Beer Camp: Tropical IPA (2016)
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Beer Camp: Tropical IPA (2016)Beer Camp: Tropical IPA (2016)
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IPA - New England
3.95 | pDev: 8.86%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Beer Camp: Tropical IPA (2016)Beer Camp: Tropical IPA (2016)
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sourlinus from Massachusetts

3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jul 17, 2016
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mister_moose from Connecticut

2.16/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Guess I'm going against the grain here. I drink a lot of IPA, and this strikes me as an average bodied nothing special beer that has a Heineken-esque skunkiness to it. Bought a single to taste, glad it wasn't a six. I liked the last Beer Camp 12 pack, don't know what happened this time. Not a drain pour, but I'd debate having another, even if it was free. Bottle was dated "2016" "Pkgd 12/22/15" so it wasn't an old bottle.

Back to the good stuff in the fridge.

Jan 10, 2016
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fmccormi from California

4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a pry-off 12oz bottle to a 10oz tasting glass (TH stemware); this has a bottling date of December 9, 2015 printed in white ink at the top of the back label (“PKGD 12/09/15 1121”), which would make this beer four weeks old to the day. It was purchased from a cooler yesterday and went straight into the fridge.
Appearance (4.75): A good three and a half fingers of ecru-colored foam rise eagerly off of the pour, capping a crystal-clear, 24 ct. gold body with orange lowlights. The head dies down slowly, leaving a rocky surface that dissipates with fat, sturdy bubbles cracking open leisurely. That head leaves chunky, dense webs of lacy foam around all sides of the glass. This is nearly perfect, though personally I likes ’em on the hazy side. Unbelievable.

Smell (4.25): An excellent, punchy mixture of sweet and tart citrus notes jumps out of the bottle: juicy mango accented with acidic pineapple flesh, bright navel orange, funky passionfruit, and a grassy undertone evoking gooseberry. There’s a resinous, dank aroma that fits in between the gooseberry and passionfruit that comes out, too. It’s clear there is some malt in this, too, but its country bread and fresh-cracked barleycorns are not obvious at first.

Taste (4.25): Right out of the gate, there’s more citrus bitterness on the palate than suggested by the nose. Immediately, a light, almost grassy bitterness jumps out, hanging over orange flesh sweetness met with soft malt flavors—cooked oatmeal or porridge, common crackers. Quickly after, the bitterness comes back with grapefruit peel grinding between your teeth, light pineapple sweetness, and a slightly grassy tone that lingers in the finish, which harbors a bit of a resinous undertone. This is absurdly drinkable, injecting some fruity sweetness with plenty—but not quite too much—pungent, citrusy bitterness.

Mouthfeel (4.5): This is outstanding. Super-fine, tingly carbonation washes in just ahead of the precisely medium-weight body, with smooth, evenly-distributed bubbles all over the palate. Meanwhile, the body’s slick, moderately oily feel washes away with a moderate foaming action at the back end of the drink.

Overall (4.25): This is an excellently crafted, extremely drinkable IPA with a punchy, but balanced hop character paired with an understated but solid enough malt base. Like a lot of top-notch, too often dismissed breweries (like Victory or Bell’s), Sierra Nevada’s technical abilities really come out in underappreciated places, like the mouthfeel and appearance; that said, the aroma and flavor are both absolutely on-point in this beer, too. Highly recommended, especially considering the pricepoint.

Jan 07, 2016
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter. Back label says PKGD 12/09/15.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- That signature Sierra Nevada house yeast with some herbal hop character that's also a bit citrusy.

T- Fruity hop flavor that's also a bit spicy with a weak malt finish. Hops are continually vibrant throughout the drink making it enjoyable overall. Moderate bitterness.

M- Sharp, tangy and bright with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- I always say Sierra Nevada's hoppy beers all taste alike and this one's no exception but the spicy hop characteristic brings a nice twist and makes getting through the 6-pack no problem.

