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

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

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BA SCORE
84
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418 Ratings
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Ratings: 418
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 9.12%


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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kojevergas

Texas

2.63/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

6.9% ABV confirmed per the label. 2 fl oz brown glass bottle with fun label art (green for the most part) and branded brass pry-off pressure cap acquired as part of a 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. 2013 vintage. Expectations are average given the brewery. Reviewed as an IPA because it identifies clearly as such on the label and in the name.

Note: The listed name is correct. The name is actually "IPA" - not "India Pale Ale." Thanks for whoever got that right. I'm tired of seeing people abbreviate names for no reason.

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 three finger wide head of white to light khaki colour. Decent creaminess, frothiness, and thickness. Head retention is good - about 6-7 minutes. Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a clear translucent yellow-copper of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Appears well (possibly over-) carbonated.

Not unique or special, but within style conventions. There are no obvious flaws. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Honey, pilsner malt, floral hop character, grapefruit hop character (and accompanying zest and esters), shallow ripe orange peel, grassiness, and a kiss of nectary character. Malts seem well suited to the hops based on the aroma. I get a biteen of pine. Also some vague tropical fruit notes. Ripe and lightly juicy.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. I don't find any off-notes, but based on the aroma, hop bitterness may be undisguised.

A pleasant aroma of moderate strength. Seems fresh - not as though it came from a macrobrewery like Sierra Nevada. Within style conventions.

T: Big on the grapefruit, but unfortunately the accompanying hop bitterness goes imbalanced in the late second act and on the climax, which holds it back and prevents the otherwise pleasant floral and lightly piney hop notes from fully emerging. Too much caramalt. Has a strange malty sweetness up front. Too sweet for the first half, entirely too bitter for the second. Overhopped. It's quite an imbalanced beer, both structurally and in terms of flavour. Lightly grassy. I get some out-of-place lime. Lightly resinous. Vague tropical fruit hop character; maybe tangerine? Some candi like sweetness is unwelcome.

I'm not a big fan of the choices of hops here. The malt bill needs some tweaking too. Okay complexity. No real subtlety. There's little cohesion here; it's certainly not a gestalt beer. Feels somewhat thrown together. It drinks like a pretty good homebrew.

Shallow depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Rough. Somewhat coarse. Wet. Unrefreshing. Overcarbonated. Too full-bodied for its lack of flavour depth and diversity. A bit too thick. Decent presence on the palate. It suits the flavour profile okay; the texture doesn't feel custom-tailored to the taste though.

Not oily, astringent, buttery, biting, hot or boozy.

Dr: Downable and forgettable. I wouldn't get this again or recommend it to friends. Very pedestrian, with no regard for balance. IPAs aren't about dumping in hops and ramping up bitterness; they're about careful balance and masterful complexity. This overhopped brew is sloppy and mediocre. It deserves to get lost amidst the myriad of better beers in this style at or below this price point. I wouldn't want another.

C-

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 05:59:46 | More by kojevergas
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BB1313

Ohio

2.7/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy glowing golden; small white head that leaves great retention and lacing. The aromas are full of malts and grass. There are subtle hints of pine needles and citrus, but they are dominated by the malts. The flavors are crisp and full of caramel malts. There's a ton of pine. There's lots of hop bitterness, but not so much hop flavor. Tons of grass. There are hints of lemon zest as well. Citrus is there, but takes a backseat to the malts. This is an extremely earthy IPA. The tropical fruits seem non-existent, in my humble opinion. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and has active carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

I'm a huge fan of Sierra Nevada, but this comes off as an uninspired/throwaway IPA from a brewery who knows IPAs. It's just not my kind of IPA, but I'm sure there are many people who appreciate this attempt at the style. Maybe I'm being rough, but I guess I was personally hoping for alot more.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 22:16:54 | More by BB1313
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heygeebee

Australia

2.78/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Hmmm, Sierra Nevada note a drinkable IPA here?

My palate says it looks ok but light, smells of nix but pine, and tastes really quite harsh and unbalanced a la hops only in a quite light body.

This is a seriously archetypal West Coast IPA, and at odds with anything approaching drinkability, as in where is the malt?

And more to the point, why is it a Beer Camp??

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 11:04:34 | More by heygeebee
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BMMillsy

Florida

2.85/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful clear copper color with creamy one finger head. Aroma is unique, with musty hops, yeast, tropical fruit, grass. Hmmm, strange. Flavor is lacking in hop flavor for the style, with mostly watered down malt flavor here with some slightly bitter grass. Very drinkable I guess but not something I want to drink. Hopefully I just got a bad bottle? Not very good.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 12:55:39 | More by BMMillsy
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chugalug06

Colorado

2.95/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Cloudy light orange/red brew with very nice fluffy white foamy head. Great lacing. Too much cloudiness for high marks.

