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 laituegonflable
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich citric orange colour with mild cloudy haze. Head is off-white, retaining a nice crown with lovely cradle of lacing. Looks pretty much picture-perfect.

Smell is very hoppy. Very floral, with rose petals and wattle blending with organic rubber, citrus and ginger. Bit of a twang where fresh hop aromas verge on tannic, but otherwise a pleasant IPA smell.

Taste is quite tangy upfront, with not a huge malt base noticeable as of yet, but plenty of fresh late-hop additions give a fruity, almost jammy front palate, with orange marmalade, cumquat and custard apple notes. Bittering hops take over midway, very dank and citric with a big pull back to earth, a little too heavy on the alpha acids though, as it doesn't really allow enough time to enjoy the lighter hop notes before pulling it all down. Touch of cork on the back with a woody touch a mild residual yeast character. Hop bomb, not as successful as it might have been.

Decent body, bit of pull from the hops but body balances it well. The 8.5% is well hidden.

A very enjoyable double IPA, even pleasant, one might say. Just seems kind of amateurish at times with the overenthusiastic bittering.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. "2011" Double IPA. Bottled on day 89 of 2011 (March 30).

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden with a nice, pillowy white head. Lacing throughout.

Smell: Despite having nearly 6 months under its belt, the smell of citrusy hops burst out of the first crack of the bottle. Very strong orange to grapefruit aroma.

Taste: Just a strong tasting DIPA. Individual flavors are hard to pick out. I wouldn't say the taste of alcohol is overwhelming (true to SN form, the 8.5% ABV is hidden well), but rather the taste itself is overwhelming. It's hoppy, but that's about all I can tell.

Mouthfeel: Appropriately heavy. Little bit of warming alcohol in the aftertaste.

Overall: Not bad, but I'd take Torpedo any day over this! Maybe I'd get more individual hop flavors out of a fresher version.

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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 spicelab
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a Lost Abbey stemmed tulip with thanks to mulder1010.

Orange gold with just a slight haze to it. Two-finger white head abates leaving haphazard lace spots and a slight ring.

Tropical and citrus hops with a sweaty malt backbone. Pine-orange, tangerine, lemon sherbet and some sharp, clean herbal notes.

More bitter than the nose, although mandarin is very prominent. Earthy pine, apple skins, and an increasingly domineering chalky, mouthwashy flavour that I'm not a fan of.

Full, but not overly thick mouthfeel with a slight carbonation tickle on the tongue. Nice lingering mid-palate bitterness.

Pretty solid albeit not particularly adventurous offering,. Enjoyable despite my personal dislike for the minty, cough lozenge hop flavour.

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Photo of engisch
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop hazed golden liquid with huge head and good retention. Nice lacing all the way down the glass.

Smells of pine and citrus. I always get worried with what some breweries consider a double IPA. This is a good smell. I like hops.

Taste is predominately the different varieties of hops with a slight caramel sweetness, but this is definitely not the focus. Light body with a decent carbonation make this an easy drinking beer that tastes good to boot!

Sierra Nevada always takes care of it's hop heads!

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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 AndyAvalanche
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Golden yellow with portions of amber color; good clarity on this one. Off white colored head doesn't stick around too too long, but it leaves some excellent lacing.

As most Double IPAs hops dominate the smell. This Beer Camp Double IPA does an excellent job representing the style. More citrus than pine on this one. Some of the more sweeter citrus aromas. Smells clean and crisp as well.

Taste is also good. Citrus hops come out at you, the strongest part, but not overwhelming. Like the smell the sweeter citrus notes come at you, more tangerine and orange than grapefruit but all are present. Very zesty, but pine also detectable. Not an overly powerful malt backbone but present.

Mouthfeel is very good. Light in body, but well balanced and respectable in complexity. Very clean bitter finish from the hops and a lingering warmth aftertaste. A very drinkable beer. Not bad at 8.5% ABV, very drinkable in that aspect, good all around beer. I like this one, but out of all this years BeerCamp beers, Juniper Black takes the cake in my opinion.

