Ghidorah Double IPA - Beer Camp #29 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial IPA) | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ghidorah Double IPA - Beer Camp #29 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial IPA)Ghidorah Double IPA - Beer Camp #29 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial IPA)

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Slatetank on 09-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 98 |  Reviews: 75
Reviews by juhl31:
Photo of juhl31
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-i really enjoy the lighter color...which is gold with an orange hue by the way. also, the head is good in height, stickiness and resistance

-not very strong on the whiff. there's some pine in there for sure. a touch of malty sweetness as well. i wish there was more to come out though

-there is a good front to back hop bitterness that stays at the same peak. most of which is pine. with a bit of grass.

-there is a nice oily body with some carbonation that is a little on the overboard end as far as lasting power is concerned

-on second thought, this is a very bitter beer. the hops linger like crazy. i definitely enjoy this and would love some on tap, but i could use it being a hint more balanced

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$6.99 for a 32 ounce growler fill from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Nice job Chris and Joe, this one tastes awesome! You guys are some brewers, but I'm sure the folks from SN had just a little something to do with the fine result.

Pours near clear lighter amber, with a dull golden hue. The frothy head is long lasting, very slowly going to a tiny bubble film and showing off tons of super fine sheeting and lacing on the glass, fine looking stuff.

Mildly resiny, and citric hop nose.

Luscious, fruity, hoppy and decidedly enjoyable DIPA. Grainy, resiny, tropical fruit infused fresh hops. Lime, mango, ginger, pineapple all come to the fore with a hint of Alcohol heat and DIPA goodness. Great stuff. Well done SN, and Chris and Joe

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Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank out of The Beer Camp mixed pack. The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is fairly subtle. I get some grass and orange notes from the hops as well as some biscuit malt. The flavor is better than the aroma. I get a lot of orange and papaya notes, as well as some grass and biscuit malt. Low to medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Nice Double IPA, I just wish the aroma was a little bit better.

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Photo of mjtiernan
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of ehammond1
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

K&B Wine Cellars
San Diego, CA

A beautiful beer. Clear golden orange and yellow with just a touch of haze. Relatively big, persistent off-white head and messy, sticky lacing all the way down the glass. A sight to behold.

Somewhat muted and faraway aromas. Not nearly as piney or hop-forward as I may have imagined, or hoped for, from a big IPA from Sierra Nevada. There's a touch of pine, some sweet citrus and malt, and quite a bit of bready, mealy aroma as well.

A bitter-first DIPA, then some pine and a touch of sweet citrus. Relatively well balanced. Alcohol is nowhere to be seen.

Medium bodied, just the slightest touch oily, well-carbonated, and a pleasure to drink.

A delicious, bitter-first DIPA that I wish would just be a touch more aromatic. A pleasure to drink and I'm glad I found this one on tap in SoCal; before this, I'd only had the opportunity of sampling it at the brewery.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep copper hue with a light off white beige khaki head, forms thick and rises well above the rim of my glass like a doughnut floating on the foam. Fine chunks of scattered lacing are left on the sides of the glass. The nose is dank, with herbaceous earthy pine citrus notes it's explosive in the hop aroma thus far, with minimal malts peaking through. A bit of tropical fruit and bready biscuit maltiness arising from beneath the hop aromas. Flavors are harsh excessive bitterness like brushing your teeth with hop toothpaste, yeah the actually make it. Rolling bitterness goes on and on until the bone dry super bitter finish, before the malts wash away there's a nice layer of tropical fruit flavor and biscuit/bready malts balancing things out with a kiss of well hidden alcohol. Mouthfeel is resinous a medium bodied heavy hittnig DIPA from Sierra Nevada you really won't taste your next beer this one is abusive on the palate. Excessive drying bitter hops left behind on the palate. Overall quality West Coast DIPA, a nice overall experience I wish I was able to find more beers this fresh in a sampler pack in my local area of Wintersville, OH. Thank God for Valley Wine cellar or I would have never tried this stellar 12 pack for 19 bucks.

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Photo of prototypic
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ghidorah (Beer Camp #29) is a light gold color. Looks slightly hazy, and a bit yellow when held to light. Not looking like much caramel malt is in the mix. A vanilla colored head tops it and stands about a finger tall. It recedes slowly, and leaves a thick, sticky web of lace in its wake. Looks good!

