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

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Best Of Beer Camp: Double IPA - Beer Camp #29Best Of Beer Camp: Double IPA - Beer Camp #29

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

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Brent on 05-11-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 475 |  Reviews: 313
Reviews by obywan59:
Photo of obywan59
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a nice golden-orange when held against my review screen. Against my off-white walls, more like an orange colored tropical mango drink. Rather dry, 4 fingered white head that becomes somewhat chunky as it recedes, like a thin whipped cream. Smokey tower of carbonation bubbles.

Great fresh hoppy aroma out of the bottle. From the glass, I get pineapple, or near over-ripe sweet grapefruit. I haven't had a hoppy beer in a while, this is just what I need!

Sweet malt with herbal, piney hops. More citrus here as well, with citrus peel represented by the rising bitterness in the end.

Moderatelly thick brew. Slightly less so as it warms. Substantial coating on tongue and mouth. Feel of heart burn in the throat that I've come to associate with really hoppy beers, not a crisp hot burn like you might expect from the 8.5% ABV.

This is by far the best Sierra Nevada brew I've had in quite some time. I've had a run of skunked SN's including the first sampling of this mixed 12-pack, California Common, which was only slightly skunked, so even it was an improvement. If the 2 higher rated beers are at least as good as this one, I will be very pleased.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last of the Beer Camp series for me.Poured into a nonic clear light to medium golden with a rather large white head that left multiple broken rings of lace as it settled into a soapy-like mass.Alot of sweet caramel and sweet alcohol in the nose it nearly outshines the grapefruit rind hop aromas,it gets a little boozy as it sits more.Big caramle sweetness at the onset flavor wise,a little sugary sweetness that comes with alot of the beers of the style,what makes this beer good is a big rush of grapefruit-like hops in the finish,and its big.Its big and sweet but the hops finally come in to make this a pretty good beer.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into my snifter a slightly hazy golden orange with a nice two fingers of creamy head. Aromas of citric and resinous piney hops upfront along with some spiciness. Hoppy and inviting.

First sip brings a big semi-sweet malt body upfront with a punch of citric and pine laden hops. Grassy, spicy and a bit rolls down with a biting bitterness and just enough malty sweetness on the finish. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Great body and carbonation on this one. I really enjoyed the Beer Camp series and am glad I grabbed a 12 pack. Cheers to Sierra Nevada!

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a tulip this beer was a hazy orange color, and was nicely carbonated. A medium-sized white head left a bit of lace.

Sweet malt aroma. Citrus and herbal hops.

Grapefruit taste, some pineapple also. Resiney pine taste.Sweet bready taste.

Pretty well balanced between the hops and the malt.

I'll drink it again, given the chance,

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Photo of Beaver13
2.37/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange with a medium creamy head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is pretty subdued for a DIPA - some sweet grainy biscuit malt and crystal malt and a little floral cascade hops.

The flavor is sweet biscuity malt and a touch of fruit with a good amount of oily harsh bitterness in the finish but not much hop flavor. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a big disappointment from Sierra Nevada. Very subdued in the nose, with a lot of plain bitterness with no good hop flavor. I've made better DIPAs than this.

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Photo of generallee
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of megamass
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Billolick
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, from the box...pours lighter then expected, almost golden amber, dull and lightly hazed. Off white head, that stays, goes all puffy and pillowy, leaves a load of very fine, scattered and high quality looking lace. Good head.

Pungent hopped up nose, earthy, musty, pine infused.

Very easy drinking for 8.5%, elements of big malty underpinnings and solid hoppy flourishes combine for a quality, if slightly underwhelming DIPA.

Good but not really blowing me away.

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Photo of Skye1024
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of lostandwandering
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pured into pint glass. Pours a copper/gold color. Single finger head with some residual lacing.

Smells clearly of hops. It's a double IPA, so that's probably a pretty obvious statement.

taste is pretty smooth upfront with some floral notes. Bitterness really comes through as the beer moves across the sides and back of your tongue. The 8.5% abv is decently hidden.

Overall, it's a decent beer. I'm not a huge IPA fan, but I find it drinkable. Not the type of beer I would want on a daily basis, but certainly worth the try.

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Photo of bsp77
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Oceanside, CA

Golden orange and yellow amber with haze running throughout the beer. Bits of sediment float to the bottom of the glass and hang perpetually in the beer. Big head and lots of sticky lacing.