Jan 03, 2016
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MarkQ617 from Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at mellow mushroom. Poured a heavy transparent gold...unusually light for an ipa. Flavor and aroma had definite mango and dragon fruit notes. I got very little hops flavor, not what Id expect from an ipa, mouthfeel was very light, crisp. Not my favorite, but not bad.

Feb 27, 2016
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. "Beer Camp Tropical IPA"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "PKGD 01/28/16"

Upon pouring I was surprised by two things. First, what I found in the aroma was pungent, citrusy, and resinous rather than tropical (although there is some mango there). Two, it's surprisingly clear. I was expecting a little bit of haze due to dry-hopping but it's not there. It's almost fingerprint clear through the glass. Combine that with a long-lasting head and great lacing and you've got a great looking glass of beer.

The tropical notes are fuller in the flavor, and it's also a little sweet which seems to enhance them. I'm finding apricot, papaya, melon, and mango as well as pineapple and grapefruit. It's interesting, however, that the nose is more citrusy than the flavor.

Despite the sweetness of the malt it finishes mainly dry with a solid bitterness, although it's only listed at 55 IBUs. Perhaps some of the alcohol is kicking in to give it a little bite. It steadily chips away at the sugar that's left behind until it becomes almost raspy.

Overall it's nicely done, although not nearly as well-balanced as their other beers. It's bright and brash and hoppy! And kind of hard to forget. For hop-heads it's a must-try.

Feb 17, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With the Beer Camp program, Sierra Nevada has allowed guest brewers to infultrate their brewhouse and contrive a recipe in tandem, however with Tropical IPA they allowed their fans to do the talking.

And the result is an IPA that lives up to its "tropical" namesake. Tropical IPA gleams as a bright golden elixir with a sturdy swath of foam. Elevated aromatics of pineapple, mango, passionfruit, grapefruit and apricot are all wrapped in a curiously dank cocoon. Moderately sweet to taste, the malt influence seems caramel, toasty and with the delicacy of floral honeysuckle.

And while the malts slowly recede, the hops begin to take command by tightening its bitter grip on the middle palate and deep within the gullet. As the juiciness dissolves, the citrusy taste of lemon, orange and grapefruit morph into a rind-like, pith-like bitterness. Tropical notes seem of dry sherbet and take on a condensed, dehydrated character and seems to smoothen the bitterness as the beer fades into dryness.

Finishing malty-dry and decidedly bitter, the medium-bodied beer develops an even and resinous coat that locks onto the back palate and is patient to loosen its grip. Its long linger of citrus and tropical fruit rinds extends easily into the next drink while that herbaceous, botanical cannabis wafts about the entire session.

Jan 09, 2016
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Nyg from New York

4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark gold nice carbonation rich head flavorful Fresh fruity pine IPA. Sierra Nevada always kills it. Time and time again. You can never go wrong when buying their goods. Drink up.

Mar 18, 2016
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bright orange with a billowing head, ample head and lasting lacing.
Pungent and dank hop aroma initially, tapers off somewhat quickly though.
Taste is hoppy with a dry bitterness and citric orange peel and pith flavor.
Can't say it's all that tropical, maybe a hint of earthy mango.
Light to medium bodied, easy drinking. Overall it's a nice IPA.

Feb 06, 2016
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent gold with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Stays effervescent, great lacing & head retention

S: Grassy with some citrus, grapefruit & pineapple become more pronounced as this warms

T: Follows the nose, lemon grass & grapefruit up front, a little bit of pear & breadyness as well. Grapefruit, mango, dryness & lemongrass as this warms, some crackery dryness. Finishes a little dry, somewhat grassy & bitter, plus grapefruit rind & lemon

MF: Medium body, fairly firm carbonation, good balance

Drinks easy, if there was a little less grassy & bitter, super solid. Will most likely buy again

Jan 23, 2016
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Packaged 12/16/15.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of tropical fruit, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and grapefruit juice aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, tropical fruit, and toast flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice mix of tropical and citrus forward hop qualities.

