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

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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BA SCORE
89
very good

93 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 93
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%


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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plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy dark copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a moderate caramel coupled with a balmy hop spice.

The taste combined a heavy rounded malt with a secondary, yet lingering raw hop spice.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style with a residual spice.

Overall a tasty well rounded DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 01:41:08 | More by plaid75
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep beige color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of clean citrus and pine hoppy notes. Taste is also a good mix between some pine and citrus notes with a solid non-descript malt backbone. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. This beer was brewed very close to style with a good aroma and solid malt backbone. Not standing out from other DIPA but well enjoyable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 03:28:31 | More by Phyl21ca
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to wine glass. Sampled 5/25/11, shortly after the beer was released.

A: Creamy, yellow-stained cap of 1 1/2 fingers, frothy, with great staying power. Relatively clear, only a small amount of haze can be seen in the medium-light orange colored body. Lacing is good.

S: Modest aromas of caramel and grain with resiny orange hop aromas coming out on top. Underlying grapefruit and maybe a hint of freshly chopped pine wood.

T: Additional tropical fruit in the form of pineapple. Malt flavor is bolder than the nose suggests adding a moderate amount of sweetness. Thankfully a firm bitter finish balances it out. The ABV, while modest in the DIPA realm (my bottle indicates 8.5%), is nowhere to be found.

M: Medium-full body with a thick minerally texture and an above average lively carbonation.

O: Incredibly drinkable. And gets better with each sip.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 19:00:05 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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zrab11

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a nice Hazy Bronze color. Has a nice 2 finger head

S- Has a nice citrus hop smell, Also smells of grapefruit and some hops

T- Has a nice potent citrus hop at the beginning with a nice sweetness in the middle and then finishes with a piney bitter flavor

M-has a medium body feel with ok carbonation

D-Overall this was a really nice DIPA. It had a nice bite of hops and good citrus flavors. It got a little too bitter as it warmed up but as long as u drink it cold and fast this is a really nice DIPA. I won't be seeking it out necessarily but if i see it again ill def. grab a pint of it.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 02:18:53 | More by zrab11
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
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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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -19.5%
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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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
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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PhageLab

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Decently hazy bronze colored brew. Almost like King Ghidorah's great scales. Large pillowy head of froth that displayed some good retention. Lacing was soapy.

S - Big citrus hop aroma, mostly grapefruits. Hoppy but not overkill here.

T - Intensely bitter, with a potent hop bite. Citrusy for most of the body, with a mild sweetness offering balance. Pine in the aftertaste.

M - Oily medium body with a mild carbonation level. Finish was mostly dry.

D - Excellent double, and a worthy tribute to The Three Headed Monster. Make this one year round and give it a good label!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 21:29:44 | More by PhageLab
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juhl31

California

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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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peacebone116

California

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this beer in the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Mix Pack. Poured from bottle into Delirium snifter.

A: Dark straw colored, clear body with lots of carbonation. Nice 1-cm of white head.

N: Citrus and earthy pine with a hint of melon.

T/M: Bitter! Very earthy and piny on the pallet. Definitely tastes like the SN house yeast is used, as there is a distinct commonality in the flavoring between this and the all the other SN beers I have had the pleasure of tasting. Not much of a malt backing, except the biscuit-like middle; the beer starts hoppy and ends hoppy with lots of mouth puckering bitterness. The beer feels a bit oily, but the carbonation helps make this very drinkable.

Overall, I like this beer very much, but I am not overwhelmingly impressed by it. I do like how they let the hops' characteristics shine, but it is just a very good IIPA--nothing spectacular, but certainly maintains the high quality one expects from Sierra Nevada!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 18:33:33 | More by peacebone116
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

HV

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 01:49:02 | More by sholland119
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KSac4115

Connecticut

3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
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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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

