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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: 454
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | 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 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.

(Beer added by: tdm168 on 08-02-2013)
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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

ThisWangsChung, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of npala86
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

npala86, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of Budinetz
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Budinetz, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of stephenjmoore
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

stephenjmoore, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of strongaf
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

strongaf, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

tbryan5, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of tyleeis
4.5/5  rDev +21%

tyleeis, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of Kgrubb1224
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Kgrubb1224, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of Adkins1203
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Adkins1203, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of herman77
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Slightly hazy copper orange with a smaller off white head. Nice lacing.

S: Classic Sierra Nevada IPA/hop smell. Pine, a bit of citrus and herbal.

T: Again, its got that classic Sierra Nevada IPA taste. Lots of pine with a bit of citrus and grapefruit. Some carmel/toasted malts peaking through just a bit.

M: Medium to lighter body. Average carbonation.

O: Good drinkability. A good, though not that different twist on a hoppy beer from Sierra Nevada. Kind of reminiscent of celebration.

herman77, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of mvanaskie13
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass, color is copper, head is off white with a hint of tan, some light lacing and good lingering thickness.

Smell is subdued and almost malt forward, biscuit, caramel and some bread, there are some piney hops.

Taste is on the maltier side of IPAs, biscuit, toasted malts, good flavors, hops are very well integrated, good bitterness great citrus and pine mixture.

Mouthfeel is solidly bitter, good strong flavors and hop bitterness on the tongue with the sweetness lingering throughout the mouth.

Overall, very nice IPA, good malt flavors and hop bitterness, nothing that stands out, mouthfeel is a bit strong but very drinkable and solid take from the beer camp mix

mvanaskie13, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of Gregg_Kawakami
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Gregg_Kawakami, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of swinyeju
3/5  rDev -19.4%

swinyeju, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of Ironcityblackand
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Ironcityblackand, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of nyyfanatic213
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

nyyfanatic213, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of jibjib513
4/5  rDev +7.5%

jibjib513, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of CalbeDacks
4/5  rDev +7.5%

CalbeDacks, Aug 22, 2013
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 Chaney
4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What the hell are you people comparing this against? What a fantastic IPA.

Served in a SN "Celebration Ale" shaker around the pool.

A: Poured pretty much crystal clear gold (and on the darker side of that spectrum) and with a sticky solid white head.

S: SN profile through and through. Much like the Pale Ale, only more intense. Hop presence and then some.

T: Yep, like the PA on steroid and/or Torpedo with a much, much smoother edge. Fresh hop profile, a bit fruitier in the middle, and then a nice bitter tongue slap at the end. Not a bitter pill at all!

M: Not too sweet, not too bitter, just right.

O: I liked this much better than Torpedo.

Chaney, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of stakem
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.

stakem, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a mostly clear deep golden color, with a two-finger head of white foam with good retention. Really nice lacing.

S - Healthy aroma of floral pine, moss, and citrus (grapefruit, tangerine)

T - Hops are forward and very herbal and earthy, almost medicinal. Malts reminiscent of graham cracker; light and with a kiss of honey sweetness. Hints of pineapple, mint, and tobacco. Malts fall just short of providing enough backbone here.

M - Medium to full bodied. Medium carbonation. Very dry, lingering finish. Slightly sticky. Suits the style well.

O - A solid offering by SN with no real flaws save a lack of originality; nothing really distinguishes it or makes me think this is superior to other offerings (Like SN's own Torpedo). I cant help but wonder why this beer in a crowded IPA marketplace when Sierra already has so many IPA's that are just as good if not superior? Seems like a little bit of a wasted effort, but I won't hesitate to finish off the rest of these in the Beer Camp pack.

TempeBeerMan, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

rab53, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of bt931912
4/5  rDev +7.5%

bt931912, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of Broom
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Broom, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of buzzy
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

buzzy, Aug 20, 2013
IPA - Beer Camp #93 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 454 ratings.