Beer Camp: Golden IPA (2017) | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Beer Camp: Golden IPA (2017)Beer Camp: Golden IPA (2017)

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Citrus-heavy hops in a dry, yet assertive IPA.

At Beer Camp, no beer style is off limits, so we jumped at the idea of doing a Golden IPA using wheat malt for a light, dry body and bold American and experimental hops for intense citrus flavor. The perfect spring seasonal, we invite you to enjoy this year’s Beer Camp encore.

Added by BB1313 on 12-31-2016

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Photo of BdM
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of puboflyons
3.44/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on June 25, 2017.

It pours a slightly hazy looking pale yellow under a modest, lasting white head. Some lacing as it diminishes.

In the aroma there is a light citrus or lemon zest character along with something herbal. The bready malt character is more muted but I pick it up.

Light, easy drinking body.

The flavor has a mildly sweet character at first and then the lemon or citrus juiciness kicks in but in a rather conservative fashion. Nothing bold but it it finishes clean and crisp all around.

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Photo of Gmann
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden color with a big tight white head that slowly settles into a puffy cap.

The aroma is of grapefruit and grapefruit peel. Bright and zesty aroma.

The taste is of a mild grapefruit. A bit of pepper and grass. Slight honey and bread notes from the malt.

The feel is light and crisp. Good balance with a grassy bitter finish. Drinks well.

The malt is nice but the hop profile could use a kick. Very refreshing regardless.

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Photo of donspublic
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jcb7472
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Even though it is not a part of the Around the World 12-pack, I wanted to include this beer in my current SN horizontal. Plus, it came in bottle format & I am on an ongoing mission to whittle down & eradicate The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody. Fun times, kids!

From the bottle: :Spring Seasonal [-] A New Beer Every Year"; "At Beer Camp, no beer style is off limits, so we jumped at the idea of doing a Golden IPA using wheat malt for a light, dry body and bold American and experimental hops for intense citrus flavor. The perfect spring seasonal, we invite you to enjoy this year’s Beer Camp encore."; "We brew in Chico, CA, and Mills River, NC, to bring you the finest quality beer."

I Pop!ped the cap & commenced a slow, gentle pour, followed by a vigorous in-glass swirl. This action created two-plus fingers of foamy, soapy, rocky, bone-white head with modest retention. Color was a shiny Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity, like sunshine in my glass! Be-yoo-tee-full! I have never seen The Gelt Gang of Croesus, Midas & Mammon appear so quickly or so greedily! Wow. Nose was very grapefruit-citrusy & my hophead mouth began to water uncontrollably. I like the new tropical fruit flavors currently being imparted in AIPAs, but I sometimes miss a good citrusiness. Mouthfeel was medium, which was pleasant enough, but nothing spectacular. The taste was not only of grapefruit, but also of biscuit malt and the wheat malt gave it a faint tang to go with the bitterness. Recently, I have heard people say that they are into IBUs, but I am an SRM guy. Still, I would be curious to know what the IBU count is in this beer. Finish was dry, bitter & totally what the doctor ordered. Mmm.

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Photo of celebrator2k11
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jadpsu
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light pale straw, slightly hazed yellow with a full white, bubbly head that displays decent retention and leaves side glass lace.
SMELL: Pine nuts, pineapple, with other citrus notes and flowery .
TASTE: Tart, crisp, citrus, flowery hops, malty.
As usual an excellent brew from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of Navinjohnson
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fatty-Lumpkin
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled. Poured into frosted 12 oz bar glass. A slightly hazed straw color. Ample white head that gave way to nice lacing. Hop flavor was pine forward, but interesting fruitiness and nice bitterness on the finish. I picked up a 6-pack because I saw it labeled as Golden IPA. I think it could have been called a west coast Pilsner. It's very drinkable especially right after mowing the yard.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2.52/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fresh bottle poured to YETI.
No aroma but decent taste.
A little different than the usual citrus or pine, nothing special to me.

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Photo of OklahomaBeerDrinker38
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bongobeer
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dsshuck
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kitch
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 12 fl oz bottle with a packaged on date of 10th February 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A lightly hazy golden straw yellow colour with a two finger white head that had good retention and left nice lacing.

