Best Of Beer Camp: Double IPA - Beer Camp #29
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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IPA - Imperial
3.91 | pDev: 10.49%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Best Of Beer Camp: Double IPA - Beer Camp #29Best Of Beer Camp: Double IPA - Beer Camp #29
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like standard double ipa, copper color, almost a full inch of white head on the top. Aroma was a bit of a letdown, the dry hopping just didn't pop on it.

The taste is what SN is so well renowned for. Ample caramel malt base that avoids sweetness, but provides a solid backdrop for a lot of old school hops. Has a lot of the flavors I was hoping to find in the aroma (citrus, tropical fruit). Solid stuff.

Jan 06, 2016
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barczar from Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage, so rating adjusted to current average.

Grapefruit and resin are prevalent, with notes of peach, light caramel malt, and a touch of cardboard oxidation.

Flavor reveals more cardboard throughout, with muted citrus notes of tangerine and grapefruit, reminiscent of sweettarts, leading to a moderately bitter, resiny finish.

Held up well, minus the oxidation notes. Exacerbates the bitterness too much for my liking.

Jul 11, 2015
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WastingFreetime from Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a clear golden color with a two finger head that rapidly recedes back to a relatively stable 1cm lid, minimal lacing is left behind on the glass. Body and carbonation are on the lighter side of medium strength.

Smells of Pine resin, grapefruit, assorted citrus rind bouquet, and a touch of toffee malt. Tastes of a good even blend of citrus peel, some dank and resinous hopping, caramel malt, and lightly of Simcoe-styled onion / garlic combo. Has an aspirin / medicinal bittering finish with some rising heat from booze.

Sep 06, 2012
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I suppose I have preconceived notions about what any beer involving hops from Sierra Nevada should be. This seems a bit off for me. A bit too acidic and salty from hops. Not as well balanced as I would like. Certainly, it's a drinkable beer. But it isn't bringing much to the table for the style.

Aug 05, 2012
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the usual copper and auburn color for many of Sierra Nevada's hoppy beers. Good head on it, almost 1" deep, something nice for something so hoppy.

Aroma, usual cascade stuff going on. While nice, I think I've gotten so use to uber dry hopping with the proprietary hops, that this one, which was still good, just didn't blow me away enough I guess to warrant a 4.

Taste, as usual, Sierra Nevada hides the alcohol well, delivers a ton of C hops, lots of caramel. Kind of sad in a way how good this is, and it just kinda meets expectations, but I guess that's how it goes when you're the innovator and leader. Managed to get lots of tropical fruit flavors in there, making me think maybe there is a little more going on than the C hops, (well Citra is a C hop, but I use C hop in the more traditional, non proprietary hop vein) and this does taste like Citra is a possibility that I didn't think of when getting the aroma.

Mouthfeel is so much more than just bitterness, its a soft bitterness allowing all the other aspects be it fruit or caramel to shine, and yet not bog the palate down with heft either.

Jul 27, 2012
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bsp77 from Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Note: I reviewed this on 5/8/11 under the old listing for this beer before everything was fixed.

Best of Beer Camp #29: Double IPA (Ghidorah)

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Bottled on 1099 (April 9, 2011)

Appearance: Slightly hazy gold with foamy stark white head and nice lacing rings.

Smell: Toasted malts, pine and light citrus. Smells bitter.

Taste: Toasted and caramel malt backbone is quickly overwhelmed by spicy, pine-like bitterness, with some orange citrus and tropical fruit notes.

Feel: Fairly full, smooth body with moderate carbonation and an extremely dry finish.

Overall: Pretty damn bitter DIPA. I definitely like it, but a more fully formed flavor profile could have helped offset the bitterness. Reminds me a little of Ruination - another one I respect and like more than truly love.

Jul 15, 2012
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 5/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip.
Pours a medium orange amber. Thin white head, but nice lacing. Intense floral hops and citrus aroma. Piney, citrusy, intense hops, light malt. Powerful hops finish, but the hops are aromatic and interesting to offset the bitterness of the intense finish. Medium mouth feel. A nice, enjoyable IPA. So far this beer camp set is batting 100.

Mar 21, 2012
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HalfFull from California

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass. Shows a golden apricot with a firm half inch cap of foam. Mostly clear but with loads of clingy tiny bubbles sticking to the entire surface area of the glass. Solid lacing follows.

Deep hop aroma with a resinous nature and some citrus sitting on top of that. Touch of tropical fruit and spice with warming. Bit dank in a good way.

Taste is lightly creamy with lots of citrus and hop spice through the palate. Offers a fairly long finish of hop spice and bready malts with a tinge of citrus. Pleasantly lacking any caramel notes. Carbonation lends a nice feel to the brew.

Overall not as fresh and bright as when first had late summer but has held up well for the style. Just a touch of citric sweetness is present while the ABV is never a factor on the palate.

A- (4.5/4/4/4/4)

Jan 15, 2012
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jwhawkins81 from Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted on 5/7/11

Aroma - Piney hop aroma but not a lot of it surprisingly

Appearance - Golden yellow with a trickle of residual carbonation and a long lasting big white head

Taste - Piney hops up front and a hop bitterness late on the back of the flavor profile. Not overpowering as I would expect a DIPA to be.

