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Ghidorah Double IPA - Beer Camp #29 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial IPA) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ghidorah Double IPA - Beer Camp #29 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial IPA)Ghidorah Double IPA - Beer Camp #29 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial IPA)

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94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 7
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Slatetank on 09-04-2010)
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2.73/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Lighter colored orange/gold, near perfect clarity, with a tall white foamy head, a bit more like a budlight in head than the creamy effect many give off. Still, I really like this look for a double ipa.

Citrus aroma, but a pine/odd chemical aroma is dominating this beer. There simply is no malt presence here what so ever. I want to say that alcohol is causing this but it’s only 8.5% so I doubt it.

Sierra makes a few of imo the best ipa/pale ales on the planet. This isn’t one of them. Brutally bitter, but there’s an almost metallic flavor here and I’m not picking up the grape fruit and fruity flavors I’m used to. Instead the citrus flavors just take an off turn.

This one goes down pretty quickly. The alcohol is present and the hops are brutal (very good thing) and it goes down well.

I like this beer and it is certainly the most enjoyable of the beer camp, but this is one of the weaker double IPA’s out there. Still an improvement on Hoptimum.which can just go away.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 22:07:20 | More by bobhits
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2.85/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into my favorite brady snifter
thought i was lucky to see this on the shelf boy was i disappointed

a- this beer poured a nice clear amber-orange, 1 finger of frothy white head that simmered down to just a minimal ring of bubbles, slight lacing, had some anticipation on goodness at this point
s- slight florals slight citrus slight metal, its a light smell on all those which is kinda weird, i was expecting a slap in the face at this point being a dipa, a west coast dipa at that
t-i was hoping that the taste was gonna make up for the lack of smell but it fell short to, i get a little bitter up front then this taste in my mouth kinda like cough syrup and its not that pleasant but its not overpowering, this could be a dated bottle but i thought this beer just came out, especially since this is the first review
m-there is some tingle and life in this beer and the alcohol is evident by the middle of the drink and its making me drink it slower than any dipa ive drank
o/d- overall im not impressed maybe its a bad batch or bottle or something ill see what the second one is like and hopefully get to edit the review in a positive way, as far as drinkability, its drinkable but it doesnt make you wanna drink more of it

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 15:44:40 | More by kaips1
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New York

3/5  rDev -25.4%

01-14-2012 20:07:03 | More by GrindFatherBob
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

12-01-2011 02:55:04 | More by barnzy78
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3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from the 'Best of Beer Camp' mixpack. #29

Pours into my Jester King snifter with a slightly yeasty, honey-golden body. A frothy head of lacy white bubbles clings to the edges of the glass. Aroma is herbal and floral with a touch of citrus. Hops throw out clover, onion, grapefruit rind, and pear, while the malts add a sturdy balance of pale malt. Expecting a bigger bouquet for the style, but it still works well enough.

The flavor, unfortunately, does not. Up front is a hint of sweetness and peppery hops, but the palate gets slammed mid-sip by an overly bitter, baby-aspirin-like wave of IBU's. Medicinal and dry, with little hop flavor to balance the unabashed onslaught. A few redeeming qualities include the pine and caramel notes that work their way in occasionally, but this IIPA is far too acridly harsh for my liking. Mouthfeel suffers as a result, and it could use a bigger body with less carbonation. All in all, a big miss from the normally solid Sierra Nevada lineup. The worst of the 'Beer Camp' by a mile...

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 03:19:14 | More by wagenvolks
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3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a murky golden-orange with almost a finger of head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind some decent lacing that is ultra-fine. This is obviously unfiltered because of the amount of sediment/yeast floating around in the snifter. Moderate carbonation.

N: Resinous pine, orange citrus, lemon and notes of floral.

T: Resinous pine and grapefruit upfront. This is followed by burnt sugar, tangerine, lemon and navel orange. Finishes with spicy pine, navel orange, florals and hints of caramel.

M: Medium bodied, surprisingly clean, bitter and dry.

O: This DIPA is more in league with the West Coast IPAs. Very hop forward with a lot of pine, floral and citrus. Not too much going on in the malt department though. Hop-heads will love it but if you prefer a more balanced DIPA like me than you may be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 21:39:28 | More by justintcoons
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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Beer Camp pack, bottle reads 8.5% abv. Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a beautiful hazy golden color, slightly burnt. Nice white head and bubbles that stick around; sticky lacing. The aromas aren't really in your face, pretty faint. I'm picking up a good amount of pine, not much fruit going. The flavors are diminished by pure bitterness. There are hints of pine and lemon, but the bitterness is harsh. There's also a nice woodsiness to it. Seems like there could be a minor english influence on it. Mouthfeel is nice, smooth and slightly creamy, nice amount of carbonation.