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Photo of stewart124
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden yellow-inch of head turns pillowy/rocky. Nice lacing along the glass as this goes down.

Nose is full of pine, tangerine and some pineapple.

Nice amount of light caramel in the taste with some pear esters and more pineapple. Big chewy mouthfeel with some hop resin to round it out. Great background bitterness throughout. Finishes dry with little residual sweetness.

This is exactly like you would expect a DIPA from SN. Big amounts of citrus hops with a nice caramel maltiness and some biscuity notes. Some alcohol notes as this warms up and goes down but really nothing to take away from the overall character.

Easy drinking and delicious.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy orange color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly leaving nice lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit, pine resin, and mandarin oranges. The taste is of grapefruit, oranges, pine, and herbal hops. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a smooth texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a good DIPA that I would certainly drink again.

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Photo of ADZA
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale see through golden orange hue which leaves a two finger head that stays and leaves sporadic lacing,the smell is citrusy hops,tangerine,passionfruit,boiled candy and nectarines,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and has tastes of paw paw,lychee,passionfruit,caramel malts,citrus zest and finished with a stonefruit bitterness and overall what a pleasant DIPA that i would buy again and again and rate over the Torpedo IPA anyday of the week if this brew is available when i next see my bottlo i will buy again definately what a top lively DIPA cheers.

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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 cjgator3
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a golden yellow/orange color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is sweet malt and a good dose of hops. The citrusy hops smell nice and fresh.

T- The taste like the aroma us definitely centered around the hops like most west-coast IPAs. There is some malt up front but the citrusy hops create a nice lingering bitterness in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is a solid double IPA that is definitely worth a try. Recommended!

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Photo of dmamiano
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ahd this one after a 30 mile bike ride so I knew it was to be good and refreshing.
Nice white had on a hard pour...lacing.
Very hazy beer
Smelled of citrus, orange and tangerine came to mind
Taste was good on the mouthfeel. Very nice
Hops blending with malts..good balance.
Pinapple hints, bready and bitter.
Nice refreshing beer

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy, glowing orange-amber color. The tall, amber-tinted head has a densely frothy texture and good retention. Lacing sticks to the glass in scattered, concentric rings.

S: Floral, herbal, and (lesser) citric hop notes are prominent. Hops are strong, but not especially vibrant; overall, it's sort of a muddled hoppy aroma. Some mild sugar cookielike malt aroma is also present.

T: Light caramel sweetness, and some mild doughy flavor. Hop bitterness is strong. Hop flavors are floral, earthy, and somewhat citric. There's also a lightly candylike/perfumey character to this one. A bit of alcohol is detectable into the finish.

M: Medium-firm body. Carbonated at a medium level, with a fine, prickly quality. Rather dry and a bit hot in the finish.

D: This is a fine double IPA, but I didn't especially enjoy this one. The hop presence is a little different for the style, but it comes across a bit too bracingly and alcoholically to score in the top tier.

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle part of the 2011 Best of Beer Camp Variety Pack

Sierra Nevada Double IPA Camp #29 is a little hazy gold-amber color with a nice 2-finger mountainous white head that left solid foamy lacing all around my tulip glass…almost forgot great head retention too. The aroma is of citrus hops – grapefruit dominates. The nose is not overpowering or to strong like some in the style. The flavor is dominated by citrus and grapefruit hop notes and a nice hint of sweet malt to keep the hops from going way over-the-top like most in the style. Mouth feel is clean with medium body and carbonation. The alcohol is noticeable but not offensive.

Sierra Nevada Double IPA is a well balanced Double IPA that doesn’t leave your tongue in knots from the massive amount of hops. If I am going to drink a hoppy beer this is the one for me.

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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 zhanson88
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a fairly hazy straw color with light carbonation. About 1 1/2" of eggshell white head forms. Pretty good lacing and retention.

