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

Best Of Beer Camp: Double IPA - Beer Camp #29Best Of Beer Camp: Double IPA - Beer Camp #29

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BA SCORE
88
very good

461 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 461
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%


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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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

amber with a light haze to it at first, but this settled out to reveal some very nice clarity to it. Nice tall head of three inches or more was then easily visible as it settled back down to a thin layer that stayed with it throughout the session.

Very nice notes of orange and tangerine, light pineapple and a small biscuit like malt making up the dominate part of the smell. Very fresh here with resin like hops that you could almost taste while you smelled it. The flavor was just as good. Nice biting, sharp, crisp hop taste as you took the first sip of this monster. Orange and pineapple melding with a light malt flavor gave it some touch of balance before hopping right back enough to shock you back to your senses. Easily session able, I had no issue at all with pulling this one in.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 01:46:37 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a clear golden color with a big white head.

S: Not exactly my idea IPA aroma. Grassy and floral hops with body odor and mild earthy hops. Some citrus and pine notes, and not really much malt or sweetness, but not terribly good.

T: The flavor is more of the same. Earthy, floral, and grassy hops with a hint of bready malt flavor. Fairly bitter with a lot of pine flavors, but not much else going on.

M: Medium in body and just about medium carbonation.

O: Really disappointing from Sierra Nevada. This was by far the worst beer in the pack.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 19:41:45 | More by womencantsail
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.7/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last of the Beer Camp series for me.Poured into a nonic clear light to medium golden with a rather large white head that left multiple broken rings of lace as it settled into a soapy-like mass.Alot of sweet caramel and sweet alcohol in the nose it nearly outshines the grapefruit rind hop aromas,it gets a little boozy as it sits more.Big caramle sweetness at the onset flavor wise,a little sugary sweetness that comes with alot of the beers of the style,what makes this beer good is a big rush of grapefruit-like hops in the finish,and its big.Its big and sweet but the hops finally come in to make this a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 21:18:46 | More by oberon
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Double IPA

Appearance: Slightly hazy (from the hops). Deep golden w/ an orange cast. Full, creamy "antique"-white head. Tiny bubbles can be seen steadily rising from the base of the glass. Great head retention and lacing with solid sheets of lace left behind.

Smell: Citrusy, resinous, piney - not quite pungent. It's not as bold as some, but certainly within the style.

Taste: Rich biscuity malt is threaded through with piney, citrusy (orange, pineapple, and just a hint of grapefruit), and leafy hops. It changes very little from the front of the mouth to the back, and its bold bitterness is omnipresent. It finishes long and lingering with residual bitterness, a touch of malt, and plenty of piney and leafy hops. The alcohol makes itself know, as it should, but doesn't jump out at you. Well-balanced. Clean and bright.

Mouthfeel: Medium with a firm, dextrinous side.

Overall: Impressive. Bold. Overall fairly brash, but it's wisely held back so that it never really gets to the point of hop-saturation where your mouth becomes very dry and you can't really taste much beyond the first quarter of the glass. Well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 15:40:22 | More by NeroFiddled
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emerge077

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Into a tulip it pous a bright golden orange, displaying high clarity and a saturated color. Good retention, foam lasts for a good while, with random spotty lacing.

Sweet overripe fruit, caramel, whiff of alcohol when swirled.

Flavors of caramel, bitter citrus peel, earthy hop bitterness. Pretty straightforward and by the books. Light mellow feel, slightly syrupy, low carbonation. Resiny bitter grapefruit flavors linger into the aftertaste. Booze is a hair too overt, but overall its drinkable. Probably not one I'll seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 23:20:51 | More by emerge077
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WesWes

New York

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid pale malt scent along with a pretty killer citrus hop nose. It's clean with maybe some Capalis malt for body. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth, pale malt flavor that goes down easy. It has a powerful hop flavor that hits you hard up front and resinates through to the finish. It's not the most complex beer; just a solid DIPA with excellent hop character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinking DPIA. I've had better, but this is worthy of a repeat visit.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 21:44:07 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler. Beer is amber with a thin head. Some lacing, moderate carbonation. Looks fine.

Mostly hops, mostly pine, a little sweet.

