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)

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Slatetank on 09-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 75 | Ratings: 98
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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Photo of peacebone116
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this beer in the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Mix Pack. Poured from bottle into Delirium snifter.

A: Dark straw colored, clear body with lots of carbonation. Nice 1-cm of white head.

N: Citrus and earthy pine with a hint of melon.

T/M: Bitter! Very earthy and piny on the pallet. Definitely tastes like the SN house yeast is used, as there is a distinct commonality in the flavoring between this and the all the other SN beers I have had the pleasure of tasting. Not much of a malt backing, except the biscuit-like middle; the beer starts hoppy and ends hoppy with lots of mouth puckering bitterness. The beer feels a bit oily, but the carbonation helps make this very drinkable.

Overall, I like this beer very much, but I am not overwhelmingly impressed by it. I do like how they let the hops' characteristics shine, but it is just a very good IIPA--nothing spectacular, but certainly maintains the high quality one expects from Sierra Nevada!

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Photo of sholland119
3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear pale gold wit some good sticky lacing from a thin white head.

S-Not much going on here. Some sweet juicy citrus but very light.

T-Tasty. Lots of fine citric bitterness with a very solid malt backbone.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated. crisp.

O-Nice, not awesome but nice.


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Photo of KSac4115
3.44/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow color with a half inch white foam head that dissipates quickly until leaving only a thin coating across the top. Color is that expected in an IPA but a little bit lighter and filtered. Smells is delicious. Not over powering but very pleasnt hints of cirtus and hops. Lemony, orangey hints come out. Floral scent make it very sweet smelling. Taste is very solid. The many citrusy smells don't come through so much with the taste. Flavors are more obvious at the beginning on the taste and the flavors die out quickly during the middle and end of the taste. Leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste but very mild flavor aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very solid. Carbonated well and remarkably drinkable. Bitterness is apparent as one would expect in an IPA but not too in-your-face which adds to its drinkability. Rather light too for an imperial IPA.
Overall this beer is very solid. However, as a big IPA fan I've come to expect more of imperials than this one brings to the table. It's a good beer, just not a great beer.

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

On tap during Philly beer week.

A: Orange body. Thin off-white head. Spotty lacing is left behind on the glass.

S: Rather mild hop profile. A bit of citrus and some earthy pine. Some boozy fumes also wafted from the glass.

T: The flavor was really mild. The hops contributed more bitterness than actual flavor. What was here was mostly light citric notes and some pine cones.

M: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, and some bitterness in the finish. Good profile.

O: Just wasn't enough flavor here to keep me interested. It was mostly bitterness, which was off-putting when there wasn't enough flavor to go with it.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

My trek through the Beer Camp begins with this beer here. It pours a clear orange-tinged brass topped by a full finger of white foam. The nose comprises pine sap, grapefruit, sweet caramel, light pineapple, and a touch of white grape and peach. The taste goes a bit harder on the caramel to begin with, then follows that with a strong onrush of pine, orange peel, grapefruit, and pineapple. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty smooth feel. Overall, a very good DIPA, one with some nice balance and a strong-enough hop presence to make sure you remember the style. Good times starting this box.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden color. It has a good sized, thick head with good retention and scattered lacing. Medium amount of carbonation.

S: There are a lot of hops in the smell, which is what is expected from a double IPA. There are also some floral and piney aromas.

T: Again, a lot of hops, but it doesn't rip your tongue off like other double IPAs. There are some light floral and citrus flavors as well.

M: It has a medium body. It leaves a somewhat bitter aftertaste, but it's expected. It is quite refreshing.

O: It is very easy to drink for a double IPA. Maybe not the best example of a double since it doesn't have an off the charts hop profile, but it is very good nonetheless.

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Photo of Gushue3
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Looks pale gold comming out of the 12oz bottle into the glass. Larger white fluffy head forms over the hazy orange beer. The head has tons of retention and is leaving me lots of lacing. Looks perfect.

S- Pine dominates the nose with lighter, but noticeable citrus and a malt that plays a minor role.

T- Very nice. I get a slight pucker from the bitterness of the pine and citrus. Some sweetness comes through toward the middle but goes away in the finish. The finish is bitter that lingers a while after.

M- Medium/light feel that feels right. The carbonation is minimal and feels almost creamy.

O- good beer front to finish. Its nice to have an good DIPA in a mix pack like this

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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 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 MacQ32
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from the Charleston Beer Exchange

A - Golden amber in color, very clear. Pours a 1.5" off white head, nice lacing left behind on tulip glass

S - Grassy hops, semi sweet/malty. Pretty simple.

T - Hoppy (piney/grassy) but not much other flavoring (other than a hint of sweetness from the malt), pleasant bite at the end

M - Pretty light bodied, good carbonation

O - Could drink a ton of these, 8.5% is suprising - very good session beer with a nice bite at the end

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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 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 Scotchboy
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to oversized nonic. Served cold.

