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

Ghidorah Double IPA - Beer Camp #29 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial IPA)Ghidorah Double IPA - Beer Camp #29 (Best Of Beer Camp: Imperial IPA)
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Slatetank on 09-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 98 |  Reviews: 75
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5/5  rDev +25%

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.59/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. Pours an amber yellow with a 1/2" white head that reduces to a soapy film. Nice retention as the beer is swirled.

Has a wonderfully hoppy aroma, plenty of pine, grapefruit pith, and touches of honey malt and pleasant floral notes.

Bitter hop bomb, this begins awesome! Evergreen goodness starts, melding into a sweet malt before ending with plenty of white grapefruit.

Has a bit of a buttery feel before ending dry.

Classic DIPA, full of hops and little else. If you like a spicy bitter hop beer, pull and pour one of these.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.57/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It is amazing what a couple weeks means in terms of Imperial IPA's - I picked this up at Cobblestone's to share at Stakem's tasting. Poured chilled from the growler into a tulip.

A deep golden verging on light amber color w/ very good clarity and visibly carbonated. The thick white foam caps the IIPA and lots of lace sticks to the glass. The bead is tight. A huge aromatic and pungent hop nose with complexity and notes of mild pineapple, slightly sour mango from the simcoe and dank herbal scents. The odor of mild grapefruit does a good job of blending with the mild catty and orange notes. The sweetness is detected but only slightly. Th mouthfeel is resinous and juicy w/ dry herbal textures and mild astringency from all the torpedo action. The bitterness is pretty high and yet seems balanced with the oils of the hops smoothing out and the carbonation is spot on for me.

The flavor is a good blend of grapefruit tinged and mild orange rind w/ slight pineapple and hint of pepper from all the high alpha hops. The sweet and acidic contrast is a luxurious flavor combo w/ mild pepper tinge and ever so light grassy flavor. The light candy-like accent from the malt balances the bitter and sweet grapefruit well. I feel this combines all of the flavors of American hops in one delicious package. I feel warm and happy, a wonderful example of dry hopped Imperial IPA without a hop assault or bitter for bitterness' sake. I am glad I got to have this again -I think it exceeds expectations.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.57/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Prime 16 into a Weyerbacher tulip. John's been building this one up ever since he helped brew it, so let's see if it delivers.

A: Crystal clear pale yellow-amber body presided over by two fingers of very dense, creamy off-white foam. Retention is pretty good, and there's plenty of lace coating the sides of the tulip. Superb. I'm especially impressed at the clarity, knowing that this went through a secondary, post-filtration torpedo session.

S: Wonderful, broad, deep, expansive tapestry of hop aromas: tropical fruit is the first to catch my attention, with huge amounts of distinct mango; there's a bit of grapefruit bitterness as well, but sweet, nigh tart, mango really shines. After that, a strong vein of dank, resinous pine notes comes through. The faintest hint of malt backs everything up, but never threatens to overwhelm the hoppiness. Big, balanced, complex, and outstanding.

T: A bit maltier here, with lightly sweet, bready malts leading in to the fruity, tropical hops - mango, peach, and grapefruit. THe bitter pine rounds the finish out nicely, although a touch of booze stops this one just short of perfection. Truly delicious.

M: The rather slick body is a bit less than medium in density, with a moderate amount of soft, creamy carbonation. I could go for a bit more heft in a DIPA, but it's still pretty good.

D: This glass is disappearing far quicker than I'd like, and I fully intend to get at least one more tonight, and hopefully many more before it's gone forever. The slightly boozy finish gives me just a bit of pause, but not enough to slow me down to a safe rate. Dangerous.

Notes: What can I say? This is just a great beer. While not quite as transcendent as a couple of the very best DIPAs I've had, it just does everything you want this kind of beer to do amazingly well. It has fruity hops without being too sweet, maltiness without being cloyingly caramel-y, resinousness without being astringent, and a good moderate amount of alcohol for the style. Rumor has it that this was intended to be a pseudo-clone of Pliny, and that Vinnie was on hand to help make it happen. I'm just going to have to trade for another bottle of Elder to make a more direct comparison. What a hardship!

Cheers, and great job, John!

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4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Notes from 9-24-10

Big thanks to Bobby8405 for the growler share.