A relatively sweet and somewhat hoppy aroma. There's some elements of honey and lemon as well as citrus and pine aromas.

A relatively simple DIPA with a touch of sweetness. This one doesn't hit you over the head with bitterness either. It actually seems quite balanced without any hint of the high alcohol content.

Medium bodied. Ample carbonation.

A good, somewhat simple, and not overly bitter DIPA.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Bright golden orange with lots of bubbles. Good sized two finger white head that has very good retention and lacing.

Smell: Big aroma of piney and citrus hops with a good amount of grapefruit and other citrus fruits. Hops have a lightly spiced aroma. Light aroma of caramel malts.

Taste: Much like it smells. Big taste of pine and citrus hops up front giving a strong bitterness. Grapefruit and other citrus fruits help back it up with a decent amount of fruity sweetness. Light taste of caramel and toffee malts in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth and somewhat creamy.

Overall: A very good DIPA. A good mix of strong hops gets the taste close to the level of Hopslam and Double Trouble.

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Photo of Soonami
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp: Double IPA.

When I poured it I know this was going to be a sticky one. It smelled DANK! The cannabis quality that I always associate with Simcoe. There is a little grapefruit, but mostly it just smells like bud. The beer is very pale, golden in color and slightly hazy with an inch and a half of foam when poured into my snifter. The foam slowly subsides all the while leaving thin intricate lacing on the sides of the glass. The beer is sticky, resinous, and very bitter. The hops are oily and the bitterness hammers on past the swallow. There is a little bit of malt sweetness, but I find the hops to be overpowering and too sloppy. They don't have that crisp, sharp flavor of the better DIPA's but just this long drawn out, drying bitterness like having a dull knife stabbing and then slowing tearing a gash in your leg--unlike the sharp, precise incision by the surgical scalpel of Pliny. Overall, this was a good but not great beer. Worth a try if you see it on the shelves, but not worth any special effort.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glowing orange semi clouded body with a full thicket of creamy slihgtly off white head. Forms beautiful fine intricately dispersed lacing downt he sides of my favorite chalice glass. Aroma brings out ripened fruit layers which divide into a realm of citric grapefruit acidity and mango tropical pineapple fructose. Amongst the big fruity hop components the grain and yeast breathe an air of fresh breadiness across my nares. Inviting invigorating aroma really strengthens the early stages of trying a beer, dive into the first sip to find out how you really feel. This is actually getting better with a touch of age, the aggressive citric rind bitterness is just starting to mellow. Allowing my palate to fully understand the depth of what's going on here in my glass. Extremely juicy fruit bursts blare with a cleansing layer of bittering hops cleaning the palate, the upfront tropical pineapple/mango fireworks are yin and the citric abrasive pith of the grapefruit and crushed aspirin become the yang. A full range of flavors in one glass, excellent DIPA from one of my all time favorite go to breweries in the United States. They don't brew off of trends but they develop recipes by listening to the beer community and in turn tend to set their own trends. Alcohol does arise in the flavorscape but doesn't overpower it actually fits right into the balancing act between sweet booze versus abrasive bittering West Coast agressive hop nature. Mouthfeel is actually a range as well strts off light with a bit of juice or something easy to get down with the backend of the palate really sensing the bitter abrasives with each sip this really makes a great complimentary experience. Hop burps tend to become strong with hop oils and a bit fusel with the extra alcohol, tis the nature of this style. Overall I can't say go try this beer camp and other future offerings from Sierra Nevada enough. Pure excellence this time around, with a bit of mellowed bitterness this beer is really drinking great.

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Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz undated bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - This Double IPA pours a clear golden amber color with a white head of foam that quickly settles to a top coat and ring, and leaves some good lacing on the sides.

S- nice aroma featuring citrus, piney and floral hops with a substantial rich toasted malt backbone. Slightly earthy and herbal. High ABV not apparent.

T- Strong grapefruit, orange and pine flavored hops with an underlying malt backbone that tames the hops a little but doesn't block the strong hop flavor and medium-high bitterness. Even as a hop-head, I found this brew near the challenging level but found it makes a good sipper. Some more malt balance comes through in the aftertaste which is both hoppy and malty with moderated bitterness.

M- medium body; low carbonation that ran out before I got to the bottom of the glass; some astringency (from hops?)

O - a very good DIPA worth trying, even if you must buy the mix camp to get it. This will get you 9 bottles of other types of Sierra Nevada -- not a bad thing!