Aroma: Bready, wheaty and pineapple with hints of sweet citrusy mandarin.

Taste: Candied pineapple, sweet candy lemon, lots of floralness with some light bitterness on the end.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, dry-ish, medium to light bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: Easy to drink but a bit too much floral characters for me to fully enjoy.

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2.85/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HoppyBastard
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "PKGD" date 1-31-17.

APPEARANCE: pours a cloudy light and bright, straw color with one-finger white head that slowly dissipated until a thin layer of small bubbles remained, there is moderate lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: bread and pineapple citrus.

TASTE: initially pineapple citrus and bread then a pine note at the finish.

PALATE: medium body and somewhat creamy.

OVERALL: I love Sierra Nevada, always something new and exciting, this was a fun beer, combining characteristics of a wheat beer with an IPA seems to work just fine, I still love SNPA to this day and always have room in my fridge for anything this brewer produces, SN is a perennial all-star in my book.

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Photo of Nrod
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KTCamm
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4/9/17...pours see through bright gold, high pitch of white foam that sticks around. Fresh wheaty citrus nose, bright. Citrus malt bitter flavor. Fast fwds right into the hops. Very dry. Quick hitter spring seasonal.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Golden IPA has a medium-to-thick, slightly off-white, soapy head, a hazy, yellow-gold appearance, with tight bubble streams, some powdery and chunky tan sediment, roiling about, and a bit of glass lacing. Aroma is of strong biscuit and cracker notes, with a background lemony aspect. Flavor is the same, with building bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Sierra Nevada Golden IPA finishes on the dry side.


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3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of doktorhops
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Nevada at back at it again: Beer Camp! For 2017 it’s a Golden IPA (whatever that is). Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Golden IPA 2017 - which I will, in my usual tradition, henceforth brand as: SNBCGIPA’17. I love SN... wait, love is a bit powerful a word, I like SN... hmmm, still too powerful, SN is alright. Yeah, better. Last year’s Beer Camp was a high water mark IMO: Tropical IPA. It will be interesting to see how this wheat loaded brew will compare... I don’t suspect favourably, but let’s keep an open mind Doc, after all: it’s just beer! *gets pummelled with shaker pint glasses thrown by various craft beer hipsters* OK, beer is awesome! Can someone drive me to the hospital now?

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Easily mistaken for a wheat beer in a dark Munich alleyway with its hazed golden/straw body and rather fluffy white head. It’s golden - it fits the brief, the fact that it’s got a slight naturtrüb haze is a bonus. 8/10.

S: Aroma like a glass of Sierra Nevada’s own Pale Ale, let me copy/paste my description from that review in case you forgot what SNPA smells like: Floral hops lead my nose to an ale paradise with a hint of caramel malts in the background. I would add that there’s a definite citrus vibe with SNBCGIPA’17 as well. I gave SNPA a 10/10, but that was a long time ago (2011, fuck!)... now it’s more like a: 7/10.

T: Lemon, biscuit and caramel malts, and floral hop notes all packaged in an easy-drinking mildly bitter finish. This is one easy-drinking-lemon-mofo for better/worse. Another reminder that not every beer needs to be balls-to-the-wall intense, however in this instance a little more intensity wouldn’t go astray... just saying SN. 7/10.

M: Decent medium bodied with a reasonably creamy carbonation - it’s not Weihenstephan territory, but it’s getting up there - wheat usually helps. 8/10.

D: What else is there to say - another decent SN brew, not the best in their oeuvre, however it’s a tasty enough IPA to knock back... actually it’s more of an APA TBH. I could drink this with a Pirate Life Pale and not end up with palate fatigue, so really the IPA label is a bit of a misapplication... though it is 6.5% ABV, so I guess in that sense it’s really an IPA... but flavour-wise it’s a touch light for an IPA... umm, what day is it today??? 7/10.

Food match: The largest German sausage you can find... Boerewors doesn’t count: that’s South African... in a bun. Add mustard. Onions? Why not.

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3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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