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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

469 Ratings
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Ratings: 469
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 6
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Brent on 05-11-2011)
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.33/5  rDev -40.3%

12oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange with a medium creamy head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is pretty subdued for a DIPA - some sweet grainy biscuit malt and crystal malt and a little floral cascade hops.

The flavor is sweet biscuity malt and a touch of fruit with a good amount of oily harsh bitterness in the finish but not much hop flavor. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a big disappointment from Sierra Nevada. Very subdued in the nose, with a lot of plain bitterness with no good hop flavor. I've made better DIPAs than this.

09-01-2011 02:59:21 | More by Beaver13
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uziangis

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

01-13-2012 02:56:10 | More by uziangis
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Sinewave

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

01-01-2012 23:14:29 | More by Sinewave
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n2185

North Carolina

2.7/5  rDev -30.8%

A: Pours an orange-gold with two fingers of white head that recedes into a thin cap with some decent lacing.

S: Pineapple hop notes seem to dominate the aroma. Some grassy and grapefruit aromas follow. It smells good, though is a bit muted.

T: Unfortunately where the aroma is mostly tropical, the taste is a grassy, piny, bitter bomb. The hops leave a lingering, resiny bitterness that stays well past its welcome.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is a bit oily feeling with all of the resiny bitterness.

O: Overall, a bit disappointing of a beer. The smell promises lots of tropical fruit and then the taste delivers little more than bitterness.

06-28-2011 22:23:36 | More by n2185
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alexhahn82

California

2.7/5  rDev -30.8%

A - Golden with a light head, but poured on tap from a bartender so they know Im not paying for head!

S- Light malt smell, not hoppy in aroma at all.

T/M - Sweet at first with an almost toasted barley bit at the end. Candy like at first, for a lack of a better term.

Overall - Interesting in its own way, but overall nothing to write home about.

PP (Price Point): $7 for a pint, Meh. Im gonna go skip over it for about 50% of the other DIPA/IPA/PA's /

06-20-2011 02:00:53 | More by alexhahn82
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.7/5  rDev -30.8%

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Pack - $16.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, light orange-hued, honeyesque in color body with a rather tall, almost glistening, near white head.

Smell: Razor-sharp resin, blisteringly grassy, with a pith element that heads towards hinting of ground aspirin tablets.

Taste: Any malt character or sweetness is essentially bypassed for a mercilessly resinous, staunchly grassy assault, with a taste of just chomping endlessly on pure citrus pith. Big bitterness as there's no sweetness to hold it back. Maybe some alcohol heat on the tail end, but that could just as easily be my taste buds dissolving away one by one. Very dry, very bitter finish, a bit wince-inducing even.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Some slick oiliness on the tongue.

Overall: It's one of those hopbomb Double IPA's that's harsh and altogether unforgiving on the palate, becoming downright medicinal after the first couple sips, but, hey, that's what some people are into these days.

06-28-2011 20:07:16 | More by ChainGangGuy
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stonermouse

Massachusetts

2.78/5  rDev -28.7%

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

From the intriguing "Beer Camp" mix pack, I was looking forward to this DIPA, as it was probably vetted heavily by serious beer people.

Pours a light-beer yellow, very pale. Decent head and lacing, but nothing too exciting.

Aroma is pretty nice. Good clean hops, a little muted. There's a bit of sweetness in the aroma as well.

The taste is overpoweringly dry. The dryness is comparable to greek olive; the kind you can't really get out of your mouth for a while. It dominates the mild floral notes that struggle to push through. It is just so sticky and dry, I have to try way to hard to enjoy it. And despite the aroma, there is no malty sweetness at all.

Mouthfeel, again, is painfully dry and dominates any other redeeming features this beer might have.

For a terribly unbalanced brew, it does not showcase the hop at all. I am a total hop head, and this brew doesn't do that beautiful flower any justice.

06-01-2011 01:17:07 | More by stonermouse
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kyleelton

Texas

2.88/5  rDev -26.2%

Got a 12 pack of the Beer Camp from Sierra Nevada. Love them and this is fun an exciting. Yea!

Lots of head on this one. Also, this is very light in color. At least more than most DIPA's

Didn't love the smell. There was a bit of an unpleasant, but faint skunk smell. It's like hops that went a little sour or something. It doesn't ruin the beer, but it's there.

The bitterness of the hops are very prominent. A bit too much bitter and not enough malt balance. DIPAs are going to have lots of hops, but this one doesn't really have that floral or citrus taste that they usually have. I don't really know what does that, but I always assumed it was the type of hops. In the best IPAs I think part of that hops flavor is also balanced by subtle but present malt back that keeps the bitter in check. This is a bit too front heavy, but I still love me some hops, so I'm not complaining. Much.

Feels like a DIPA should. Nice feel.

Overall, it's an okay DIPA, but since it IS a DIPA I still love drinking it. I have a hard time saying it's average, since the majority of DIPAs I would rate fairly high. But, it's also not the worst DIPA I've had.

05-22-2011 03:44:54 | More by kyleelton
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TheWhiskerReview

Tennessee

2.93/5  rDev -24.9%

Tasting sample- pours an orange-tinted yellow which does leave lots of soapy lace.