A - Pours an orange-gold with a big Belgian-esque white head and plentiful lace.

S - There is a lot of piney and resiny hop aroma; like pristine and fresh humulus essential oils. Some citrus rind and cannabis are in the nose too.

T - The piney and evergreen aroma translates into big spruce, cypress and cannabis notes, complemented with tropical apricot-mango flavors with perhaps a dash of verbena and lime zest. And it is all so bitter. There is also a very faint celery-coriander nuance that I find in most of North Coast's beers. The malt is quite pale and does not get in the way of the dazzlingly dynamic display of hop impressions. Though I could imagine a more appealing combination, the flavors are really so exceptionally vibrant and fresh in Ghidorah.

M - IPA. Good.

D - The exceptionally vibrant flavors in this brew remind me of SN's 2008 Chico Estate Harvest. It is worth seeking out (relatively) small-batch IPAs from SN, obviously.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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

From DeCicco's. This is my 700th review so I wanted it to be something special and not all that easy to find.

Pours a light golden to straw color with a sticky white head that is thick and well-formed. Looks very inviting.

Aroma is citrus, tropical fruits, pine, pineapple, grass....every descriptive term used to tell you that is sticky, resiny and just plain ridiculously hoppily aromatic.

One sip and hits the back of the throat and the tongue like a hop missile. My tongue is numbed and all those hardcore hops just obliterate the tastebuds with lupulin goodness. Lots of pine and citrus with some sweetness and plenty of tropical flavors. This is amazing.

Absolutely outstanding dIPA that came from the hands of many-a-beer-lover.

Loved it.

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4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to slatetank for sharing a growler on 10/16/10.

A - Dispensed from the growler as a clear golden, amber-kissed liquid with a slim white head that dispersed to a patchy film and ample stringy lace.

S - Really pungent hop character with equal parts catbox and citrus, especially grapefruit. Nose is sweet and juicy, and makes me want to dig right in! Reeks of fresh hop oils!

T - Extremely fresh hop flavor with a hint of catbox and a strong citrus bill with grapefruit and tropical fruits at the forefront. A hint of sweet malt is barely evident. This sucker is all about dripping wet hop goodness!

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, oily texture and minimal carbonation. While this is indeed a bitter DIPA, the hops don't really linger for too long on the palate. Finish is clean.

D - Really dug this one... a lot! Ghidorah boasts an amazing hop character and ridiculous drinkability. Kudos to Sierra Nevada for making what I will now consider my favorite beer of theirs!

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4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured from a growler into a DFH snifter appears a perfectly clear golden color. I initially thought this brew had some faint particles stuck in suspension but a closer look reveals these particles are actually tiny bubbles that rise super slow through the body and break at the surface suporting the thin white film of a head that sits atop this brew. Spots of lacing stick to the glassware that later turn into leggy patches.

The aroma of this brew is quite frankly all over the place displaying a wide array of hop character. Initial impressions are sweet and candy like with floral hoppy notes. More attempts at smelling this brew reveal a bit of a catty character with herbs, a touch of pine and slight prick of the 8% alcohol sting of the nose. Taking this brew in through the nose yet again after it warms reveals a depth of fruity scents like a type of mango.

Tasting this brew brings forth just as much hop complexity. Brace yourself and your taste buds to attempt to undergo sensory overload and try to take in everything your nose just went through. The taste of this brew undergos a transformation of flavors ranging from candied tropical fruit to herbs, spices and pine. It leaves your mouth in a state of distress. What the hell just happened? There was fruity sweet candy that turned to a sharp oily bitterness that clings to the inside of the mouth with a residual resinous paste that hangs with a slightly catty taste. I am not skilled at picking out specific hops that were used in the brewing process but I would throw out a guess that one of the guilty parties in this brew is simcoe. It (if it is used) is used in a fashion that promotes a lot of flavor before turning the focus to oily bitterness.

