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IPA - Beer Camp #93 - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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IPA - Beer Camp #93IPA - Beer Camp #93

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Ratings: 456
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 3
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tdm168 on 08-02-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This IPA sacrifices nothing for its drinkability, flexing big time flavor and complexity. The light color disguises the depth of the malt backbone, a pillar that balances the potent whole-cones of the piney-citrus Cascade and tropical fruit-like Citra hops.
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Ratings: 456 | Reviews: 109
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Photo of oberon
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I haven't had to many of the SV Beer Camp series so I figured I would pick up a case today.Poured into a standard pit glass a clear light to medium golden with a great looking billowing white head that clings nicely to the glass it settles slowly into a frothy mass.Caramel/biscuit malt along with light piney hops,to me the malt is as big as dare I say bigger than the hops.A big biscuit malt base with a little caramel sweetness on the palate with lighter herbal and piney hops in the finish,not much citrus flavor from the hops.Kinda pedestrian in my opinion,the hops are pretty restrained and the malt profile is pretty large.

Photo of bsp77
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Burnished gold with thick, foamy head and great, lacing rings.

Smell: Citrus, pine and tropical fruits. Too mild of an aroma.

Taste: Pretty hoppy with a standard toasted IPA malt body. Citrus and pine are most noticeable with some tropical hints. Piney, spicy and bitter on the finish.

Feel: Medium body with modate carbonation. Pretty creamy with a nice, dry finish.

Overall: Very good IPA, but I am not sure why this was included for beer camp since it is clearly similar to Torpedo and their Harvest IPAs, but not as good.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored with nice clarity. About 2 inches of foam resting on top. Light floral hop aroma, but not much of one is present. Wow is the reaction to the first sip. Piney hop flavored, but wasn't expecting that intensity after the subtle aroma. Thick , chewy mouthfeel I would have expected from a double IPA. Malt does a good job of backing the hop intensity.

Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall Summit EPA glass. Date on the "Beer Camp" box is 07/29/13.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear copper golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of off white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A bright hop forward aroma with lots of floral and fruity esters with a solid malt backing. Lots of floral and herbal hop hints upfront. Grassy hop hints and some dank pine resin spice. Citrus hop hints of grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, tangerine, and lemon zest. Bready malt backing with hints of grains, biscuit, yeast, crackers, and caramel. Smells fairly damp and very earthy. Solid aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a very earthy and spicy hop forward taste with some good citrus and malt notes. Very earthy upfront with lots of floral and herbal hop taste. Grassy hop notes and some spicy pine resin. Citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, lemon zest, and pineapple. Hops are pretty wet and earthy. Solid malt background with notes of biscuit, grains, yeast, caramel, and crackers. Nicely bitter, wet, and earthy. Pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Somewhat chewy and oily. Crisp and nicely smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid IPA. More towards the floral and piney side than West Coast citrus style. Damp and moderately bitter. Pretty nice.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 12oz bottle with a bottling date of July 2013 (if I've read the code accurately). Acquired a little while back from Trembling Madness in York. Simply called 'IPA', and hopped with Cascade and Citra.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A hazy orange-amber hue with plenty of floating sediment and medium carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy off-white foam with good retention; this slowly reduces to a persistent surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of intense, spicy hops with notes of pine resin, grapefruit and orange peel. This is underpinned by sweet caramel malt, earthy yeast, stewed hops and a touch of harsh cardboard. A discordant mix of aromas.

Tastes of formidable aromatic hops and caramel malt, concluded by a powerful bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, dank weed, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, spice, herbs, caramel malt, earthy yeast and stewed leaves. Faintly sweet, with a harsh, leafy character and hints of cardboard and solventy booze in the background. A strident bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with spritzy carbonation and decent body. Spicy hop oils tantalise the palate. Highly astringent, followed by an aftertaste of acrid stewed leaves/herbs, spice, cardboard, faint fruity aromas and caramel malt.