Bland. Iced tea. Watery aroma. Light. Dry.

Sierra Nevada can do much better than this one. For an experimental IPA, I expected something unusual rather than such a safety play. Very light sharpness and miss-placed bitterness. No heat or lingering issues. Clean(er) and crisp. Light, too light; if sessionable was the target than drop down the ABV... Tastes like the remnants of Torpedo

Sierra Nevada can do better. Can't recommend this guy, even at $1.89/12oz. A near drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 00:18:20 | More by chugalug06
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scottfrie

California

3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into SN imperial pint.

A: Pours a burnt amber color with an off white head that left a great looking network of sticky lace down the glass as it faded into a thick film.
S: Grapefruit and pine all the way with a few hints of sweet citrus. Smells okay.
T: Pine and bitter herbal hops dominate with a grapefruit finish and an aftertaste similar to torpedo. Herbal bitterness and slight sweet caramel malt come through in the aftertaste. I get a touch of lemon zest as well.
M: Medium body, greasy hop resin mouthfeel with a drying finish. Carbonation is soft and slightly fluffy.
O: Not my favorite from SN. Okay ipa but not the most delicious hop profile.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 20:21:49 | More by scottfrie
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ocelot2500

Arizona

3.24/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 01:39:51 | More by ocelot2500
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vkv822

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz : tulip

Pours clear, coppery orange with a foamy, off white head.

Lots of resiny, Cascade hop notes upfront, with some light fruity hops in towards the finish and a solid, malty backbone. Lightly bitter finish.

Medium body and carbonation.

A decent IPA. Tasty, and I will enjoy my other 3 bottles, but nothing I really have a desire to seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 08:17:03 | More by vkv822
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- poured cold, it is a hazy orange gold, big 2 finger head of foam, good lacing.

S- I smell piney hops that are distinctly bitter....reminds me of aspirin, unfortunately. On the plus side, there is some malt in the background that I think is needed, at least when it comes to the smell.

T- bitter right off the bat. First the nasty aspirin like flavour. More sips in and it continues on the very bitter side..not getting any tropical fruit that I usually associate with Citra Hops. Very little malt
influence of any kind to my palate. I think it could have used some.

M- just right for an IPA so no problems there.

O- Overly bitter with no balance of any kind, I do not like this brew. Sorry, Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 16:42:28 | More by Bitterbill
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Thads324

Connecticut

3.29/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A : pours a solid light copper like orange. A big pillow of white head stays thick and sticky on top. Little dissipation of head.
S : aroma is light. Toasted grains, slight citrus hop, a bit of alcohol. Not much really.

T : taste begins watery with a very mild nuetral grain flavor. Some orange and lemon zest followed by a pine needle flavored bitterness. A slight burning alcohol at the end. Not well balanced like most other Sierra beers.

M : thin, with medium bitter hop body at the end. Good carbonation and clean finish.

A let down big time. Looked great, lacked aroma, tasted watered down and unbalanced. Too much alcohol apparent for a <7% beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 21:34:52 | More by Thads324
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Brad007

Vermont

3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a copper color with a one-finger head into my glass. Lots of foam and lacing but otherwise, looks decent.

As the label says, aroma is definitely a mix of cascade and citra hops. Malt backbone seems decent too.

A pine blast lined with citrus hits the tongue, leaving little room for anything else but a searing bitterness. It's kind of a mess in a way due to the way it hits you.

Ditto for mouthfeel. Buttery, piney with some citrus. Not the best mouthfeel or anything but it's tolerable.

A noble mix of citra and cascade that doesn't quite do it for me. Still worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 21:21:36 | More by Brad007
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bennett_loves_good_beer

Wyoming

3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Apperance: Pours a nice pale orange with one finger of wispy white head. Some stickage to the glass but not much. Head retains nicely.

Smell: tropical fruits, citrus, bready.

Taste: Not an overpowering IPA. Fruity and subtle with citrus, and no real bitter bite but a great fruity hop profile. As the beer warms it becomes more enjoyable with more fruity hops and a bitter bite that finishes with another blast of citrus balanced nicely with the malt.

Feel: Medium to light bodied with quite a bit of carbonation. Easy drinking and refreshing.