The nose is very good. Classic Sierra Nevada. It’s very heavy on citric hops. Grapefruit, orange and mango notes are all strong. Pine is not quite as strong, but is definitely noted. The base seems like a mix of caramel and pale malts. Caramel isn’t all that strong. Smells a little sweet, but far from offensive. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t come through too strong.

The flavor is impressive. The malt base is definitely light on caramel. I like that. There’s a candy-like, sugary sweet flavor to it, but it’s definitely not caramel or toffee. The hop bill is primarily citric. Grapefruit and orange flavors are most notable. It’s bitter, and seems to grow more bitter and dry with each passing sip. Alcohol is there, but isn’t warm or hot. It might be a tad strong in flavor for roughly 8%. Finishes hoppy, bitter, and dry.

Ghidorah has a medium body that’s quite smooth. Carbonation is dialed down nicely. This stuff honestly goes down really easy for a sizeable beer. I’ll stick with a single bottle tonight, but I wouldn’t mind another honestly.

It seems like Sierra Nevada’s roster features a litany of hoppy IPAs. They’re all pretty good, too. Unfortunately, I wasn’t enthralled with Hoptimum, their first bottled DIPA release (that I recall). To put it simply, Ghidorah is far superior to Hoptimum. It does not feature the overly sweet, boozy flavor that Hoptimum did. Ghidorah is much more refined, and is more consistent with what I consider a quality DIPA – an unbalanced, hoppy treat. I’m really pleased they included it in the Beer Camp mix pack.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Nice lacing and a thin white head. Nice almost pilsner color. Good lookin beer.

Aroma could use a boost but it smells good. Nice citric hops.

Taste is pretty damn good. A little too sweet for my liking but still awesome. Nice hop bite and good citrus hop taste.

Mouthfeel is a little maltier than I like but good. It works.

Overall a damn tasty beer. Glad I finally got one of these packs even though the east coast got it 2 weeks before me when I live 6 hours away.

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Photo of zimm421
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Appears a golden color with reddish hues and a nice, bubbly, off-white head. Gave this a fairly aggressive pour, but not overly aggressive. Head sticks around for a while and leaves some average lacing.

Smells of piney hops, as well as some slight citrus notes in the background. Not a lot of malt scents come through, and the nose is definitely more subdued that I expected. The taste is all bitter all the way, except for a slight caramel sweetness in the middle of each sip. Good piney and citrus flavors here as well.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus. There is a creamy feeling right at the end, and finishes very dry. Overall, this is a nice, drinkable DIPA, classic Sierra Nevada. A good hopbomb, but didn't completely knock my socks off.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64 oz growler into a tulip glass. HUGE THANKS to Stakem for giving me the heads up that this was on tap here in my hometown of York, PA @ Cobblestones. I've been searching for someone up in NY & CT to trade me a growler of this over the last month or so to no avail and then I find that it's on tap like 10 minutes from my house! Thanks again for looking out for me Adam!

Pours a brilliant crystal clear copper in the glass, topped with a tight finger of smooth bright-white frothy head. This retains with a rich ½ finger, which just soaks the sides of the glass with a cascade of heavy and foamy lacing. Just a beautiful all around look here. The aroma starts with a fresh floral feel that encapsulates a sharp combo of pine, spice, and bitter smelling grapefruit. This is sweet on the edges with ripe tropical fruit and toasted grains. There's a touch of stiff warmth as you start really digging into the nose but it luckily doesn't trample on any of those lush hop flavors. Sold nose on this here but the warmth is holding this back just a little more me.

The taste is bitter and bold on the palate with juicy grapefruit, as resins and spice slash the tongue before a tangy flush of sweet tropical citrus drenches the back of the throat. That fruit character is backed up nice by a firm malt presence, with toasted bread and sweeter tasting caramel notes rounding out the edges of the profile. Sticky resins, bitter rind, and deep spice all linger hard in the finish and make sure you don't forget what kind of hoppy monster you're dealing with here. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a huge creaminess that blows up in the mouth, spreading all of those flavors all around in the mouth. A fantastic feeling undercurrent of oily slickness carries that big profile and feel over the tongue and down the throat. This is a little warm at first but seem to lessen as this hits room temp and the alcohol isn't hot in any way, instead adding some beefy firepower to the body that accentuates the strength of the flavors. Really nice feel here and trust me, this one creeps up on you quick. My first glass had me feeling it...

