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

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Hopsichord - Beer Camp #36Hopsichord - Beer Camp #36
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:
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Added by flexabull on 11-17-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
44
Reviews:
30
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
11.85%
 
 
Wants:
14
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1
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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev -4%
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 AgentZero
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
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 Sean9689
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Photo of cosmicevan
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw this at the growler station at a local spot, so picked up a 16oz fill yesterday.

a - Nice amber color through the growler...poured into a captain lawrence taster tulip...same color (duh) but not much head or lacing to speak of. Good carbonation.

s - Great even piny hoppy smell.

t - Flavor is super balanced while still being hop forward. It had a kind of wet hopped taste to it...really fresh hop flavor.

m - Great mouthfeel, easy drinker.

o - Overall a fantastic IIPA. Not too syrupy, alcohol is very well hidden...if I didn't know the ABV I would be assume this was just a great IPA. This beer is another be reckoned with in the double IPA category

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Photo of largadeer
3.11/5  rDev -26.3%
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 kdown
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Longtime SNPA lover meets a DIPA that shows what SN is capable of when they decide to experiment.

A - Beautiful amber, with a nice head and lacing

S - Powerful tropical fruit with the hint of the pine you expect (hope for) in a DIPA.

T - Tasted immediately after a Hoptimum and the tropical "sweetness" of Hopsichord was a huge differentiator. I liked the draft Hoptimum very much. I loved the Hopsichord!

M - Met expectations. Not a negative, just not memorable.

D - Excellent. The 9.7% ABV was not a factor as the full flavor dominated the experience. I'm already pining for my next Hopsichord and my first was only 1 hour ago.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep and fairly clear amber-orange color with a finger of head with a half finger of off-white/tan head. The head faded fairly quickly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is full of floral and citrus hops and quite powerful. Also a touch of sweet malt and some spiciness mixed in.

T - Starts off with a perfect balance of sweet malt flavor and some nice citrus hops. The floral hops with some nice bitterness explodes in the middle of the beer. The finish is a touch of spice mixed with the hops flavor with some nice lingering bitterness. Just a touch of alcohol burn in the finish. Very balanced beer.

M - Medium-full bodied with a fairly low to moderate amount of carbonations. Super smooth and just a touch oily. Feels crisp and the dry finish is really nice.

D - Very drinkable. The flavors are really nice, strong, and almost perfectly balanced. Lots of hop flavor and just a touch of alcohol burn (even with the 9.7% APV) makes for a very excellent beer.

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Photo of Darkstashcrashes
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler from Superstar beverage in Bayport.

A - A beautiful deep amber. Tan white head that leaves a little lacing.

S - Beautiful mixture of earth and pineapple. Hints of floral notes sit in the back of the nose.

T - Piney, Earthy, and a perfect balance of sweet malty goodness. Pinapple weaves in and out ever so subtlety through the notes.

M - Very smooth a little oily, but not an undesirable oily.

D - Once again a very smooth DIPA. For 9.7% the alcohol is just barely detectable, warming but very subtlety. for a higher ABV beer, i could drink this all night no problem.

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Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of djbreezy
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Belmont Station in Portland, OR.

appearance - a nice amber, white foam head, sticky webby lacing

smell - floral, citrus and pine hops, big hop nose

taste - resinous and grassy hops, complex citrus flavors and aromas permeate the taste buds

mouthfeel - full bodied, smooth profile

drinkability - really enjoyable hop character, powerful ipa

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Photo of david18
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
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 CHickman
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Photo of oberon
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this gem on tap last night at the Flat Iron here in Greensboro.Poured into a tulip glass a deep copper/brass with a well defined lacy white head,it settled into a creamy,soapy-like mass of froth.Intense and I mean intense pine resin in the nose,maybe the most assertive hop aromas I have ever come across,the grapefruit rind is large as well,but the resiny goodness was just intoxicating.Sharp resiny,sticky hop flavors hit the taste buds with a wallop,the citric punch delivered after the first shot of pine gives the beer even more hoppy depth.There is a sweetish caramel base but it doesnt intrude to much on the hops,to many DIPA's are sweet alcohol/malt bombs that overshadow the hops,this one...no chance.A great beer and a privelage to try,they did great work here.