Overall, it isn't an overpowering hop bomb by any means but is a refreshing, easy drinking beer with a nice hop profile. Nothing amazing but a solid beer nonetheless. Wish there was a better aroma present.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 01:36:42 | More by bennett_loves_good_beer
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 01:06:15 | More by jazzyjeff13
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Mongrel

Maryland

3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 16:53:19 | More by Mongrel
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.39/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: brown/orange body, finger head, some lacing

S: lemon peel, grassy/pine nose

T: lemon peel, grassy, pine,
grain malt, long bitter

M: med body, mild oily mouth

O: Solid brew, wish was more
experimental in flavors. SN is always decent.

GOOD; NOT MUST HAVE!

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 19:11:29 | More by BeerLover99
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

3.39/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- hazy, murky light orange with a dense 1.5 finger off white head. Nice staying power. Really like the look of all 3 beer camp 2013 beers.

S- Tropical fruits tantalize the nose from the get go. Mango, pineapple, and oranges. The citra hop comes through nicely. a modest, sweet malt base.

Straight forward hops create a bitter presence from the start. Malt flavor is a big muddled underneath the hops. Pine, acid, toasted bread, and medicinal notes. Unaware of the IBU level, but it seems significant, but that's maybe due to the lack overall balance. Tasty, but could see this being a little abrasive for some.

M- Mid body, maybe a little heavy for the style, but a small complaint. Chalky, powdery yeast feel. Bitter all the way down!

O- Not bad. Probably my least fav of this year's Beer Camp, but still worth a shot. Hop lovers should certainly embrace the bitterness level put forth here.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 04:07:52 | More by Bosoxfan20
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear copper color. The head is very fluffy, and about two fingers high, with an offwhite shade. It's pretty rocky in texture, and fades down to a slender film relatively quickly. Plenty of ringed lacing is left down the glass.

S: In the proper Sierra Nevada tradition, there is a dominant presence of bitter grapefruit and pine notes from Cascade hops. There's also a minor caramel malt note to balance things out. I'm a little disappointed in the fact that I don't really pick up any Citra (melon, mango) hop notes, though. Having said all of that, it's really not a bad aroma at all - actually, it's a pretty damn good aroma.

T: I have no actual complaints about the flavor profile itself: slight opening malt is quickly cast aside by a decent herbal, piny hop quality, with plenty of (welcome) bitterness to boot. After the mild palate shock, touches of caramel and toffee appear. At first, I was let down by the lack of Citra presence, but lo and behold, a twinge of melon flavor pops up after a while. My biggest problem isn't the quality - that's fine and dandy - it's the fact that there isn't much difference between this and Torpedo.

M: This is where the brew pulls away from Torpedo - if only slightly. It seems to be a bit crisper and cleaner, with only a hint of residual sweetness to quash some of the bitter qualities. I'd even suggest it's a touch less coarse. Great drinkability for nearly 7%.

O: I get a real sense of de ja vu drinking this - put Torpedo's label on it and I wouldn't bat an eyelash. I really wish that SN would have differentiated the two brews a bit more, but other than that, this is a fine IPA. Much like Torpedo, really.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 22:49:41 | More by ThisWangsChung
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far333

Connecticut

3.43/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 01:23:32 | More by far333
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head that has pretty good retention. The head is pure cotton white and the body is a pale to medium amber that glows pale when held up to the light. A spidery pattern of lacing is left behind.

Nose- A little disappointing in that it's rather subdued. I got citrus notes from the Cascade and Citra hops- orange, lemon, pineapple, and grapefruit but I really had to work for them. Some notes of caramel when I sniff the bottle. Some caramel after swirling.

Taste- This beer is very upfront with the citrus (pineapple, orange, lemon, and grapefruit). Some matchstick and tropical fruit which moves into pine and resin. Some linger of bitterness but it is well rounded. This is a very traditional West Coast IPA with little frills. Some caramel and biscuit that is interspersed throughout the flavor profile. Fairly straightforward as a beer goes. Above average to solid. A little underwhelming for Sierra Nevada but still good.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with a little bit of juiciness. A nice zip of carbonation that might too much for other IPAs but works with this one.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing, the bitter hop linger is minimal. A bit more costly since it's part of the Beer Camp 12-pack and its presence alone would not justify the price.

Overall- Above average, almost solid beer. Not the shining star of this Beer Camp though.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 03:31:28 | More by artoolemomo
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dpodratsky3

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into tulip class

A: Not quite clear golden orange, lighter than it looks (if that makes sense), bone white head fades to just bubbles

S: Very mild fruit comes through, definite pine, malty backbone adds body and makes the pine seem deeper

T: More pine than fruit again, but both are there, very bitter with not enough flavor for my liking, piney hops seem harsh, malt is a bit too strong also and just adds to the intensity

M: Extra dry, medium-light body with decent carbonation

O: I know its a one off beer, but Sierra Nevada has made so many good IPA's, most of which are better than this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 02:58:19 | More by dpodratsky3
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mattcrill

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Light peach and citrus notes. Clean, classic SN fermentation profile.