Beer is medium in body, moderately sweet on the front and chewy on the palate. Mostly piny overall. It is fine but not special. I won't have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2011 13:18:50 | More by drabmuh
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zeff80

Missouri

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a one-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left thick rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled fruity and spicy with some floral notes. Some nice caramel notes, too.

T - Good pine flavor with a tart citrus bite of bitterness. Nice burnt toast and malt backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish and warm alcohol presence.

O - This is a good Double IPA. A nice addition to the Beer Camp pack.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 01:38:32 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lighter fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades at a medium pace, hints of lacing, over hazy almost yeast chunked golden yellow-orange color.

Nose has some nice hops, a bit earthy, hint of pine, some citrus, hints of tropical fruit and other hop fruits, and a bit of malts sweetening it underneath.

taste brings a bit of sweetness up front with some malts, then gets fairly bitter, some light earthy and chewy hops, a bit of citrus and hints of tropical fruit and other hop fruits, as it goes it gets slightly resinous and quite bitter. The hops carry through for a while, finishes very bitter, fairly dry, and some lingering astringent hop characters.

Mouth is a bit thinner than I was expecting, slightly sticky despite the dryness, decent carbonation.

overall not bad, the hop character starts decent but doesn't finish well with a nagging bitter slightly astringent bitterness, and earthy chewy hops late. The malt doesn't seem to back it up as much as it should have, and the body kinda falls out.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 21:44:36 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried on tap at 1702, Tucson; July 2011
The beer arrives from the tap with a frothy, fat-one-finger thick, lightly tan colored head; the head leaves some nice, thin, layered lacing on the sides of my glass as I work my way through the beer. The beer is a dark gold color that shows an almost brilliantly clear, bright, full gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells a bit musty (likely from sitting in the tap lines over night), but most prominently it has a pine and herbal hop character. Toasty, pale grain character reminds me of wheat crackers and the crust of a rustic white-bread. I can never shake the musty, almost moldy aromatic notes, and it seems to overshadow the citrus character that I would expect to notice in this type of beer.

Sharply bitter, but it has a general “beery” flavor in the finish that reminds me a bit of a cheap macro lager for some reason. There is a nice cracker like grain and pale malt heartiness to the middle of this beer, but it is clearly dominated by the hop character. The big bitterness is wrapped up with a big pine and even herbal character. A pretty big citrus zest flavor is also noticeable, though it plays a secondary role to the previously mentioned hop notes; the citrus zest has an essential oil like thing that leans towards herbal citrus like flavors). The body is light enough to be almost quaffable (dangerous even if I am not paying attention), but has some sticky malt character to it that allows it to cling just a bit to the palate before being completely washed away bit the lingering hop bitterness.

Not bad, but I wonder if the nose was ruined by the tap lines a little bit (it is likely this was the first pour of the day and that subsequent pours will taste a lot better). Still this is an enjoyable beer that I would easily get again sometime.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2011 14:28:38 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a nice looking golden orange color with plenty of flakes floating around. The head looks good at the beginning, it settles pretty quickly but leaves a pretty good sticky lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer has some evergreen aromas in it. The taste of the beer has a good hoppy flavor, there's a decent light maltiness in there too. The mouthfeel is dry and a little tingly. Overall it's not a bad Double IPA, I've had ones that I think are better.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 22:42:17 | More by Knapp85
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I suppose I have preconceived notions about what any beer involving hops from Sierra Nevada should be. This seems a bit off for me. A bit too acidic and salty from hops. Not as well balanced as I would like. Certainly, it's a drinkable beer. But it isn't bringing much to the table for the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 19:58:04 | More by RblWthACoz
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.72/5  rDev +21%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 08:51:58 | More by WVbeergeek
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good starting head, but it settles to a single layer.  Very little spotty lace.  Nice golden color with a slight chill haze.

Beautiful fresh, extremely floral hop smell.  Light malt in the background.

I find this beer hyper-bitter.  The malt is nearly missing, not that I'm complaining.  The carbonation is heightened but well-balanced against the rich body.  

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 23:23:28 | More by smcolw
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mactrail

California

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Powerful hop blast in a strong ale.