My trek through the Beer Camp begins with this beer here. It pours a clear orange-tinged brass topped by a full finger of white foam. The nose comprises pine sap, grapefruit, sweet caramel, light pineapple, and a touch of white grape and peach. The taste goes a bit harder on the caramel to begin with, then follows that with a strong onrush of pine, orange peel, grapefruit, and pineapple. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty smooth feel. Overall, a very good DIPA, one with some nice balance and a strong-enough hop presence to make sure you remember the style. Good times starting this box.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 20:29:35 | More by TMoney2591
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cloudy orange with a huge, billowing, pillow like head two inches tall. The head just would not give up any ground, very slow fade. Left behind enormous amounts of gooey sticky lace. Fantastic lookng, perfect double IPA look. Smell could have been a bit stronger and that was really the oly downside to the thing. Major contributer here was the citrus hops. Very strong grapefruit and pineapple came through from the start, as well as some of the alcohol, which at 9.4%abv, should come as no suprise. As it warmed, more of a piney, resin type smell started to xome through. Taste was very smooth, not alot of carbonation here, but not really needed. Very strong and very bitter citrus hops in this one. The grapefruit alone will make you take a step back. Hints of pineapple as well, big alcohol taste that seemed to mellow a bit as it warmed. Big dry finish, left you wanting some more. This was a very smooth, very drinkable, and overall really good DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 01:51:21 | More by mikesgroove
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

review #400. on tap, one of my all-time favorites. hoping this beer camp bottle stacks up.

pours a rich, vibrant orange with an odd opalescent glow that seems to illuminate the two-plus-finger billowy bright-white head. decent retention that leaves chunky, sheetcake lacing.

aroma is pungent. citrusy, zesty, vibrant herbal notes. almsot a touch of cat urine? hmm. artificial fruit - gushers! and some decent caramel malt undertones to somewhat balance the intense hop nose.

sweet honey and caramel malt notes dominate the front end, then the citrusy, juicy, vibrant hops flow forth like the mississippi. orange, lemon, grapefruit. resinous pine in the finish. deliciously potent, with a strong, almost dominant neutral bitter herbal note as it warms. the citrus isn't as potent as I remember on tap. but still solid.

mouth is moderate with solid light carbonation that really carries the flavors beautifully. bottle version isn't quite as thick and vibrant as on tap... a touch thinner than I'd like for the flavors.

drinkability is pretty high, although this is an overall score now. I know it's not fair to take in to account other serving styles, but this is truly a shell of what Ghidorah is on tap. That being said, I'll still be having as many as possible while I can!

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 07:56:21 | More by djeucalyptus
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BilbosNuts

California

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden color. It has a good sized, thick head with good retention and scattered lacing. Medium amount of carbonation.

S: There are a lot of hops in the smell, which is what is expected from a double IPA. There are also some floral and piney aromas.

T: Again, a lot of hops, but it doesn't rip your tongue off like other double IPAs. There are some light floral and citrus flavors as well.

M: It has a medium body. It leaves a somewhat bitter aftertaste, but it's expected. It is quite refreshing.

O: It is very easy to drink for a double IPA. Maybe not the best example of a double since it doesn't have an off the charts hop profile, but it is very good nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 02:31:53 | More by BilbosNuts
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Gushue3

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Looks pale gold comming out of the 12oz bottle into the glass. Larger white fluffy head forms over the hazy orange beer. The head has tons of retention and is leaving me lots of lacing. Looks perfect.

S- Pine dominates the nose with lighter, but noticeable citrus and a malt that plays a minor role.

T- Very nice. I get a slight pucker from the bitterness of the pine and citrus. Some sweetness comes through toward the middle but goes away in the finish. The finish is bitter that lingers a while after.

M- Medium/light feel that feels right. The carbonation is minimal and feels almost creamy.

O- good beer front to finish. Its nice to have an good DIPA in a mix pack like this

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 02:01:26 | More by Gushue3
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prototypic

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ghidorah (Beer Camp #29) is a light gold color. Looks slightly hazy, and a bit yellow when held to light. Not looking like much caramel malt is in the mix. A vanilla colored head tops it and stands about a finger tall. It recedes slowly, and leaves a thick, sticky web of lace in its wake. Looks good!

The nose is very good. Classic Sierra Nevada. It’s very heavy on citric hops. Grapefruit, orange and mango notes are all strong. Pine is not quite as strong, but is definitely noted. The base seems like a mix of caramel and pale malts. Caramel isn’t all that strong. Smells a little sweet, but far from offensive. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t come through too strong.

