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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Ratings: 885
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 16
Gots: 115 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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. 
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Photo of Tdizzle
4.82/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 6/20/14.

A - An aggressive pour into a tulip glass yields two fingers of frothy, egg-white foam. Thick lacing clings to the glass and a nice head hangs around from start to finish. Color is a clear, bright, deep, orange-ish gold.

S - Deep green aromas of earthy pine, dank pot, floral herbs, fresh-cut grass, and pungent citrus rind prevail. Musty in the best, most hop-forward way possible. That signature Sierra Nevada yeast and some biscuity malt balance the huge hope aromas. The 8.5% alcohol is mildly noticeable.

T - Massively bitter hop flavors blanket the palate, balanced by a sweet(ish) malt character that's quickly overtaken by a lastingly-bitter finish. Clean ale yeast. The alcohol presence is well-hidden. One of the most flavorfully bitter IPA's I've tasted.

M - Slightly creamy and medium in body. A bit oily and slick. Perfect carbonation.

O - Everything one could possibly want in an IPA. Absolutely brimming with fresh hop flavors and aromas.

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Beer pours a lovely golden color with dense foam that leaves some lacing all down the glass.

The aroma is pine and pineapple with a bit of grassy herbiness as well.

The taste hits with pineapple up front the some pine and a long, bittering finish with just a hint of malt beneath it.

The mouthfeel is medium and rather bubbly.

Overall, a very tasty westy IPA with a nice resinous finish. Yum.

Photo of Beerswag
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle fresh pour since it just came out..looks inviting and clear, golden with a hint of dark gold. Head is white, and stating fluffy for a minute or two. Pacing is not memorable. Smell is fruity and perfume, with hints of cedar, herbal, and earthy,stone fruit, sweet apple, and a floral-like essence present( rose petal, and slightly dank). Taste is hops and mild sweetness, finishing floral, and malt presence throughout, however a light malt presence. Mouthfeel is medium, with some coating and sweetness left on the palate after a while. Overall, solid double with a different 'herbal' type flavored, displaying the earthiness and spice-ful freshness in west coast(north-west) hops. Serve with a fresh pesto dish(es), roasted and crusted herb meats and cheeses. Lamb/chicken yellow curry. Coriander and cardamom spice, and yellow curry mussels/clams/seafood.

Photo of bsp77
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Clear gold with good sized white head and decent lacing.

Smell: Mostly bitter hop oils, with notes of citrus and pine. While I love Sierra Nevada, they often have beers that are a little low on aromatics, and I have also found many West Coast IPAs to be the same - all bitterness, little identifiable aroma. So not surprised that this is mild.

Taste: Big burst of citrus upfront that is pretty tasty but is short lived. There is then a long bitter, spicy and pine-like finish that is par for the course for a West Coast IPA.

Feel: Medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. Very dry finish. Also par for the course, but I like it this way.

Overall: Surprisingly straightforward West Coast IPA. While quite good, I expect a lot more in 2014, especially from a brewery of this calibur.

Photo of MattyG85
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a lot of bubbles. Big three finger white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A juicy, floral, and earthy hop forward aroma with good hints of citrus and pine. Citrus hops with juicy hints of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, lemon, pineapple, passion fruit, and apricot. Floral and perfume like hop hints. Earthy and dank hints of grass and pine resin. Solid malt backing with bready hints of biscuit, grains, straw, caramel, cracker, and yeast. Slight hints of honey. A very good big hoppy aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a big juicy, floral, and earthy hop driven taste with big notes of citrus and piney hops. Upfront citrus hops with notes of grapefruit, oranges, lemon zest, mango, passion fruit, pineapple, and apricot. Big notes of floral, earthy, and herbal hops with dank notes of pine resin and fresh cut grass. Good malt backing presence with notes of biscuit, straw, grains, cracker, caramel, and yeast. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the fuller side. Carbonation is moderate. Nicely juicy, spicy, oily, and drying. Alcohol heat is hidden well.