Pop the top and you get a hop genie right out of the mouth of the bottle. Extremely aromatic but settles down to a fruity nose in the glass. Quite pretty clear golden amber in the chalice. Interesting all the fruits that come out between the big malt and the hops. Pineapple, tangerine, pear. Each sip goes through the sweet openers, the dragon's breath of hops, and the mouth-burn of the up-front alcohol.

An impressive display, though I might get another bottle to flavor a six of Simple Times Lager.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 04:57:16 | More by mactrail
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

summery for a double ipa, grassy and earthy and fairly light, this ipa smells like an early hop ipa, with what feels like wheat as well. a bit citrusy on the hops, alcohol is well disguised. best of the beer camp brews i have tasted. the light mouthfeel and the high abv make this a potentially dangerous session. glad i got to try it. as a note, had it on tap as well, and both are excellent. not overwhelmingly amazing, but damn solid. a little more body and complexity would give this beer higher scores

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 05:57:36 | More by StonedTrippin
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Texas

3.08/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a five finger head of nice cream and thickness, and very good retention (especially for the relatively high ABV). Colour is a semitransparent copper.

Sm: Pleasant bittering hops - maybe amarillo? Otherwise, just some lightly toasted malt. A moderate strength aroma, but certainly a pleasant one. I'm genuinely looking forward to trying it.

T: The notes from the nose are present. The hops are badly handled, making the balance too bitter, particularly on the climax. A poorly placed cream note immediately after doesn't hide this fact, at least not as much as the bitterness hides the alcohol. It's imbalanced, but decently built. The toasted malt is a very nice departure from typical mere barley foundations found in other IPAs. I do like it, but it has its flaws.

Mf: Wet and smooth, but overly coarse on the climax (likely a result of the overdone bittering hops). Doesn't suit the flavour.

Dr: It's very drinkable for the relatively high ABV, but all in all it lacks the quality demanded by the style. I'd try it on draught, but I wouldn't purchase it in bottle form again.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 05:48:09 | More by kojevergas
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Billolick

New York

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, from the box...pours lighter then expected, almost golden amber, dull and lightly hazed. Off white head, that stays, goes all puffy and pillowy, leaves a load of very fine, scattered and high quality looking lace. Good head.

Pungent hopped up nose, earthy, musty, pine infused.

Very easy drinking for 8.5%, elements of big malty underpinnings and solid hoppy flourishes combine for a quality, if slightly underwhelming DIPA.

Good but not really blowing me away.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 01:40:20 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a clear bright copper body with a good carbonation and a thick bubbly beige head that sticks to the glass with each sip.

S- The earthy woody green hops is soft with some fruity aromas follow and a finish of green citrus pith.

T- The pungent woody green hops turns a touch soapy as the beer warms up and a green grapefruit pith finishes the taste. The finish takes on a bitey hop bitterness and a dandelion bitterness lingers after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft alcohol heat that enhances the bitterness with just a touch of fizz to follow.

O- This beer has big hops but they are dark and very bitter which overpowers the hop flavor. The bitterness lingers on and on aswell.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 19:00:26 | More by rhoadsrage
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Zorro

California

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear light orange colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smell is strongly hopped with mostly c type hops. Mostly this has a pine scent plus the Aspirin smell of Amarillo Hops. Little bit of flower scent, but smell isn't this beers best side.

Starts out mildly sweet with a strong grapefruit and aspirin taste. Good solid bitterness without becoming harsh. Little bit of pineapple taste.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Good drinkability for a high power beer. Not the best but certainly not a drain pour either.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 02:59:05 | More by Zorro
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011, beer camp #29.

Pours a hazy golden orange color with golden yellow hues and a frothy two finger white head. Very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap/ring. Chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy, oily hop aroma with lots of sticky pine notes and sweet tropical/citrus fruit notes along with a nice malt backbone. Hints of grapefruit, mango, pineapple and orange peel along with subtle caramel and biscuit notes.

