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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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very good

97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.72%
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:
Beer added by: Slatetank on 09-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Churckey. Served in a snifter.

I got the first pull off the gasm on this. Body is a bright light orange with a tremendous head and lacing that nearly covers the entire side of the glass. Fantastic retention as well. The nose carries an incredible amount of dank hops to start. Behind that, I get a good amount of herbal and floral notes. There is a very delicate light graininess to back it all up, but this is decidedly hop-centric.

The flavor starts off just like the nose with really herbal and dank hops. There is a bit of a floral character in the background. It also carries a bit of citrus rind, which I did not pick up in the nose. Feel is that of a beer with a medium body and light cask-appropriate carbonation. Dry and resinous finish; very bitter. Overall, a very solid brew. I had been waiting for quite awhile to try this and Churhkey certainly came through by delivering a cask of it only a short walk away.

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very solid and refined IPA that pushes past the realm of the normal parameters and into imperial status. Still, clean and sensible in a very "Sierra Nevada" way.

Bright golden with only the slightest of late hop addition haze. Ample carbonation feeds a cottony white head, where retention and lace are both solid. The appearance is good but not noteworthy for the style.

Citrus aroma abound. Obvious domination of cascade, along with periphreal notes of more tropical and rounded citrus fruit give a zesty, albeit candied scent because of the simple caramel notes that envelop the hop contributions. Absolutely no flaws in aroma, leading to a very appetizing aroma.

Flavors follow suit. Early malty caramel sweetness makes a quick transition to citrus taste, then developing int a clean bitterness late. The malt balance holds on longer than expected for standard IPA's, but do so here from the added malt to increase the style. Grapefruit, orange zest, and mild pineapple and appricot take control of the taste from mid palate to finish, ending with the taste of moderate alcohol and zesty bitterness.

Creamy early, the beer has a moderate tone in texture. Never weighing on the mouth, the carbonation lifts the beer and ushers it into the dry and bitter finish. Never astringent or bitey, this beer is way too easy to drink.

A beautifully crafted beer and more bold than most of the Sierra Nevada line. But I keep looking for the small intangibles that create a bit more depth, complexity, or character of amazement. But it's not there; forgoing standout character for cleanliness and I'm ok with that.

Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of mikesgroove
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Kegatron
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64 oz growler into a tulip glass. HUGE THANKS to Stakem for giving me the heads up that this was on tap here in my hometown of York, PA @ Cobblestones. I've been searching for someone up in NY & CT to trade me a growler of this over the last month or so to no avail and then I find that it's on tap like 10 minutes from my house! Thanks again for looking out for me Adam!

Pours a brilliant crystal clear copper in the glass, topped with a tight finger of smooth bright-white frothy head. This retains with a rich ½ finger, which just soaks the sides of the glass with a cascade of heavy and foamy lacing. Just a beautiful all around look here. The aroma starts with a fresh floral feel that encapsulates a sharp combo of pine, spice, and bitter smelling grapefruit. This is sweet on the edges with ripe tropical fruit and toasted grains. There's a touch of stiff warmth as you start really digging into the nose but it luckily doesn't trample on any of those lush hop flavors. Sold nose on this here but the warmth is holding this back just a little more me.

The taste is bitter and bold on the palate with juicy grapefruit, as resins and spice slash the tongue before a tangy flush of sweet tropical citrus drenches the back of the throat. That fruit character is backed up nice by a firm malt presence, with toasted bread and sweeter tasting caramel notes rounding out the edges of the profile. Sticky resins, bitter rind, and deep spice all linger hard in the finish and make sure you don't forget what kind of hoppy monster you're dealing with here. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a huge creaminess that blows up in the mouth, spreading all of those flavors all around in the mouth. A fantastic feeling undercurrent of oily slickness carries that big profile and feel over the tongue and down the throat. This is a little warm at first but seem to lessen as this hits room temp and the alcohol isn't hot in any way, instead adding some beefy firepower to the body that accentuates the strength of the flavors. Really nice feel here and trust me, this one creeps up on you quick. My first glass had me feeling it...

