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Hopsichord - Beer Camp #36 | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by flexabull on 11-17-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
44
pDev:
11.82%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
1
Trade:
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2.5/5  rDev -40.9%

Photo of largadeer
3.11/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Draft at The Rose and Crown.

Amber body with a thin, lasting head.

Herbal, earthy aroma. A lot of caramel malt, very clean American ale yeast profile. The hop nose isn't terribly impressive.

Palate is similar to the nose. Caramel heavy up front, with an herbal, earthy, citrus rind hop flavor. Heavy mouthfeel, a lot of caramel sweetness that clashes with the herbal hop flavors somewhat. Plenty of bitterness in the finish, but not as abrasive as a beer like Hoptimum. Signature Sierra Nevada here, exactly what you'd expect from them. Not particularly enjoyable to me, but not bad.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a clear caramel with a bubbly short lived head that faded into a thin scum.
S: Citruy leafy hops, bready malt, and a bit of simcoe cat piss.
T: Harsh hops, very cat pee-like, and dominating. I know this is supposed to taste this way but it’s not my favorite. If you love simcoe this is your beer though. I do get a redeeming hint of citrus in the finish.
M: Medium body, oily greasy mouthfeel, with tingly carbonation. I had no idea the alcohol in this beer was so high because it is hidden so well.
O: Again, if you love simcoe you will love this beer. I don’t not love it, and I know this flavor profile is what SN was going for, but I guess I just wasn’t in the mood for this tonight.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of jbakajust1
3.52/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml into SN Tulip

A - Pours a deep clear red w/ 1 finger fluffy tan head that slow fades to a thick cap that leaves great lacing

S - Smells of lots of earthy, spicy, and sweet hops, very resinous, with hints of pine and grapefruit, toffee and alcohol also come through.

T - Tastes of malty sweet caramel w/ a spicy alcohol, and a forward bitterness. Resiny hops, and toasty malts play well together, as well as light melon and citrus fruits.

M - Here is the only place this beer throws me off. The mouthfeel and bitterness are quite harsh, not only out of balance harsh, but they give an astringent scrape in the throat that continues to linger. The medium body and light carbonation are nice though.

O - I would have loved this beer were it not for the harsh bitterness and astringency of it. Really enjoyed the nose and flavor, and apart from the harshness, the drinkability seemed good. The malty backbone was nice; just can't get past the offputting harsh bitterness.

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3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(On draught at Papago brewing). Pours clear dark copper color with tan head. Aroma has pine, resin, and. citrus. Taste is bitter with a sweet malt backbone. Medium bodied with a sticky texture. Finish is bitter. Good beer that I'm glad I got to try.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of nkersten
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler provided by Sean at our Southampton mega tasting, thanks! Poured into Lost Abbey tumbler, wasnt told what this was but was able to guess the brewery. Color is a bit darker then the typical west coast DIPA, an amber orange with an off white head that settles to a cap. Smell is hoppy up front but very balanced. Lots of pine, floral hops, some citrus, and a fruity malt character. Taste is equally balanced. Caramel malts, sugary, some light toffee, pine hop, orange peel and citrus, a bit of earthy hops in the finish. Not too bitter. Medium body and a low carbonation, a bit sugary mouthfeel. I enjoyed this beer and it is one of the first west coast takes on the east coast DIPA. Hopefully this will make it out of CA for a few on tap appearances in Chicago.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Phelps
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap as a series of servings in a tasting glass.

The copper of an old penny with just a touch of haze. Two fingers of creamy sand-colored head recedes after a minute to a thin filmy top layer and leaves the walls sticky with pocked lace.

Vibrant nose. It’s mostly syrupy, sugared grapefruit and ethanol, though I also get hints of mango, orange blossom, honey and some odd cheesiness.

The flavor is similarly sticky with grapefruit, honey and burnt sugar. It's a heavy, boozy flavor, like hop liqueur.

Peppery medium carbonation pokes the tongue amid the syrupy, viscous body. High bitterness is balanced by a rather sweet burnt sugar malt character. There’s more ethanol in the flavor than the feel, though there are some fumes in the mouth.

Everything’s in accord with Hopsichord. It strikes a nice balance between burly hops and sugary malt, just toeing the edge of barleywine strength, though the noticeable booziness and heft make it less drinkable than your average DIPA.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/8/2011

On tap at URGE.

A: Brownish red with a massive beige sea foam head. Good retention and scattered lacing.

S: Aromatic floral notes blend with grapefruit and pine. The hops harmonize with caramel and bread.

T: Pronounced bread and caramel malt with sweet citrus that reminds me of orange and grapefruit. There's evident pine and earth as well. Bitterness is at a moderate level, and the beer gives the impression of balance. There's a little booze in the finish.

M: Medium body with lower high carbonation.

Overall: Malty and balanced but still good.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean for sharing this one. Served in a Heady Topper glass as a warm-up for our Southampton tasting.

A - Pours with a finger of orange-tinged tan foam that settles to a collar and some wisps. Body is a hazed amber color that seems quite dark for the style.

S - Quite balanced for a West Coast DIPA. I had this blind, and it took me a while to guess the style (and eventually the beer as well). I found it to be more in the mold of an Imperial Red or aggressively hopped strong ale. In any case a good amount of pine, earthy herbs, light citrus, and tropical fruits mingle with a heft caramel malt backbone.

T - Taste is fairly similar, with a mixture of caramel, burnt sugars, tropical fruits, and light citrus zest. I remember asking Sean about freshness as this seemed fairly malt-forward, although I can't believe this is the same as the batch from November either - if it is it's held up remarkably. Surprisingly moderate bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, medium-low growler carbonation, resiny finish, and reasonably hidden alcohol.

