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 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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Ratings: 475 |  Reviews: 313
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 uziangis
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of Sinewave
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of alexhahn82
2.7/5  rDev -30.8%
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 -29.7%
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 -28.2%
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 -27.4%
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 -27.2%
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 -23.6%
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 FrankyLikesIt
3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of Naugros
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of bmur112
3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of MasterMustace
3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of DrJay
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
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 -22.3%
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 -22.3%
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 -21.8%
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 -21.8%
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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Best Of Beer Camp: Double IPA - Beer Camp #29 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 475 ratings
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