This DIPA is quite awesome and I'm not just saying that because it's named after one of the coolest of the cool Japanese kaiju monsters. This one is really towing the line between excellent and outstanding for me. The only real drawback was the heat presence in the nose but everything else was pretty darn stellar here. If only I hadn't had so awesome examples of the style lately to compare against this. Screw it, this is a solid A. Probably the best hoppy offering that I've had from Sierra Nevada, period.

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Photo of Gmann
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a honey straw color with a short lived tight bubbled head that settled into a light ring. Haven't seen an IPA this light in a while, not necessarily a bad thing.

The aroma is citrusy and peppery. Solid grapefruit notes, as well as some floral aspects. The aroma is not super strong but its enjoyable.

The taste is where the hops come to play. The hop profile takes on more of a piney note with resiny bitterness. There is still some grapefruit but it is more grapefruit rind. Some hints of tropical fruit. The malt is lightly bready and sweet and is clearly in a supporting function for the hops.

Moderate body with prickly carbonation. Quite bitter throughout. Some sweetness to keep it palatable. There is a bit of a dry aspirin bitterness in the finish.

A flavorful palate wrecking type of DIPA. Enjoyable but the bitterness lingers a little too long in the finish for my liking.

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Photo of jimmy82063
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a growler at Decicco's of course. I give them credit that they had this and Brooklyn's Detonation going on at the same time. Anyway since I am a hophead, I win!

A - Pours a nice golden color, medium head.

S - Mild citrus.

T - The taste belies the nose as I get lemons, pineapple and grapefruit. My type of beer.

M - Medium carbonation.

D - At 8.2% will have a few more pints today!

Overall really enjoyed this beer. I have been going to Deccico's for well over a year from beer deprived Connecticut. Will continue to do so!

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Photo of ninner00
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of trappistlover
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(12oz bottle for Beer Camp mixer pack). Pours golden with lots of small yeast sedimentation in suspension. White head with some lacing developing. Nice carbonation. Aroma has dank hops, grass, citrus and biscuit. Taste has a sweet malt backbone that gives way to a sharp hop bitterness. The hops are brighter than I expected and I appreciate that. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Bitter finish. Not bad at all.

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Photo of Neffbeer
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a Portsmouth tulip.  

A: It pours a light golden color with great clarity.  The head is two fingers high, super thick, and displays excellent retention.  After it slowly recedes it leaves behind a bunch of sticky lacing coating the glass. 

S: The nose is full of yummy hops, grapefruit, orange rind, bubble gum and funky ass pine cones. Amazingly I can detect the malt through the wall of hops. There are aromas of caramel and lightly toasted malt subtly peeking out.

T: The flavors begin with an assertive hop presence that has a serious fruity, jammy backbone. Grapefruit, orange, peach, and a nice bitter pine cone finish. Somehow the malt is not lost in the bitter bomb with notes of caramel and toasted malt. It finishes dry with a hint of the booze and very bitter.

M: It has a vuluptuos body and smooth carbonation.

O: I can't find too many things that I don't like in this beer. It doesn't blow memoir of the water, but I would buy some more singles without a second thought.

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Photo of jsh420
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep beige color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of clean citrus and pine hoppy notes. Taste is also a good mix between some pine and citrus notes with a solid non-descript malt backbone. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. This beer was brewed very close to style with a good aroma and solid malt backbone. Not standing out from other DIPA but well enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Zeno's To Go in State College, PA. Didn't realize how old it was but the bottle code suggests that it was brewed on March 30, 2011.

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Medium hazy yellow/orange colour with half a finger of white head.

S - Pine, light citrus and some sweet caramel. The bitterness on the nose is not reminiscent of a DIPA.

T - A good bitterness up front with pine, herbal and citrus notes. A sweet caramel malt backbone balances it out and is especially evident in the finish. The bitterness is noticeable but not as puckering as would be expected for a DIPA. Tastes more like an IPA. The finish is dry and bitter.

