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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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453 Ratings
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Ratings: 453
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: tdm168 on 08-02-2013)
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Reviews by jazzyjeff13:
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

jazzyjeff13, Jan 27, 2014
More User Reviews:
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.

oberon, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of npala86
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

npala86, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Tiernan, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

tbryan5, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of SanFranJake
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

SanFranJake, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of DaftPatrick
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

DaftPatrick, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of bsp77
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

bsp77, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of innominat
4/5  rDev +7.5%

innominat, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of Franziskaner
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Franziskaner, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of fionn13
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

fionn13, Feb 04, 2014
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.

MattyG85, Aug 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

tyleeis, Aug 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Cynic-ale, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of HeyYoMar
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

HeyYoMar, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of far333
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

far333, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of jminch
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

jminch, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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?

BurgeoningBrewhead, Oct 23, 2013
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.

WVbeergeek, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of Oelschlager
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Oelschlager, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of Adkins1203
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Adkins1203, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of DarrellK
4/5  rDev +7.5%

DarrellK, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +7.5%

richkrull, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of LXIXME
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

LXIXME, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of CloudStrife
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

CloudStrife, Aug 18, 2013
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IPA - Beer Camp #93 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 453 ratings.