Belgian-Style Black IPA Beer Camp #94 - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Belgian-Style Black IPA Beer Camp #94
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BA SCORE
86
very good

506 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 506
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10%
Wants: 8
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Dark Belgian IPA. AKA - Sleight Of Hand

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013)
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +25%

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4.75/5  rDev +25%

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4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Brad007
4.64/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep, dark brown, almost black hue with a thick brown head. I haven't been much into black IPAs as of late.

Spicy, earthy yeast notes compliment a pine hop aroma with a touch of molasses upfront. It definitely isn't a typical dark IPA.

Again, a strong emphasis on the spiciness and earthiness of the yeast here with a touch of pine hops and bittersweet chocolate in the finish.

The mouthfeel was dominated by hops and lingering traces of bittersweet chocolate.

I enjoy the complexity of this fine example of a Belgian Pale Ale. It's the best of both worlds for lovers of the former style and the newcomer American Black Ale style.

Photo of cjgator3
4.56/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark black color with a tan colored head with excellent retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is dark malts that are slightly roasted with some floral hops.

T- The taste like the aroma is dark and roasty up front from the malts with a wonderfully flavored bitterness in the finish from the hops. I'm really digging the combination of the roasted malts and hops in this one, they both work very well together.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I think that Sierra Nevada hit a home run with this offering. I really enjoyed this brew, highly recommended!

Photo of alphagnome
4.54/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
If I didn't know any better, I'd think it to be a stout! Pitch black body allows no light to penetrate. Thick, light brown head hangs around for some time before fading away and leaving plenty of lacing behind.

Aroma:
Has a very welcoming peated malt character to it, reminds me more of a Scottish ale than a Belgian. Nice lightly roasted coffee notes. Lemon grass.

Taste:
Complex and unique - easily the best beer I've had from Sierra Nevada! Rich & smoky malts hit up front with a hint of caramel and a fair amount of sweetness. Then a considerable amount of citrus hits the palate as earthy hop character sweep in to bitter things up. The bitterness is surprisingly restrained. A nice amount of dark fruits tickle the taste buds. Alcohol is noticeable but adds character.

Mouthfeel:
Medium bodied and light on carbonation. Has a dry, smoky oak finish.

Overall:
If you see it, get it! Fantastic brew! It's a really saddening experience knowing that this is a one time brew because it truly is exceptional. Here's to hoping they keep the recipe around!

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of surferdrew
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap. goblet. 55F.

A: As black as brown can get. khaki head. Lace clings to the glass walls throughout the quaffing.

S: Caramelized banana bread crust, garam masala spices, clove, gooseberry.

T: Sweet toffee, dried fig, licorice give way to caramelized grapefruit rind and citrus.

M: Smooth, smooth, smooth. Medium body, medium carbonation, alcohol is well masked.

O: Another great offering from Sierra Nevada. Excited that this will be re-brewed and distributed as a Best of Beer Camp in 2013. Will be interested to lay some of these down to see how the spice and malt add complexity over time.

Photo of CSFerrier
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first actual beer review, I've done several ratings but no actual reviews.

The Black IPA is deliciously thick and smoky. It's not overly hopped and it's smoky flavoring adds a smooth and bonus extra to this IPA.

The head is thick and long lasting on the glass.

The named does it justice, even when held to the lite window its as black as an anomaly. It really is a gorgeous beer in a sniffer.

Overall, I wish this wasn't limited.

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle dated 7/23/13 (tried in a tulip and snifter; preferred the snifter).
Appearance - great looking brew! black, no light coming through, thin tan head with very nice lacing!
Smell - some floral hops but more citrus and some banana bread.
Taste - wow! More hop forward than I expected based on the nose. Hints of the Belgian yeast, but this is more of a refreshing black IPA for sure!
Feel - nice! Hop bitterness in the finish, very well balanced with the dark malts, and the belgian yeast; medium body!
Overall - this is a terrific beer! I am a huge Black IPA fan, and this is wonderful and complex...hopefully Sierra Nevada brings this back!

Photo of dbauer78
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: the beer is black, if you look hard you can see some cloudyness to it as well but very hard to see though the beer. The head is thick and a light brown, leaving alot of lacing the whole way to the bottom of the glass.

S: the hops take most of the the nose. mostly fruity as well as some pine. some of the dark roasted malts peak though the hops but not much.

T: there is alot going on hear and hard to pick it apart, the burt malt mixed with the hops mixed with the spicy belgin yeast.

M: smooth mouthfeel, mixed with a mild amount of carbonation

O: very complex almost seams like all the flavors are trying to fight each other for your attention. its a grate beer and they hit everything on the label, belgin yeast, hops, and dark malts.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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Belgian-Style Black IPA Beer Camp #94 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 506 ratings.