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Hopsichord - Beer Camp #36 - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 13
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: flexabull on 11-17-2010)
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2.5/5  rDev -40.9%

redsubway, Jul 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

JTomczak, Aug 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

sloelco, Dec 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

ThomasG19, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of scottfrie
3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a clear caramel with a bubbly short lived head that faded into a thin scum.
S: Citruy leafy hops, bready malt, and a bit of simcoe cat piss.
T: Harsh hops, very cat pee-like, and dominating. I know this is supposed to taste this way but it’s not my favorite. If you love simcoe this is your beer though. I do get a redeeming hint of citrus in the finish.
M: Medium body, oily greasy mouthfeel, with tingly carbonation. I had no idea the alcohol in this beer was so high because it is hidden so well.
O: Again, if you love simcoe you will love this beer. I don’t not love it, and I know this flavor profile is what SN was going for, but I guess I just wasn’t in the mood for this tonight.

scottfrie, Apr 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

furthurgone, Apr 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

bullywee, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Sierra Nevada 30th anniversary party. Nice professional appearance, copper color, some bright orange color, nice pillowy head on it. Aroma was wonderfully hoppy, plenty of pine, mild citrus, no hint of alcohol and lots of sticky icky type resinous notes.

Nice blast of tropical fruit hop notes, toasted caramel malt notes, just the right amount of sweetness and bitterness, never a heavy or sticky mouthfeel. Can't believe how well it hides alcohol. Lots of hops and relatively modest bitterness.

I wouldn't argue with anyone if they said this was Sierra Nevada's best hoppy beer. Was my favorite of the day.

Why was I not advised that this came out in bottles?

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

whartontallboy, Jan 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

lakersfan16, Dec 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

TrickkyGangsta, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Slurrernie, Dec 03, 2011
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

MarkVegas, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very deep orange, pretty much bronze shade with a finger of off white head which recedes to a small pool in the middle and a rim on the edge of the glass.
S: Smells dank piney and resinous with a bit of sweet caramel smells and some tropical fruit
T: Herbal hop flavors with a bit of pine, some caramel sweetness, Almost medicinal at some times but not off putting. Fruity on the swallow with a bit of bitterness that is sharp at first but fades quickly
M: Full bodied and somewhat thick, carbonation is a little prickly but not overly so
O: A very well done and tasty beer. I'm very happy that I picked up a bottle when I visited the brewery.;

SHODriver, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

rbrefbeerman, Nov 17, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/8/2011

On tap at URGE.

A: Brownish red with a massive beige sea foam head. Good retention and scattered lacing.

S: Aromatic floral notes blend with grapefruit and pine. The hops harmonize with caramel and bread.

T: Pronounced bread and caramel malt with sweet citrus that reminds me of orange and grapefruit. There's evident pine and earth as well. Bitterness is at a moderate level, and the beer gives the impression of balance. There's a little booze in the finish.

M: Medium body with lower high carbonation.

Overall: Malty and balanced but still good.

HopHead84, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of paulozanello
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange and light brown hazy color with a fluffy white head with moderate lacing and retention.

Aroma is caramel malts and resinous hops with spicy finish.

Taste is of malty and nutty caramel upfront with aromatic and citrus hops following. Bitterness is present towards the end to balance the sweet malts.

Body is heavy with low carbonation. Aftertaste is bitter and hoppy.

A nice and malty DIPA from Sierra Nevada, good balance between hops and malt. I'd love to try it fresh on tap.

paulozanello, Nov 05, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml into SN Tulip

A - Pours a deep clear red w/ 1 finger fluffy tan head that slow fades to a thick cap that leaves great lacing

S - Smells of lots of earthy, spicy, and sweet hops, very resinous, with hints of pine and grapefruit, toffee and alcohol also come through.

T - Tastes of malty sweet caramel w/ a spicy alcohol, and a forward bitterness. Resiny hops, and toasty malts play well together, as well as light melon and citrus fruits.

M - Here is the only place this beer throws me off. The mouthfeel and bitterness are quite harsh, not only out of balance harsh, but they give an astringent scrape in the throat that continues to linger. The medium body and light carbonation are nice though.

O - I would have loved this beer were it not for the harsh bitterness and astringency of it. Really enjoyed the nose and flavor, and apart from the harshness, the drinkability seemed good. The malty backbone was nice; just can't get past the offputting harsh bitterness.

jbakajust1, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of Phelps
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap as a series of servings in a tasting glass.

