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Best Of Beer Camp: Double IPA - Beer Camp #29 - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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very good

473 Ratings
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Ratings: 473
Reviews: 311
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Brent on 05-11-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 473 | Reviews: 311
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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. The double ipa delivered a 1 finger head that was slightly off-white in color. Beer was golden in color and left great lacing while drinking. The overall appearance reminded me of Pliny the Elder. The smell was absolutely exceptional. The aroma literally smelled like a fresh bag of hop pellets. I have never encountered this before in any ipa or double for that matter. There was loads of pine, citrus and weedlike notes in the aroma. Taste was piney, grapefruit citrus with an oily resin texture that finished dry (WEST COAST to the bone). An extraordinary double IPA. In my honest opinion, this beer blew away Pliny the Elder and several others that may remain nameless. This may seem blasphemous, but it is the TRUTH.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I really loved it. Very impressed with the camp selection overall, and this was my favorite.

(I preface that I'm still quite new to the IIPA world, but am quickly becoming a big fan and leaning toward the II over the I)

Was way too smooth for that high of an ABV (huge compliment).

I haven't tried Sierra's other IIPA offerings, but I sure hope this becomes a regular on my packie's shelf.

Photo of beerdown77
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This pours hazy dark yellow with big chunky had. The aroma is very potent and primarily hoppy. The smell is almost skunky, sticky and herbal. So far I approve and I haven’t even tasted this beer. The flavor is a sucker punch of perfect bitter hops and grapefruit. I love this take on a double IPA. I don’t get that heavy, syrupy malt aspect that is so prevalent in a lot of double IPAs. This is just an amazing zing of crazy bitter hops that is just the thing I am always after. The drinkability is very nice for a DIPA. This is a new favorite for sure.

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4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glowing orange semi clouded body with a full thicket of creamy slihgtly off white head. Forms beautiful fine intricately dispersed lacing downt he sides of my favorite chalice glass. Aroma brings out ripened fruit layers which divide into a realm of citric grapefruit acidity and mango tropical pineapple fructose. Amongst the big fruity hop components the grain and yeast breathe an air of fresh breadiness across my nares. Inviting invigorating aroma really strengthens the early stages of trying a beer, dive into the first sip to find out how you really feel. This is actually getting better with a touch of age, the aggressive citric rind bitterness is just starting to mellow. Allowing my palate to fully understand the depth of what's going on here in my glass. Extremely juicy fruit bursts blare with a cleansing layer of bittering hops cleaning the palate, the upfront tropical pineapple/mango fireworks are yin and the citric abrasive pith of the grapefruit and crushed aspirin become the yang. A full range of flavors in one glass, excellent DIPA from one of my all time favorite go to breweries in the United States. They don't brew off of trends but they develop recipes by listening to the beer community and in turn tend to set their own trends. Alcohol does arise in the flavorscape but doesn't overpower it actually fits right into the balancing act between sweet booze versus abrasive bittering West Coast agressive hop nature. Mouthfeel is actually a range as well strts off light with a bit of juice or something easy to get down with the backend of the palate really sensing the bitter abrasives with each sip this really makes a great complimentary experience. Hop burps tend to become strong with hop oils and a bit fusel with the extra alcohol, tis the nature of this style. Overall I can't say go try this beer camp and other future offerings from Sierra Nevada enough. Pure excellence this time around, with a bit of mellowed bitterness this beer is really drinking great.

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4.67/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just got the Boot Camp sampler pack and the liquor store manager gave me a 10% discount because I was a bigger hophead than he was. Final price was $16.20 for twelve.

I am starting with the Double IPA and it does not disappoint.

A - It's a hazy, relatively dark golden-colored IPA. Much darker than some of the clear IPAs I have had.

S - Recent IPAs have disappointed me with a timid aroma but this one stands out. It's not as citrusy as some that I have had. I think more of a pine note. But, there's no question there's aroma aplenty.

T - In my book, taste is most of the rating of a beer. There's no question this is a double IPA. The hoppiness is hard-core. This is not something to whack a noobie over the head with. It has the flavorful bitterness of an American IPA as opposed to the less complex bitterness of a British IPA. The alcohol notes are certainly present.

It seems to have a familial resemblance to the Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA, which is a fine IPA in my book.

M - Like the taste, the mouthfeel is everything you could want. Well carbonated, even after sitting in the glass for 20 minutes.

All in all, this is a great Imperial IPA for hopheads. I think it compares well with the best from Stone and some of the other hard-core IPA brewers. The best thing is that the sampler is pretty reasonably priced and all four of the beers are rated as B+ or A- beers.

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4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dimmly bright golden hay color with a small crown of light beige foam that sits for a bit before it sits a sifted skim and some sporatic lacing.

Quite a hoppy nose with lots of woody bitterness of cedar pine, strong floral notes that are quite cannibus-like, and a bit of orangeyness.

Wow, this has got some hops to it...um...duh. A Dbl. IPA from SN with mucho hops, yes please. Very biting from the get go with a twisted pine-sided woodyness, alot of pale malt dullness underneath, parching white grapefruit, puffs of tangerine, and some of that floral hoppy touch as it completely and comfortably wraps the palate in a tight bittered drying effect of buzzing pithy hops. Excellent hop complexity to this SN Beer Camp brew.

Mouth buzzes with lots of hoppy things as it settles in with a soft fluffy texture within a bold medium body. Wonderfully wholesome and hop dazzling.

Damn hoppy and yummy stuff! A hophead must try.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour yields a thin 1 finger head. Coloring is a light orange/ bright yellow. Smell is sticky sweet pineapple with a twist of juicy hops. Nice juicy bitterness with tons of sweet caramel malt to back it up with the bitterness making a super appearance in the end. Very tropical and fruity. SN has really made an exceptional DIPA and I know they have a stance for staying away from the style but I believe they should rethink it.

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Best Of Beer Camp: Double IPA - Beer Camp #29 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 473 ratings.