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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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Photo of EatonHops
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from the new Beer Camp mixer, approximate cost $1.49. Deep black color, good head, looks fine enough. Aroma was muted hops, a bit of Belgian yeast, some lemon, just ok. Flavor had a bit of hoppiness, some plastic flavor, Belgian yeast, again not great, just ok. I was sort of disappointed in this beer but I think a black IPA is a hard style to pull off and when you add that Belgian yeast you are just muddying the waters. Too bad I had to drink four of these.

Photo of lucasj82
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of dgherm
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of phooky
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Renegrenade
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sam adams custom glass, color is dark brown to black with a light tan head that presents 1/2" thick then dissipates to a light top and ring.

Smell is light roast malts, hints of off notes and phenols from the the yeast off products, nice hop bitterness noted, clean more grassy style.

Taste is a wonderful blend of the perfect amount of roasted malts, hints of toffee, chocolate and coffee with the subtle yeast off products and phenos, light spice. Very solid hop bitterness but subdued flavor, grassy.

Mouthfeel is right where you would expect a dark, belgian style ipa - lingering flavors on the tongue, good bitter mouthfeel and mild carbonation.

Overall, a very nicely done brew, perfect amount of roast and belgian style yeast flavors with neutral flavored hops in the background.

Photo of secondtooth
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black with brown-amber highlights. Huge and frothy head of tan bubbles. Massive and detailed lace.

Nose is a bit fruity, malty and yeasty at first, with a citrus undercurrent. Definitely more on the Belgian side of things. Some floral hops pop out after the suds subside.

Taste is huge and rich -- a well-balanced mix of almost sour Belgian yeasts and sour grapefruit citrus hoppiness. A hearty and heavy-duty melange of Belgian complexity and American hop-centric, this is solid, but not one I'd pursue further.

Photo of robbee
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/9/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 2-3 finger dense and rocky tan head with awesome retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, light char, banana, clove, pepper, lemon zest, pine, floral, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted malt, yeast, and moderate hop notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, light char, pepper, clove, banana, lemon zest, floral, pine, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, light char, pepper, clove, banana, lemon zest, floral, pine, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of roasted malt, yeast, and moderate hop flavors; with a nice bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian Black IPA. All around great balance and complexity of malt, yeast, and hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of artoolemomo
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of aggressive head that seems as if it will have excellent retention. The head is medium beige with mocha aspects while the body is an opaque black. Already, a good amount of lacing has been left behind.

Nose- Starts off strong, both from the bottle and the glass, with lots of lemon. I don't think I have a beer with Sorachi Ace but I think I see what it brings to the table. From the glass, this opens into brighter lemon which progress into floral and perfume notes. This fades from the bottles and shows some caramel and coffee. Some hints of grape and raisin as the lemon from the glass fades.

Taste- Lemon is on the front and is quite bright while coffee tones follow and become even brighter than the lemon. This transitions into a mild hint of Belgian spice and wood bitterness. A very round flavor profile that seems to dip into particular note and revel in it while smoothly moving to the next disparate element. Normally, these notes would clash but they seem to work in harmony. What really brings them together is the pepper, coriander, and slight cinnamon from the yeast which melds in to a slightly bitter woody finish. I drank all of my Beer Camp beers from the bottle before finally reviewing them and the Belgian black was the winner then and it's the winner now. The linger of cinnamon is delightful and the incongruous flavors actually meshing is a treat. It's definitely one of those beers that is more than the sum of its parts. Some evidence of raisin and grape but the presence of blended coffee and Belgian spice/yeast notes is the defining aspect of this beer. Solid beer that I have enjoyed both in the bottle and in the glass. Some minor chocolate. A bit of clove.

Mouthfeel- Close to medium bodied with ample carbonation that doesn't interfere. Some syrup in the texture.

Drinkability- The flavor profile propels this. And price wise? This made 2013 Beer Camp. And it pretty much made it worth the price.

Overall- Solid beer. I would definitely try this beer. It might not be the easiest beer for the palate to comprehend but it never fails to be interesting to me.

Photo of J_Dub
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Haybeerman
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of ThreeKingdoms
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
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 Zanico
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of powdersoldier
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of dbauer78
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of brentk56
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

Photo of cam12
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of cjgator3
4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
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!

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of TheDoak
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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