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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Photo of indiapaleale
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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Photo of koopa
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler purchased at DeCicco's in Ardsley NY.

Appearance: Pours a fairly pale and transparent orange to honey with a 2 finger white crown that shows decent retention and lace.

Smell: Dank resinous hops, papaya, mango, grapefruit, candied orange, and almost a hint of oak sweetness.

Taste: Same as nose with a biscuity malt. Decent bitterness from the dank hops.

Mouthfeel: Very nice crisp medium body with soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down easy!

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