The flavor is impressive. The malt base is definitely light on caramel. I like that. There’s a candy-like, sugary sweet flavor to it, but it’s definitely not caramel or toffee. The hop bill is primarily citric. Grapefruit and orange flavors are most notable. It’s bitter, and seems to grow more bitter and dry with each passing sip. Alcohol is there, but isn’t warm or hot. It might be a tad strong in flavor for roughly 8%. Finishes hoppy, bitter, and dry.

Ghidorah has a medium body that’s quite smooth. Carbonation is dialed down nicely. This stuff honestly goes down really easy for a sizeable beer. I’ll stick with a single bottle tonight, but I wouldn’t mind another honestly.

It seems like Sierra Nevada’s roster features a litany of hoppy IPAs. They’re all pretty good, too. Unfortunately, I wasn’t enthralled with Hoptimum, their first bottled DIPA release (that I recall). To put it simply, Ghidorah is far superior to Hoptimum. It does not feature the overly sweet, boozy flavor that Hoptimum did. Ghidorah is much more refined, and is more consistent with what I consider a quality DIPA – an unbalanced, hoppy treat. I’m really pleased they included it in the Beer Camp mix pack.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 04:54:19 | More by prototypic
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trappistlover

Arizona

3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
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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MacQ32

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
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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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a Portsmouth tulip.  

A: It pours a light golden color with great clarity.  The head is two fingers high, super thick, and displays excellent retention.  After it slowly recedes it leaves behind a bunch of sticky lacing coating the glass. 

S: The nose is full of yummy hops, grapefruit, orange rind, bubble gum and funky ass pine cones. Amazingly I can detect the malt through the wall of hops. There are aromas of caramel and lightly toasted malt subtly peeking out.

T: The flavors begin with an assertive hop presence that has a serious fruity, jammy backbone. Grapefruit, orange, peach, and a nice bitter pine cone finish. Somehow the malt is not lost in the bitter bomb with notes of caramel and toasted malt. It finishes dry with a hint of the booze and very bitter.

M: It has a vuluptuos body and smooth carbonation.

O: I can't find too many things that I don't like in this beer. It doesn't blow memoir of the water, but I would buy some more singles without a second thought.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 02:28:52 | More by Neffbeer
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vandemonian

Maryland

3.73/5  rDev -7%
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.
3.5

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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Scotchboy

Idaho

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to oversized nonic. Served cold.

A: Aggressively poured, this beer produced an awesome rocky off-white head with tons of serious sticky head lacing. Semi-clear orange/golden straw color.

S: Awesome pine/fresh pine needle aroma, backed with serious malt/malt sweetness, pine sap and resin.

T: Pine-forward, with lots of drying bitterness. Pretty resinous. Malt backbone is ok. The sweetness can't compete with the dying bitterness here.

MF: Isn't incredible but pretty good for the style. Medium to full bodied, pretty decent carbonation still, pretty dry on the finish.

O: Good, liked it a lot. Not a great beer, too one dimensional with the pine and malt, but still an enjoyable Double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 20:29:31 | More by Scotchboy
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Gmann

New York

3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a honey straw color with a short lived tight bubbled head that settled into a light ring. Haven't seen an IPA this light in a while, not necessarily a bad thing.

The aroma is citrusy and peppery. Solid grapefruit notes, as well as some floral aspects. The aroma is not super strong but its enjoyable.

The taste is where the hops come to play. The hop profile takes on more of a piney note with resiny bitterness. There is still some grapefruit but it is more grapefruit rind. Some hints of tropical fruit. The malt is lightly bready and sweet and is clearly in a supporting function for the hops.

Moderate body with prickly carbonation. Quite bitter throughout. Some sweetness to keep it palatable. There is a bit of a dry aspirin bitterness in the finish.

A flavorful palate wrecking type of DIPA. Enjoyable but the bitterness lingers a little too long in the finish for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 23:15:35 | More by Gmann
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle purchased at Charleston Beer Exchange.

A - Golden with good clarity and a big, off-white head. Good lacing. Very inviting.

S - Piney and floral with a hint of toast.

T - Rich flavor with lots of hop oils, a citrusy bitterness and a slight alcohol burn. This one really comes at you from all angles but without overwhelming your taste buds.

M - Silky and almost oily with a moderate carbonation of very fine bubbles.

D - A bit rich for me (maybe because I've put the IPAs aside lately while on a Belgian kick) but very flavorful and extremely well done.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 22:29:49 | More by GJ40
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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 93 ratings.