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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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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I usually like to start my reviews with an introductory statement. But I'll forego all that for this: Wow, what a great IPA!

Sierra Nevada's Beer Campe #93 kicks off with an unfiltered haze of copper and honey. As its froth builds, it aligns the glass with a cascading veil of lace. Cream colored and meringue textured, its head character is astounding!

Vivid aromas of pink grapefruit and orange peels provide the most ripe and vibrant of citrus scents. Diving a little into its earthy tone, a touch of cannabis and botanical grasses give a bouquet of herb and citrus that weaves together with seamless enticement. Any would-be sweeter tones only give the fruit and grass tones a sense of ripeness and vibrancy that seems of natural fructose.

But much of that enticement is the allure of hops! Citrusy grapefruit, freshly zested oranges, and lime acidity all play into that medley as the timid sweetness of caramel and pecan only aids in support. But the beer is not about the malt- its about that expounding middle palate of hop flavor that takes center stage, just before it delves into a a dry, crisp, clean and resinous bitterness that closes the beer confidently and assuredly.

Medium-light in body, this IPA really buys into the American IPA concept! Its malty-dry to start but sheds its sweetness early in order to prefer hop bitterness and flavor through the later two-thirds of its taste and texture. Still it doesn't finish thin or have weak spots in its palate sensations. Its somewhat effortless in its taste which makes it seem easy!

But if it's easy, then everyone is doing it! But they are not and only Sierra Nevada can deliver this kind of taste, texture and aroma... and at this price! $1.69 at my locale!

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

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3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked this up at Oakhurst beverage in Linglestown, enjoyed chilled from an oversized wine glass.

the color is like sunset with dark golden shade with good clarity and thick off white cream with fine bead and confetti lace pattern. The smell is very citrus and slightly earthy but not quite grassy, more of a dank herbal accent. The feel is good which is bitter and tangy with a mild sweetness mid palate and mostly dry finis with moderately high carbonation which is great for the style, alcohol presence is felt but not forceful.

The taste is very tangy -like a tangerine almost with pithy bitter citrus notes and slight accent of grapefruit mixed with pine indicating a blend of hops was used very assertive bitterness and light caramel malt backbone makes for a decent flavor combo -pretty tasty. Overall I was glad I got to try this...a very citrus and west coast style IPA. I am not surprised that I read citra was utilized and the cascade is all over this with grapefruity goodness. I am pleased that I get to enjoy another7 of this a good example of the style.

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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

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4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear amber in the Ommegang chalice. Nicely sudsy in the mouth. Great aroma, more flowery, bright, and herbal in the nose.

Pleasing slightly sweet malty shortbread taste with the hops coming on strong. A textbook example of how to use bitterness in an IPA. This seems to start with an herbal flavor that fades to a bitter tang I can only describe as aromatic, rising up in the nose. Then it's time for another sip, while the bitter and spicy flavor lays like banked coals on the tongue.

This seems like a rather simple hoppy brew, nothing flamboyant about it, but it really seems nicely made and highly drinkable to me. I think SN is great at these less intense, flowery, and more subtle IPAs. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of kojevergas
2.64/5  rDev -29%
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.


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3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazed copper to amber with a foamy head that leaves lacing.

The smell has the "Sierra Nevada" house character (a good thing) with citrus, pine and hint of caramel.

The taste of herbal/floral hops with a hint of lemon is backed by cracker-like bread and a hint of sweetness. It has a bitter/dry refreshing finish.

It has ample carbonation with a medium body. A bit of alcohol comes through and lingers. It does have a bit of a bite to it.

A nice, hoppy IPA!

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3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 7/9/2013. Pours lightly hazy and cloudy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts the whole glass. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of tangerine, lemon zest, orange zest, grapefruit, pineapple, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity of hop notes with a fair amount of malt balance; and solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange zest, tangerine, grapefruit, floral, pine, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Good amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and complexity of hop flavors; with a light-moderate malt balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice IPA. All around good balance of hop flavors with a fair amount of malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Gavage
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a 2" fluffy head that lasts a long time. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: caramel and citrus are most prominent.

Taste: caramel, orange, lemon zest, pear, a hint of earth tones, and a floral bitterness create a well balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout with a hint of dryness late. Short lasting aftertaste. Refreshing.

Overall: super easy drinking beer that has a nice flavor profile and is satisfying. Enjoyable.

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3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BA Slatetank for giftin me with a few of these new beer camp releases. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada snifter, the brew appears a clear copper color with a yellowish stained off-white cap that holds with rising bubbles supporting. Some patchy lace sticks to the glass as the cap fades.

The smell is pleasantly hoppy with rinds, zest, herbs and fruity to floral aspects before getting grassy with a solvent alcohol inclusion. Overall, the nose is on point with what you might expect without much deviation.

The flavor is bitter and rindy with pith and zest components. Some grapefruit juice and orange skin/zest blend with a bit of solvent alcohol that numbs the tongue with a lingering tingle.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall not bad but nothibg out of the norm either other than the abnormal focus on neutral sort of alcohol burn. I appreciate the chance to try this but probably would not return to it if given other choices.

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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.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of corby112
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, dark golden orange with tangerine colored edges and a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Rings and streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Floral hop aroma with dank, resinous oils, citrus fruit and sweet malts. Strong earthy, grassy pine character along with juicy buds and spruce tip countered by grapefruit and orange peel sweetness. The malt backbone is stronger than expected with hints of caramel and biscuit but doesn't interfere with the dominant hop presence.

Full bodied with a strong dry, bitter hop presence that lingers over the sweeter notes and malt backbone into a slightly dry finish. Some grassy, earthy pine needle flavor but it's not too dry or overly sticky. Decent amount of bitterness but not overpowering with sweet tropical/citrus fruit and pale malt notes balancing things out. Hints of grapefruit, pineapple and orange zest followed by caramel, toffee, biscuit, cracker and a touch of dark fruit in the finish. Not the most extreme IPA but this beer is very well balanced and extremely drinkable. The ABV is well masked without the slightest trace of heat. Pretty damn sessionable for nearly 7%.

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