With mostly yellow tones to the color, I'm preparing for an overload of hops, and this delivers. Bigtime leafy, earthy hop tones lead the way with some very mild citrus, dried mango and toasted malt flavors sitting, and almost suffocated, in the background.

The palate mirrors the nose- medium bodied with a mild malt and a huge hop bitterness. It's hard to pick out any flavors in this besides those dank, earthy and leafy hops. Long bitter finish as expected.

Overall, I have to say this was by far my least favorite out of the Beer Camp box. That dank hoppiness completely bogged the beer down. Any semblance of citrussy, tropical or malty flavors that would help uplift the presentation were completely suppressed. It's almost a purely textural IPA, and texture is only half the experience.

09-30-2011 18:09:27 | More by TheWhiskerReview
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DrJay

Massachusetts

2.98/5  rDev -23.6%

Hazy gold/orange with a long lasting white cap. Lots of sticky, clumpy lace. Pine resin aroma, earthy, grapefruit, caramel, and mild alcohol as it warmed. A bit of grassy and aspirin hop character too. Full bodied with a lot of sweetness up front. This shifted to sharp, nearly harsh, bitterness towards the end with resinous hop flavour. Earthy, weedy hops, more pine rather than citrus, slightly medicinal. Alcohol warmth and flavour in the finish. Lowish carbonation. To me, everything seemed a little muddled in this beer.

05-28-2011 03:06:02 | More by DrJay
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Jmamay22

New York

2.98/5  rDev -23.6%

This beer pours out a orange tinted light amber with a thick foamy straw head. The scent is a muted piney hop resin. Less in your face than many Double IPAs from California. It has a slight honey background that helps balance the hops.

The taste is very hop forward, but in my taste has a slight medicinal bitterness on the finish. There is a lack of balance to the piney hop flavor and comes off as one dimensional. Medium bodied with mouthfeel with an average level of carbonation.

I am typically a big fan of Sierra Nevada, but this one came up shorter than my expectations.

05-15-2011 18:11:59 | More by Jmamay22
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FrankyLikesIt

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -23.1%

12-22-2011 20:18:52 | More by FrankyLikesIt
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dgeebs07

New York

3/5  rDev -23.1%

04-15-2012 12:46:17 | More by dgeebs07
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Biketopia

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -23.1%

12-19-2011 02:30:38 | More by Biketopia
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Naugros

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -23.1%

12-03-2011 04:14:01 | More by Naugros
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bmur112

Maryland

3/5  rDev -23.1%

11-15-2011 21:59:06 | More by bmur112
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bacher468

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.1%

11-19-2011 13:46:56 | More by bacher468
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -23.1%

01-14-2012 19:25:32 | More by JAHMUR
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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev -23.1%

01-20-2013 02:05:22 | More by t0rin0
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MasterMustace

California

3/5  rDev -23.1%

11-16-2011 20:51:16 | More by MasterMustace
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aclark44

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -23.1%

03-03-2012 02:24:05 | More by aclark44
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GrindFatherBob

New York

3/5  rDev -23.1%

01-14-2012 20:06:49 | More by GrindFatherBob
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harrymel

Washington

3.03/5  rDev -22.3%

Bottle code: 108921708 (around Mar 25, 2011)

A: Pours an apricot ale with a bit of haze. A single finger of peanut foam falls in a couple minutes to a sheet of the same. Cobweb lacing.

S: Alcohol up front, then sweet peaches, light citrus, pineapple, some tea notes. Malt is sweet and crystal. Mildly appealing.

T: Warm and bitter. The alcohol here plays a big part and creates quite a bit of a role in accentuating the hops which are bitter and resiny. Some fruits are in here, boldly dominated by pineapple flavors. there are hints of chemical tastes as well.

M: Thin with hi carbonation. Dry finish. Disappointing feel here.

O: This beer has the makings of what could be a really good beer, unfortunately, they didn't really work all the kinks out to make sure this one was up to SN's standards.

07-02-2011 15:04:23 | More by harrymel
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.03/5  rDev -22.3%

A: Poured a hazy golden color with good carbonatiuon leaving a nice white cap

S: Light grass, pine and floral notes but pretty tame

T: A little stronger than the aroma with some grapefruit, pine and orange with some bready malt but the taste was average caliber.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, quite bitter finish.

O: Pretty average across the board.

07-01-2011 02:42:46 | More by barleywinefiend
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teromous

Virginia

3.05/5  rDev -21.8%

A: Yellow with hints of orange around the side. Nearly 2/3 a thumb's width of carbonation with ample visible carbonation. The beer itself is a bit hazy though, and it doesn't appear to be chill haze. Decent lacing.

S: I get a pine flavor with some light grapefruit flavor.

T: I get the expected bitterness with some citrus. It's a pretty average taste, nothing too impressive. No malt character to judge. No alcohol flavor.

M: The mouthfeel is pretty average as well, with lots of carbonation and expected bitterness. Not astringent or unpleasant.

O: Overall it was a pretty good double IPA, but it wasn't anything special. It's a staple beer, but nothing that stands out. The balance was tipped a bit towards the hops so that was a little disappointing. I was expecting at least some malt character, and got none. I rated it as average because it can easily pass as a double IPA, but it's nowhere near the caliber of others.

05-24-2011 21:30:34 | More by teromous
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Best Of Beer Camp: Double IPA - Beer Camp #29 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 469 ratings.