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Photo of OStrungT
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a slightly cloudy yellow with a thick floffy light yellow head. The head fades very slowly, leaving a thick lace.

This beer has a very floral aroma too it. It also has a nice cascade grapefruit aroma. I can also detect a slight piney aroma.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Floral hops with some grapefruit. It has a very slight sweet malty taste to it as well. It tastes slightly syrupy though.

This beer is full bodied. It leaves a sweet syrupy aftertaste.

This beer wouldnt make a great session beer. It is high in alcohol, and the flavor is a bit much.

Overall: This beer was ok. It isnt exactly the best Double IPA I have had. Kind of syrupy. But not awfull either.

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Photo of daveytheformer
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

into a Delirium tulip.

Appearance is a nice bright clear golden color with a thick bubbling off white head that fades to sticky lacing.

Aroma is lots of pine, grapefruit, herbal, grassy, and a light bread like malt smell.

Tastes are again lots of pine, resinous hops, some lemon zest, pepper, orange and grapefruit citrus, coriander, subtle alcohol, and a light biscuit flavor followed by a lot of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is crisp, medium, and extremely bitter.

Overall is really good and is my last of this style from the 12 pack. I might have to get more.

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Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the mixed 12-pack purchased from Green’s on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a clear deep copper color with a cream-colored head leaving decent lacing.

Smells of grainy pale malts with large amounts of deep citrus, pine, and herbal hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Moderately dry pale malt flavors up front are joined by large pine and herbal hops. The hops soften midway through the sip with the addition of slight earthy and citrus flavors, leading to a solidly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is very good, with grainy carbonation.

Overall I enjoyed this beer but the hops weren’t quite nuanced enough to put it up in the upper tier. Still, another solid beer from SN and one that’s well worth a shot.

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Photo of dsauter
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ST: 12oz poured into an oversized wine glass.

A: An opaque dense copper with a thick white head that has nice retention. It leave thick lacing as it is consumed.

S: Strong grapefruit, pine, bubblegum, and orange.

T: Some malt that is quickly devoured by hops. Grapefruit, orange, and pine needles: very bitter.

M: Medium and dry.

O: Another solid offering from Sierra Nevada, this double IPA has a great aroma of citrus and pine. The taste has a hint of malt, but the flavors from the hops rule this beer (as they should). It is very bitter and lasts on the tongue: this is a dream beer for a hop head.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a clear bright copper body with a good carbonation and a thick bubbly beige head that sticks to the glass with each sip.

S- The earthy woody green hops is soft with some fruity aromas follow and a finish of green citrus pith.

T- The pungent woody green hops turns a touch soapy as the beer warms up and a green grapefruit pith finishes the taste. The finish takes on a bitey hop bitterness and a dandelion bitterness lingers after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft alcohol heat that enhances the bitterness with just a touch of fizz to follow.

O- This beer has big hops but they are dark and very bitter which overpowers the hop flavor. The bitterness lingers on and on aswell.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice big off white head rest above a clear bubbly carbonated golden colored IPA.

Citrus hops dominate the aroma with added whiffs of pine, and light bread or bread yeast.

The taste is light citrus hops than I had noticed in the aroma, but still the citrus hops overshadow everything less going on. A light fresh bread or bread yeast comes through just slightly which adds to the taste.

A nice lasting light dry aftertaste stay with you after finishing off a bottle of this stuff.

I love IPA's and this is another pretty good representative of the style, get yourself a beer camp sampler 12 pack before they're gone.

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Photo of rdilauro
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice light amber pour with a 1 inch creamy head. No question about the hops in this one. Right after opening the bottle, the aroma hit the room. I've been using this Sam Adams Beer glass that is perfect for picking up all the traits in a beer. The hoppiness of this Double IPA came through loud and clear. There was not a lot of malt/barley in this one as compared to some other Double IPAs I have had.
The hop bitterness came through with each sip. Not over the top, but just enough to hit all the bitter parts of the tongue.
The finish was as nice as the start, which I love in any beverage.
I can always pick up so many different flavors/spices/etc in the wines that I taste, but with beers, it is taking me a bit longer.
If anything, I found a little citrus in this one, perhaps just a hint of grapefruit...
A perfect addition to a nice night around a camp fire during the summer!

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Best Of Beer Camp: Double IPA - Beer Camp #29 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 475 ratings