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

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Double / 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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Photo of qdeguchy
4.92/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. The double ipa delivered a 1 finger head that was slightly off-white in color. Beer was golden in color and left great lacing while drinking. The overall appearance reminded me of Pliny the Elder. The smell was absolutely exceptional. The aroma literally smelled like a fresh bag of hop pellets. I have never encountered this before in any ipa or double for that matter. There was loads of pine, citrus and weedlike notes in the aroma. Taste was piney, grapefruit citrus with an oily resin texture that finished dry (WEST COAST to the bone). An extraordinary double IPA. In my honest opinion, this beer blew away Pliny the Elder and several others that may remain nameless. This may seem blasphemous, but it is the TRUTH.

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Photo of ajkmetron
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I really loved it. Very impressed with the camp selection overall, and this was my favorite.

(I preface that I'm still quite new to the IIPA world, but am quickly becoming a big fan and leaning toward the II over the I)

Was way too smooth for that high of an ABV (huge compliment).

I haven't tried Sierra's other IIPA offerings, but I sure hope this becomes a regular on my packie's shelf.

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Photo of beerdown77
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This pours hazy dark yellow with big chunky had. The aroma is very potent and primarily hoppy. The smell is almost skunky, sticky and herbal. So far I approve and I haven’t even tasted this beer. The flavor is a sucker punch of perfect bitter hops and grapefruit. I love this take on a double IPA. I don’t get that heavy, syrupy malt aspect that is so prevalent in a lot of double IPAs. This is just an amazing zing of crazy bitter hops that is just the thing I am always after. The drinkability is very nice for a DIPA. This is a new favorite for sure.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
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 jeffreydurbin
4.67/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just got the Boot Camp sampler pack and the liquor store manager gave me a 10% discount because I was a bigger hophead than he was. Final price was $16.20 for twelve.

I am starting with the Double IPA and it does not disappoint.

A - It's a hazy, relatively dark golden-colored IPA. Much darker than some of the clear IPAs I have had.

S - Recent IPAs have disappointed me with a timid aroma but this one stands out. It's not as citrusy as some that I have had. I think more of a pine note. But, there's no question there's aroma aplenty.

T - In my book, taste is most of the rating of a beer. There's no question this is a double IPA. The hoppiness is hard-core. This is not something to whack a noobie over the head with. It has the flavorful bitterness of an American IPA as opposed to the less complex bitterness of a British IPA. The alcohol notes are certainly present.

It seems to have a familial resemblance to the Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA, which is a fine IPA in my book.

M - Like the taste, the mouthfeel is everything you could want. Well carbonated, even after sitting in the glass for 20 minutes.

All in all, this is a great Imperial IPA for hopheads. I think it compares well with the best from Stone and some of the other hard-core IPA brewers. The best thing is that the sampler is pretty reasonably priced and all four of the beers are rated as B+ or A- beers.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dimmly bright golden hay color with a small crown of light beige foam that sits for a bit before it sits a sifted skim and some sporatic lacing.

Quite a hoppy nose with lots of woody bitterness of cedar pine, strong floral notes that are quite cannibus-like, and a bit of orangeyness.

Wow, this has got some hops to A Dbl. IPA from SN with mucho hops, yes please. Very biting from the get go with a twisted pine-sided woodyness, alot of pale malt dullness underneath, parching white grapefruit, puffs of tangerine, and some of that floral hoppy touch as it completely and comfortably wraps the palate in a tight bittered drying effect of buzzing pithy hops. Excellent hop complexity to this SN Beer Camp brew.

Mouth buzzes with lots of hoppy things as it settles in with a soft fluffy texture within a bold medium body. Wonderfully wholesome and hop dazzling.

Damn hoppy and yummy stuff! A hophead must try.

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Photo of generalnotsew
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour yields a thin 1 finger head. Coloring is a light orange/ bright yellow. Smell is sticky sweet pineapple with a twist of juicy hops. Nice juicy bitterness with tons of sweet caramel malt to back it up with the bitterness making a super appearance in the end. Very tropical and fruity. SN has really made an exceptional DIPA and I know they have a stance for staying away from the style but I believe they should rethink it.

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Photo of Genuine
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a clean pint glass.

Poured a nice, medium dark amber in color with slight haze.

Smell - dark and piney hop goodness hits the nose first. Lots of citrus hoppy goodness.

Taste - I think this is an almost perfect mix between Celebration and Torpedo. It reminds me of Celebration right up front...the middle has that piney/citrus notes and the end is very dry, bitter and hoppy. So maybe it's similar to a mix of Celebration, Torpedo and Pale ale. It's very delicious either way. I really love this beer.

