Beer Camp Across America West Coast Double IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Beer Camp Across America West Coast Double IPABeer Camp Across America West Coast Double IPA
BA SCORE
66.4%
Liked This Beer
3.78 w/ 891 ratings
Beer Camp Across America West Coast Double IPABeer Camp Across America West Coast Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Beer Camp Across America West Coast Double IPA clocks in at 8.5% ABV and features five hop varieties, two of which went into Sierra Nevada’s “Hop Torpedo” dry-hopping device and impart hints of grapefruit and a floral note that recalls orange blossom. A light malt body and dry finish complement the bold hop profile.

Brewed as an invite for the 2014 Beer Camp Across America tour. http://beercamp.sierranevada.com

Added by jaydoc on 06-11-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
120
Ratings:
891
Liked:
592
Avg:
3.78/5
pDev:
11.11%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
113
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 891 |  Reviews: 120
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, earth, and berry aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, citrus zest, and slight herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice fruit forward hop characteristics all around.

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is great stuff, i don't care what anyone says, and at 5 bucks or so per bottle, and at this strength, its a fantastic buy. who cares that its not "west coasty" enough. it doesnt need to be all resinous and sticky to be delicious. i like the golden color, frothy head, biscuit malt or honey malt base, and the fact that its not bitter, fruity, oily, or piney, while still being extremely hoppy. its got a classic feel to it in that way, not overly aggressive, more reserved and refined i reckon. the malt does some balancing against the hops, but the bitterness here is toned way down, so its real drinkable even at 8.5% abv. carbonation is great, and the finish has some grassy and dried hay sort of notes to it, while the grain and hops are both super fresh and this is seemingly a perfect big ipa for summertime. no complaints from me, and again, the economics on it are great. forget the criticism, sierra nevada is still making some of the best hoppy beer in the country.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin, lacy film of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of grassy and pine resin hops are present in the nose. Citrusy hops become apparent once the beer warms up.
T: The taste starts out with a strong dose of bitterness and notes of peppery spices—this then becomes more complex and has additional flavors of pine resin hops along with notes of grapefruit rind. The bitterness and the grapefruit lingers through the finish. Hints of alcohol are perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The pine resin hops leave slight bits of an oily feeling.
O: This beer is rather bitter and piney and is something that doesn't go down altogether that easily. This beer would have been more drinkable if there was a better balance between the hop flavors and the alcohol was masked from the taste.

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3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Of course I love the story of "West Coast" beer with its poetic license of grapefruit-this and orange blossom-that. But when the lips hit the glass, all I think is, "That shit's dank!"

Copper in its color and with a arid mousey head, the beer releases a bouquet of botanicals that hinge on tomcat, cannabis and chive along with the promised citrus elements of white grapefruit, bitter orange slices and a lemony twang.

Backed with a dry caramel backbone, a more granola or graham cracker presence anchors the taste but lurks deep in the background; careful not to tread upon the hollowed hoppby ground. That's as the hop dominance builds- turning decidedly bitter, dryly resinous and reeking beautifully of leaf, stem and sap of cannabis, pine and citrus.

Malty-dry to finish, the ale trends crisp, clean and refreshing but with memorable echoes of grapefruit peels and its associated bitterness; and foregoing any sweet influence or creamy body. Its a dedicated taste to hops and little else...

...and as many hop heads would say- That's how they should be!

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

24 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/20/2014. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep gold color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, apricot, mango, pineapple, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, light toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, apricot, mango, pineapple, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, light toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, apricot, mango, pineapple, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, light toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, apricot, mango, pineapple, floral, grass, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a great crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately slicky, and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. All around great complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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2.66/5  rDev -29.6%

Pours a finger of khaki head. Leaves a lot of sticky lace. Color is an orange hued gold.

Flavor profile: Grapefruit, pine, floral notes, oranges, and clementine. Some bready malts is followed by a heavy dose of alcohol. It ends with a sticky hop resin flavor.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and sticky. Medium bodied. Hot.

Overall, this DIPA was hot and that should never be. You can taste the alcohol in the aftertaste a lot. Flavor-wise, I rated this at 3.33, but because of the heat, I lowered the score. This bomber will be tough to work through.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Well, the Beer Camp tour is in full bloom, and friends are at a takeover, but I felt their beers were so lame that I would just drink at home. This will help me be with them in spirit.

Pours a big creamy fluffy almost 2 finger head that fades at a slower pace, lots of sticky lacing, crystal clear golden honey color. 4.5

Nose brings decent hops but not as explosive as I thought it would be. Some pine and resin, quite floral and a bit flowery, resinous dankness, a little sap, fair grassy and a bit earthy. Mild sweet malts but not a big malty aroma, touch herbal. 3.75

Taste starts a little minty, more herbal spicy earthy hops, grassy and leafy too, quite grassy actually, not noble grassy but like pine and forest floor grass. Hops get herbal and vegetal like, chewy even, with some pine sap and resin, and a peppermint like heat. Malts are very light but a bit sweet, pretty much all pale malt, flashes of warming booze that really add to the peppermint and make an anesthetizing like feel on the finish. 3.5

Mouth is med bod, some warming booze, decent carb. 3.75

Overall this was really a disappointment. It's like Sierra Nevada didn't even try on this one! All pale malts, booze warmth, and lots of lame one-dimensional hops. Barely even enjoyable on this one. Finish was not so great either. I'm really disappointed so much with SN on all the Beer Camp stuff that I even want to stop drinking any of their beers. it's like they're only in it for the money now and just don't give a f*ck! For that I'm giving overall a really low grade. 2.5

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3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear medium golden yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and some moderate amount of medium yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy foamy bright white head that slowly reduces to a medium to large finger thick cap in the center of the glass surrounded by a very thick film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Initially there are moderate aromas of herbal, pine, and grassy hops over a light aroma of slightly sweet grainy malts. After the beer warms up, there is a light to moderate aroma of citrus/grapefruit rind hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor os slightly sweet grainy malts. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit rind, herbal, and pine hops which impart a slightly stronger than moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Initially crisp with a lingering slickness/oiliness in the finish.

O: While this beer has a nice combination of flavors and aromas to the hops but the overall bitterness of the beer is just a touch too high for me to really enjoy this brew - it felt like it needed just a touch more malt/sweetness to balance the flavors out. Not super easy to drink but still enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden clear amber color in the tall Maredsous goblet with a fine-grained white head. Lacing makes a lovely veil in the glass. Pleasant prickly carbonation in the mouth. Fresh aroma of pine tinged with honeysuckle.

Remarkably sweet tasting, and yet not sugary. So spicy, I wonder if it's stuffed with Cascade along with the other hops. Big mango and pineapple flavors, but the bitter barky taste takes over everything. Big clean malt flavor, I wish I could savor it more.

Big suds on the second pour, a handsome brew indeed. But the bitterness crests and breaks on my tongue. That intense hop flavor is so good, though, I'll be using the rest of the jar for jacking up some cheap brews for summer sluicing. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Liticker's Liquor in San Diego.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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Beer Camp Across America West Coast Double IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 66.4% out of 100 with 891 ratings
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