Overall: Another good West Coast IPA from Sierra Nevada. Good citrus and pine notes with a nice soft malt backing.

Photo of brojas91
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I missed out on grabbing a 12 pack of the beer camp but I am happy I found this.

A- orange/yellow color, very carbonated which lead to a big thick head.

A- floral/piney hops

T - Floral/piney hop taste with hints of orange with a malty finish.

M - medium bodied. dry taste you'd expect from an IPA with a crisp finish. fairly carbonated

Not the most amazing double IPA I have had but would drink again for sure. I would love for Sierra Nevada to start brewing more, I am already a big fan of torpedo, something else on their market would be nice.

Photo of Auraan
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a gorgeous amber with moderate amounts of bubbles and two fingers of fluffy white head that slowly receded to a thick ring and left moderate lacing down the glass. Quite nice looking. Scents of lemon, orange, some tropical fruit, especially pineapple, grassy hops, undertones of yeasty bread and sweet malt. Aroma is hoppy, fruity and pleasant, with a more moderate level of intensity compared to many Double IPAs that is a nice change of pace. Flavor begins with a nice hit of hops with a moderate-high bitterness level and notes of orange, tropical fruit, pine resin and sweet malt, with a touch of alcohol. This moves into a middle with a high bitterness with notes of pine resin, more pronounced alcohol, a moderate citrus peel presence and a bit of sweet malt. Finish is bitter with a high citrus peel presence, mingling with pine resin and hints of alcohol. Aftertaste is pine resin and citrus peel. A good flavor profile that is true to form for a West Coast style DIPA. While the usual flavors are present, the overall bitterness is lower than in many examples and there is a pleasant sweet malt reminiscent of honey in the background throughout. Quite nice. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with soft carbonation and a semi-dry resinous feel and low alcohol burn. Very well done and quite pleasant in the mouth. Overall this is a pretty good DIPA. It has the aroma and flavor profile I look for in the style and combines this with a nice mouthfeel and a bitterness that is more subdued than many examples of the style. Well executed and solid.

Photo of samtrillo
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A _ Hay, golden orange with a lasting few centimeters of white ocean foam.

S_ Hey floral notes. Orange zest all over me.

T_ Orange, mandarin, yep. Some spiciness with the bitterness at the end there. A little soapy in the aftertaste but the orange citrus is there to combat that. Candied malt with grain and grapefruit also represent.

M_ Pretty lo-fi on the carbonation. Smooth upfront and the alcohol hits a bit towards the end but overall balanced for the 8.5.

O_ Hej, for this price and this flavor I'm not complainin. Sierra knows hops.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bomber into a nonic pint glass.

Sierra Nevada makes another beautiful beer. Surprise, surprise. The head is just monstrous on this as I pour it and it's the type of head with tons of air bubbles nestled within it's pale white form. The persistence on this head is remarkable too. I have to let it sit for some time so I don't get the headstache. A golden body with mellow, lulling carbonation and crystal-clear visibility lies beneath. It's a beaut.

Then there's that smell. It's the distinct SN smell that I find in so many of their beers and which I love and occasionally daydream about. Sweet, floral, orchard-fruit like and sticky, it's almost like a sweet cereal. As the head dissipates, the piney hops that better be there considering the West Coast IPA moniker make their appearance. Beneath lies a hint of citrus.

After only a few sips, my palate is close to being destroyed by the bitterness. This thing is aggressive for sure. Initially, I tasted the sweet, floral, fruitiness from the nose, but then the hops come in a barrage. Flavor-wise, I'm getting a very nice medley of citrus and sweet, delicately balancing one another. Orange and grapefruit interplay and linger at the finish with that dry, long bite like when you sink your teeth in a peel.

I have to say, there's not a hint of alcohol burn from this beer. It's thick-bodied and creamy and feels like a meal. Carbonation is noticeable but allows me to stay focused on the flavors.

