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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

505 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 505
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Dark Belgian IPA. AKA - Sleight Of Hand
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Barcade, Jersey City, NJ

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, leaving lots of lacing down the sides of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Light aromas of pine resin hops are present in the nose along with notes of Belgian yeast and dark malts.
T: The taste has flavors of Belgian yeast along with hints of roasted malts and pine resin hops along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: If there was such a style, I would classify this beer as a Belgian Black IPA since it exhibits properties of both a Belgian Dark Ale and an American Black IPA.

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3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives impressively, with a thick tan head covering the pitch black liquid; sheets of lacing drape the tulip glass as the liquid is consumed

Smell: Roasty, with a hint of pine

Taste: Interesting flavor combination, up front, of black bread, roasted tones and dark fruit; seemingly out of nowhere, a vinous hops arrive to change the flavor direction; after the swallow, however, the beer leans bitter with a bit of a spicy character, as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: An unusual beer, with a pathway through a variety of styles; interesting in that each time it changes direction it leaves the previous elements behind

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

An incredible amount of complexity and quenching drinkability makes this Belgian Black IPA as dangerous as it is adventuresome.

Opening with a dark brown color with crimson low lights and slight haze, the ale speaks as much to Porter as it does anything. An immediate rise of very creamy khaki tan froth rises to cap the beer with confidence and glass coating lace during the entire session.

Medium coffee and piney hops rise to greet the olfactory senses first, followed by a pepper twinge, then citrus, cocoa, burnt embers, and a background of malt. Its a complicated set of aromatics that's hard for the nose to process- partly because all the scents are equal in intensity.

Burnt toffee and toast are the first impressions laid on the tongue. But those sweeter sensations are quickly swallowed up by sharp toast char, wood hops, bitter citrus pith and black pepper. After the taste settles, the beer echoes with burnt citrus fruit, coffee grounds, roasted walnuts and dry cocoa.

Medium bodied because of full carbonation and low-lying residual sweetness creates a sense of creaminess. But after the bitterness takes hold and the alcohol dries the taste, the palate turns arid, and with a sense of char astringency.

This "Belgian Black IPA" concept certainly needs to be explored further. But I think it takes some brewing techniques to better layer the flavors so that every attribute isn't at the same frequency. As is, its muddled complexities are the mouth's equivalent to white noise.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

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3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours nearly jet black in to a small tulip glass except for some brownish red highlights showing thru when hed to the light,a large blooming light tan colored head atop.Like others of the Beer Camp series Ihave today the aromas are light and somewhat unassuming,some yeasty spice and earth stood out mainly.Earthy and bitter chocolate flavors stand out most,alot of bitter chocolate,mild yeasty notes but they are heald in check well,some leafy hops in the finish.Not bad,it won't knock you over the head in flavor but it has nice subtle components to it.

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 11/20/2013 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a large foamy beige head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty roasted malt character that is quickly followed by flavors of dark chocolate and coffee. Then a strong hops bitterness comes in creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down easily, not to filling, good kick, very good combination of styles, this is a very nice beer to pound down for a long time.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

purchased in the mixed case best of beer camp -enjoyed chilled from the 12oz in a oversized wine glass.

The color is black as night with an opaque clarity with thick 3 finger light beige cap with rocky head and average bead with a webbing of lace. The smell is very fruity and tropical with a lot of dark malt aroma almost like french roast with citrus and char pretty equal in the nose. The feel is bitter but juicy too with some intense roasted almost char in the texture with dry and moderate carbonation level with some light acidity and moderate sweetness to balance.

The flavor is a very intriguing combo of citrus like tanginess almost lemony with some black coffee and mild mango type tropical juiciness which sounds odd, but it works it has such a nice dry spice from the belgian yeast bringing out some more bitterness and biscuit-like flavor from the malt. I really enjoy how the slight sweetness seems to bring it all together with the hop flavor and acrid dark malt somehow being interwoven with yeast and light spice in the finish. Overall I really like the way the combination of ingredients came together in this beer, a really array of hops in the taste foremost yet the dark malt was not forgotten in favor of a black looking IPA, it carries some of the char of black malt into the flavor with a nice blend of black beer and IPA yet still dry and earthy with a west coast flair -the best of the batch in my opinion.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazel colored with 3 fingers of khaki colored head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Coffee, a bit of dark fruit & woody notes

T: Faint coffee, roastyness, faint carob notes & a bit of musty yeastyness up front. Slight cloveyness & a hint of Band-Aid, along with some white wine notes, along with carob & more roastyness as this warms; a touch of mushroom as well. Finishes dry, roasty, slightly dirty & shroomy, plus a bit of anise & plums, with a dab of smokeyness

MF: Medium boded, fairly assertive carbonation. that smooths out over time

A interesting take on this style. Not a bad drinker for the style, but not sure why this would be a Belgian IPA, vice a Belgian dark, or are we at the Black Belgian IPA divide?

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3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at California Kebab in Pacific Beach. Very dark in the nonic. Long-lasting foam with plenty of lacing down the tall glass. Spritzy on the tongue, and that lasts to the bottom of the pint.

Flavor is quite striking-- there is a malty sweetness but it has an intriguing nutty, even coconutty taste with a big, spicy quality. Dark roasted malt with a hint of mint. the caramel is substantial with some burnt sugar. A tasty sipping beer with more alcohol than is probably needs. On tap, this is one of the better dark IPAs I've had. I liked it a lot better than the bottle Beer Camp version, which I just had two days ago.

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Belgian-Style Black IPA Beer Camp #94 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.