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Sierra Nevada Audition Double IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Audition Double IPASierra Nevada Audition Double IPA

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31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | 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: Philousa on 09-28-2012

This beer is a true West Coast-style Double IPA made with huge amounts of hops - both in the kettle for flavor and later in the torpedo to impart a massive hop aroma. The light malt body and dry finish hide the power in this immensely drinkable hop-bomb.
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Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 8
Reviews by Philousa:
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3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear metallic golden color with a finger of very dense white head. Looks a little like a Czech Pils against the light. Laces quite nicely. Appearance isn't to style, but attractive none the less. Good amount of pine and resin, but it's not super strong. I also get sweet fruit: strawberry, cherry, and raspberry to name a few. I get a hint of earthy grass as well. The hops are actually quite subdued. A light aroma of saltine cracker (without the salt) comes through in the nose. There is a touch of sweetness in the malt, a saccharine confectionery sugar or honey-like aroma but it's faintly there. These two coalesce into a graham cracker type aroma as it warms. A sweet nectar-like flavor starts things off but quickly fades to a french bread flavor. I get a little bit of a boozy flavor in the middle followed by tree bark & hop stems. Maybe a little Douglas fir in there as well. The bitterness is far back on the tongue and stays for a good while. This is definitely dry. This hides the ABV well at first, but comes through as it warms.

At some point this thing gets pretty boozy, but it calms down after a certain point. I really can't ignore this though. It's an interesting experiment that seems have been hatched when someone asked "how light can we make a malt that has lots of hops in it?" My answer would be that this went a little too far. It is a bit imbalanced, but only by the amount of alcohol. I can tolerate all the IBUs you can muster, but this malt is just too weak for the amount of ABV that's thrown at it. That said, the hop schedule is divine and I really don't know how they got the fruit characteristics in the nose. I'm ambivalent.

More User Reviews:
Photo of GetMeAnIPA
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice golden color, looks more like a pale ale and not a DIPA. Nice head with great lacing all the way down the glass.

S - hop, citrusy, orange aroma. Slight malt and alcohol smell but the hops mostly dominate the nose.'

T - slighty better IPA than the torpedo. Great hops and citrus flavor that really opens up as the bottle warmed up. Has a nice bitter aftertaste that doesn't stay long or make you want to get rid of it.

M - medium body. Actually a little lighter and more carbonated than I expected. Particularly for a DIPA.

O - great west coast DIPA. At first I thought it was good but not great but the more I drank it the better and better it became. Really good hop forward IPA that is well balanced and hides the alcohol well. The malts definelty take a back seat in this IPA. Would buy it on a regular basis if it was available.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beeahluvah
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of BilbosNuts
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1Pt. 9.4 Oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear, light orange color with a creamy pearl white head. Vigorous sheets of carbonation bubbles rise to the top. The head sticks around for a while, but slowly fades to a thick film across the top. Spotted lacing is left behind.

S: Typical DIPA aromas of tropical fruits, citrus and some pine. Nothing really spectacular, but still very pleasant.

T: Significantly more piney in the taste than the aroma. A light toasted malt background creates an enjoyable backbone.

M: Medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation. A moderately bitter bite towards the end provides a crisp, refreshing finish.

O: A very solid DIPA and a fine example of the style. Unfortunately, this style has become over saturated and it takes more than what this has to offer to stand above the crowd. Nevertheless, this one is quite enjoyable and worth picking up if you can get your hands on it.

Photo of michaeljasinski
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of a large number of samples I had at the Extreme Beer Fest in Boston 3/21/32014. Nice hop wake me up.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of RobinLee
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jklecko2
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of scottfrie
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased at the Torpedo room in Berkeley. Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a pale golden color with three fingers of greasy, thick, off-white head that stuck around forever.
S: Bitter, leafy, but lighter than expected. Lemon and hints of pine as well. Actually not very fragrant. There's maybe a touch of peach as it warms.
T: Sweeter than expect with notes of candied fruits, caramel, passion fruit, peach, apricot, tangerine nectar, and honey. The finish has a solid bitterness and a touch mint, but the aftertaste falls off and this beer is forgetful after the swallow. What flavor is there is good. Minty, fruit nectar, and tingly.
M: Full body, tingly wintergreen mouthfeel, slick and greasy body, tingly but soft carbonation. Drinks well, numbing minty mouthfeel.
O: I was expecting more, but what's there is great. Hoppy, but not crazy. Drinks much better at room temp.

Photo of david131
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of MickeyHops
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of SenorHops
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and tropical fruit. Taste is much the same with a medium hop bitterness with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of SteveCarrozza
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of elNopalero
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear golden color in the class.

There is not a pronounced aroma on this; I get a touch of something earthy, with a hint of herbal spice, but nothing I can pinpoint.

The flavor has a pleasing hop bitterness but the flavor comes across on the finish. There’s a great drying character on this that contrasted with a light malt body.

The straightforward moniker belies a straightforward beer.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of FitnessForBeer
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a golden amber wheat color, very typical from the double IPAs I've had, bottle was next in back of fridge and I think got a little too cold, but still had a finger worth of head
S: ohh my goodness this smells great, very west coast style IPA, lots of floral and citrus coming from the hops. Almost like smelling an orange or tangerine
T: very well balanced. Malt bill is soo well blended with the hop bitterness. Has a little bit of alcohol bite to it. One of the better dipa that I have had drom Cali
M: nothing to complain, maybe a little high carbonation side, kinda prickly feeling.
O: a good west coast dipa, kinda surprising I think this SN only dipa. This is definitely a hop bomb worthy of SN

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Sierra Nevada Audition Double IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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