Beer Camp Across the World: East Meets West IPA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Beer Camp Across the World: East Meets West IPABeer Camp Across the World: East Meets West IPA
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American IPA
4.06 | pDev: 7.64%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Beer Camp Across the World: East Meets West IPABeer Camp Across the World: East Meets West IPA
Notes: In just a few short years, Tree House has made made a big impact on the beer scene with their approach to the IPA – low bitterness, intense juicy hop flavor and unfiltered haze. As fellow lovers of the IPA, we combined our styles – the classic American IPA malt body and the New England approach to hopping- resulting in lightly bitter, unfiltered beer with huge hop flavor.
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Photo of elNopalero
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm kicking off my beer camp world tour with this one. and what a fine beer it is.
This pours a pleasant golden tan color with some long lasting billowy foam. There's a nice albeit muted orange juice aroma. It's juicy but dialed back, restrained and balanced. Hoppy and bitter in just the right amounts. Not mind blowing but still tasty.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11/20/17...pours murky mustard gold yellow with fluffy white foam. Powerful citrus lemon nose. Juicy citrus forward flavor with a buzzy bitter burn, and a flavor that bursts. Tremendous blend, a standout in the beer camp mixer. Make more of this for sure.

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Photo of gandres
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce can poured to tulip glass
Sight: light amber, medium tan foam that lingers, some lacing
Aroma: fragrant hoppy, slight malty aroma
Taste: medium bitterness, some sweetness
Mouth feel: good carbonation, sticky, good finish, good aftertaste
Overall: Very good beer

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Photo of mactrail
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is actually a pretty clear yellow with a tall white foam in the Leute Bokbier tumbler. Quite aromatic with orange peel and peach. Sudsy on the tongue, rather acidic but also sweet and malty like it's halfway to a DIPA.

Big flavors of pineapple-orange. This is really not very bitter, so it rates good for an IPA in drinkability in my playbook. Some final astringency and a little more bitter bite. From the 16 oz can in the 2017 mixed Beer Camp pack.

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Photo of Zorro
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chill hazed golden colored ale with a tall puffy white head.

Strong with the hops and highly aromatic. Smells strongly of grapefruit and citrus. Lesser scents of pine and pine board. In other words it smells like you would expect a good IPA to smell. Tropical scents and the malt exists as a big scent of pineapple juice. Mild trace scents of aspirin, mint and menthol.

Starts out dry and fruity citrus on the tongue backed by a pine tongue depressor taste. Mildly bitter and quite herbal in the mouth, this does taste like they slipped some coriander in to spice it up a little more. Tastes like it smells bit it isn't harsh at all.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a strong but not harsh IPA. A very good balance between extremes.

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Photo of Suds
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden in color with a light haze, this brew has a think white head. The aroma has a herbal and pine mix...multi-dimentionally hoppy. The taste is spicy-bitter with a little honey-like sweet malt note. Full in flavor, hefty mouthfeel. This is an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Beejay
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A super hazy yellowish amber in color with a large light tan head.

S: Tropical fruit flavor and a orange zest. Light malt, and more tropical fruit in the finish..

T: Lightly bitter with juicy tropical fruit, grapefruit peel, orange zest, and a light but present malt backbone.

M: Medium in body with fairly high carbonation, long delicious linger with a touch of bitterness.

O: Overall, just a damn fine IPA, perhaps a touch cloying, but not distracting.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was the last offering from this year's Beer Camp Pack that I had, and one of the ones that I was eager to sample. I love Tree House's offerings but some reason, this one fell short of what I'm normally accustomed to from them. Not as cloudy or unfiltered as Julius or Haze, this was a nice beer that combined the best aspects of their contributors without breaking any new ground or being completely unique.

The pour to this was golden, bright, and pretty shiny with just a moderate haze to it. Lovely head of biscuit that was a bit of a surprise given the tone of the liquid, as the two didn't quite align perfectly. Tons of lacing was left on the side of my pint glass as I took sip after sip, as a reminder of how nicely crafted this one. Pine, grass, and floral bitterness, filled the understated nose as more of them were to be found in the taste. Herbal and astringent, this was tasty enough to enjoy but didn't given an indication as to who was behind it. Where was the dankness? The resin? The East meets West aspect? Not here, much to my chagrin. This did go down quickly enough but came across more as an ESB than anything else...which would have been fine had two big American brewers not been involved here.