Appearance: Cloudy amber pour with a low white, sticky cap that retains well.

Flavor: It's hard to not get "Torpedo" out of my mind when I drink anything hoppy from SN. Immediately I pick up stone fruit and pair. Some light citrus hops as well. The malt backbone isn't as heavy as Torpedo but there is a bready background note on the back of the palate. Balance is firmly bitter. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation. No heat or astringency.

Overall impression: If this is the only IPA SN offered I'd still drink it all the time. I just doesn't seem to have much deviation from their standard "house" IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 23:36:28 | More by mattcrill
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Franziskaner

Missouri

3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 03:36:39 | More by Franziskaner
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Sierra Nevada's IPA which is #93 in their Beer camp series last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I was a fan of last years Beer Camp Series, so i'm interested to see how this years turns out and I thought I would start of with the IPA, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown shorter 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label is typical for the Beer Camp series and it's the same as last years, it doesn't look bad, but i wish they would make a new one for this years series. It poured a fairly hazy golden orange color that took on more of an orange/amber color with three fingers worth of off white head that left lots of sticky rings of lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking IPA, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by loads of hop aromas with the grassy and spicy hops sticking out the most with a slight citrus rind aroma in the background. Up next comes the malts with some lightly toasted, biscuit, and stale malt aromas and there's a lighter amount of doughy yeast in the background. The aroma was ok, I thought the hop profile was just ok and the malts had a slight stale aroma to them that didn't help.

T- The taste seems to be somewhat similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of medium sweetness followed by lots of hops that seem to have a pretty even mixture of grassy, spicy, citrus, and piney hops flavors and they help add a little bit of complexity to this beer. Up next comes the malts that impart a lightly toasted and biscuit malt flavor with a slight bit of doughy yeast. On the finish there's a lower amount of high bitterness with a citrus rind and biscuit malt like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting IPA, the hop profile made it a little complex and the malts didn't have that stale aspect that I got in the aroma.

M- A little smooth, crisp, clean, slightly oily, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a little above average example of an American IPA, i wasn't expecting the best after the aroma but the taste turned out much better and most of the aspects that I didn't like in the aroma didn't really show up in the taste. This beer had ok drinkability, it was a little smooth, it wasn't filling and the taste did a decent job at holding my attention, but the higher lingering bitterness might prevent me from drinking a few of these but I think one or two would be good for me. What I liked the most about this beer was the hop profile in the taste, it provided some nice complexity to this beer and I thought the appearance was also pretty good. What I liked the least about this beer was the aroma, it was just a little dull and rough around the edges. I might buy this beer again if they sold it on it's own and there's a good chance I might order a glass of it if I saw it at the bar, but it's not really the type of IPA that I would go out of my way to look for. I would recommend this to anyone who likes American IPA's, I think it's pretty solid for the style. All in all I didn't mind this beer, it isn't up there as on of the better American IPA's I have had it but its fairly solid and when you get down to the taste there really isn't anything wrong with it. Nice job guys, I really like the idea of the Beer Camp series, so far it's a solid start to the series but I'll have to see how the other two are before I can compare it to last years release, keep up the good work.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 03:42:51 | More by StoutHunter
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan, amber brown with a minimal 1/4 inch head, some decent lacing.

Smell - Piney hops, Orange, Grapefruit, Lemon, some malts and spices in the finish.

Taste - Starts off with a real bitter orange/grapefruit hop bite. Lemon and orange really comes through. Has a very herbal flavor which almost gives it a green tea flavor.Malts with some spices appear in the finish. Some alcohol warm warms the tongue after a few drinks.

Mouthfeel - Pretty much hops and lemon hit the tongue, then the palate gets the spices and some malts. The aftertaste is dry, herbal and piney.

Overall - Eh, its ok, its different then standard ipas with its herbal backbone. The taste is a little odd but drinkable. Not something id want again but nothing id pass on.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 21:15:20 | More by wvsabbath
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

A-slightly dark shade of gold with a nice thick cream colored head

S-weeds and floral. Medium strength

T-it comes in with a very floral and hoppy flavor as well as the weeds. The overall strength is low and the after-taste is matching through somewhat malty.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a creamy finish

O-really I'm surprised they picked this beer. It is a good IPA, but a boring IPA. It is easy to drink, and I could drink a lot of it, but I'd rather just get a case of torpedo over this.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 02:50:01 | More by AdamBear
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84 out of 100 based on 418 ratings.