I think this is a damn great beer, which is exactly what I'd expect from Sierra. One thing that's really worth pointing out about this beer too is the $5 price tag. Only Lagunitas can match a price like that and still be exceptionally good. I suspect this won't be out for long, and that's a damn shame.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a semi-hazy pale golden color with a white finger width head. Good retention, settling to a consistent film of suds across the surface. A thin sheet of lacing coats the sides of the glass with nice stick.

Smell - Tame grapefruit notes, floral qualities, touches of pine, caramel and bready sweetness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Mild grapefruit hop backed by lesser hop notes of pine resin and floral sweetness. Solid malt backbone comes across with moderate notes of caramel and light toasted bread qualities. Finishes with fair citrus pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Silky smooth delivery, going down with great ease before a clean finish.

Overall - Nicely drinkable and a well balanced DIPA, though it's about as safe and tame as they come. I could stand to drink this again, though I wouldn't be willing to drop another 6-spot on a 24-ouncer. It simply doesn't stand out enough.

Photo of mjstacker
1.91/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Is this beer for real? I would almost never trash a beer but this beer sucks so amazingly bad. It literally smells and tastes like Heineken. I can't think of anything less west coast, this beer sucks at a whole another level. Shame on you Sierra Nevada.

Photo of HalfFull
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

24 oz. 'Sierra bomber' poured into a globe glass as a beer camp case chillls in the fridge. Pours a clear light golden/hint of copper with a solid half inch cap of off white foam which shows decent retention and rich lacing.

Aroma offers a blend of piney and citrusy hops/lightly of tropical fruit, rich and lightly resinous in nature. A 'throwback' to the true West Coast IPA's vs the ultra modern mosaic and onion hops. Potent enough aroma to catch a waft upon opening the bottle, intriguing yet not quite awe inspiring. Solid nonetheless.

Taste is slightly creamy and offers a pleasant carbonation. Flavor of neutral grain and some citrus and accompanied by a light sweetness and a relatively subdued bitterness given the hop aroma. Touch of coarseness on the finish balances the profile well along with a bit of oily citric hop resin. Sublte overall and a bit spicy on the close. ABV is cloaked well yet never cloying in nature. Overall I think I'm going back to Costco tomorrow to buy a case.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

Photo of larryarms847
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a classic transparent crisp golden yellow.

Smells of citrus, sweet malt, and pine.

Flavors of the citrus and pine from the hops are most prevalent with a slight malt finish.

Mouthfeel is bitter and not very smooth.

Overall this tastes like a Classic IPA. Bitter.

Photo of Gmann
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with honey highlights. Nice creamy white head, good retention which left a wall of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is slightly grainy/bready. The hops don't really pop for a DIPA. There is some grassy notes but not much else. Disappointing.

The taste is of a sweet bready malt. There is some honey notes. The malt is quickly overpowered by a bitter hoppy flavor. Light herb and citrus notes, mainly grapefruit. Big grapefruit rind bitterness. There is a slight pineapple and tin note. A bit of pine in the finish. I was expecting more of a hop flavor considering it is labeled as a west coast DIPA. Flavor is good though.

Solid mouthfeel with active carbonation. Good balance between the sweet malt and bitter hops. The bitterness wins out in the finish. The ABV is well hidden.

An enjoyable DIPA. Nice amount of hoppy bitterness and not too malty. I was hoping from more hop flavor though.

Photo of morimech
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with a massive, dense head that is slow to settle to an one finger cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

Does not smell like a West Coast DIPA as it lacks the citrus and pine aroma punch that is customary for such claims. I pick up floral, grass, and pepper notes. No malt aromas picked upped.

After tasting the beer I am really surprised this is a Sierra Nevada beer. Hop flavor comes in with floral, grassy, slightly fruity, and herbal flavors. The flavor does not really assault the palate like most of the style do. The malt has a little sweetness to offset the bitterness with is strong but not punishing. Some alcohol flavor and warmth in the finish.

Slightly heavier than medium bodied and superbly carbonated. Wonderful texture for a DIPA.