D - I enjoyed this quite a bit, but I believe it's a bit miscast as a West Coast DIPA. Reminds me more of an East Coast DIPA or an Imperial Amber/Red Ale. I see a lot of other reviewers agree with me on this one. Hope it shows up on-tap in Chicago at some point so I could spent a little more time with it.

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Photo of CHickman
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber orange in color with a creamy/foamy 1 finger off white head that lasted a while and left great sticky lacing clinging to glass; exactly what an IPA should look like.

Smells of massive hops, with floral and piney hops dominating; also smelled of flowers, citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, grass, caramel, faint grains and light alcohol. Huge hop arome that was wonderful to inhale.

Tastes like it smells with massive hops, including floral hops, piney hops, flowers, citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, grass, caramel, faint grains, cinnamon or cumin, spices like pepper and light alcohol that actually brought some heat.

Mouthfeel was slick and oily, this slid down easy only to have the hop spices flare up with the alcohol burn; average carbonation, a medium body and slight bitter finish with a hoppy spice blast at the end.

Good beer, but the only knock was the hops and burn were almost too much and took away from the drinkability; the burn bordered on harsh and sizzled my taste buds. To me this was a spicier version of the Torpedo Extra IPA and really pushed the flavor to the limit. With that said, I'd still like to try this again.

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4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange and light brown hazy color with a fluffy white head with moderate lacing and retention.

Aroma is caramel malts and resinous hops with spicy finish.

Taste is of malty and nutty caramel upfront with aromatic and citrus hops following. Bitterness is present towards the end to balance the sweet malts.

Body is heavy with low carbonation. Aftertaste is bitter and hoppy.

A nice and malty DIPA from Sierra Nevada, good balance between hops and malt. I'd love to try it fresh on tap.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler thanks to Sean who posed as President Obama to obtain this hard to get growler.

A - Brownish/red beer with a small head that left a little bit of stick on the sides.

S - Hope profile on this one leans toward pine without being too piney, and finishes with resin. Very nice compliment to a caramel malt backbone. It is just too resiny on the nose to be great, but it is not unpleasant.

T - Hop-forward, and quite nice. The resin on the finish is nicely bitter and cuts into the sweetness from the malt backbone. There is a little bit of citrus and pine in the mix as well.

M - Heavier side of medium bodied with some good carbonation.

O - Really good beer, crushable at 9% and quite tasty. Would love to drink this regularly.

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Photo of Allpe45
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at papago
Dark for the style, dark reddish brown with a creamy tan head that sticks around for ages. Smells of pungent citrusy hops, grapefruit, pine, and very sweet malt. Taste follows the nose and the finish is quick. The hops are assertive but this shouldn't be considered a hop bomb. Sweet and powerful malt profile. This has several similarities to fresh bigfoot. Medium bodied, smooth and oily, leaves a sticky coating.

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4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I usually don't like to speak of color/appearance because honestly who cares if it tastes good, but this "IPA" pours a glorious reddish Amber with Amble bubbly inviting head/lace.

A lot of aroma comes through with this beer; a boat load of tropical fruit, delicious, with some lighter pine and citrus. The tropical fruit is so so so inviting...

Taste which is freakin' amazing. This beer has a robust/solid malt backbone of pale and caramel malts which is spectacular. Lots of tropical hop flavor with such a low low lingering hop bitterness. This is perfect; I really can't say enough. It has a delicious long smooth bittersweet finish which is to die for. SN better bottle this ASAP!

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Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Belmont Station the other night.

The beer pours the telltale, SN copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty exotic, showcasing a boatload of hoppy goodness. In this case that consists of considerable earthiness, dry grapefruit rind, ginger, a hint of pine and orange citrus. The nose is very, very perfumy in this one. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, and is all West Coast IPA/DIPA. There's some noticeable, underlying sweetness, but the beer finishes very much on the dry side, with a long, bitter finish. While the beer is not hot or tiring on the palate, I do pick up some alcohol, which is a reminder that this is a serious DIPA I'm drinking. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a long, bitter finish. Drinkability isn't bad, though as noted above, I can tell the alcohol is up there in this one, and although this is excellent, I'm not sure I could drink more than a single glass.

This is a very impressive beer, and is like nothing else I've ever had from SN. Well done.

Edit: Had this beer a month or so after it's release, and the beer seemed a bit maltier and boozier, much more in the so called East Coast style. Still very delicious, but there's no doubt that added time changed the flavor character of this beer considerably.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of RochefortChris
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of david18
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a draft of this at Rattle & Hum last weekend, which must have had 30-plus Sierra brands on draft as a part of a promotion. I guess this is the fist double IPA i've had from this brewery. It may even be the fist beer above 7% from them. It was very good.

Poured a dark orange color with plenty of carbonation and a lot of hop aroma. Citrus and a little pine. Taste was great. Very well balanced hop, malt and not too strong on the alcohol. However, at 9.7% you probably don't want to drink too many of these but they are great none the less.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growled provided by me and shared with the crew. Been lookig forward to this one for a while. Poured into Darkness shifter.

A - Pours a rusty copper color, off-white head, thin ring around the glass, some whisps on top.

S - Huge tropical notes, nice dank hops, bitterness, lots of sweetness.

T - Similar to the nose. Tropical fruit, hops, bittersweet, some caramels, burnt sugars in there too. Really well-balanced and enjoyable.

M - Light to medium, smooth, oily finish.

D - Impressive. Really enjoyable and very well balanced. Love me some tropical fruit. Really wanted to try this and glad I was able to score this one. Get you some!

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Hopsichord - Beer Camp #36 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 44 ratings
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