This felt stronger than it was in actuality, because how striking the flavor profile was. Citrus pith and elderflower rounded out things here but they were equally as present in the mouthfeel as in the initial burst on my tongue. Not a good or bad beer, this was certainly unique and fitting for a summer day such as this, even in the drizzle. Just wish the better aspectsof Tree House and Sierra Nevada were featured in this offering!

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Photo of arizcards
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up as part of the world camp 12 pack 7-1-17 at TW Arrowhead for an average cost of 2.08. Canned on 4-28-17.

Beer poured a hazy golden orange with a nice white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is fresh citrus, very nice.

Taste is lemon, grapefruit, and tropical. Pretty big rind bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and refreshing.

Overall a tasty brew that I was glad to have tried!

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Photo of bobhits
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit worried about the age on this one, bottled well before sold and this pack has some age on it.

Anyway, the beer is cloudy which could be age or unfilted, not sure. The nose is rather dull, a nice citrus hoppy note that's not overly juicy or deep. Bready malt with some caramel notes.

The taste is much the same. Not overly bitter, not super sweet, but the malt is too strong for a west coast IPA. I get a bit of a juicy ipa flavor and then I get a bit of middling east coast malt. I have found with IPA's I don't tend to really dwell on the types of hops or the type of malt, but how they play together. A great IPA simply needs a malt and hop profile that complement eachother and then a brewer needs to find their balance between sweetness or bitterness. i think there's a wide range of successful decisions. This one misses. The malt and hops seem like buddies that grab a beer 2-3 times a year. They like each other, they work together, but they're not the best friends you'd expect from a top tier brewery.

A bit heavy but perfectly good IPA body/flavor.

I like this beer but the 90 seems out of line. Please note the date of review which might be a major impact to this beer.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Gold beer with sparse lacing and a thinly retained head. Smell is absolutely the best part. Strong, dank pine hops. Super resinous. Clearly the Tree House influence. Clean beer, goof resinous taste with a quick finish. Well executed bitterness. Dank making an appearence yet again. Grassy. Dry finish - makes ya thirsty but no bitterness left in the finish. Just a dank resin on the tongue. Classic NE IPA, well executed hops.

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Photo of hman43
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours golden and is fairly clear. It has a large, slightly off white head. Head retention is good.

Smell: There is a definitive rich malt backbone with citrus aromas.

Flavors: There is also a low level of peach. It has a bready malt backbone. The citrus flavors and balance with moderate peach.

Feel: It has a moderate body and is smooth. There is a low level of bitterness for an ipa and is easy drinking.

Overall, this is an easy drinking IPA with plenty of citrus and peach flavors balance with a bready backbone.

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Photo of EMV
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Cloudy golden copper pour. Thick white head leaves outstanding lacing.

S: Dank and tropical. Grapefruit, pineapple, and pine sap.. smells delicious.

T/F: Light malts give way to a wonderful unfiltered tropical hop profile. Lots of grapefruit and fruit... juicy... pineapple and tangerine. Some nice resinous flavor as well. Finish is bitter and tropical. Medium in body and sticky on the tongue.

O: An outstanding beer... and the influence of both brewers is present. A great tasting IPA that I wish was available as a standalone.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes: 16oz can poured into a snifter. Good amount of haze, golden colored. Nose pops with tropical hops- orange juice, lemon, quince, under ripe mango. Slight grassy/earthy undertones. Malt body brings a balancing shortbread and toast sort of impression. Taste follows smell. Really solid brew, and delivers exactly as advertised- the 'New England style' hopping of Tree House combined with a more traditional west coast IPA malt bill.

