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 Beaver13
2.37/5  rDev -39.1%
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 alexhahn82
2.7/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A - Golden with a light head, but poured on tap from a bartender so they know Im not paying for head!

S- Light malt smell, not hoppy in aroma at all.

T/M - Sweet at first with an almost toasted barley bit at the end. Candy like at first, for a lack of a better term.

Overall - Interesting in its own way, but overall nothing to write home about.

PP (Price Point): $7 for a pint, Meh. Im gonna go skip over it for about 50% of the other DIPA/IPA/PA's /

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.74/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Pack - $16.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, light orange-hued, honeyesque in color body with a rather tall, almost glistening, near white head.

Smell: Razor-sharp resin, blisteringly grassy, with a pith element that heads towards hinting of ground aspirin tablets.

Taste: Any malt character or sweetness is essentially bypassed for a mercilessly resinous, staunchly grassy assault, with a taste of just chomping endlessly on pure citrus pith. Big bitterness as there's no sweetness to hold it back. Maybe some alcohol heat on the tail end, but that could just as easily be my taste buds dissolving away one by one. Very dry, very bitter finish, a bit wince-inducing even.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Some slick oiliness on the tongue.

Overall: It's one of those hopbomb Double IPA's that's harsh and altogether unforgiving on the palate, becoming downright medicinal after the first couple sips, but, hey, that's what some people are into these days.

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Photo of n2185
2.8/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours an orange-gold with two fingers of white head that recedes into a thin cap with some decent lacing.

S: Pineapple hop notes seem to dominate the aroma. Some grassy and grapefruit aromas follow. It smells good, though is a bit muted.

T: Unfortunately where the aroma is mostly tropical, the taste is a grassy, piny, bitter bomb. The hops leave a lingering, resiny bitterness that stays well past its welcome.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is a bit oily feeling with all of the resiny bitterness.

O: Overall, a bit disappointing of a beer. The smell promises lots of tropical fruit and then the taste delivers little more than bitterness.

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Photo of kyleelton
2.83/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got a 12 pack of the Beer Camp from Sierra Nevada. Love them and this is fun an exciting. Yea!

Lots of head on this one. Also, this is very light in color. At least more than most DIPA's

Didn't love the smell. There was a bit of an unpleasant, but faint skunk smell. It's like hops that went a little sour or something. It doesn't ruin the beer, but it's there.

The bitterness of the hops are very prominent. A bit too much bitter and not enough malt balance. DIPAs are going to have lots of hops, but this one doesn't really have that floral or citrus taste that they usually have. I don't really know what does that, but I always assumed it was the type of hops. In the best IPAs I think part of that hops flavor is also balanced by subtle but present malt back that keeps the bitter in check. This is a bit too front heavy, but I still love me some hops, so I'm not complaining. Much.

Feels like a DIPA should. Nice feel.

Overall, it's an okay DIPA, but since it IS a DIPA I still love drinking it. I have a hard time saying it's average, since the majority of DIPAs I would rate fairly high. But, it's also not the worst DIPA I've had.

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Photo of stonermouse
2.84/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

From the intriguing "Beer Camp" mix pack, I was looking forward to this DIPA, as it was probably vetted heavily by serious beer people.

Pours a light-beer yellow, very pale. Decent head and lacing, but nothing too exciting.

Aroma is pretty nice. Good clean hops, a little muted. There's a bit of sweetness in the aroma as well.

The taste is overpoweringly dry. The dryness is comparable to greek olive; the kind you can't really get out of your mouth for a while. It dominates the mild floral notes that struggle to push through. It is just so sticky and dry, I have to try way to hard to enjoy it. And despite the aroma, there is no malty sweetness at all.

Mouthfeel, again, is painfully dry and dominates any other redeeming features this beer might have.

For a terribly unbalanced brew, it does not showcase the hop at all. I am a total hop head, and this brew doesn't do that beautiful flower any justice.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
2.98/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasting sample- pours an orange-tinted yellow which does leave lots of soapy lace.

With mostly yellow tones to the color, I'm preparing for an overload of hops, and this delivers. Bigtime leafy, earthy hop tones lead the way with some very mild citrus, dried mango and toasted malt flavors sitting, and almost suffocated, in the background.

The palate mirrors the nose- medium bodied with a mild malt and a huge hop bitterness. It's hard to pick out any flavors in this besides those dank, earthy and leafy hops. Long bitter finish as expected.

Overall, I have to say this was by far my least favorite out of the Beer Camp box. That dank hoppiness completely bogged the beer down. Any semblance of citrussy, tropical or malty flavors that would help uplift the presentation were completely suppressed. It's almost a purely textural IPA, and texture is only half the experience.

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Photo of DrJay
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy gold/orange with a long lasting white cap. Lots of sticky, clumpy lace. Pine resin aroma, earthy, grapefruit, caramel, and mild alcohol as it warmed. A bit of grassy and aspirin hop character too. Full bodied with a lot of sweetness up front. This shifted to sharp, nearly harsh, bitterness towards the end with resinous hop flavour. Earthy, weedy hops, more pine rather than citrus, slightly medicinal. Alcohol warmth and flavour in the finish. Lowish carbonation. To me, everything seemed a little muddled in this beer.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours out a orange tinted light amber with a thick foamy straw head. The scent is a muted piney hop resin. Less in your face than many Double IPAs from California. It has a slight honey background that helps balance the hops.