Smell: A bit of caramel malt peeks through initially, but citrus, grapefruit and a bit of pine quickly overshadow. I do get a decent dose of alcohol as well. Overall, pretty good.

Taste: Initially I get some malt sweetness, followed by a pretty impressive amount of grapefruit and citrus. A touch of pine and a lot of citrusy hops linger on the back end. Can taste the alcohol on the finish, definitely. A bit too much.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is very nice. Just under medium bodied with a very nice amount of carbonation to complement. Very smooth and pleasant. Overall, I thought this was a pretty good IPA. A bit too much alcohol, and really nothing that stands out to me above many other out there. Probably my second favorite in the Beer Camp series.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. Frosty head, about an inch. Lots of film on the glass, that stayed throughout. Some lacing on the top, that was also consistent throughout as well. Pale golden color.

Hoppy smell, with citrus the obvious primary sniff. A good combination of grapefruit and pine with some lemon battling to make some noise.

Citrus hops dominate the initial taste, with grapefruit and pine battling for supremacy. Fairly bitter aftertaste.

The bitter taste kept coming back, but it was pleasantly bitter. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, though.

I really liked this beer. I was going back and forth with some of the ratings and I could have easily been a bit higher and lower. Good beer!

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Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The body was semi-clear and appeared to have an orange-yellow body...the head was two fingers tall and was white and foamy...there was a lot of carbonation so the head never really settled into a small, solid cap...lots of lacing

S - Hops dominate the aroma...the malt is nowhere to be found...bitter, piney hops with lots of citrus hops (orange, pineapple, lemon, grapefruit)

T - This one is bitter from start to finish...the hops do allow some malt to come through in the's slightly sweet but doesn't do much in cutting through the bitterness...towards the end the hops have a green, leafy presence to them but they still remain bitter

M - Medium bodied...bitter and resiny...smooth and creamy

O - Despite being hop centered (which isn't a bad thing) this IIPA had a lot going on...the hops presented many different flavors (pine, orange, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon)...the finish had a nice creaminess to it...not the best of the bunch, but it sure beat out the Black IPA

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
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 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 adam42381
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a New Belgium globe.

Pours a hazy orange-caramel with orange highlights and a 2 finger fluffy off-white head. Excellent head retention and nearly perfect lacing.

Smell: Pine dominates with orange and lemon in the background. Smells like a Christmas tree lot.

Taste: Pine and bitter lemon zest up front followed by orange, pineapple and a little bit of malt in the middle before ending with another blast of hoppy bitterness and just a touch of cedar at the finish. Aftertaste is bitter and long-lasting.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Goes down smooth.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability. You could drink a couple before the alcohol sneaks up on you.

Overall: Very good beer overall. This is a hop bomb that I will highly recommend to hopheads like myself. If you can still find it, give it a shot.

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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 emerge077
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Into a tulip it pous a bright golden orange, displaying high clarity and a saturated color. Good retention, foam lasts for a good while, with random spotty lacing.

Sweet overripe fruit, caramel, whiff of alcohol when swirled.

Flavors of caramel, bitter citrus peel, earthy hop bitterness. Pretty straightforward and by the books. Light mellow feel, slightly syrupy, low carbonation. Resiny bitter grapefruit flavors linger into the aftertaste. Booze is a hair too overt, but overall its drinkable. Probably not one I'll seek out again.

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Photo of Burt
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter.

Orange amber that these very fine particles floating around with a thin white head that dispersed quickly and left little lacing.

Light malt with a hint of grapefruit some alcohol.

Some sweetness up front that turns to grapefruit and it gets nice and bitter. Its not syrupy and finishes almost dry with a little alcohol.

Really enjoyed this beer. I think it was past its prime because there was very little hops in the nose, even after letting it warm up but the bitterness was great. I am hoping they make this one again.

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Best Of Beer Camp: Double IPA - Beer Camp #29 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.89 out of 5 based on 476 ratings.
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