Medium bodied but on the fuller end with a good balance of bitter, earthy hops, sweet fruit notes and prominent malt character. Dry and resinous up front with hints of grass and pine countered by sweet tropical and citrus fruit. Prominent grapefruit along with some pineapple and orange rind. The malt backbone is pretty strong, more so than I prefer. Hints of caramel and biscuit provide balance with more dry bitterness in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 05:04:22 | More by corby112
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess this is a double-listing considering this beer is just a 2nd release in the bottle form of Ghidorah Double IPA Beer Camp #29. I approach this offering with great anticipation because I absolutely loved the growlers of Ghidorah that I got to enjoy with my friends. Big thanks go to Kegatron for gifting me with all 4 of these "best of beer camp" brews.

Poured into a shaped pint glass from the typical SN brown stubby 12oz bottle. This brew appears a hop hazed color of copper with tiny particulate stuck in suspension keeping it from being clearer in appearance. The head swells up 2 fingers strong with a yellowish stain about it and it is composed of rather large bubbles. It slowly fades creating an uneven surface and patchy lacework all over the glass.

The smell of this brew is quite muted even once it reaches warmer than ideal temperatures. The hoppy characteristics of the nose come across with a scent that is herbal and grassy. Some tingly alcohol inclusion hits the nose with a fusel twinge that lightly burns. Some base caramel tones are there to provide a baseline of sweetness to the scent of this brew that contrasts the hops. Once warm, a swirl reveals a scent that is lightly catty to almost cheesy similar to the other beer camp brew I had.

The taste of this brew is herbal and piney with hop resinous kick. It lingers in the mouth with an oily cling that increases in perceived bitterness as the brew warms. The 8+% abv really hits home here almost stronger than anticipated for 8% which exaggerates the harshness of the bitter hop bite. The backing of malt has some mustiness mixed with caramel flavor that doesn't quite ever come through with a contrasting sweetness. It tastes quite grassy into the aftertaste with a solvent amount of alcohol, light catty quality and more than modest bitterness.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. The balance is there but the alcohol is really pronounced. Perhaps my excitement over this brew was a bit over the top leading into enjoying this brew. However, I just don't think this one transcribed well into the bottle or it is much more dated than my previous experience with this from a freshly filled growler. I really wanted to like this one as much as I did in the past but it didn't deliver. As-is it is a solid representation of the style, but this surely isn't the same beer I had during the first release 8 months ago.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 02:10:57 | More by stakem
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

You wouldn't necessarily think something bright and clear and orange-yellow in complexion could be suffocatingly bitter - but then again looks deceive. The only thing that might tip you off about this beer's strength is the amount of protein haze (obviously a lot of malt was used) or perhaps the fact that it's head struggles to rise despite apparent bubbles.

I'm fond of explaining to people that hops can have an earthy, spicy pungency much like raw garlic (or especially garlic scapes). This bouquet - which is entirely hoppy - not only has an earthy, leafy, zestful pungency that is like garlic, but one that actually resembles it in flavour. While there are pine-y and citrus notes too, I can't shake the garlic-ness of it.

IPAs are by design bitter. But Californian breweries take this in a Hobbesian sense: they make their beers with a short finish, a nasty pungency and a brutish bitterness. That is particularly true of this example, as it lacks in the finer details. It'll likely be repulsive to mainstream drinkers - as it should be - but it should also be more gratifying to drinkers like me.

The beer has bitterness and pungency and acidity but not the usual cast of flavours that prompts them. Grapefruit and other assorted citrus fruits are minimally noted. Instead, plenty of plant-like, very 'green' and bitter herbal grasses barge the palate. It's like being attacked by my garden. And its maltiness, which is evident, tastes harshly grainy rather than being malted and sweet. It's like a failed bread experiment. And, on top of it all, alcohol is noted.

I'm relieved to finally find a Californian double-IPA that *doesn't* come only in the 22 ounce bomber (Lagunitas Maximus seems to be the only other one); naturally it would have to be a beer that I *would* want to drink at least two of, but that's life for you. For all it leaves to be desired, this beer is certainly still drinkable. And I wouldn't have minded another.

I don't know what Beer Camp is but it sounds fun and they seem to do good things there. That said, if this double-IPA is any indication, the students may have graduated a little prematurely (or at least would have been wiser to start with a more forgiving style). California is the Big Leagues when it comes to hoppy beers, and this is still more of a farm-club player.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 21:02:40 | More by biegaman
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Best Of Beer Camp: Double IPA - Beer Camp #29 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 461 ratings.