Handful Of Hops IPA - Beer Camp #10 | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by HopHead84 on 11-02-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 5
Reviews by magictrokini:
Photo of magictrokini
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap @ O'Briens. Had to cleanse the pallet after the Speedway Kopi. Poured clear orange-gold with a short white head. Minimal lacing. Lovely fresh-hop nose of grapefruit and oranges. Some caramel malt gets in the way in terms of sweetness. Thicker mouthfeel, but adequatetly carbonated to avoid the dreaded syrup. Loved the hops profile. Big citrus, lots of pink grapefruit, blood orange, and mango. Some resiny bitterness, and again the maltiness. Still, a good one from SN.

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Photo of nickd717
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Plastic water bottle, presumably from draft, shared by stoad on BA as an in person trade extra that I consumed on the spot.

Pours a bright clear copper color with a small white head.

Aroma is west coast style hops - lots of citrus and a little pine - as well as some earth.

Flavor is somewhat similar to Torpedo except hoppier. Orange, grapefruit, pine, and earth, along with a decent caramel malt backbone.

Medium bodied and not at all syrupy. Nice hop resins on the palate.

Drinkability is very high. This is a good one overall, better than Torpedo in my opinion.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on 10/31/2009 in a pint glass. The beer is dark orangish red with a beige head.

The nose is a nice blend of sugary caramel and grapefruit. Some pine is evident. This is a very malty Double IPA. It reminds me a bit of Hopnotic but with less pine resin. No alcohol is noticeable in the aroma.

The flavor is of grapefruit and pine with a moderate level of bitterness. The sugary malt foundation is substantial and reminds me of caramel. Alcohol becomes apparent with warming. The beer is light medium bodied with moderate level draft carbonation. Not a bad Imperial IPA, though nothing really stands out to me.

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Photo of tang3nt
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap @ San Pedro Brewing Company
This poured a orange yellow color with a short white head. The nose was fresh of citrus, mostly grapefruit with not too much alcohol. It tasted just like a classic DIPA should - hop-a-licious! Super hop grapefruit like flavor really comes out with a strong carmel malt flavor to back it. The finish is a nice long dry finish. A little thick on the mouthfeel, all in all a VERY delicious DIPA. I want more!

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Photo of stoad
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yum yum yum. I have this on draft at home, I rescued this 5'er from O'Shea's in the LN.

So on to this delightful brew. It's a little bigger than the Torpedo: more malt, more hops, more bang. Now, I love the Torpedo, IMO the best of the new "regular" releases SN has put out, and this is a better brew than that.

Poured about 8oz into a large Duvel tulip glass. Initially a light amber hue with a fat finger thick light tan head that fades over the course of about a minute, leaving a slight monk ring with minimal lacing and retains a thin layer of foam across the surface for the duration. Grapefruit, pine bark and a little caramel on the nose. The taste is a little maltier than a lot of west coast IPAs, but still a solid hop bomb. Nice pine tar, resiny taste with a little roasty malt, a lot of grapefruit/citrus notes on the finish, becomes a little nutty, and tends back towards those strong pine notes in a pretty long dry finish. It's got that signature SN yeast thing going as well. The mouth feel is semi-viscous; a bit thicker than a SNPA, right in line with the style.

I hope they decide to bottle this, I would definitely buy it; if you like the west coast style with a little bit of malt support, and a slightly lower alcohol level, you won't be disappointed. I hope this is more than a one off for SN.

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Handful Of Hops IPA - Beer Camp #10 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.98 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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