The taste is very hop forward, but in my taste has a slight medicinal bitterness on the finish. There is a lack of balance to the piney hop flavor and comes off as one dimensional. Medium bodied with mouthfeel with an average level of carbonation.

I am typically a big fan of Sierra Nevada, but this one came up shorter than my expectations.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a hazy golden color with good carbonatiuon leaving a nice white cap

S: Light grass, pine and floral notes but pretty tame

T: A little stronger than the aroma with some grapefruit, pine and orange with some bready malt but the taste was average caliber.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, quite bitter finish.

O: Pretty average across the board.

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Photo of teromous
3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Yellow with hints of orange around the side. Nearly 2/3 a thumb's width of carbonation with ample visible carbonation. The beer itself is a bit hazy though, and it doesn't appear to be chill haze. Decent lacing.

S: I get a pine flavor with some light grapefruit flavor.

T: I get the expected bitterness with some citrus. It's a pretty average taste, nothing too impressive. No malt character to judge. No alcohol flavor.

M: The mouthfeel is pretty average as well, with lots of carbonation and expected bitterness. Not astringent or unpleasant.

O: Overall it was a pretty good double IPA, but it wasn't anything special. It's a staple beer, but nothing that stands out. The balance was tipped a bit towards the hops so that was a little disappointing. I was expecting at least some malt character, and got none. I rated it as average because it can easily pass as a double IPA, but it's nowhere near the caliber of others.

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Photo of harrymel
3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle code: 108921708 (around Mar 25, 2011)

A: Pours an apricot ale with a bit of haze. A single finger of peanut foam falls in a couple minutes to a sheet of the same. Cobweb lacing.

S: Alcohol up front, then sweet peaches, light citrus, pineapple, some tea notes. Malt is sweet and crystal. Mildly appealing.

T: Warm and bitter. The alcohol here plays a big part and creates quite a bit of a role in accentuating the hops which are bitter and resiny. Some fruits are in here, boldly dominated by pineapple flavors. there are hints of chemical tastes as well.

M: Thin with hi carbonation. Dry finish. Disappointing feel here.

O: This beer has the makings of what could be a really good beer, unfortunately, they didn't really work all the kinks out to make sure this one was up to SN's standards.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a clear golden color with a big white head.

S: Not exactly my idea IPA aroma. Grassy and floral hops with body odor and mild earthy hops. Some citrus and pine notes, and not really much malt or sweetness, but not terribly good.

T: The flavor is more of the same. Earthy, floral, and grassy hops with a hint of bready malt flavor. Fairly bitter with a lot of pine flavors, but not much else going on.

M: Medium in body and just about medium carbonation.

O: Really disappointing from Sierra Nevada. This was by far the worst beer in the pack.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.21/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer is transparent and yellow with plentiful effervescence. Perched atop the liquid I have been craving all day is an inch of white, fluffy head that leaves ample lacing on the pint glass.

The aroma offers some pine and hops. Pretty straightforward.

The flavor consists primarily of piney hops, with a healthy amount of malt presence as well. Overly bitter. Alcohol presence gets in the way.

The body is medium to thick. The beer finishes with a strong hop bitterness and some warming alcohol. A malty bitterness lingers on the palate for several minutes. Little, if any, citrus or fruit flavors. Eh...

Overall, an OK brew. The ubiquitous Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is much better.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks goes out to betsona for buying the mixed 12pk.

A- Poured a golden yellow color. One and a half finger white head shows medium retention. Ringy style lacing left on the sides of the glass with light streaks here and there.

S- Light citrus hops in the front of the aroma comes out first but doesn't last for long. Bitter hops come out in full force next blending with a caramel malts base. This tends to be the only thing left in the nose except for a almost stale like alcohol aroma. Kind of bland for the style....

T- Bitter hops in the front of the beer goes hand in hand with the caramel malts. This really makes up most of the beer with only a sprinkle of citrus hops in the middle to front of the ending of the beer. The caramel takes charge in the ending of the beer which adds an interesting sweetness that goes hand in hand with the alcoholic finish.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Caramel malts and piney hops are working hand in hand on the palate and long into the aftertaste with a little help from their friend alcohol. Flavors were a little too well balanced for the style I thought. No off flavors were present. Medium high alcohol drying on the palate.

O- Overall this was just a well balanced DIPA that I could quite get into. I mean it was well made and for that I have no problem. My problem is I was expecting more of a west coast hop bomb and was greeted with a east coast malty balanced beer instead.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #25
Served On: 8/5/2011
Glassware: Tumbler

Another one from the 2011 Sierra Nevada Beer Camp mixed pack (about $20.00 for the 12 pack in Frederick, MD).

Look: Poured a fairly clear light orange (almost a dark yellow) with a large 3-finger head. Head was very thick with a rocky surface. It stuck around for a while.

Smell: Bitter pine with some slight lemon peel. Some faint malts were noticeable. Not exactly the pungent nose I was expecting from a Sierra Nevada double.