Overall, this definitely has that Sierra Nevada stamp on it. It's just not exactly what I want in a DIPA. It's completely one dimensional, not too complex.. I just expected more. But I know this one should be enjoyable to others. I enjoyed it more the first time I tried it, but this time I had a clean palate, and it didn't do the trick.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 17:11:13 | More by BB1313
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3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(12oz bottle for Beer Camp mixer pack). Pours golden with lots of small yeast sedimentation in suspension. White head with some lacing developing. Nice carbonation. Aroma has dank hops, grass, citrus and biscuit. Taste has a sweet malt backbone that gives way to a sharp hop bitterness. The hops are brighter than I expected and I appreciate that. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Bitter finish. Not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 05:50:54 | More by trappistlover
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3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow color with a half inch white foam head that dissipates quickly until leaving only a thin coating across the top. Color is that expected in an IPA but a little bit lighter and filtered. Smells is delicious. Not over powering but very pleasnt hints of cirtus and hops. Lemony, orangey hints come out. Floral scent make it very sweet smelling. Taste is very solid. The many citrusy smells don't come through so much with the taste. Flavors are more obvious at the beginning on the taste and the flavors die out quickly during the middle and end of the taste. Leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste but very mild flavor aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very solid. Carbonated well and remarkably drinkable. Bitterness is apparent as one would expect in an IPA but not too in-your-face which adds to its drinkability. Rather light too for an imperial IPA.
Overall this beer is very solid. However, as a big IPA fan I've come to expect more of imperials than this one brings to the table. It's a good beer, just not a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 02:05:51 | More by KSac4115
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

01-14-2012 19:28:44 | More by JAHMUR
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3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good beer overall - quite drinkable for 8.5% abv due to nice balance between sweet somewhat caramel flavored malt and piercing bitterness from the hops. A subdued piney hop flavor that kind of seemed to be held back by the caramel malt flavor. Almost no hop aroma to be found. According to bottle code, this looked like it was kept around the brewery for a month before shipping out, so not so surprising. Keeping this one somewhat low on the abv scale for a DIPA controlled alcohol heat and flavor quite nicely making it disappear way too fast. I could have used a bit more hop punch.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 17:05:48 | More by Longstaff
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West Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Golden yellow/tan. Not much head or lacing. Kinda bland looking

Smell - hops, cirtus fruit, some breadish malts, not real strong smell, espiclaly for a double ipa

Taste - Piney hop kick, bitter strong and sour finish. Malts are masked very well under the hop wallop. Not real sweet or alot of spices, just straight up hops and some alcohol at the end. Not a balanced beer just a hoppy bomb.

Mouthfeel - Rather bitter and dry, citrus bitters tounge, covers palette and gets numbed from the alcohol. Very dry aftertaste, taste this one for awhile after.

Overall - Straight up hop kick, nothing more, bitter as hell, no malt presence. Decent to drink but alot better out there. One and done for me. Its boozy enough also. Wish it was more balanced.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 07:40:41 | More by wvsabbath
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Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Zeno's To Go in State College, PA. Didn't realize how old it was but the bottle code suggests that it was brewed on March 30, 2011.

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Medium hazy yellow/orange colour with half a finger of white head.

S - Pine, light citrus and some sweet caramel. The bitterness on the nose is not reminiscent of a DIPA.

T - A good bitterness up front with pine, herbal and citrus notes. A sweet caramel malt backbone balances it out and is especially evident in the finish. The bitterness is noticeable but not as puckering as would be expected for a DIPA. Tastes more like an IPA. The finish is dry and bitter.

M - Medium body, light to moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 23:08:41 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap during Philly beer week.

A: Orange body. Thin off-white head. Spotty lacing is left behind on the glass.

S: Rather mild hop profile. A bit of citrus and some earthy pine. Some boozy fumes also wafted from the glass.

T: The flavor was really mild. The hops contributed more bitterness than actual flavor. What was here was mostly light citric notes and some pine cones.

M: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, and some bitterness in the finish. Good profile.

O: Just wasn't enough flavor here to keep me interested. It was mostly bitterness, which was off-putting when there wasn't enough flavor to go with it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2011 05:08:46 | More by callmemickey
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South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from the Charleston Beer Exchange

A - Golden amber in color, very clear. Pours a 1.5" off white head, nice lacing left behind on tulip glass

S - Grassy hops, semi sweet/malty. Pretty simple.

T - Hoppy (piney/grassy) but not much other flavoring (other than a hint of sweetness from the malt), pleasant bite at the end

M - Pretty light bodied, good carbonation

O - Could drink a ton of these, 8.5% is suprising - very good session beer with a nice bite at the end

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 02:59:12 | More by MacQ32
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District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fair DIPA, starts a bit confusingly but ultimately provides a good sense of a brew.

Presentation: 12 oz. brown capped bottle. Sierra Nevada´s Beer Camp branding with a recognizable if disconnected Sierra seal on the neck label, and the more contemporary and whimsical motive of the camp and quirky machines from the Camp identity in the main label, here in a green range. Notes Camp #29, year 2011, and 8.5% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear deep gold pour, with a good 1" frothy head, fair retention, lacing and surface memory.

