a touch of tropical fruit juice. Dry and resinous throughout. Grainy seasoned cracker malt holding it all together that has an almost Pilsner like quality with just a whip of caramelized sugar sweetness in the end. Extremely well balanced at 8.5% you can barely pick up on any alcohol notes. Just how I like a West Coaster to be.

M: Very light body with a nice spritzy carbonation and a hoppy bitterness that constricts at the palate. Leads in to a super dry and crisp finish with some nice residual linger.

D: This is a west coast DIPA done right. Seriously one of Sierra’s best brews yet. Super fresh and abundantly hopped with the malts kept dry and light. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire Beer CAMPaign and thought overall it was a great success. This DIPA is now just the icing on the cake. Hope to see some new camp collabs in the years to come. (1,697 characters)

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured from a 1PT., 8 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on 062014 in Chico.

Appearance: Somewhat cloudy pale golden. Decent white head.

Smell: Strong malt aroma, slight citrus and floral hop aroma.

Taste: Typical Sierra Nevada malt heavy IPA/DIPA flavor. Slightly spicy. Bitterness is there, but fades quickly.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy.

Overall: Nothing too impressive. Unfortunately, this is a malt heavy DIPA and the hops are not allowed to shine through. (485 characters)

Photo of AC-Mivsek
4/5  rDev +4.4%

A- Pours golden with a storm of bubbles. Very healthy 1 inch head.

S- Very deep pine, floral hops, grapefruit. Very nice and resiny.

T- Very hoppy and bitter as expected. Pine hops shine through the most but it retains that floral characteristic very well. Reminds me of a beefed up Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

M- Surprisingly drinkable for a double IPA. Medium body. The bitterness is usually what slows me down when drinking these types of beers, but this one is so well balanced witht he floral hops it is easy to put back.

O- Another really great offering from Sierra Nevada. I love what they are doing with the beer camp and all of the collabs. I recommend picking this one up! (685 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured into a pint glass out of a 24 oz bottle.

Pours a light yellow with a bit of chill haze topped by a fluffy one finger white head. Solid head retention considering the abv and some pretty good lacing as well.

Aroma is lightly tropical with a bit of pine thrown in. I can pick up some lemon and orange along with a touch of pine needles and tree bark. Not outstanding but not bad either.

The flavor has a huge hit of bitterness right off the bat with lemon and orange in the background. The bitterness just really overwhelms everything, however. Some touches of earthiness and bready malt come in towards the finish which is fairly dry aiding in drinkability. There is a slight alcoholic warmth at the end.

Overall, while this is a good beer it kind of misses the mark for Sierra Nevada. A little too much bitterness with not enough in the way of other features. Just too one-dimensional. (896 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Clear and deep straw color. Aggressive white head with heavy lacing.

Weak but pleasant aroma. Floral, orange and lemon, and light pine.

The citrus notes are underwhelming and overshadowed by the fusel spice. It brings a surprising boozy heat. Bready malts.

Medium body with good carbonation.

The hop profile has good aroma but it muted and it's got an unnecessary burn to it. Overall, a pretty average DIPA, though I will say it has a decent price point. (472 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

A: Golden, opaque, with a white one finger head that lingers. Good lacing.

S: Citrus-y hops, pine and malt.

T: Smooth, subtle. Citrus-y hops and biscuit-y malts are well balanced. A lightly bitter finish.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: Not bad. Worth the $5 price of admission. (301 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%

Bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with visible floaties and a frothy off-white head that laces quite nicely.

S: First thing I get is floral hops, then a some malt sweetness, some citrus hops buried in there, and finished off with a boozy note.