The copper of an old penny with just a touch of haze. Two fingers of creamy sand-colored head recedes after a minute to a thin filmy top layer and leaves the walls sticky with pocked lace.

Vibrant nose. It’s mostly syrupy, sugared grapefruit and ethanol, though I also get hints of mango, orange blossom, honey and some odd cheesiness.

The flavor is similarly sticky with grapefruit, honey and burnt sugar. It's a heavy, boozy flavor, like hop liqueur.

Peppery medium carbonation pokes the tongue amid the syrupy, viscous body. High bitterness is balanced by a rather sweet burnt sugar malt character. There’s more ethanol in the flavor than the feel, though there are some fumes in the mouth.

Everything’s in accord with Hopsichord. It strikes a nice balance between burly hops and sugary malt, just toeing the edge of barleywine strength, though the noticeable booziness and heft make it less drinkable than your average DIPA.

Phelps, Jun 24, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at papago
Dark for the style, dark reddish brown with a creamy tan head that sticks around for ages. Smells of pungent citrusy hops, grapefruit, pine, and very sweet malt. Taste follows the nose and the finish is quick. The hops are assertive but this shouldn't be considered a hop bomb. Sweet and powerful malt profile. This has several similarities to fresh bigfoot. Medium bodied, smooth and oily, leaves a sticky coating.

Allpe45, May 30, 2011
Photo of trappistlover
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(On draught at Papago brewing). Pours clear dark copper color with tan head. Aroma has pine, resin, and. citrus. Taste is bitter with a sweet malt backbone. Medium bodied with a sticky texture. Finish is bitter. Good beer that I'm glad I got to try.

trappistlover, May 29, 2011
Photo of nkersten
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler provided by Sean at our Southampton mega tasting, thanks! Poured into Lost Abbey tumbler, wasnt told what this was but was able to guess the brewery. Color is a bit darker then the typical west coast DIPA, an amber orange with an off white head that settles to a cap. Smell is hoppy up front but very balanced. Lots of pine, floral hops, some citrus, and a fruity malt character. Taste is equally balanced. Caramel malts, sugary, some light toffee, pine hop, orange peel and citrus, a bit of earthy hops in the finish. Not too bitter. Medium body and a low carbonation, a bit sugary mouthfeel. I enjoyed this beer and it is one of the first west coast takes on the east coast DIPA. Hopefully this will make it out of CA for a few on tap appearances in Chicago.

nkersten, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean for sharing this one. Served in a Heady Topper glass as a warm-up for our Southampton tasting.

A - Pours with a finger of orange-tinged tan foam that settles to a collar and some wisps. Body is a hazed amber color that seems quite dark for the style.

S - Quite balanced for a West Coast DIPA. I had this blind, and it took me a while to guess the style (and eventually the beer as well). I found it to be more in the mold of an Imperial Red or aggressively hopped strong ale. In any case a good amount of pine, earthy herbs, light citrus, and tropical fruits mingle with a heft caramel malt backbone.

T - Taste is fairly similar, with a mixture of caramel, burnt sugars, tropical fruits, and light citrus zest. I remember asking Sean about freshness as this seemed fairly malt-forward, although I can't believe this is the same as the batch from November either - if it is it's held up remarkably. Surprisingly moderate bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, medium-low growler carbonation, resiny finish, and reasonably hidden alcohol.

D - I enjoyed this quite a bit, but I believe it's a bit miscast as a West Coast DIPA. Reminds me more of an East Coast DIPA or an Imperial Amber/Red Ale. I see a lot of other reviewers agree with me on this one. Hope it shows up on-tap in Chicago at some point so I could spent a little more time with it.

MasterSki, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler thanks to Sean who posed as President Obama to obtain this hard to get growler.

A - Brownish/red beer with a small head that left a little bit of stick on the sides.

S - Hope profile on this one leans toward pine without being too piney, and finishes with resin. Very nice compliment to a caramel malt backbone. It is just too resiny on the nose to be great, but it is not unpleasant.

T - Hop-forward, and quite nice. The resin on the finish is nicely bitter and cuts into the sweetness from the malt backbone. There is a little bit of citrus and pine in the mix as well.

M - Heavier side of medium bodied with some good carbonation.

O - Really good beer, crushable at 9% and quite tasty. Would love to drink this regularly.

AgentZero, Apr 11, 2011
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Hopsichord - Beer Camp #36 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.