This DIPA is quite awesome and I'm not just saying that because it's named after one of the coolest of the cool Japanese kaiju monsters. This one is really towing the line between excellent and outstanding for me. The only real drawback was the heat presence in the nose but everything else was pretty darn stellar here. If only I hadn't had so awesome examples of the style lately to compare against this. Screw it, this is a solid A. Probably the best hoppy offering that I've had from Sierra Nevada, period.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep copper hue with a light off white beige khaki head, forms thick and rises well above the rim of my glass like a doughnut floating on the foam. Fine chunks of scattered lacing are left on the sides of the glass. The nose is dank, with herbaceous earthy pine citrus notes it's explosive in the hop aroma thus far, with minimal malts peaking through. A bit of tropical fruit and bready biscuit maltiness arising from beneath the hop aromas. Flavors are harsh excessive bitterness like brushing your teeth with hop toothpaste, yeah the actually make it. Rolling bitterness goes on and on until the bone dry super bitter finish, before the malts wash away there's a nice layer of tropical fruit flavor and biscuit/bready malts balancing things out with a kiss of well hidden alcohol. Mouthfeel is resinous a medium bodied heavy hittnig DIPA from Sierra Nevada you really won't taste your next beer this one is abusive on the palate. Excessive drying bitter hops left behind on the palate. Overall quality West Coast DIPA, a nice overall experience I wish I was able to find more beers this fresh in a sampler pack in my local area of Wintersville, OH. Thank God for Valley Wine cellar or I would have never tried this stellar 12 pack for 19 bucks.

Photo of Slatetank
4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It is amazing what a couple weeks means in terms of Imperial IPA's - I picked this up at Cobblestone's to share at Stakem's tasting. Poured chilled from the growler into a tulip.

A deep golden verging on light amber color w/ very good clarity and visibly carbonated. The thick white foam caps the IIPA and lots of lace sticks to the glass. The bead is tight. A huge aromatic and pungent hop nose with complexity and notes of mild pineapple, slightly sour mango from the simcoe and dank herbal scents. The odor of mild grapefruit does a good job of blending with the mild catty and orange notes. The sweetness is detected but only slightly. Th mouthfeel is resinous and juicy w/ dry herbal textures and mild astringency from all the torpedo action. The bitterness is pretty high and yet seems balanced with the oils of the hops smoothing out and the carbonation is spot on for me.

The flavor is a good blend of grapefruit tinged and mild orange rind w/ slight pineapple and hint of pepper from all the high alpha hops. The sweet and acidic contrast is a luxurious flavor combo w/ mild pepper tinge and ever so light grassy flavor. The light candy-like accent from the malt balances the bitter and sweet grapefruit well. I feel this combines all of the flavors of American hops in one delicious package. I feel warm and happy, a wonderful example of dry hopped Imperial IPA without a hop assault or bitter for bitterness' sake. I am glad I got to have this again -I think it exceeds expectations.

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of stakem
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured from a growler into a DFH snifter appears a perfectly clear golden color. I initially thought this brew had some faint particles stuck in suspension but a closer look reveals these particles are actually tiny bubbles that rise super slow through the body and break at the surface suporting the thin white film of a head that sits atop this brew. Spots of lacing stick to the glassware that later turn into leggy patches.

The aroma of this brew is quite frankly all over the place displaying a wide array of hop character. Initial impressions are sweet and candy like with floral hoppy notes. More attempts at smelling this brew reveal a bit of a catty character with herbs, a touch of pine and slight prick of the 8% alcohol sting of the nose. Taking this brew in through the nose yet again after it warms reveals a depth of fruity scents like a type of mango.

Tasting this brew brings forth just as much hop complexity. Brace yourself and your taste buds to attempt to undergo sensory overload and try to take in everything your nose just went through. The taste of this brew undergos a transformation of flavors ranging from candied tropical fruit to herbs, spices and pine. It leaves your mouth in a state of distress. What the hell just happened? There was fruity sweet candy that turned to a sharp oily bitterness that clings to the inside of the mouth with a residual resinous paste that hangs with a slightly catty taste. I am not skilled at picking out specific hops that were used in the brewing process but I would throw out a guess that one of the guilty parties in this brew is simcoe. It (if it is used) is used in a fashion that promotes a lot of flavor before turning the focus to oily bitterness.

The feel of this brew is a bit unlike most of the Dipa's I have tried. I find it to be a bit more full feeling and display more clinging in the mouth. Some DIPAs have an oily cling that seems to come from just the resine of the hops, this brew coats the inside of the mouth with a minorly viscous fuller feel that isnt just oily. The alcohol...oh the alcohol in this brew. Not only is it evident with a persistent flavor throught the brew that makes the hop flavor really pop but it is quite warming in the back of the throat and down as it is swallowed. That 8+% isn't messing around and isn't trying to hide either. Excessively drinkable, I really enjoyed this experience. This brew certainly is reminescent of a certain world class, popular, top 10, get crazy and go nuts to find it fellow from another west coast brewery.

