IPA - Beer Camp #93 - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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United Kingdom (England)
3.35/5 rDev -9.9%
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.
01-27-2014 01:06:15 | More by jazzyjeff13
3.79/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
01-18-2014 20:16:23 | More by Gavage
IPA - Beer Camp #93 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 448 ratings.