Serving type: bottle.

Feb 03, 2016
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ksimons from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-a clear pale orange color with two fingers worth of white head that

S-tropical fruits, caramel malt, and citrus

T-taste is similar to the smell with tropical fruits in the forefront with a light bready malt body and a citrus hop finish

M-medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall very enjoyable and easy to drink IPA, I like it a lot

Jan 27, 2016
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass bottled on 1/4/16. Pours a beautiful orange, with a 2 inch white head that leaves behind some nice webs of lace.

Smell is loaded with tangerine, passion fruit, mango, papaya, pinapple, and grapefruit.

Taste follows very well, the only thing that dominates is the grapefruit and everything else just meshes together wonderfully, sweet and some bitterness from the grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is almost medium, the right amount of life, a little dry, and excellent drinkability.

Overall excellent beer at a awesome price.

Jan 30, 2016
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MLDucky from Texas

3.32/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Big earthy, grain aroma with subtle notes of citrus. Taste was very bitter, not much hop, citrus or pine notes. I was a bit disapointed in the taste, I found it unbalanced.

Jan 08, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/23/2015. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big peach, pineapple, mango, melon, papaya, passion fruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pepper, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big peach, pineapple, mango, melon, papaya, passion fruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pepper, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of peach, pineapple, mango, melon, papaya, passion fruit, lemon/orange peel, pepper, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical/earthy hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Jan 31, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Decent fluffy foamy head, nice lacing, clear honey color.

Nose nice tropical, little dank resin, passion fruit guava, fruity citrus, bubblegum, into grassy notes, orange zest rind, hint of malt.

Taste starts with resin, musty resin with touch of pine, into tropical again, fruity guava passion fruit, light citrus, nice grassy Amarillo and little bubblegum thing, fair bitterness and veggie hops, big guava little rind and pith, hint of mango. Finish dry bitter rind, pith, more tropical notes, little grassy.

Mouth is med bod, nice carb.

Feb 17, 2016
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NickSMpls from Washington

3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Something Tropical sounds good on a day which the temperature struggles to reach zero. Crystal clear, light golden color with a thick head which faded fast. Wow! Wonderful nose, prominent fruit and floral scents, makes you think "arboretum". Nice malt backbone with well balanced hops, carrying forward the aromatics to the taste. If it has to do with hops, the team at SN takes a backseat to no one. Recommended.

Jan 19, 2016
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

2.7/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours with a pretty thick foam head with strong retention. The aroma is incredibly vinous, like stem and dirt. Everyone sells it smells like marijuana and, honestly, I can definitely get that. It is very earthy. Maybe not the most inviting aroma for a "tropical" beer. The hop profile is pretty bitter, especially towards the end, and while the mango citrus is certainly present, it is buried underneath the bitterness. I'd expect a little more subtly & balance from Sierra, the overratcheted hop profile is something you find in a lot of new breweries or smaller brewers still trying to piece it all together, not from a major act like Sierra that churns out an assembly like of quality beers. All in all it isn't terrible, but I think if they had toned it down a notch and let the tropical flavors take center stage over the bitterness it would have been much better

Jan 19, 2016
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Ikeithbot from New York

4.85/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just so good. SN really knows their craft and this beer excels in all the best ways. All the notes are there. There's not much more that can be done to create a more floral/citrusy brew without adding extracts. How they don't clog the wort pumps with this many hops is a mystery to me.

Jan 30, 2016
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skeeterloveshops from California

4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Spring came early this year, and I am fortunate enough to have the 2016 spring beer camp here in December of 2015. The bottled date is just 2 days ago, and it tastes and smells equally as fresh. The aroma truly burst a great aroma as soon as you pop the cap, similar to an imperial. It has a great aroma of papaya and mango with a bit of pine. A beautiful pour leads to an even more impressive punch of flavor, and it very unique! This year was certainly the year of many tropical IPAs being released, but this one does a great job from separating itself from the others. You gotta get your hands on this one before its gone!