A: Aggressively poured, this beer produced an awesome rocky off-white head with tons of serious sticky head lacing. Semi-clear orange/golden straw color.

S: Awesome pine/fresh pine needle aroma, backed with serious malt/malt sweetness, pine sap and resin.

T: Pine-forward, with lots of drying bitterness. Pretty resinous. Malt backbone is ok. The sweetness can't compete with the dying bitterness here.

MF: Isn't incredible but pretty good for the style. Medium to full bodied, pretty decent carbonation still, pretty dry on the finish.

O: Good, liked it a lot. Not a great beer, too one dimensional with the pine and malt, but still an enjoyable Double IPA.

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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 GJ40
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle purchased at Charleston Beer Exchange.

A - Golden with good clarity and a big, off-white head. Good lacing. Very inviting.

S - Piney and floral with a hint of toast.

T - Rich flavor with lots of hop oils, a citrusy bitterness and a slight alcohol burn. This one really comes at you from all angles but without overwhelming your taste buds.

M - Silky and almost oily with a moderate carbonation of very fine bubbles.

D - A bit rich for me (maybe because I've put the IPAs aside lately while on a Belgian kick) but very flavorful and extremely well done.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

No freshness dating

A= Pours a nice bright orange color with a thick two finger slightly off white head on it. The head has solid retention and lacing. Not bad looking by any means.

S= Smells pretty pungent. It has a nice fruity lemony sort of hop smell to it. I don't get much of a malt background to it. The malt profile reminds me of torpedo actually. The hops are quite unique in that they are almost exclusivly lemoney in odor.

T= The taste is excellent again with lemon peel hops in the flavor. Nice resinous lemon peel. The malt backbone does come through more than it does in torpedo making it a little more complex in my opinion.

M= Pretty average could maybe use a little less carbonation.

O= Wish I could buy this without having to get the whole pack. So far this is number two from the pack I've had and I've loved both of them however. I wish I could buy a six pack though. Worth checking out.

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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 Natural510
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle; part of the Summer Camp 12-pack.

Pours a medium gold with generous swath of chunky, bone-white head.

Perfume of very floral and grapefruit-citric notes.

The flavor is a lightly herbal hop which morphs into a searingly pine bitterness toward the end. Grapefruit and floral notes creep their way through the bludgeoning bitterness to add some depth. Very dry and puckering finish.

Many will argue the mouthfeel and overall heavy-handedness of the hop kick is exactly what a Double-IPA should be. It's certainly not the malt-forward IPA many American brewers are making these days. If you're seeking a balanced DIPA (and why would you?), look elsewhere.
I liked it!

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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 BB1313
3.26/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Beer Camp pack, bottle reads 8.5% abv. Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a beautiful hazy golden color, slightly burnt. Nice white head and bubbles that stick around; sticky lacing. The aromas aren't really in your face, pretty faint. I'm picking up a good amount of pine, not much fruit going. The flavors are diminished by pure bitterness. There are hints of pine and lemon, but the bitterness is harsh. There's also a nice woodsiness to it. Seems like there could be a minor english influence on it. Mouthfeel is nice, smooth and slightly creamy, nice amount of carbonation.

Overall, this definitely has that Sierra Nevada stamp on it. It's just not exactly what I want in a DIPA. It's completely one dimensional, not too complex.. I just expected more. But I know this one should be enjoyable to others. I enjoyed it more the first time I tried it, but this time I had a clean palate, and it didn't do the trick.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from the 'Best of Beer Camp' mixpack. #29

Pours into my Jester King snifter with a slightly yeasty, honey-golden body. A frothy head of lacy white bubbles clings to the edges of the glass. Aroma is herbal and floral with a touch of citrus. Hops throw out clover, onion, grapefruit rind, and pear, while the malts add a sturdy balance of pale malt. Expecting a bigger bouquet for the style, but it still works well enough.

The flavor, unfortunately, does not. Up front is a hint of sweetness and peppery hops, but the palate gets slammed mid-sip by an overly bitter, baby-aspirin-like wave of IBU's. Medicinal and dry, with little hop flavor to balance the unabashed onslaught. A few redeeming qualities include the pine and caramel notes that work their way in occasionally, but this IIPA is far too acridly harsh for my liking. Mouthfeel suffers as a result, and it could use a bigger body with less carbonation. All in all, a big miss from the normally solid Sierra Nevada lineup. The worst of the 'Beer Camp' by a mile...

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from the 2011 BOBC mix pack served in a snifter.

L - clear deep yellow color with a white head that thinned out but left a thin sheet of lacing.

S - citrus rind hop aroma.

T - good balance of malt and hops finishing somewhat dry and bitter.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

O - this is pretty much what I would expect from SN, it makes me think this is what a Imperial Celebration would taste like and I liked it.

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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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