Taste: Strong bitter hops upfront. Resiny pine notes came through towards the middle. Finish was a dry bitterness. Malts were present but seemed hidden behind the extreme bitterness throughout each sip. The malts started to surface once the beer warmed up.

This is certainly a bitter brew. I’m afraid it lacks the balance that I expect in a well crafted double IPA. This would be a great beer for when you crave a hop bitterness. Regardless, it doesn’t quite have the layered bitter and sweet components that I prefer in this style.

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Photo of illidurit
3.26/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass; bright clear gold with an orange center and a sticky off-white head. Nose is fainter than expected. Sweet bready malts with a slight mango hoppiness. Needs to be much more forward. Flavor is brighter but not in the right area. The pale malt stands out and the bitterness is very appreciable but where is the hop character? There's a whisper of perfumey stone fruit midpalate but I'm left wanting more. All bitterness and no flavor. Mouthfeel is rather nice and dry, no complaints there.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter. 2011.

A: Pours a light apricot with a huge, dense, and oily off-white head that slowly faded into a bubbly thick film that left a solid sheet of lace down the glass.
S: Big stanky notes of herbal hops, grass, musty sweat, and a hint of biscuit dough. Upon further warming this beer smells a lot more like sweaty b.o.
T: Sweeter than the nose suggested but I would not call this beer sweet. Also the sweat isn't as prominent which is good. I get flavors of earthy herbal hop with a touch of flowers and fruit nectar. Finish is full of grass hops and light malt, and the aftertaste is doughy and bitter.
M: Pretty bubbly with ample carbonation on this one. Mouthfeel is soft enough but it's a little rough around the edges. Body is medium and a touch oily.
O: Definitely not an usual ipa for SN. It's a good beer, but this isn't my favorite hop combination. I like its uniqueness though, and I wouldn't mind having this again if the situation called for it. However, there are many other hoppy beer I would buy, some even from SN, before I would purchase this again.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
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 waterintobeer
3.31/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of the four out of the Beer Camp Mix this year.

A: Golden in the body. Amber colored closer to the top of the beer. I prefer my DIPA's to be more amber than blonde, but that is just a personal preference. A nice two finger head as died down leaving some nice lacing reminding me of where the head began.

S: I wish there were more citrus hops. I'm picking up some more pine needle like hop presence. Make no mistake, this is a hoppy beer, but it doesn't overdue the citrus notes. With so many IPA's accentuating the citrus quality of hops, I find this as a nice reminder of what a DIPA can taste with another variety of hops.

T: The taste has more if the citrus that was absent from the nose. That continues on to a little sweetness, rounding out with quite a lot of bitterness.

M: There is a nice amount of carbonation. With the beer not very syrupy as most DIPA's are I found the carbonation to be quite adequate, leaving a dry finish, enticing me to consume more.

Overall, this is a nice addition to the beer camp mix. Not my favorite out of the selections, but a very decent DIPA at a desirable price.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.32/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours a hazey burnt orange amber color with a finger of off white head. Retention is decent and exibits some sticky lacing.

S- aroma is green pine hops with some citrus notes of grapefruit and tangerine. Middle is a touch of malt sweetness with some caramelized sugar and biscuity characteristics. Finishes with a hint of white pepper and a herbal hop aroma.

T- starts off with a touch of sweetness and a dry biscuit malt. The hops soon jump out with a nice bitterness and predominate citrus flavors of grapefruit and orange peel. Finishes with a continuing bitter crunch and a pine flavor that lasts into the aftertaste with a hint of warmth from the alcohol that seems to clash rather then be intergrated.

MF- pungent slick mouthfeel with an average body and soft carbonation.

D- drinkability is fairly decent. Overall a solid DIPA. Just not one that blows the roof off.

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Photo of Cresant
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served this 12 oz. in a Sam Adams glass. This is from the Beer Camp pack. The body was a medium golden orange and clear. The head was the color of yellowed paper and was thick and clingy.

The smell was pine shavings and compost.

The taste was resinous with a deep bitterness that grew into some caramel sweetness. Creamy but with a very long, grassy and drying finish.

The mouthfeel was creamy in the mouth but had a coarse carbonation. I liked that. The beer was not stellar but not bad either.

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Photo of snpub540
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange, amber hue with a white head that leaves some sticky lacing all the way down the glass.

Nose is citrusy and pine hops all the way through.

Flavor is mostly a citrus bitter with some resiny hops flavors in the finish. Not a whole lot of balance here. Warming alcohol bite in the finish makes it sort of a sipper.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. A little tough on the drinking because of the alcohol and bitterness but pretty nice double IPA overall.

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Photo of bashiba
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy golden orange with a nice thick off white head, nice retention and some good lacing.

The smell is very fresh hops of the west coast variety, big lemony citrus notes.

The taste is very very hopy, no malt squeaks through the hop assault, very fresh resiny citrus and bitter hop flavors with a long juniper and pine finish.

The mouthfeel was very oily and resiny, a bit thick and chewy.

Very one dimensional, I like hops and the hops are good, but still not a great double IPA.

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