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

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 129 | Ratings: 422
Photo of Vetbidder
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really light yellow colored every so slightly hazy beer. Scent of malt, citrus and slight pineapple. Decent muted flavors of pineapple and citrus. Very smooth with little bitterness. A bit thin and well carbonated, maybe slightly creamy in feel. Decent but not as bold in flavor as I'm looking for from an IPA.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a big two finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of grainy biscuit malt, citrus and lightly grassy hops, tropical and light citrus fruit. Flavor is semi-sweet wheaty malt, citrus hops, lemon and lemon rind, lightly floral. Medium bodied with a light creaminess. A pleasant light IPA with nice wheat notes and good lemony citrus hops. There are more herbal hop notes in the aroma than the taste, but the light lemony flavor is well done and refreshing, and not tart. This seems like a great profile for a summer IPA. It appears to be a Spring release which works out as well. A confusing name. Is this the same as the regular SN Golden IPA? The Beer Camp one-off from a few years ago? Perplexing, but tasty.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden in color, just as advertised, with excellent clarity. There's a solid inch of dense off white foam. I'm getting citrus and pineapple in the nose. The flavor is a mix of citrus and pineapple with some extremely light malt. The hop flavors are pretty gentle and balanced with the malt. The mouth is lightly sticky, faintly chalk, and moderately carbonated.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is citrus, pine, a touch of lemon, grapefruit. Taste follows. Citrus upfront followed by a more subtle grapefruit and lemon, a touch of orange on the finish. Clean, crisp, dry body and finish. Great, refreshing beer. Pour is slightly hazy straw yellow. Good lacing,head, retention.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear yellow golden color with white head. Citrus, floral notes, and some pine on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with more citrus and just a hint of cereal grain.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

L--Hazy, pale yellow with a frothy head that dissipated and left no lacing.
S--Hoppy, citrusy and grassy.
T--Sweet & hoppy. Citrus (lemon & grapefruit).
F--Nice carbonation. Juicy & quenching.
O--Nice stuff. I'd definitely get more.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a pretty nice yellow/amber color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy/foamy white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, citrus. The taste is hoppy, malty, citrusy. Medium body. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of Brad007
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden blonde with a one finger head into my glass. Grassiness greets the nose. Mid-range hop bite. Dry finish with a touch of citrus. Nice and drinkable.

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Photo of Hackattack
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hops notes but a great balance of malt in there .......a lightly tart/ bitter/citrus taste .......Very drinkable. Tastes like a low ABV session beer, but at 6.5% ......don't operate your heavy machinery if your having more than 1 or 2.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp: Golden IPA last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I'm always down to try a new beer from Sierra Nevada and I'm interested to see what they can do with this IPA, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an IPA glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's a little plain and it's not the most eye catching. It poured a hazy golden yellow color that took on more of a yellow color when held to the light and it had a little over three fingers worth of creamy and slightly bubbly white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of patchy lacing behind. This is a very nice looking IPA, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a combination of earthy, light grassy, light floral. green hops and very spicy hop aromas with the spicy hops sticking out the most. Up next comes a little doughy yeast that goes into the malts which are on a little lighter side of medium and impart some grainy, pale malt, bready and sweet malt like aroma with the grainy malts sticking out the most. This beer has a nice aroma, but I was hoping the hop profile would be a little brighter.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with the hops which are just a little lighter this time and they impart impart all the same aspects, with a slight bit of citrus rind this time and there's no single hoppy aspect that seems to stick out the most. Up next comes a slight bit of doughy yeast that leads into the malts which show up just a little more than they did in the aroma and they impart all the same aspects with those grainy malts still seeming to stick out the most. On the finish there's a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness that doesn't linger long and it had an even mixtures of hoppy and malty flavors in the aftertaste. This is a nice tasting IPA, but I still wish the hop profile was brighter and not as spicy.

M- Fairly smooth, pretty crisp, a little tingly, medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and I thought it was a solid example of an IPA, it's not bad, but the hop profile is pretty spicy and earthy and it didn't have much that made it really memorable for me. This beer had ok drinkability, I could drink one or two, but I wouldn't want anymore than that. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and the mouthfeel, they are easily the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer was the hop profile, I wish it was brighter and not so spicy and earthy. I don't think I would buy this beer again, but I wouldn't turn one down and I would recommend it if your looking for a balanced IPA that's heavy on the earthy and spicy hops. All in all I didn't mind this beer, but the hop profile did make it a little rough around the edges and that's what held this beer back. It's not a favorite Sierra Nevada beer and it's just a little above average for the style. Solid job guys, but I think with a little more work this could be a little better.