Dec 24, 2011
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vfgccp from New York

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Nice, off-white head with a light foamy bubble. Great retention and nice lace. Loose sediment in a light apricot-gold body.

S – Light pine-like resin, wool, orange rind, and honey.

T – Opens soft with a great spruce and juniper hop character. The hop notes play out through a juicy body of honey, sweet booze, and orange zest, and linger long into the finish.

M – Light frame with a silky smoothness.

O – Fantastic hop character with a well balanced support cast of sweet fruit and booze. A very nice DIPA

Dec 23, 2011
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spinrsx from Canada (ON)

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance – Hazy amber/copper colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. It's hard to make out the level of carbonation and there is a good amount of lacing draping all over the sides of the glass.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, grapefruit, tangerines

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and hops. There is also a good amount of fruit flavour.. tangerines and grapefruits and a touch of pineapple. It ends with a citrus and hop aftertaste with a good dose of lingering bitterness.

Overall – The booze is very well hidden and the beer is very tasty. There is quite a bit of hop bitterness and the beer tastes very west coast with all of it's citrus flavour. I don't think I've ever had a bad beer from Sierra Nevada, and this is no exception.

Dec 13, 2011
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CampusCrew from Florida

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one of the beer I had at the Sierra Nevada beer dinner at Kickbacks. strong hop profile, medium bodied, citrus nose, pine after taste. Was a great night. Had amazingly paired food with one of my all time favorite breweries. I would love to have this beer again as well as others from the night.

Dec 06, 2011
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

summery for a double ipa, grassy and earthy and fairly light, this ipa smells like an early hop ipa, with what feels like wheat as well. a bit citrusy on the hops, alcohol is well disguised. best of the beer camp brews i have tasted. the light mouthfeel and the high abv make this a potentially dangerous session. glad i got to try it. as a note, had it on tap as well, and both are excellent. not overwhelmingly amazing, but damn solid. a little more body and complexity would give this beer higher scores

Nov 23, 2011
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tobelerone from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy orange/apricot color with a decent white head and strong lacing. Powerful hop aroma that’s mostly pine and grapefruit, vaguely sweet and malty undertones.

The taste of this beer is much more balanced than the nose and has a prominent malty sweetness that goes to toe to toe with the hops as well as an ample dose of booziness. Strong in flavor and alcoholic punch; nothing’s hidden here.

Medium body and carbonation with a nicely creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Bitterness lingers a bit in the finish.

Interesting to read the other reviews after writing mine. Maybe I had a slightly older bottle because the hops and booze came to the fore much more than others experienced. Didn’t find this to be overly bitter or hoppy at all, more like what has become the standard DIPA profile of big hops, in conjunction with sweet, bready malt flavor. Not bad but not exceptional either. I preferred the weizenbock and especially, the juniper black from this mixed pack.

Nov 15, 2011
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brewdlyhooked13 from Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - it has a cloudy apricot hue, with a healthy cap of sticky white foam. Great lacing, all around and right up to the top of the glass.

Aroma - grapefruit, mango and pine, classic hoppy sniff. Not a huge bouquet but fairly intense, getting better as it warms up.

Taste - chewy caramel malts, citrusy sweetness pushing in almost immediately. Grapefruit rind, some resiny citrus alongside the bitterness. Expecting a medicinal hit here, but it stops almost short of it. Good staying power through the aftertaste and finish. A touch of abv heat but it is rather well hidden.

Mouthfeel - a like the heavier body for the style. Carbonation is slightly prickly, good smoothness too.

Drinkability - a fine representation. Not the bigness of some DIPAs I've had, maybe the lower abv has something to do with that. Still, worth putting one of these in the cellarator to see how she ages.

Nov 12, 2011
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JustinMatthew from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the best of the 4 beer camp brews in my opinion. Pours a hazy dark orange color with a half fingers width of head. Smells of clean hops, sweet and piney, like any good IPA should. Tastes a little citrusy and just as evenly piney with just a little bit of bitterness lingering. Very clean hop character here. Well done. Laced the glass well too. 

Nov 10, 2011
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foles from Australia

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden orange with a slight haze presumably full of hop resins. Subdued hop aroma, but definite citrisy orange, ripe fruits. Taste is a hop bomb of the same, with a rush of bitterness crashing in shortly behind the hop flavour. Alcohol not detected at all on the palate. Hop flavour starts to neutralise halfway through the glass as the bitterness takes hold of my palate.

Very solid double IPA. Although my yardstick is still a fresh Pliney.

Oct 31, 2011
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JohnnyChicago from Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear straw-colour with two fingers of crisp white head.

S: Grassy, aromatic hops dominate the aroma. If you smell for longer you get suggestions of orange and grapefruit, but its really all hops.

T: Fresh hay, aspirin, lemon...its all hops here. I don't know what the IBUs were on this beast, but its dry and damn bitter. There is only the slightest suggestion of malt sweetness before hops carpet bomb your tongue again.