Perfectly acceptable DIPA but odd coming from Sierra Nevada. A different take on the style.

Photo of richj1970
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 24 oz bottle into tulip glass.

A: Pours a light sunshine yellow with large 3 finger soapy white head that seemed to hang around forever and left a ton of lacing.

S: Grassy hops and biscuit malts. Perhaps a touch of honey and a faint floral note. Fresh pine cones.

T: Follows the nose fairly closely. Wet grass and clover honey. A little grapefruit and some underlying spices. Orange peel.

M: One minute I'm thinking this is a bit sticky sweet, and the next a little bitter and bone dry. Some complexity here.

O: An interesting DIPA. I'm glad I tried it, but can't say that I enjoyed it enough to get another one.

Photo of antott0523
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Straw yellow with visible carbonation and foamy white head that leaves very attractive lace:

S: Hoppy notes of pine. A bit resinous. The malt comes through in this one. Some sweeter notes of apricot and bread.

T: Straightforward piney hop notes, with a more forward malt profile including sweeter notes of dried fruit and bread.

M: Medium body and a bit syrupy. Moderate amount of carbonation.

D: This beer is very drinkable, especially for the ABV which does not come through at all on the nose or palate. This is classified as a double IPA and the bottle says the West Coast IPA. The "double" elements about this IPA are the 8.5% ABV and the resinous characteristics. Props to accomplishing both. However, the only thing "West Coast" about this beer is the fact that it is brewed by SN. I acknowledge that the previous sentence is based on a gross generalization, but this beer is not on the SN website, so I cannot read about what it is intended to be. It is more malt forward than I expected based on the "West Coast" classification. This and the last Hemisphere offering have disappointed me, so perhaps I am being a bit harsh. This is very similar to said last Hemisphere offering.

Photo of Treyliff
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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

Photo of gillagorilla
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: Clear straw body with a copper tint. Two finger frothy stiff head on the pour with decent lacing.

S: Nice smell of hops. Fruity with a hint of pine.

T: Even hop flavor throughout without that characteristic Sierra Nevada thing, that seems to be a weird malt base (which I don't get from Hoptimum). I think that their beers (and most hoppy beers) benefit from more hops. So good.

M: Nice even low level of carbonation roughness throughout, like tiny particulates.

O: This is my favorite IPA from them outside of Hoptimum (just so good).

Photo of TrojanRB
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 24 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Light golden, more translucent than I expected for a DIPA

S: Sweet citrus, pine

T: Astringent, ends with spice in the middle of the tongue. Very dry

M: Highly carbonated, not oily

Overall: a beer that is very representative of Sierra Nevada's typical characteristics, with a few twists. The smell was most unique for me. Enjoyable.

Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange color with a tight, white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of pine and citrus hops.

Tastes of the pine hops with a decent malt base. Hops lead off with pine, grass, citrus, and a bit of earthiness. Pepper comes through as well, and the hops are quite bitter. Malts come in with some caramel and bread, but not much sweetness. Finishes with a lingering pine hop note.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a nice DIPA with more of a pine focus than citrus.

Photo of smakawhat
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of BrewUSA
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
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~

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


Big ole' 24oz chubby bottle... Picked up at Brewer's Haven Boise for about $7, but saw it for a dollar or so cheaper around town. Poured into my CC teku... beautiful 2 finger head leaves perfect lacing... the brew is fairly clear golden.

Nose is pretty proper and expected West Coast hoppiness... big citrus and some tropical fruitiness... pale maltiness is light and there just to help deliver the hops.

Bigger bitterness than expected... and the hops sorta morph a bit into a sorta floral hoppiness instead of the bigger citrus... finishes pretty dry and the bracing bitterness lingers from front to back... the light maltiness makes me want another sip..

I would have liked more of a juicy hoppiness on the palate, but still this is a lesson in the WC DIPA style. I will certainly buy it again as long as it is fresh.


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Beer Camp Across America West Coast Double IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 885 ratings.