IPA - Beer Camp #93 - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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2.63/5 rDev -29.3%
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.
10-14-2013 05:59:46 | More by kojevergas
2.7/5 rDev -27.4%
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.
08-09-2013 22:16:54 | More by BB1313
2.78/5 rDev -25.3%
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??
11-29-2013 11:04:34 | More by heygeebee
2.85/5 rDev -23.4%
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.
08-09-2013 12:55:39 | More by BMMillsy
2.95/5 rDev -20.7%
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.
09-02-2013 00:18:20 | More by chugalug06
IPA - Beer Camp #93 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.