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Photo of CHickman
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

PKGD 02/14/17, pours slightly hazy yellow color with a billowing 2-3 finger head that was full of tiny bubbles and was so bright white that it looked like snow. Carbonation raced up the glass to the head, which didn't budge for quite a while and then dissipated extremely slowly leaving excellent foamy lacing and rings as it went down. A great looking beer.

Smells of wheat, yeast, lemon zest, toasted grains, peppery spices, potpourri, floral hops, light piney notes and grass. Best way to describe it is peppery spices, lemon zest and fresh cut flowers. It does smell like spring.

Tastes very similar to the nose but with some biscuit, a sharp citrus bitterness and earthy notes like the malt and barley was just dried out and thrown in the brew. It's like dried hop leaves were added, giving it that bitter citrus/lemon zest. It's a good beer that's light and refreshing, but had just a tad too much earthy-ness for my liking.

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Photo of garymuchow
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pleasantly surprised. As much as I like SN beers, there are several I don't really like, or don't appreciate, and I anticipated this being one of those. But it is not. Very pleasant light fruity hop aroma with a mix of light citrus and flowery scents - although it faded with time, but the initial take was really good. Golden color indeed with a smallish white head in my SA beer glass. Sparkling color but not brilliantly clear, actually semi-cloudy.
Lightly flavored too with the same pleasant hop flavors but also a light malt mix with keeps it from being too heavy (although it is more than adequately carbonated). Smooth bitterness (that grows somewhat in intensity as it warms) and softness in the feel from the wheat malt.

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Photo of IgnatiusReilly
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to pint glass. Looks great - very pale amber, just slightly cloudy with good head retention. Wheat malt base is evident. Sweet citrus nose matched by cutting grapefruit bitterness. Smooth mouth feel. Tasty beer - would be a good summer brew.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - so, a wheat-based IPA, then. Sure, why not?

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with four fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and chunky bone-white head, which leaves some decent blotchy webbed lace around the glass as it slowly but surely sinks away.

It smells of rather fruity pineapple, orange, and red grapefruit, grainy pale malt, a hard to discern edgy wheatiness, some prominent hard water flintiness, and somewhat laid-back earthy, leafy, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is bready and crackery pale malt, a lesser wheaten graininess, muddled domestic citrus rind, still heady canned pineapple notes, wet stone paths after the rain, and more tame leafy, weedy, and piney verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its palate-coddling frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and genuinely smooth, with a nice airy creaminess putting down roots once things warm up a tad around here. It finishes off-dry, the mixed malt and citrus fruitiness carrying this one through.

Overall, this is indeed a pretty well-made, and refreshing IPA, the citrus character doing a bang-up job of evoking the idea of Spring, warmer weather and attitudes alike. No hint of the extra point and a half of the ol' wowee sauce, so I could see having a few of these while I watch the snow melt, for like the fourth time this year.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a fairly clear straw yellow color with an ample cap of white head. Modest retention and lace.

Nose is tropical pine trees...if there were such a thing. Papaya and sap. Theres some snappy wheat in there, but the malt GsTFO of the way for the most part.

Tate throws down very little in the way of sweetness, malt balance or yeast. Indeed, the focal point is bittering and flavor hops..tropical and juicy. Its an interesting flavor of (what I think tastes like) traditional Pac NW hops and new tropical varietals. Its a good beer and kind of reminds me a bit of some of the Lagunitas wheat based IPAs. Though it is not as full bodied as it could be.

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Photo of Reef
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap In a shaker pint at a chicken wing establishment.

Looks like a Pilsner, straw yellow with two fingers of head. A curtain of lacing remains after the glass is emptied.

Aroma is a pleasant light citrus.

Tastes of lemon, green mango, pear, balanced by the malts. Dry finish keeps you coming back. Flavoring is substantial considering the ABV.

Smooth, inviting mouth feel.

I tried this one with no expectations. Nice compliment to spicy wings or other hot foods.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is fresh and delicious, and exactly the kind of ipa i like to drink, very much in the wheelhouse of what these guys do best, and my favorite of all their recent releases. the color is incredibly light, almost looks like a pale lager in my glass, golden is right, with a light and thin white head, great clarity, lots of bubbles. aroma and flavor of a different hop strain, something i am less familiar with for sure, hoppy indeed, but i get straight crushed pineapple on this, right from the can, and its amazing. this hop nose and flavor is intense, but its not bitter, and even though its so fruity, i dont get a lot of sweetness either. a simple malt base, honey or golden promise or something on top of pale barley and perhaps a bit of pils malt as well, clean and light. some grassy old world nature to the hops of front, but all pineapple in the finish, really spring and summery, light, drinkable, refreshing, and well made. i think the tropical torpedo and the sidecar are reaching a bit, but this is fantastic, and should be a year rounder for them moving forward. i like it better than hop hunter. will this be around all summer? i hope so, its unique enough and my favorite of the four different craft ipas i enjoyed with pizza for pi day (3/14) last night. pleasant surprise to say the least. dont overlook this one just because its everywhere.