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Photo of plaid75
4.79/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Rattle n Hum, NYC.

Poured a shiny copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured waves of herbal and citrus hops and a full caramel malt.

The flavor was upfront resinous earthy hops with a full malt backbone. Residual hop spice as well.

The mouthfell was full and smooth.

Overall an outstanding hop driven ale. The perfect DIPA.

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Photo of claspada
4.22/5  rDev 0%
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 mgoblue5743
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best IPA I've ever had; fresh, hoppy but not overly bitter... just awesome, I recommend you find this guy if possible

The citrus flavor is nice and the amber hue is just beautiful, Sierra Nevada has outdone its smaller, niche IPA peers with this brew. I agree with the above reviewers.

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Photo of mikechance
4.92/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was in Chico for Thanksgiving weekend and went to the brewery to sample some beers. This is a wonderful beer - one of the best I have ever tasted. It's under the American Double/Imperial IPA style, but it's really an incredible red ale. It's strong, so it's nice to sit back on a cold day and enjoy over time.

IPA/Bigfoot/Red lovers do your best to get to the brewery and try it out. You'll thank yourself.

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Photo of naproxen
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap for the SN 30th Anniversary at Eli Cannon's. This was a beer camp #36 brew that a local participated in so Eli's got the keg.

This was served to me in a lovely SN 30th tulip with a decent 2 finger white creamy head. By the time I took my first sip the head dissipated to a thin white ring, leaving lacey patterns down the side. So far, pretty text book. The hue is interesting, a touch more amber and deep gold than I initially expected.

The nose is WOW! Citrus and pine, a hint of sticky sweet malt as well. The grapefruit/citrus salad really is the winning profile here.

The first sip put me into my happy hoppy place. The flavors, body, and mouth feel all compliment each other in this tasty package. The grapefruit begins the journey, making pit stops at pine and orange before arriving at a perfectly bitter finish. The grain bill adds the necessary depth to this one (2 row, Golden Promise, Munich, Caramel 45, Special B), adding a touch of sweetness to the finish that blends well with the bittering hops (which are listed as "experimental variety").

The body on this is exactly what I want from a DIPA, not too thin yet not heavy and viscous. A pretty intricate task to accomplish with the hop profile. I only start to get hints of the alcohol by the very end of the glass, it surely did not inhibit me from ordering another. It will sneak up on you of course, but it is far from a chore to drink two of these in a sitting. I agree with Flexabull, get this one bottled!!!

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Photo of flexabull
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap for the Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Party at the brewery.

This was the star of the show (among many other stars) in my opinion.

Pours a bright and clear light amber color with a nice creamy white head, good lacing down the sides of the glass.

Aromas are phenomenal. The nose is just full of fresh resiny hops and tons of fruits. Mostly orange, tangerine, apricots, fresh cut pine, and resin.

Taste is just like the nose. Tons of complex hops flavors bounce around your mouth. Apricots, tangerines, oranges, and sugary grapefruit. Backdrop provides a slightly sweet creamy malts. Finish is crisp, tangy, slightly dry, and with hints of pine bitterness.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Smooth, very full, creamy, and with lively carbonation.

Drinkability is excellent. This is the best DIPA I have had in quite some time. Awesome stuff. Hoping I can get a growler fill in a few days.

Side Note : PLEASE Sierra Nevada, bottle this beer! I know Hoptimum is the next bottled offering, and that is a nice beer, but man... I thought Hopsichord was quite a bit better.

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Hopsichord - Beer Camp #36 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.22 out of 5 based on 44 ratings.
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