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

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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
Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam adams perfect pint glass.

A: Two finger somewhat frothy, very light yellow head slowly dissipates leaving a very nice lacing. Golden amber and clear.

S: Floral up front with hints of pine, hops and caramel malt. Tame overall, not as aromatic as many DIPAs

T: Floral and herbal up front followed by a hop salad of varying tastes. Not picking up on the caramel malt as much. Pine and citrus notes. Mildly bitter.

M: Moderate to high carbonation. Full bodied. Wet.

Overall: One of the more drinkable DIPAs out there. I enjoyed how the taste shifted from the beginning to the end of each sip. Biggest knock on this one is the tame aroma.

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Knapp85
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
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

Photo of mikesgroove
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev -19%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.74/5  rDev -29.7%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of zeff80
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.

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of NeroFiddled
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.

Photo of nickfl
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a three finger head of white foam, resting on top of a clear, copper colored body. The head recedes slowly and leaves thick rings of lace on the glass in its wake.

S - Green, pine and grapefruit hop aromas with some toffee malt in the background.

T - Pine hops and thick malt up front with notes of bread, honey, and toffee. More hop character comes out next with lots of grapefruit and pine. Spicy, pine character dominates in the finish with moderate bitterness that leaves pithy grapefruit notes lingering on the palate.

M - Moderately thick body, medium carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - A pretty nice DIPA, lots of hop character and more than ample malt backing. It is a bit heavy on the woody notes for my taste, especially in the flavor profile where, along with the thick malt, it makes the beer seem a bit flabby and dull. Still it has a nice bitter quality that really reminds me of grapefruit, particularly in the way it lingers on the palate long after the beer is gone.

Photo of RblWthACoz
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
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.

Photo of Slatetank
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks again to abru17 for the sampler pack -I am enjoying this bottle from a Duvel Tulip chilled

The beer is a beautiful apricot shade w/ mild haze and thick 2 finger cap of cream with small bead. The lace clings in a sheet. The smell is mild for the style, but has nice elements of citrus rind and gentle tropical notes including pineapple w/ some mellow sweet grassy/herbal odors and light sweet aroma. The feel starts slightly resinous and moves toward acidic with gentle tanginess from the hops with a bitter flavor and mild astringent quality with moderately high carbonation. The feel moves toward higher bitterness in the semi-dry finish.

The flavor is good with some nice herbal hops and a mellow grapefruit tinge with a slight pineapple/tangerine quality but moves toward grassy and sharp bitter flavors midway through. I remember the first taste of Ghidorah and this dissapoints me because either the beer just wasn't made the same way or the hops are fading leaving only bitterness and lacking the original highly aromatic and flavorful hop qualities I remember, I suppose it could be the different delivery method or freshness issue, but I miss the beer I remember, Ghidorah. Overall not a bad beer according to the style, just a shadow of the original to me.

Photo of mactrail
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another one from the Beer Camp mixed pack and this by far the best one. This double IPA smells like fistful of hops and is beautiful in the glass. Taste is surprisingly well balanced and is bitter for sure, but delicious. Hides the alcohol very well and is one of the better double IPA's I've tried.

Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Photo of smcolw
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
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.  

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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.