S - Herbal hoppy whiff, tiny skunky whiff that luckily fades quickly and lets the herbal resin give it some depth.

T - Good hoppy range with a nice sense of malt, Sierra touch in the finish… Quite herbal, resinous, assertive in the finish with a citric touch.

M - Medium body and carbonation, some unpolished bitterness that lingers nicely with a sticky sense.

O - It finishes as a good DIPA but something in the way it flows as a whole does not make it reach the next level for me.

Notes: A bit ambivalent after having had a couple of these on different days… The first offered an unusual skunky whiff, gone quickly, whereas the second one had a distinct herbal finish. Ultimately it came together on both occasions but it does not look like a brew that should dent a memory.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 04:41:48 | More by Daniellobo
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3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear pale gold wit some good sticky lacing from a thin white head.

S-Not much going on here. Some sweet juicy citrus but very light.

T-Tasty. Lots of fine citric bitterness with a very solid malt backbone.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated. crisp.

O-Nice, not awesome but nice.


Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 01:49:02 | More by sholland119
Photo of vandemonian


3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sierra nevada beer camp 29 is a double IPA. The taste is typical of the style except for a very bitter and metallic aftertaste.

A: Orange colour with a 1 cm head that fades to good lacing. 4

S: Nice and hoppy. They are more of a piney hop than a citrussy hop. 4

T: Hoppy up front with some maltiness and hints of citrus.
The aftertaste is reasonably bitter with a metallic edge.

M: Thick and foamy. 4.5

O: The aftertaste is too bitter. 3.5

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 02:13:31 | More by vandemonian
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

01-09-2012 00:08:51 | More by smutty33
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

10-30-2012 18:45:49 | More by seplo
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3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had as Beer Camp #29. Aroma is fairly hoppy and earthy with a yeasty undertone. It pours a clear yellow amber with a fairly thick and fluffy white head that leaves a little lacing. Flavor is hoppy to the point of evergreen, and has a subtle sweet fruity underpinning plus some woody and earthy hints. Lively, fizzy texture leaves a nice buzz in the mouth and on the lips.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 01:27:31 | More by Cyberkedi
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3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank out of The Beer Camp mixed pack. The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is fairly subtle. I get some grass and orange notes from the hops as well as some biscuit malt. The flavor is better than the aroma. I get a lot of orange and papaya notes, as well as some grass and biscuit malt. Low to medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Nice Double IPA, I just wish the aroma was a little bit better.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 02:33:28 | More by Mora2000
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3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Appears a golden color with reddish hues and a nice, bubbly, off-white head. Gave this a fairly aggressive pour, but not overly aggressive. Head sticks around for a while and leaves some average lacing.

Smells of piney hops, as well as some slight citrus notes in the background. Not a lot of malt scents come through, and the nose is definitely more subdued that I expected. The taste is all bitter all the way, except for a slight caramel sweetness in the middle of each sip. Good piney and citrus flavors here as well.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus. There is a creamy feeling right at the end, and finishes very dry. Overall, this is a nice, drinkable DIPA, classic Sierra Nevada. A good hopbomb, but didn't completely knock my socks off.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 19:38:39 | More by zimm421
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North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the the Best of Beer Camp 2011 sampler pack.

12 oz bottle poured into La Fin Du Monde tulip glass.

The beer pours a clear dark golden color with a pure white head that never fully dissipates and leaves brilliant lace all over the glass. The aroma contains hints of sweet citrus, mostly grapefruit and lemon, and is balanced out by a very nice sweetness that brings hints of sweet pastry and a very light caramel. Overall, the citrus hop aroma really shines here. The taste brings a nice kick of bitterness upfront with hints of pine and some grapefruit pith. The malt doesn't really provide a lot of balance in the flavor providing a nice lasting tingle for hopheads. The mouth is slick and smooth but not oily. A very refreshing feel on the palate. Overall, I like this double IPA, but am not blown away by it. It goes down pretty easy for the level of bitterness present and leads me think this is what a double Torpedo would taste like.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 21:40:12 | More by dgfair
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3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-i really enjoy the lighter color...which is gold with an orange hue by the way. also, the head is good in height, stickiness and resistance

-not very strong on the whiff. there's some pine in there for sure. a touch of malty sweetness as well. i wish there was more to come out though

-there is a good front to back hop bitterness that stays at the same peak. most of which is pine. with a bit of grass.

-there is a nice oily body with some carbonation that is a little on the overboard end as far as lasting power is concerned

-on second thought, this is a very bitter beer. the hops linger like crazy. i definitely enjoy this and would love some on tap, but i could use it being a hint more balanced

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 03:00:21 | More by juhl31
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Ghidorah Double IPA - Beer Camp #29 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial IPA) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.