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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

94 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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Ratings: 94 | Reviews: 75 | Display Reviews Only:
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smutty33

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

01-09-2012 00:08:51 | More by smutty33
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towlea25

Washington

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-07-2012 23:49:13 | More by towlea25
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aanakinskywalker

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-27-2011 02:02:48 | More by aanakinskywalker
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WassailWilly

New York

5/5  rDev +24.4%

12-15-2011 15:33:27 | More by WassailWilly
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TrickkyGangsta

Florida

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-05-2011 19:34:40 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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barnzy78

Illinois

3/5  rDev -25.4%

12-01-2011 02:55:04 | More by barnzy78
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

11-18-2011 20:40:33 | More by nmann08
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +24.4%

11-15-2011 22:33:13 | More by HopStoopid120
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modernartblues

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-15-2011 21:51:36 | More by modernartblues
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-15-2011 19:18:30 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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mjtiernan

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

11-15-2011 04:33:01 | More by mjtiernan
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -1%
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 +5.7%
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 -10.9%
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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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

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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Cyberkedi

Georgia

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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PhageLab

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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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ehammond1


3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

K&B Wine Cellars
San Diego, CA

A beautiful beer. Clear golden orange and yellow with just a touch of haze. Relatively big, persistent off-white head and messy, sticky lacing all the way down the glass. A sight to behold.

Somewhat muted and faraway aromas. Not nearly as piney or hop-forward as I may have imagined, or hoped for, from a big IPA from Sierra Nevada. There's a touch of pine, some sweet citrus and malt, and quite a bit of bready, mealy aroma as well.

A bitter-first DIPA, then some pine and a touch of sweet citrus. Relatively well balanced. Alcohol is nowhere to be seen.

Medium bodied, just the slightest touch oily, well-carbonated, and a pleasure to drink.

A delicious, bitter-first DIPA that I wish would just be a touch more aromatic. A pleasure to drink and I'm glad I found this one on tap in SoCal; before this, I'd only had the opportunity of sampling it at the brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2011 16:36:18 | More by ehammond1
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UDbeernut

New York

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

300th review, On tap at a local pub, poured into a goblet

A: pale in color, foamy 1/2" off white head. Reduces to lacing that clings all over the glass.

S: strong caramel and citrus hop

T: punch of citrus and pine molded well with plenty of sweet caramel and malt. Just what a dipa should be

M: medium bodied, slightly dry mouthfeel

O: excellent dipa, cheers!!

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2011 19:57:02 | More by UDbeernut
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juhl31

California

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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peacebone116

California

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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 -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.

HV

Serving type: bottle

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

Connecticut

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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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

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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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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
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.