The feel of this brew is a bit unlike most of the Dipa's I have tried. I find it to be a bit more full feeling and display more clinging in the mouth. Some DIPAs have an oily cling that seems to come from just the resine of the hops, this brew coats the inside of the mouth with a minorly viscous fuller feel that isnt just oily. The alcohol...oh the alcohol in this brew. Not only is it evident with a persistent flavor throught the brew that makes the hop flavor really pop but it is quite warming in the back of the throat and down as it is swallowed. That 8+% isn't messing around and isn't trying to hide either. Excessively drinkable, I really enjoyed this experience. This brew certainly is reminescent of a certain world class, popular, top 10, get crazy and go nuts to find it fellow from another west coast brewery.

Thanks go out to both Slatetank and Kegatron for the opportunity to try this beer. Cheers to Heath for giving me the background info on this rare treat that I never expected to get a chance to try and secondly to Matt for showing up at my house with a growler to share at a tasting. If that wasn't enough, Heath shares another damn growler with me tonight. You guys are awesome and have me spoiled.

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4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Winking Lizard. Served in an open mouthed pint glass.  

I was surprised to find this on tap. A local grocery store chain sent some reps to beer camp and they made this along with many beer camp attendees.  Somehow, the Winking Lizard got a hold of it, and I got to try it!

The beer is a cloudy gold and yellow color.  It has a small head but sticky lace.  Actually, the second pour had a densGe white head.  So I guess this looks fantastic, has every element I'm looking for in a DIPA.   

Wow, this smells of hops, hops, and more hops. Much more than just a "double Torpedo", the hops are upfront and kicking butt.  A touch of sweet malt serves as a base.  The hops give off huge notes of citrus - lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, mango and orange and just a touch of pine, green onions and catty Simcoe.  Huge hop expression and very pleasant. 

As I take my first sip, I'm amazed - wow, this is the best Sierra Nevada beer ive ever, ever had.  Huge hops are complimented by a sweet kiss of malt both significant and sugary sweet. The hops make this a huge double IPA with great balance and medium to high bitterness but balance. Flavors of grapefruit, mango, orange, and pine slam my taste buds but its a beating I love to take. Reminds me of a Hopslam without the honey element.  

The beer smells and tastes amazing, but the mouthfeel is just touch too sticky and sugary.  Medium body and medium carbonation, and lingering bitterness in the finish.  This is simply put a great beer, uncompromising and drinkable, with huge scents and flavors. Highly recommended!  My favorite Sierra Nevada beer ever!!   

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

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Decently hazy bronze colored brew. Almost like King Ghidorah's great scales. Large pillowy head of froth that displayed some good retention. Lacing was soapy.

S - Big citrus hop aroma, mostly grapefruits. Hoppy but not overkill here.

T - Intensely bitter, with a potent hop bite. Citrusy for most of the body, with a mild sweetness offering balance. Pine in the aftertaste.

M - Oily medium body with a mild carbonation level. Finish was mostly dry.

D - Excellent double, and a worthy tribute to The Three Headed Monster. Make this one year round and give it a good label!

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

300th review, On tap at a local pub, poured into a goblet

A: pale in color, foamy 1/2" off white head. Reduces to lacing that clings all over the glass.

S: strong caramel and citrus hop

T: punch of citrus and pine molded well with plenty of sweet caramel and malt. Just what a dipa should be

M: medium bodied, slightly dry mouthfeel

O: excellent dipa, cheers!!

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Photo of sitarist
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Camp #29 from the beer camp 12 pk. Not sure where to review this one.

Hues of yellow, and orange produce a deep golden color. A fingers worth of white head falls to a top coating that leaves lots of lacing.

Its like a kung foo death punch to my sense of taste, and smell. Aromas of citrus, pine, lemonheads, and some other member of the cannabaceae family. The flavor follows suite with the aroma with an astringency like chewing coca leaves.

Light to medium body with little carbonation. It feels dry, and astringent.

Another great offering from SN. This is a true hop-bomb! I really hope that this one makes it into their rotation.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just bought the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp mix 12pk.

A- Pours a crystal clear golden color with a thick white foam head. Lots of sticky lacing left behind.

S- Dank is the best way to describe the aroma. Wet pine hops dominate the nose (as they should in a westcoast DIPA).

T- Very bitter upfront with tons of grapefruit and pine flavors coming through. This baby is all about the hops. A decent dose of alcohol in the finish stings a bit.

M- Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

O- Definitely only for fans of really hoppy beers. Thankfully I'm a hophead and I really enjoyed this brew.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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