IPA - Beer Camp #93 - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.69/5 rDev -0.8%
Pours a bright gold with tons of carbonation bubbles streaming up, an absolutely ludicrous fluffy white head on top, and some very nice lacing. Aroma reveals some spicy citrus, tropical fruit, and herbal hop notes, along with some subtle, sweet bready malt. The flavor is more of the same, with a gental bitterness upfront and a greater emphasis on some pine/citrus and spice/herbal notes. The malt balances subtly in the flavor, and gives some good toasty bread notes and a light mouthfeel.
Overall, a fine West-Coast Style IPA that is very easy to tame. Pretty much exactly what you would expect from Sierra Nevada, although I would take Torpedo and Celebration over this in a heartbeat. Along with the Imperial Red and the very interesting Belgian-Style Black IPA, the 2013 Beer Camp 12-pack was well worth the $16 I shelled out for it.
08-28-2013 01:43:06 | More by Siriusfisherman
4.08/5 rDev +9.7%
12oz to a snifter, bottled 8/1
Pours a vibrant and bit dark golden orange, transparency at 80%. A finger and a half of egg white foam has some impressive retention and lacing. Mild carbonation stemming from the sides, only con is very small yeast specks when looking close
Smells about what you'd expect from Sierra Nevada- piney, floral, and fruity hops. Lots of upfront pine, followed by some grapefruit, orange, and tropical fruits. Rigid and bready malty backbone gives it a nice sweetness next to a touch of alcohol
Taste is close with the smell, upfront shot of piney hops with some good citrus and tropical notes- grapefruit, some lime, and orange. Malts come across with more of a caramel, does a good job of evening out the beer while keeping it hoppy
Feel is a medium body with a creamy smooth finish. Carbonation and pine spices leave a nice tingle on the end of the tongue, and alcohol concealed well. Pretty bitter, asy to drink
Overall this beer is a lot like torpedo, a bit more balanced though and much smoother on the finish. This stuff is great, I'm really enjoying this years beer camp
08-27-2013 00:38:18 | More by lordofstarside
4.13/5 rDev +11%
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
08-26-2013 06:46:07 | More by russpowell
4.03/5 rDev +8.3%
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.
08-26-2013 05:43:14 | More by mactrail
3.51/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
08-26-2013 03:36:39 | More by Franziskaner
3.94/5 rDev +5.9%
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear light amber color with a thick and billowy two finger just off white head. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a fantastic level of lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is largely of an earthy and pine hop nature. Mixed with these smells are some grapefruit hop as well as a bit of a biscuit smell as well as a little bit of a spice smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a bit of caramel sweetness and a good deal of toasted malt which create a base for the flavors of the brew. A lighter hop flavor of a pine and grapefruit nature are present from the start as well. These hop flavors however don’t remain level, but instead, gain strength as the taste advances to the end. A bit of herbal and an earthy hop taste join the flavors at the end to produce a clean hoppy taste on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average in terms of its creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is average to slightly below average. The lower carbonation helps accentuate the hop flavors of the brew while the average body makes it still quite easy to drink.
Overall -A good IPA. It is kind of a harvest/torpedo hybrid in flavor and profile. Overall easy drinking and a nice one to try.
08-26-2013 02:27:49 | More by Darkmagus82
3.43/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
08-25-2013 22:49:41 | More by ThisWangsChung
3.86/5 rDev +3.8%
A- Pale amber body with a huge, frothy, foamy head that lingers around and leaves a ton of lacing.
S- Lots of citrus, some grapefruit, lots of pine, some herbal/grassy notes.
T- I get way more piney flavors than anything else. Herbal/grassy notes come through, with hints of grapefruit and orange, but the pine cuts through the sweet malt the most.
M- Medium carbonation, medium bodied, nice feel.
O- A nice IPA, nothing that really stands out as different though.
08-25-2013 17:22:16 | More by stephenjmoore
IPA - Beer Camp #93 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.