Mouthfeel - Medium with signature Sn carbonation, very pleasing.

Overall - I would drink this all year around. Very well done DIPA. Awesome DIPA that is slightly different than the other DIPA's. Definitely a winner.

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Photo of dcook11
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light honey color with pencil thin head and ample lacing that coats the side of the oversize wine glass. Smells of sweet citrus and tropical fruit, with just a touch of malt character. The taste is of sweet mango and orange followed by a slight piney hop presence. Not overly bitter, but instead pleasent and balanced. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, surprising given the higher abv. Overall a great beer.

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Photo of MrOH
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reddish gold, but not quite copper, 1.5 finger white head. Great lace.

Big pungent hops. Dank, pine, citrus, peach. Quite nice.

A touch of the peach and citrus and then a HUGE wave of pine. Just enough malt to hold it together but it stays out of the way. Quite the bitter finish, this is a palate wrecker for sure.

Light for 8.5%. Well carbed and doesn't stick around.

I think that this is closer to what everyone wants in a DIPA from SN than what Hoptimum was. Damn tasty.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very satisfying DIPA. The flavor is exacly what you are looking for in the style, brash and hoppy, the flavor growing and evolving over each sip. Fruity and piny, resinous, dripping with hops. I really enjoy this beer, and it is one of the best DIPAs I have run across in many years.

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Photo of dfillius
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 1 finger of tight pillowy just off white head with stellar retention. Light golden amber liquid. Perfect!
S: Beautiful citrus and tropical fruit with a slightly dank undertone. Tangerine, satsuma, lime, citrus zest. Sublime. M.C. Banana, mango, guava, passion fruit.
T: Sweetness and bitterness tumble around at the open. Grapefruit pith and lemon zest abound. A tad catty. What a good DIPA. Just a tad too bitter for me
M: A tad astringent. Punishingly bitter. Just over the edge of enjoyment for me. Never thought I'd say that! Full and fairly nicely balanced with malt.
D: Nice. I'd order another and buy 6 (please! - better than Hoptimum I would say!). I wouldn't have more than 2 at a time though.

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada hop
tulip glass.

A: Pours a medium orange color with a nice sized white head, great lacing as well.

S: Citrusy hops with a hint of pine.

T: An excellent DIPA. Very well balanced, and only slightly bitter. Lots of citrus hops throughout with only a touch of pine.

M: Medium bodied, average carbonation.

O: A very tasty DIPA, I very much enjoyed this one.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale orange in color with a nice fluffy head. Deep piney and resiny aroma. Big hop blast upfront, quite astringent and in your face. Plenty of hop flavor to round it oput a bit. Very solid and present maltiness to it. A trace of sweetness rounds the whole thing out as the hop bite tends to fade. Reminds me of DFH 90 Minute with a lot more hop bitternes. Solid mouthfeel all in-the hop blast makes for a somewhat puckering effect but it leads to a sweet and velvety feeling. damn nice beer. Love this one-blows away Torpedo for my money.

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Photo of Lantern
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color; 2 finger head with a little rough pour in a pilsner glass (all I have at the time). Sweet, citrusy scent; very pleasant nose. The smell/taste combo of this beer is that of gummy peach rings, and it's outstanging. Really smooth drink for a double IPA. Almost no alcohol bite, even at 8.5%. Great addition to the Beer Camp pack. I'd drink this brew any time.

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Photo of sdmvd6
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice golden hue with 2 fingers of fluffy head. Nice lace lasting throughout.

S - Nice balance of pine, citrus, and floral notes balanced by a malty background.

T - Excellent. Sierra Nevada hit the nail on the head with this DIPA. Hop-forward with earthy and piney flavors transitioning to citrus notes with an effervescent, dry finish. The malt backbone balances the hops very nicely.

M - Medium bodied with a sticky, resinous mouthfeel.

O - Great beer by one of the finest craft brewers of the IPA style. Fully recommend.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Initial pour is 50/50 hazy yellow gold body and four fingers of just-off-white micro-bubbles. Very good lacing.

Big citrus aroma, heavy with pineapple. Very inviting.

Taste begins with a solid mildly sweet foundation that stands up to all the hops around it. Hops explode with juicy fruit all around the mouth - pineapple and grapefruit dominating and lingering.

Good medium mouthfeel carries everything along nicely.

