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Sleight Of Hand - Beer Camp #94 - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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345 Ratings

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Ratings: 345
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Dark Belgian IPA

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013)
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

09-19-2013 23:07:14 | More by djrn2
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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

08-18-2013 21:13:25 | More by nmann08
Photo of metter98

New York

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

08-20-2013 00:06:40 | More by metter98
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North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +4.5%

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

09-05-2013 10:40:55 | More by brentk56
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

09-09-2013 08:33:36 | More by zestar
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3.7/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

08-17-2013 00:04:24 | More by BEERchitect
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

09-11-2013 23:10:37 | More by kjkinsey
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

09-08-2013 21:00:58 | More by Texasfan549
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

10-20-2013 12:55:50 | More by jaydoc
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North Carolina

3.69/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

08-22-2013 22:26:29 | More by oberon
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

10-09-2013 04:55:52 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

03-04-2013 20:48:07 | More by largadeer
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

03-26-2013 20:34:21 | More by JAHMUR
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

08-13-2013 02:49:03 | More by SocalKicks
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Rhode Island

4.24/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

11-21-2013 16:53:30 | More by TheManiacalOne
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West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

09-17-2013 03:05:55 | More by WVbeergeek
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

09-14-2013 23:15:44 | More by Jason
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

04-05-2013 16:29:27 | More by Kegatron
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3.98/5  rDev +5%

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?

08-27-2013 07:45:49 | More by russpowell
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4.11/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

08-13-2013 01:00:54 | More by Slatetank
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

09-11-2013 02:17:44 | More by oline73
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3.84/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

09-27-2013 07:06:07 | More by mactrail
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4.03/5  rDev +6.3%

Pours jet black with a nice head that holds up pretty well, leaving ample lacing.

The smell goes in different directions, but comes together nicely. Bubblegum/cotton candy mixes with chocolate and citric hops.

The taste is the same - traditional "Belgian" cotton candy/bubblegum weaves in and out of mildly roasted chocolate and citric fruits. It leaves a pleasant aftertaste.

It is full-bodied and creamy. Very smooth, with alcohol well-covered.

This is a nice, unique dark, hoppy brew! It goes in different directions, but comes together nicely - not an easy thing to do.

08-23-2013 00:04:29 | More by jwc215
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

08-12-2013 03:44:34 | More by DrunkinYogi
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2.86/5  rDev -24.5%

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.


10-13-2013 07:48:37 | More by kojevergas
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Sleight Of Hand - Beer Camp #94 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.