Hmmm - pretty unbalanced. The hop character goes over the top in this brew, giving it a seriously harsh edge that detracts from the drinking experience. Looks OK, but the aroma and flavour are dominated by strong hop notes and hints of stewed herbs. The malt simply can't tame the hops, to the detriment of the beer. Body is alright. Disappointing - something I thought I'd never say about SN. Perhaps the bottle hung around for too long. At any rate, this is more miss than hit. No need to seek it out.

Photo of far333
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Slightly opaque orange colored with an inch high head of beige foam that settles out to leave a quarter inch cap atop the liquid. Aroma of citrus hops and honey. Flavors of citrusy hops, tangerine, grapefruit and orange rind. Good balance of hops and malt, even hop flavors, not overly bitter. A piney bite lingers. Full and even mouthfeel. Good beer.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured into DFH Spiegelau IPA glass; clear golden-orange, the color of bright honey, with a huge yellowish-white head from a moderate pour that fluffs up and then sits, fading very slowly leaving slimy lacing made of fine bubbles.
Smells nutty, piney, and herbal; small hint of citrus rind.
Taste is surprisingly malty; clean, slightly sweet nutty malt, almost like graham crackers. Hops then come in, very one-dimensional with a flat, herbal bitterness.
Mouthfeel is thin, finish is dry and bitter.
Overall, this is a very one-dimensional IPA. It's all bitterness, no real hop flavor. I guess that's the west-coast style, heheh...Reading the bottle, I can't believe this uses Citra hops...where are they?

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Flooded with malty fall seasonals how could I pass up this variety pack of Sierra Nevada Beer Camp IPAs...including the Imperial Red, and Black IPA, #93, 94, and 95. I haven't seen these in my neck of the woods bottled mid to early July...I couldn't bring myself to purchasing anymore malt forward beers at this point. IPA, mentions Citra on the Cascades the hop that made the Sierra tradition famous. Appearance is billowing off white head trying to climb out of my glass, with a copper orange brilliant bright body, chunky sporadically layered lacing is left behind. Aroma is full of citrus, tropical fruit colliding with each other. The malts are driven between the two hops like a cohesive spike in the potentially abrasive hop cloud, biscuit driven malt profile brings out ample sweetness enough to carry the two parties through this hoppy and bitter party to make it home safe to my palates enlightenment. Overall unique balanced medium to full bodied IPA, natural smooth carbonation all day I'm happy to see the Beer Camp project thriving the way that it has, it's good for beer.

Photo of LXIXME
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big off white head settles into a nice lacing above a orange like colored beer with a copper tint.

Citrus aroma with a hint of orange and pine.

Light bitter dry citrus taste with a hint of orange peel and a slight hint of malts sneaking in there.

Dry aftertaste with a bit of bitterness with this medium bodied beer.

A pretty decent tasting beer with maybe a bit to much dryness for some beer drinkers.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2013 Beer Camp mix pack. Bottled July 9, 2013.

A: Pours a clear copper amber with a dense off white head. Leaves plent of lacing on the sides of the glass. Little low on the visible carbonation.

S: Great floral aroma in this brew and citrus notes as well. Hops are nice and fresh whole cone hops. Malts are noticeable adding some sweetness, booze is present as well.

T: As with the aroma this is a great hoppy beer. Cascade hops provide strong earthy tone. Malt sweetness comes through in the middle but is easily overpowered by the hop. Bitterness isn't too high considering how much hop flavor is in this beer.

M: Medium to full body with a resinous mouthfeel. Carbonation is fairly low. A bit sticky upon the finish.

Overall I'm a fan of this beer. Cascade hops are one of my favorite varieties and this beer just reaffirms that fact. Bit thicker and more flavorful than Sierra Nevada's typical IPA.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a somewhat hazy golden amber with a white, finger width head. Fair retention, results in a broken layer of suds across the surface. Lacing is sparse, with fair stick.

Smell - Aroma consists of orange peel, pine resin and spice. Hints of lemon. Faint bready malts.