M - Medium body, light to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sierra nevada beer camp 29 is a double IPA. The taste is typical of the style except for a very bitter and metallic aftertaste.

A: Orange colour with a 1 cm head that fades to good lacing. 4

S: Nice and hoppy. They are more of a piney hop than a citrussy hop. 4

T: Hoppy up front with some maltiness and hints of citrus.
The aftertaste is reasonably bitter with a metallic edge.

M: Thick and foamy. 4.5

O: The aftertaste is too bitter. 3.5

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Photo of gregshead
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From written notes, had on 12/5/10

Had on tap at Blind Lady Ale house:

A: Light golden color with a good finger of head. Head retention is good, about a minute or so and it still leaves a nice thin layer of white covering the top of the beer.

S: Smells of citrus - orange rind and some tropical notes.

T: Juicy orange with a strong malt backbone. Simple in terms of the flavors but tasty nonetheless.

M: Nice smooth feel w/ decent carbonation. First thing I thou was "wow this is a smooth DIPA."

D: Incredibly enjoyable. Can't belive this one is 8+abv. It hit my tongue and I knew it would be really easy to enjoy the whole half liter.

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3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to wine glass. Sampled 5/25/11, shortly after the beer was released.

A: Creamy, yellow-stained cap of 1 1/2 fingers, frothy, with great staying power. Relatively clear, only a small amount of haze can be seen in the medium-light orange colored body. Lacing is good.

S: Modest aromas of caramel and grain with resiny orange hop aromas coming out on top. Underlying grapefruit and maybe a hint of freshly chopped pine wood.

T: Additional tropical fruit in the form of pineapple. Malt flavor is bolder than the nose suggests adding a moderate amount of sweetness. Thankfully a firm bitter finish balances it out. The ABV, while modest in the DIPA realm (my bottle indicates 8.5%), is nowhere to be found.

M: Medium-full body with a thick minerally texture and an above average lively carbonation.

O: Incredibly drinkable. And gets better with each sip.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cloudy orange with a huge, billowing, pillow like head two inches tall. The head just would not give up any ground, very slow fade. Left behind enormous amounts of gooey sticky lace. Fantastic lookng, perfect double IPA look. Smell could have been a bit stronger and that was really the oly downside to the thing. Major contributer here was the citrus hops. Very strong grapefruit and pineapple came through from the start, as well as some of the alcohol, which at 9.4%abv, should come as no suprise. As it warmed, more of a piney, resin type smell started to xome through. Taste was very smooth, not alot of carbonation here, but not really needed. Very strong and very bitter citrus hops in this one. The grapefruit alone will make you take a step back. Hints of pineapple as well, big alcohol taste that seemed to mellow a bit as it warmed. Big dry finish, left you wanting some more. This was a very smooth, very drinkable, and overall really good DIPA.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

review #400. on tap, one of my all-time favorites. hoping this beer camp bottle stacks up.

pours a rich, vibrant orange with an odd opalescent glow that seems to illuminate the two-plus-finger billowy bright-white head. decent retention that leaves chunky, sheetcake lacing.

aroma is pungent. citrusy, zesty, vibrant herbal notes. almsot a touch of cat urine? hmm. artificial fruit - gushers! and some decent caramel malt undertones to somewhat balance the intense hop nose.

sweet honey and caramel malt notes dominate the front end, then the citrusy, juicy, vibrant hops flow forth like the mississippi. orange, lemon, grapefruit. resinous pine in the finish. deliciously potent, with a strong, almost dominant neutral bitter herbal note as it warms. the citrus isn't as potent as I remember on tap. but still solid.

mouth is moderate with solid light carbonation that really carries the flavors beautifully. bottle version isn't quite as thick and vibrant as on tap... a touch thinner than I'd like for the flavors.

drinkability is pretty high, although this is an overall score now. I know it's not fair to take in to account other serving styles, but this is truly a shell of what Ghidorah is on tap. That being said, I'll still be having as many as possible while I can!

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy dark copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a moderate caramel coupled with a balmy hop spice.

The taste combined a heavy rounded malt with a secondary, yet lingering raw hop spice.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style with a residual spice.

Overall a tasty well rounded DIPA.

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Ghidorah Double IPA - Beer Camp #29 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial IPA) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 98 ratings