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Photo of Tone
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy gold color. One inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong floral hops, slight citrus hops, slight spicy hops, resin, alcohol, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level and only slight bitterness. Tastes of strong floral hops, slight citrus hops, slight spicy hops, resin, alcohol, hint of yeast, hint of earthiness, and slight sweet malt. Overall, average appearance, but good aroma, body, blend, and complexity.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy medium golden yellow. Goodnhead and retention. Nosenis tropical fruits. Light malt.
Taste very fruity, lots of citrus, tropical fruit, pineapple, grapefruit. Light bitterness, slight malt backbone.
Clean crisp body.
Great beer.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Cloudy golden, with a huge head and lovely wall of lace.

Aroma: Tropical mango, citrus…fruity hops yeah!

Taste: Fruity hops all the way, with hints of orange, mango, pineapple…very enjoyable tropical IPA here that I’d love to have again!

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Photo of Strix
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Medium yellow, good head that hangs around.

Pine, lemon, grapefruit in the nose

Lemon, grapefruit, grass, pine. Not overly bitter, fruit forward, I like it.

Appropriate mouthfeel.

A nice collaboration, nothing too groundbreaking, but quite tasty

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Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Sierra Nevada/ Ocean Odyssey's Beer Camp Across the World tap fest. All beers were incredibly fresh. Huge thanks to Travis for allowing me to do independent quality checks on every beer.
Disappointed. Ok yeah ...very well made beer. And all characteristics were good/above average,
But where was the wow? SN? Treehouse? And we get just a good IPA? Not much juicey in the juicer either. There's plenty of these around...everywhere these days.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can dated 4/28/17 poured into a pint glass
A: Light orange with a 1+ finger head
S: A touch muted othwise pineapple/orange
T: A nice balance of tropical fruit and citrus
M: Medium-bodied, crisp
O: An enjoyable IPA / collaboration

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear yellow gold pour with a white head. Big juicy aroma and taste with a strong bitterness. Aroma has a lot of tropical fruit presence, and the taste has flavors of pine, grapefruit, orange rind, and bready malt.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My first time picking up one of these Beer Camp 12ers and the first offering I choose is this...pretty damn good...

A nice amber color liquid with an airy, white head and some very noticeable lacing down the glass. True to an IPA, it has a very appealing scent of grapefruits, oranges, and a hint of lemon - it smelled as juicy as it tasted. It was by far the juiciest IPA I've had in my recollection. The beer was light- to medium-bodied with carbonation at a level I was okay with.

Sometimes these collaborations are 'meh', but this one was probably the best I've had to date.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 ounce can, dated 042817, a hazy sunrise orange under a solid 1" thick white head which leaves spots of lace. Aroma is intense tropical pineapple and orange citrus, floral. Flavor is juicy citrus and some pine notes. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Softer feel and mildly bitter. Would have liked to have this fresh.

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Photo of ordybill
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a cloudy bronze color with a large white head. The aroma is a large dose of fruit with a wee bit of hops. The taste is tropical citrus with a nice hop blend.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.94/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Sparkling light amber with that classic Sierra Nevada massive foam head, this time with a khaki hue and fuzzy cobweb lace. Honestly Sierra Nevada beers are just beautiful, but this tries to attain a little haze that is just barely achieved after a full poor. The head retains like a boss though.

Smell starts out piney and vegetal...okay, definitely not a New England IPA. But there are tropical and orange-lemon notes. It's really not that distinct from other SN IPAs. There's also some metallic astringency and bread. Thing is, they put this in the box already at least a month old, and it didn't hit shelves in Ohio, (at least that I saw), until the 2 month old mark. I didn't even buy it until almost 3 months after canning, and boxes don't even get stored in refrigerated sections of most places. This is absolutely ridiculous, and obviously not ideal for the style. I mean, come on, they should have planned for this and canned this right at the tail end of packaging.

Taste is sweet and malty but less disappointing than aroma, which honestly should always be the highlight of NE IPAs, so here things are backwards. A touch of caramel malt arises with orange, grapefruit, lemon, biscuit and rug...honestly, this is coming across as more of a West Coast shelfie than anything else. Some woody pine and a slight astringency emerges as well.

Body is moderate and crisp with a nice tang and a semi-wet finish...leaning bitter. Again, missing the mark for the typical NE style.

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Beer Camp Across the World: East Meets West IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 408 ratings