Not a total knockout, but a solid Sierra Nevada product as expected.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Double IPA is a hazy, light golden ale with a thin, creamy, bubbly white head that leaves thick sheets of lacing on the glass. It has a big grapefruit-pine aroma with a fruity sweetness. Pine is the biggest element here. It's pretty full bodied and quite smooth with a crisp, dry finish. It's quite flavorful with a lot of pine resin and grapefruit peel. The malt tastes biscuity and peppery and balances things out pretty well. This is well done. A Sierra Nevada double IPA is something I feel like I've been waiting for. It delivers.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted may 19 2011(from notes)

A - cloudy copper/gold, one finger white head and some lacing

S - sweet, yeasty, pungent, weed, grass, flowers, citrus, fruity, lots of malt

T - super hoppy, malty, sweet, pungent, some resin, yeasty, a bit of alcohol, flowers, pine, tree sap, citrus and pineapples

M - Super fluffy, some carbonation, medium acidity, long finish and well balanced

D - this IPA is awesome. Great nose, great pallet. Goes down smooth and has a nice ABV

Final thought - this beer is a must for all lovers of beer

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Photo of Amesjeep
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-:Very light in color for an ale with 8.5% abv. Great light golden color. mediocre bubble rise. but for a beer of this color, its a sight of beauty.
S-:Heavy smell of Hops, I believe Amarillo
T-:Very easy to drink with late notes of Hops to make up for the lack of taste at front.
M-:Great mouthfeel for the amount of hops and the abv. Smooth and leaves a great taste after.
O-:Sierra Nevada should put this in a 6 pack seller!!! This would probably hurt the sales of Torpedo. Great stuff guys!!!!

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Photo of morimech
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with a massive head that settled to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass.

Hoppy aroma of dank, grass and tobacco. Touches of pine and lemongrass as well. Lingering deep in the background is some malt sweetness.

There is some sweetness in the flavor before the hops flavor and bitterness take control. Not the hop bill that is found in most West Coast Imperial IPAs. This one is much more dank and green with hints of grass and tobacco. Bitterness is high but stops short of the extreme range. Not a palate destroyer.

One of the better bodies and carbonation in this style. SN hit the nail on the head with its medium body and gentle carbonation.

The hop bill is different than most IIPAs and that is a fresh change and appreciated choice.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby 12-ounce bottle into a Ro's Restaurant pint glass.

A: Bright, clean and clear gold with a slight chilled haze and a frothy, creamy two-finger head of white carbonation which retains nicely and leaves heaps of creamy lace on the glass.

S: Delightfully fresh and piny hop aromas blend with citrus fruits and grassy, herbal aromas. Some fruity malt sweetness and honey is picked up in the nose as well.

T: Excellent clean, buttered biscuit malts hit the palate and are soon consumed with bright, bitter and citrusy hops which dry the palate and replace the light, bready sweetness with a spicy, herbal hop finish which lingers with some sticky resins.

M: Very smooth, clean and balanced, almost to a fault, with spicy, hot hop and alcohol flavors which tug at the palate a bit.

O: A rather tasty DIPA from Sierra Nevada, which is expected of the West-coast hop experts. Balance of flavor and aroma are achieved in this seemingly high-filtrated brew. The product is clean, consistent, flavorful and rather dangerous ale at 8.5% ABV. Paired well with my pepper-grilled steak and mashed potato.

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Photo of SFGuy187
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden copper into my pint glass. Nice frothy head and sticky-icky lacing. Nice.

S: A lot of resin & hops but balanced with a malt profile. Doesn't smell overly sweet.

T: Ripe citrus, saliva-inducing bitterness and a rich malt profile. Not sweet at all and the 8.5% is well hidden.

M: Very smooth indeed. The bitterness does not overpower and the finish is well-balanced.

O: A great offering from Sierra Nevada and it's nice to see a solid attempt at the DIPA category. While this is no Pliny, it is up there with great west coast DIPAs.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of rcfunk
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Upon tasting this beer for a second time, I feel compelled to review it. I poured this beer vigorously so as to allow a good head about an inch or so to develop once the bottle was emptied and the beer had settled. The fact that such a head was able to develop at all on such a high gravity beer speaks volumes toward its overall quality.

The hop aroma is self evident but not overbearing and conjures images of forests and mountain streams. The taste is bitter up front and behind. A small trace of very appropriate diacetyl lingers only long enough to make itself known but then is masked by the bitterness. I taste almost no alcohol but I certainly feel it.

Nicely played. BUY THE 2011 BEER CAMP MIX PACK!

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