Taste - Follows the nose. Orange and pine resin. Spice bite. Touches of lemon, and then a strong citrus pith near and into the finish. Solid, though unspectacular malt backbone.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with fair carbonation. Decently smooth.

Overall - A fair to good IPA. Nothing that hasn't been done a thousand times over. Certainly not a beer I'd like to see or pay for again in a $20 variety 12-pack.

Photo of tdm168
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - golden with a tall, pure white head that has good retention

S - citrus, pine, some sugar, bread

T - citrus, whole cone piney hops, lightly sweet malt

M - light to medium bodied, well carbonated

This was probably my favorite of the new beer camp pack in terms of balance. The Citra hops add a nice citrus character, and there is the easily recognized SN whole cone hop character for bitterness. The malt offers balance. This is easily drinkable as well.

Photo of secondtooth
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a semi-opaque golden amber, with a huge and frothy head of off-white carbonation. Exquisite lace -- detailed and thick.

Nose is nicely floral hopped.

Taste is crisp and hoppy, with tones of bitter grapefruit and pine. It's a weighty palate, with an abundance of malts underneath it all. Quite different than the comparatively more approachable Torpedo, and geared even more towards hops-overload, this is a solid IPA, though not necessarily one I'd pursue further.

Photo of cjgator3
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a golden amber color with a nice off-white head with great retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is sweet malt and floral and citrusy hops with maybe a touch of honey. Very nice, can't wait to try this one.

T- The taste like the aroma is very enjoyable. There is some malt up front but the floral hops quickly make their presence felt and create a lot of lingering bitterness well into the finish.

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

O- Overall, Beer Camp #93 is a solid IPA that is definitely worth a try.

Photo of russpowell
4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours honey colored with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Bready, grassy, orange peel, pineyness & grapefruit showing up

T: Bready, with lemons, slight grassyness & faint pine & kiss of tangerine up front. Flinty mineral hoppyness along with grapefruit & lemon, plus pineyness. Finishes with orange peel, a bit of biscuitty malt & dryness & pine needles

MF: Medium bodied, perfect carbonation with good balance

The star of this 12 pack to me, close to awe-inspiring, tasty; could drink this all day

Photo of flayedandskinned
4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 7/22/13
Poured into the Sierra Nevada/Dogfish IPA glass

Appearance: (4.5)
Pours a vibrant, pale orange with some nice golden yellow highlights. A thick, off white, 3 finger tall head forms very fast and last for quite sometime. As the head starts to fall, it leaves a web of lacing behind. Very active carbonation is clearly seen through the beer.

Aroma: (4.25)
Pungent cascade hops slap your nostrils around right away with their herbal, distinctly floral aromatics; juicy grapefruit, orange peel and resinous pine. Playing a soft counterpoint to cascade hops are the astringent, tropical citra hops, with there dank notes of passion fruit, mango and faint lime. A light bready maltiness lingers in the background. To me, this IPA smells like an amped up version of their classic Pale Ale with some tropical notes added from the Citra hops. Very nice.

Taste: (4.25)
Big, oily hops right away; grapefruit, floral tones, pine resin pretty much classic Cascade hop flavors, just massively amplified. These Cascade hop tones continue coating your palate until a welcomed tropical passion fruit note comes into effect as your palate is greeted by a very light, bready malt backbone. The beer finishes exquisitely dry and very bitter with long, lingering notes of bitter grapefruit peel, pine resin and that trademark lime zest note from the Citra hops.

Mouthfeel: (4.5)
Medium bodied, moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: (4.5)
Wow, I was not expecting this beer to be THIS good. This IPA is easily my favorite beer that Sierra Nevada has produced so far. The beer is extremely dry and the malt bill is very light and clean, allowing the hops to really shine. The malt backbone does have a nice, slightly chewy breadiness that does keep the bitter hops from being too abrasive, but don't get me wrong, the hops are absolutely the star of the show. I REALLY hope they allow this beer to become a year round beer eventually. I absolutely think this beer alone is worth checking out this year's Beer Camp variety pack. This beer is awesome and really caught me by surprise.