Thanks go out to both Slatetank and Kegatron for the opportunity to try this beer. Cheers to Heath for giving me the background info on this rare treat that I never expected to get a chance to try and secondly to Matt for showing up at my house with a growler to share at a tasting. If that wasn't enough, Heath shares another damn growler with me tonight. You guys are awesome and have me spoiled.

Photo of mothman
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer camp 29 from the sample pack. Thanks to masterski for quickly informing me that it is also known as Ghidorah :)

Poured into snifter

Pours 1 and a half fingers of beige head. Decent retention with a lot of sticky lace left. Color is a darker bronze gold.

Aroma: Big hop blast up front. Fairly piney and a bit of floral. A ton of citrus, grapefruit in particular. A slight bready malt profile, but it hardly puts a dent in the hops.

Taste: Lots of fruity citrus flavors up front. Pineapple and grapefruit with a touch of orange. Pine flavored hops and some floral notes. Very fresh tasting.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and a little sweet. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends really sticky.

Overall, a solid dipa, especially considering the price. This one is a definite pickup. Lots of hops with a slight malt backbone. I dig it.

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$6.99 for a 32 ounce growler fill from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Nice job Chris and Joe, this one tastes awesome! You guys are some brewers, but I'm sure the folks from SN had just a little something to do with the fine result.

Pours near clear lighter amber, with a dull golden hue. The frothy head is long lasting, very slowly going to a tiny bubble film and showing off tons of super fine sheeting and lacing on the glass, fine looking stuff.

Mildly resiny, and citric hop nose.

Luscious, fruity, hoppy and decidedly enjoyable DIPA. Grainy, resiny, tropical fruit infused fresh hops. Lime, mango, ginger, pineapple all come to the fore with a hint of Alcohol heat and DIPA goodness. Great stuff. Well done SN, and Chris and Joe

Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Starr Hill glass. It poured a light amber color with a thick and rocky head filling the top inch of the glass. The head faded but left a sticky white lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a very nice, bright hoppiness to it. Bitter grapefruit as well as good dose of pine comes out as the most noticeable flavors. i get a bit of a fruity, mango and peach citrus to the hoppiness as well. Very nice hoppy aroma overall.

The taste starts out with some juicy, citrusy hoppiness coming out along wit hsome sweeter, malt flavors. Midway it starts to turn more bitter wit the pine and grapefruit taking over by the finish. I little bit of sweet malt comes out in the finish as well, but the hops are the real draw. Pretty nice hoppy flavors overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty solid IPA. The hoppiness was nicely done. it definitely leans towards the bitter grapefruit and pine side of hop flavors, but those were nicely done. Solid beer overall.

Photo of plaid75
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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of popery
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of woosterbill
4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into a Weyerbacher tulip. John's been building this one up ever since he helped brew it, so let's see if it delivers.

A: Crystal clear pale yellow-amber body presided over by two fingers of very dense, creamy off-white foam. Retention is pretty good, and there's plenty of lace coating the sides of the tulip. Superb. I'm especially impressed at the clarity, knowing that this went through a secondary, post-filtration torpedo session.

S: Wonderful, broad, deep, expansive tapestry of hop aromas: tropical fruit is the first to catch my attention, with huge amounts of distinct mango; there's a bit of grapefruit bitterness as well, but sweet, nigh tart, mango really shines. After that, a strong vein of dank, resinous pine notes comes through. The faintest hint of malt backs everything up, but never threatens to overwhelm the hoppiness. Big, balanced, complex, and outstanding.

T: A bit maltier here, with lightly sweet, bready malts leading in to the fruity, tropical hops - mango, peach, and grapefruit. THe bitter pine rounds the finish out nicely, although a touch of booze stops this one just short of perfection. Truly delicious.

M: The rather slick body is a bit less than medium in density, with a moderate amount of soft, creamy carbonation. I could go for a bit more heft in a DIPA, but it's still pretty good.

D: This glass is disappearing far quicker than I'd like, and I fully intend to get at least one more tonight, and hopefully many more before it's gone forever. The slightly boozy finish gives me just a bit of pause, but not enough to slow me down to a safe rate. Dangerous.

Notes: What can I say? This is just a great beer. While not quite as transcendent as a couple of the very best DIPAs I've had, it just does everything you want this kind of beer to do amazingly well. It has fruity hops without being too sweet, maltiness without being cloyingly caramel-y, resinousness without being astringent, and a good moderate amount of alcohol for the style. Rumor has it that this was intended to be a pseudo-clone of Pliny, and that Vinnie was on hand to help make it happen. I'm just going to have to trade for another bottle of Elder to make a more direct comparison. What a hardship!

Cheers, and great job, John!

Photo of Gmann
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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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 97 ratings.