Jan 01, 2016
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craftbeersweden from Sweden

3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden/amber color with a two finger high, fluffy head.

Nose: Tropical fruit, mango, orange, resin, pine, honey, papaya and caramel.
Taste: Caramel malt, orange, pine, a little bit of grapefruit, grass and mango.
Mouthfeel: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Dry and bitter ending.

Mar 25, 2016
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goForkYerself from California

4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not an IPA fan, but they nailed the tropical aromas and fruit flavors. I drank from the bottle at a party with a pretty good buzz going, but it clearly fit the Tropical IPA decription.

Jan 01, 2016
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doktorhops from Australia

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Tropical IPA 2016, which we (as always with SN beers) have to abbreviate to: SNBCTIPA’16 - sounds like the name of a bounty hunter droid assassin from the Disney Wars franchise... anyway, I took a look at this and thought “Challenge accepted!” because let’s face it coming from an ANZAC country we have some of the most tropical fruit flavoured IPAs around, it will be interesting how SN competes (err, “compares”) with our tropical IPAs (Hop Zombie, Pirate Life or Tuatara DBL TBL anyone?).

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Presents a slightly hazed, let’s face facts: amber body, with an absolutely tiny 2 inch off-white head (that I think someone may have poured too aggressively *taps desk*) which eventually settles down to an inch before I gave up waiting and dived into... mea culpa on the head really. 8/10.

S: Aroma is full on papaya with some spicy piney hints, and I wouldn’t say “mango” (hey I live in Queensland - mango capital of the world - I’ve smelled a mango or three) like on the label, it’s more in the pineapple/jack fruit spectrum. Still pretty good as far as tropical notes go but it’s in the flavour where tropical hop concoctions usually go on the wayside. 8/10.

T: Flavour is juicy, full of pineapple and papaya (still no mango, but we’ll forgive it one label transgression, but you only get one SN!). Spicy and piney towards the finish with a reasonably easy IBU on the taste buds, and given the juicy/full hop attitude of this brew it is a welcome flavour profile - if only Kiwi brewers could bring this sort of flavour to the hop table. After taste brings out a hint of medicinal bitterness but otherwise it’s hard to fault this IPA. 9/10.

M: Medium bodied with an almost flat carbonation and plenty of hop oils milling around like a bunch of young punks - reminds me of Hop Hunter in this regard. Needs a bit more fizz. 7/10.

D: This is a rare delight of a brew from SN, I know SN are great but this limited release SNBCTIPA’16 is one of the better beers they’ve made, shame it will soon disappear from shelves. The more I sup on this brew the more I think that this is the flavour Hop Hunter should have instead of that grassy hop flavour they went with... oh well, if horses could be astronauts and other aphorisms I just made up on the spot - zucchinis and trouts hey? 9/10.

Food match: Asian, crank it all the way up to Thai!

Apr 21, 2016
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ocelot2500 from Maryland

4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear sunburst, golden orange color with a tight, quickly fading white head that leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of bright fruity hops mostly with some pine as well.

Tastes of the bright hops layered over a solid malt backbone. Hops lead off with notes of pineapple and mango. Citrus notes come next with grapefruit and tangerine. Caramel malts add next along with some toasted bread. Fairly balanced overall. Finishes with a slight lingering bitter fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is tasty and well worth a look. Also, can't beat the price ($8.49 for a sixer).

Jan 01, 2016
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

3.39/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle. Pours bright clear golden with finger white head that fades slowly, a little lace. Aroma is mostly dank weed, but not in a good way, just ok. Taste is better than the smell, but still mostly dank grass, some astringency. Medium soft mouthfeel. Not terrible, but not great. Definitely not tropical. Would drink in a pinch.

Jan 15, 2016
Beer Camp: Tropical IPA (2016) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 1524 ratings