D: I'll only have one of these, and I think that's just fine. Its a great late-hopped dry DIPA with a good price. I would probably buy this regularly if they released it in sixers. Its not as balanced as Torpedo, but it has a great assertive aroma and flavour.

Oct 21, 2011
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ms11781 from Massachusetts

3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 05/15/2011. Bottled on 03/30/2011. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear golden color that is not quite yellow but not quite orange. Usually it leans one way or the other but I really couldn't make a distinction. A finger of fluffy white foam develops and has decent retention with lacing to match.

There is a decent piny aroma that leads the way. It's not too strong overall but it is the dominant aroma. There a hint of some grassy hop character too. There really isn't much in the way of malt. This one is odd for me because while it pretty much all hops in the nose no aroma stands out above the other. As mentioned, the piny aromas are dominant but that relative to the other things going on in the nose.

The taste kicks off with some dank, resinous hop character. Some light citrusy notes are here as well. There is the slightest of sweetness from the malt, but not much. There is a huge bitterness in the finish that lingers until the next sip.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Semi-dry at the finish. Surprisingly, it doesn't feel slick or oily with the amount of hops and sticky bitterness.

This was a decent beer overall. It could be more balanced, something I don't usually say (or particularly care about) with DIPAs but this is so geared toward hops, and much of them providing bitterness, that it becomes borderline abrasive as the beer warms. That's a good thing sometimes but not so here.

Oct 18, 2011
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a five finger head of nice cream and thickness, and very good retention (especially for the relatively high ABV). Colour is a semitransparent copper.

Sm: Pleasant bittering hops - maybe amarillo? Otherwise, just some lightly toasted malt. A moderate strength aroma, but certainly a pleasant one. I'm genuinely looking forward to trying it.

T: The notes from the nose are present. The hops are badly handled, making the balance too bitter, particularly on the climax. A poorly placed cream note immediately after doesn't hide this fact, at least not as much as the bitterness hides the alcohol. It's imbalanced, but decently built. The toasted malt is a very nice departure from typical mere barley foundations found in other IPAs. I do like it, but it has its flaws.

Mf: Wet and smooth, but overly coarse on the climax (likely a result of the overdone bittering hops). Doesn't suit the flavour.

Dr: It's very drinkable for the relatively high ABV, but all in all it lacks the quality demanded by the style. I'd try it on draught, but I wouldn't purchase it in bottle form again.

Oct 17, 2011
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oriolesfan4 from Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another one from the Beer Camp mixed pack and this by far the best one. This double IPA smells like fistful of hops and is beautiful in the glass. Taste is surprisingly well balanced and is bitter for sure, but delicious. Hides the alcohol very well and is one of the better double IPA's I've tried.

Oct 15, 2011
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danieelol from Australia

3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours yellow-mango with good head and lacing.

Smell is more pungent than the first bottle I had.

Nose is mango, pine, metal, some diluted peach/pineapple syrup. Nice actually. Bit like a Splice ice cream.

Taste is a lot of tropical fruits- lots of mango and peach syrup. Some pineapple. The taste is a bit "stale" and lingers a bit too much, particularly the syrup qualities. Luckily some bitterness comes in on the palate. There's also quite a bit of malt, reminds me of Torpedo. Really pronounced bitterness.

Medium carb and lots of hop bitterness. Quite resiny/syrupy.

Overall an enjoyable and indulgent beer whose second bottle improved a whole lot on the first (I should add that the third bottle was slightly better again. This beer was quite variable for me).

Oct 09, 2011
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a bright gold with an even layer of white foam and moderately agressive carbonation.

Aroma is LACKING presence for a beer of this size. Lemons, grass, somewhat earthy, and floral aroma.

T - Citrus, grapefruit rind, pine, floral lemons, grass, oranges, and a little bit of doughy malt. Sweet and hoppy through the entire sip. Coats the mouth with a healthy dose of bittersweet citrus rind and some peppery spicyness. Bitterness lingers for a very long time! WOW! Very hop forward with agressive bitterness.

M - Heavy medium body and somewhat thick.

O - This beer is ALL about the hops. It's a big, in your face, West Coast style IPA. Sierra really needs to consider adding this to their regular rotation of beers. I would definitely buy this beer if it were offered with some regularity.

Oct 07, 2011
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Dodt from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

surprise i have this beer in the fridge for a while finally decide to crack one open and review this bad boy.
poured from the bottle into a pint . appearance a nice head that seems be a bit firm. cloudy orange color. smell a nice bit of hops with some of sweetness . taste nice crisp taste . the slight high alcohol muddles some of the the other flavors that might be present . with variety packs like this for me its hit or miss but with this years selection from sierra nevada its a solid homerrun . hoping some of these beers make the regular rotation .

Oct 07, 2011
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Heatwave33 from Florida

3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Color: Light orange with a white head.

Smell: Great hop with a nice sweet note.

Taste: Very hoppy with an earthy tone.

Mouthfeel: A medium coarse and dryness on the palate.

Overall: Good IPA. An intense brew great for any IPA lover. Sierra Nevada always produces a good brew. Cheers!

Oct 05, 2011
Best Of Beer Camp: Double IPA - Beer Camp #29 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 475 ratings