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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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look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pouts a dark chocolate brown color that appears black in the glass with faint mahogany edges and a one finger beige head quickly settles into a thin ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind.

Earthy, slightly chalky aroma with roasted dark malt notes and ester-y dark fruit notes. Most of the hoppy/IPA characteristics are muted with subtle resinous pine and grass. The tropical fruit notes mentioned on the label are nowhere to be found in the nose. Feels more like a roasted dry stout/Belgian strong dark ale hybrid. Toasted malts along with dark chocolate, coffee bean and oatmeal followed by plum, raisin and fig. Not offensive but disappointing for an IPA.

Medium bodied with a stronger hop presence than the nose hints at but it's still dominated by roasted dark malt and sweet dark fruit esters. Dry, earthy and bitter but the hop profile is one dimensional with grass and sticky pine needle flavor lingering throughout. Again, the tropical/citrus fruit sweetness is completely absent. The bitterness is complimented by roasted/acrid dark malts. Slightly smokey with burnt toast flavor along with bitter dark chocolate, stale coffee and oatmeal. Thankfully the Belgian yeast provides some much needed sweetness with hints of grape, fig and other dark berries. Still, it's not enough to overcome the overwhelming roast and one dimensional bitterness.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. ALC. 7.7% BY VOL. Bottled on day 190 of 2013 (July 9). 2013 Belgian-Style Black IPA Beer Camp #94.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black with a thin toffee colored head.

Smell: Lemony with an overpowering Belgian yeast aroma.

Taste: Tart Belgian pale ale flavor, with lemon overtones. Too many flavors competing for front and center recognition. I do not even recognize any roasted malt, which may have confused this beer even more had it been more evident.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, maybe the highlight of the beer for me.

Overall: Belgian-Style Black IPA? Absolutely not my cup of tea (or beer). Just because different ingredients/beer style characteristics are at one's disposal, does not mean they all belong in one beer together. Beer camp gone bad?

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look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have no idea what is "Belgian style" about a Black IPA, but okay...

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with fun label art and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired as part of a Sierra Nevada beer camp variety 12-pack at Wheatsville Co-Op and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery. Reviewed as a Black IPA because it clearly identifies as such. 2013 vintage. 7.7% ABV confirmed per the label.

Nowhere does the label say "Sleight of Hand," but I believe this discrepancy on the site is due to the scheduling of the beer camp releases; Black IPA sounds more marketable than the less descript "Sleight of Hand."

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a four finger wide head of khaki-tan colour. Nice creaminess and thickness; decent frothiness. Head retention is good - about 7-8 minutes. Has a nice soft complexion. Decent consistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass when I tilt it.

Body colour is a predictable opaque black; not quite a jet black. No yeast particles are visible. Appears adequately carbonated.

Overall, it's pretty standard fare for the style, but the head retention is nice. Not unique or special. No obvious flaws are noticeable.

Sm: Dreadful caramel, molasses, and vinous malts. No real roasty presence. Dark malts, chocolate malts, a hint of stale cocoa dust. Cream. Floral hop character, pine needles, evergreen, and noticeable earthiness along with some fennel/anise. Pine is dominant. Unwelcome spearmint. It's a striking aroma, but I don't know that it's a good one; I fear the "Black" aspect of the beer is clashing with the IPA aspect. An inoffensive aroma of moderate strength.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Awful spearmint. Aggressive pine needles/evergreen. Earthy tree bark. Anise. Fennel. Licorice. Burnt caramel. Has some charred character. Plenty of bitterness - but more from the earthy anise than from the hops. Floral hop character is submissive to the pine. I'd love some roast, but no dice. Dark malts. Generic chocolate malts. I do like the slight cream on the finish.

Not much balance here. It has a loose cohesion, but the notes from either "side" of the Black IPA style frequently clash here. Not much subtlety either. Very limited complexity. Not a gestalt beer. Note layering is average.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: More smooth than coarse, more wet than dry. A biteen sticky. Chewy. Decent thickness and body. Complements the flavour profile decently. A biteen overcarbonated. Nice presence on the palate for what it is. Doesn't feel custom-tailored to the flavour profile, but it suits it in a very general sense.

Not oily, harsh, astringent, gushed, hot, or boozy.

Dr: A drinkable Black IPA that falls prey to the key mistake of the style - a lack of balance. This needs some work to warrant a second purchase; I wouldn't get it again. I'm not a huge fan, but it's passable. More pedestrian work from Sierra Nevada. Not recommended, but it'll draw its fans. If you're not big on anise/fennel/licorice, I'd caution against trying this one. Hides its ABV okay.

C

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