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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Brent on 05-11-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me begin with a disclaimer. Sierra Nevada is one of my favorite breweries and trying their DIPA was the main reason that I shelled out $18.99 for the beer camp sampler. There are a lot of big names working on DIPA's right now. My favorite DIPA is Pliny the Elder, so the reader can keep that in mind as the context from within which I judged this beer.

The appearance is a bright glowing orange color. There is a noticeable head that retains very well. The beer has some light lacing and carbonation. The appearance is pretty basic, if it looks like a DIPA it will probably drink like one.

The smell is full of character. I first smell a heavy dose of grass followed by lots of oily hops. Then I begin to detect mild dank and pine aromas. This is an an unapologetically hoppy DIPA. Think Lagunita's Hop Stoopid for a reference. On the lighter side I smell citrus and tropical fruit, especially pineapple. There are some backgrounds notes of sugary rum and caramel.

As I would have expected from a DIPA the smell and taste dovetail pretty nicely. Sugar is the first thing I taste. The bitterness is good. I taste grapefruit, pine, and rum. The beer has a good snappy bite. This isn't a bad beer but I think that the extra IPA torpedo has a broader flavor profile.

The beer has a good medium mouthfeel that is sticky. The balance tends toward the hop side. In the end I think this beer both shows Sierra Nevada's strong points and limitations. It is a good beer but it isn't great. In terms of the category it doesn't live up to the excellence of DIPA's like Pliny. However, it is very drinkable and I'm pretty sure that in keeping with Sierra Nevada's trademark consistency the next bottle I open will taste exactly the same.

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
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 GilGarp
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served cold in a pint glass.

Beer Camp DIPA is a slightly hazy golden orange color. The head is thick and sticky with nice lacing.

Aroma is super hoppy and very fresh. Just like opening a bag of hop pellets.

Flavor is extremely bitter and dank. If ever there was a beer that deserved that word, this is it. It's like straight up skunk. If you're into that, it's great. If not, you probably won't enjoy it. Still, very hoppy and really enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall a really good double IPA. I'd like to see it in bombers or six packs. Probably my favorite of the mixed Beer Camp 12 pack.

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Photo of racer2k
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to my favorite pint glass

A - Chilled haze light copper colored pour which yields a foamy 2 finger distinct white head. Retention is very good with lots of lacing around the perimeter of the glass.

S - Aroma of pine, grapefruit and citrus with a faint malt profile. The dominating aroma is with the hops with a very complex but potent hop aroma in this beer which is very fruity and piney.

T - Forward hop bite with an adventure of citrus, pine, grapefruit and a light malt backbone to finish. Love the intense fruity hoppy profile which seems to have more complexity than the Torpedo Extra IPA that ships standard today.

M - Medium carbonation and body but quite a smooth and somewhat dry finish to this beer. Love the resiny mouthfeel overall.

O - My pick for this year's Beer Camp installment. Very nice hop profile in this double IPA. The alcohol is hidden well so be careful. Excellent beer!

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Photo of smcolw
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good starting head, but it settles to a single layer.  Very little spotty lace.  Nice golden color with a slight chill haze.

Beautiful fresh, extremely floral hop smell.  Light malt in the background.

I find this beer hyper-bitter.  The malt is nearly missing, not that I'm complaining.  The carbonation is heightened but well-balanced against the rich body.  

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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 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 scotvega18
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a Southern Tier Tulip

A - Pours a nice yellow orange color, a little lighter than an imperial IPA normally. Very Clear and barley any hop haze. Off white head that sticks around and is extremely fluffy, lacing is decent.

S - Sunshine in a bottle. Reminds me of other Double IPAs like Blue Dot IPA. Very nice with a lot of floral hop and some mild citrus.

T - Bold Bitterness and some spiciness that is present in thier Celebration ale. More hop presence though and bit bitter and dry finish. perfect for the style, but nothing over the time or adventurous.

M - Carbonation is solid and no alcohol to be found.