T: True to the "West Coast" style it starts with a nice hit of citrus hops, a little lime and orange zest, but the dominant flavor is grapefruit. There's a little caramel malt sweetness in there as well. Grapefruit bitterness lingers; a booze can come out quite strong on the finish.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation

O: Nothing too spectacular here, especially when held up against other DIPAs. A bit too boozy, but for a $5 bomber you could do worse. (750 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured from bottle to tulip glass

A- pours a crystal clear golden orange color with a huge foamy and rot hey white head that lasts long after the pour, eventually leaving some nice patches of lace behind 4.75

S- floral hops up front with some citrusy orange notes, chalky and grainy malt. The hop profile seems muted overall for a DIPA 3.25

T- Citrusy hops are showcased as expected with a big emphasis on grapefruit juice and orange peel, some floral hop notes kick in mid-palate before transitioning into a clean malt profile that gives a subtle sweetness. More citrus on the finish with a citrusy zest linger 3.75

M- medium body with medium spritzy carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a smooth and crisp dry finish, high drinkability with just a hint of alcohol on the linger 4.25

O- not as big and bold as a lot of DIPA's out there, but it's very drinkable and has that classic west coast citrusy hop flavor, overall enjoyable 3.75 (970 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

The beer is light golden with a small white head. Aromas of hops, onion, grass, alcohol, biscuit malt. Similar flavor. Medium bitterness with a light vegetal note, though not repugnant by any means. Pine resin and grassy hops. Decent. (234 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%

I saw this today at Ayottes, a 22oz bottle for $4.99. Seemed reasonable enough... Am now home in The 'Zebo enjoying it.

Poured into a Sammy perfect pint, it is a clear, bright golden color. There's a plethora of carbo kicking up a storm, like an Alka Seltzer tablet. The head is bright white, fluffy and fine, siting at about 1" to start, then slowly ebbing, with lovely lace coating the glass. The nose is a bit laid back, but I do denote some toasty malt and sweet fruit. It feels fairly smooth, with only minimal prickle and a medium-plus body.

Starts with some light, toasty malt but soon goes all hoppy on you. Initially the hoppyness is on the sweeter side, a la tangerine and apricot. But it the segues into a more pithy, rindy mode. Grapefruit then comes into play, and the bitterness lingers long into the quite dry finish. Sitting at 8.5% ABV, I can barely detect any heat. Wish it had a bit more sweetness, but still satisfies nicely. Prosit!!

4.14/5 rDev +9.5%
look: 4.50| smell: 3.90 | feel: 4.15 | taste: 4.20 | drinkability: 4.15

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Photo of tesla323
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Appearance: Poured a warm golden color into a tulip glass. Very pleasant head.

Smell: Very hoppy, and smells like a higher ABV than it actually is.

Taste: HOPPY! And West Coast hoppy, at that! Grapefruit hops balance the citrus peel bitterness perfectly. The only downside was a lack of tropical fruit sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and good carbonation, a full-bodied IPA but still drinkable.

Overall: Something I would buy again, and I am surprised that I am typing this. I am also surprised that this beer got as low a rating on here as it has, it is really a much better beer. Perfectly balance, definitely West Coast. (629 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Well, the Beer Camp tour is in full bloom, and friends are at a takeover, but I felt their beers were so lame that I would just drink at home. This will help me be with them in spirit.

Pours a big creamy fluffy almost 2 finger head that fades at a slower pace, lots of sticky lacing, crystal clear golden honey color. 4.5

Nose brings decent hops but not as explosive as I thought it would be. Some pine and resin, quite floral and a bit flowery, resinous dankness, a little sap, fair grassy and a bit earthy. Mild sweet malts but not a big malty aroma, touch herbal. 3.75

Taste starts a little minty, more herbal spicy earthy hops, grassy and leafy too, quite grassy actually, not noble grassy but like pine and forest floor grass. Hops get herbal and vegetal like, chewy even, with some pine sap and resin, and a peppermint like heat. Malts are very light but a bit sweet, pretty much all pale malt, flashes of warming booze that really add to the peppermint and make an anesthetizing like feel on the finish. 3.5

Mouth is med bod, some warming booze, decent carb. 3.75

Overall this was really a disappointment. It's like Sierra Nevada didn't even try on this one! All pale malts, booze warmth, and lots of lame one-dimensional hops. Barely even enjoyable on this one. Finish was not so great either. I'm really disappointed so much with SN on all the Beer Camp stuff that I even want to stop drinking any of their beers. it's like they're only in it for the money now and just don't give a f*ck! For that I'm giving overall a really low grade. 2.5 (1,554 characters)

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Beer Camp Across America West Coast Double IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.