Photo of Mongrel
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: Great looking beer. Poured an orange-gold into a tulip with a finger of white head that saw some nice retention. Also really nice lacing.

Smell: Orange peel and a little pine.

Taste: Plenty of lemon and pine with a slight mossy note at the center. Bitter backbone and aftertaste. Flavor is kind of thin and one dimensional, delivering just one cool, quick Lemon Pine-Sol punch. Needs some malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Thin and sudsy; rolls nicely over the palette.

Photo of Treyliff
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a hazy pale orange color with a two-finger white foamy and pillowy head that lasts long after the pour, leaving some nice patches of lace behind

S- piney hops with some tropical citrus notes, toasted grainy malt with some grassy notes

T- sweet bready malt up front transitions into piney and citrus hop flavors with notes of guava, dry finish with controlled hop bitterness

M- medium body and carbonation lead to a big foamy mouthfeel and a smooth crisp finish

O- more malt-forward flavor makes this one a bit more balanced than most of their IPA's, which makes it very easy to drink

Photo of goochpunch
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a shining light amber. Smells of pale malts and lots of fruity and piney hops. Flavor is very hoppy. Lots of pine, citrus rind, and fruitiness from the yeast and hops. Malts are light with a hint of toast. I get a bready maltiness in the finish. Deep, prolonged bitterness. Not too sweet and very bitter: just what I like. Carbonation is strong and strips the bitterness off the tongue. This was a very pleasant surprise.

Photo of CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a large, fading head.
Nose shows floral, spicy, earthy and herbal hops along with lovely biscuity malt.
Pretty similar falvours, more herbal, spicy and earthy hops. Some biscuit malt but very dry in the finish. Quite an aggressive bitterness.
Nice moderate carbonation.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.24/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear slightly orange golden color with a tight, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of a bit of bright hops, but not much.

Tastes of a decent wave of hops followed by a bready malt base. Hops lead off with some grassy notes along with a bit of lemon. This leads into a bit of toasted malt with a touch of caramel and some bread notes. Ends with and herbal hop finish with a mild amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is okay, but nothing to write home about.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a three finger white head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of grassy, slightly piney hops, sweet malt and citrus. Flavor brings out much more piney and citrus hops, sweet malt and citrus juice and rind. Finishes with a satisfying long piney bitterness. Excellent creamy body enhances the flavors. A very nice IPA; I was momentarily disappointed when my first sip did not have much intense hops, but the hops slowly grew and exhibited a nice balance of flavors. The malt sits in the background and supports the hops very nicely. I really liked this a lot.

Photo of LamboBrewpants
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle. It pours into a hazy orange color with a white head about one finger in height. Obviously its a tad bitter, but in the way in which beer drinkers like an IPA to taste. Citrus aroma (almost like orange peel) smell, not a bad ale overall, as Sierra Nevada Brewery always puts out great brews.

Photo of Amalak
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A. It has a crystal clear bronze color with a good foamy off-white head and some lacing. It has some bubbles coming up the middle.

S. It has a metallic and fruity scent.

T/M. It is a fruity IPA. I sense a strawberry taste mixed with a bit of a dark fruit aftertaste. It's hoppy with a mild bite. It's carbonated and light in the body.

O. This is good and refreshing. Nothing over the top, nice and easy IPA.

Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear amber in color and has some hints of amber hues along with a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that has good retention properties and gradually died down, consistently leaving a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of herbal hops are present in the nose along with some hints of grassy hops.
T: The overall taste very much follows the smell, except that the grassy flavors are a little more prominent at first and the herbal hops stand out in the aftertaste and linger through the finish. A light amount of bitterness is noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and has a moderate amount if carbonation but not much in the way of crispness is perceptible.
O: This beer is a decent IPA and makes for an interesting change of pace if you want something that's not citrusy and like herbal hop aromas and flavors.

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IPA - Beer Camp #93 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 456 ratings.