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Photo of california_republic
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at The Club at SJC, pretty cool!

Look: Well, it's golden. More of a pale yellow that is probably more comparable to a spring/summer lager but it's quite cloudy like Sierra Nevada ales typically are. (4/9/2017) bottle pour has tons of test in it. Pretty cloudy but a pretty cool pale straw color.

Smell: Pretty big and balanced citrus and pine scents that don't come out smelling too much like an orange or like pine sol. I get a very strong pineapple out of this one more than citrus. Reminds me a lot of Sculpin actually. Smells excellent.

Taste: Again, a lot like Sculpin. Actually, it's what I hoped Pineapple Sculpin would taste like. A lot of pineapple hoppy goodness. Comes off quite bright.

Feel: I think I'd have to go back and re-review this one since I think is a fault of the bartender's pour more than anything. I got a pour with no head at all, and it wasn't as crisp and clean as I hoped it to be, rather flat actually. However it was still very fruity with a tropical taste due to pineapple. Plenty sweet but not sticky, bitterness is more than Sidecar and Pale Ale but less than torpedo. Giving it the benefit of the doubt, it would probably be perfect if I had a better pour. (4/9/2017) okay the pour was just bad. Had one from the bottle and it's incredibly crisp with a ton of pineapple. It's the IPA version of Otra Vez if that makes any sense.

Conclusion: Excellent seasonal full of pineapple goodness and tons of hop flavor. My first beer camp but I'm guessing Sierra Nevada beer camps always have some unique flavor to them. This is good enough for year-round without any modification, it's a shame it doesn't come every year.

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a pale yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is all citrus and some malt. The taste is very good, all citrus. A very good beer

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Photo of Gajo74
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a large bubbly head, visible carbonation. It dissapates and retains well as a soapy looking film and leaves lots of lacing.
Interesting earthy aroma. Although it first hits the nose with citrus aromas, its grassy, leafy, pine and floral hops profile begins to take over. The sweetness from the wheat and malt is also evidence.
In the mouth, the malt and citrus provide a sweet and tangy coating. The earthy hops are lined up with the aroma, with grassy hops, in particular, standing out and providing a fresh herbal feel. The finish becomes increasingly dry. The body is medium to light, with a tingly carbonation that soon settles down. Easy to drink.
This is a nice and somewhat understated IPA whose hops profile adds a subtle kick without overwhelming. It seems like a good session beer.

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Photo of jkrich
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a freshness dated 12 oz. bottle: clear, honey-golden with a fluffy, white head that slowly dissipated.

Fresh aroma of mild fruits, specifically mandarin and orange.

Somewhat light mouthfeel with an almost lager-like profile, yet the flavor is rounded and absolutely refreshing. The lightness is evident by the use of wheat with a tangy and lemony flavor; the don't find the citrus flavor "intense" as the label the states, though it is pleasing. There is a nice, sweet malt that balances the flavor profile.

Overall, this is very good ale, though I think the brewery is really pushing the envelope when calling it an IPA. It is extremely quaffable and at 6.5 % ABV is dangerously drinkable. This is the perfect IPA for summer quenching.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy golden pour with thin white top. Aroma is light grassy and a bit of citrus. Flavor is similar with some bitterness mid-sip finishing slightly dry. Wheat malt taste is noticeable and pleasant.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright golden body with a hint of haze and a fluffy white head. Aroma is hints of citrus and tree fruits and some grassy wheat. Flavor is similar; wheat is present, dashes of pear and citrus. Feel is crisp, light to medium bodied with medium carb. An enjoyable beer.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Wasn't too big on this one. It was good, but nothing special. Pine, citrus, hops, even some wheat. All the flavors I love in an IPA but something just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Light, pale yellow. Lacing.
Smell: tons of hops on the nose. Tends more to citrus.
Taste: bready, long dry bitter finish
Feel: lots of carbonation
Overall: lots of flavor, interesting and got it again despite not my usual style

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Beer Camp: Golden IPA (2017) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 422 ratings