Notes - Pretty solid, and very drinkable. Not quite enough sweetness to balance out the bitterness and keeps it from being over the top delicious.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Double IPA

Appearance: Slightly hazy (from the hops). Deep golden w/ an orange cast. Full, creamy "antique"-white head. Tiny bubbles can be seen steadily rising from the base of the glass. Great head retention and lacing with solid sheets of lace left behind.

Smell: Citrusy, resinous, piney - not quite pungent. It's not as bold as some, but certainly within the style.

Taste: Rich biscuity malt is threaded through with piney, citrusy (orange, pineapple, and just a hint of grapefruit), and leafy hops. It changes very little from the front of the mouth to the back, and its bold bitterness is omnipresent. It finishes long and lingering with residual bitterness, a touch of malt, and plenty of piney and leafy hops. The alcohol makes itself know, as it should, but doesn't jump out at you. Well-balanced. Clean and bright.

Mouthfeel: Medium with a firm, dextrinous side.

Overall: Impressive. Bold. Overall fairly brash, but it's wisely held back so that it never really gets to the point of hop-saturation where your mouth becomes very dry and you can't really taste much beyond the first quarter of the glass. Well worth trying.

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Photo of JizackFH
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a slightly hazy pale copper color. It has a nice fluffy 2-finger off white head on it. The head has great retention and leaves a nice bunch of lacing behind.

S - I could smell some pine as soon as I pried the top off. There is a nice malty backbone behind a nice big hop presence. There are good notes of pine, citrus, grapefruit, apple, and a bit of toffee.

T - This one has a nice bitter hop bite to it. There is a nice malty backbone that provides some nice balance for the big hop presence. There are nice flavors of grapefruit, pine, citrus, and some fruit. The finish is hoppy, bitter, and it lingers on the palate for a while.

M - This has a medium body and moderate carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth creamy feel to it. There is some nice hop bitterness that puckers the mouth a bit. The finish is dry and leaves some lingering bitterness behind.

O - This has great drinkability. It goes down easy and I could drink a few of these in a night. Overall, I think this is a very nice double IPA. I really enjoyed it, and I would definitely buy it again. Another solid beer from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Delerium Tremens snifter.

Pours a nice bright orange color with a full finger of foam that doesn't dissipate even after a few minutes. Gorgeous head. Aroma has a nice piney hoppiness.

First sip.... wow. Nice hop explosion of flavor. Lingering bitterness. This is unbalanced on the hoppy side, not much residual sweetness pokes through at all. But it works well, the pine hop flavor is certainly not for everyone, but is quite pleasing to those who dig hoppy, bitter flavor. I'd buy this if they sold it outside of the mix case.

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Photo of fields336
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 2011 Double IPA

Poured into Newcastle Pint glass

A: Hazy golden, orange color. Excellent head retention 1/2 inch creamy bubbling head.

S: citrusy, Piney, earthy, delicious.

T: Hops. bubbly carbonation lingers on the tongue. Piney aftertaste, citrus flavors upfront.

M: Bubbly Carbonation lingers on the tongue while the hops scorch it away the carbonation is creamy

O: I've wanted to try a Sierra Nevada DIPA for some time, this one did not disappoint. Like a hoppier version of Celebration, Excellent.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a snifter...big bright body with plenty of head...smell is hoppy but not huge for an IPA this big as far as hoppiness...elements of a familiar SN hop profile that is found in their pale and in their extra IPA. Taste is decently bitter, but I was expecting a bit more. Good malt backbone underneath. Mouthfeel is exceptional, as with most SN beers. Overall, this is a good basic DIPA. It's not a champion, but it's not a slacker. Very drinkable.

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Photo of corby112
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011, beer camp #29.

Pours a hazy golden orange color with golden yellow hues and a frothy two finger white head. Very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap/ring. Chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy, oily hop aroma with lots of sticky pine notes and sweet tropical/citrus fruit notes along with a nice malt backbone. Hints of grapefruit, mango, pineapple and orange peel along with subtle caramel and biscuit notes.

Medium bodied but on the fuller end with a good balance of bitter, earthy hops, sweet fruit notes and prominent malt character. Dry and resinous up front with hints of grass and pine countered by sweet tropical and citrus fruit. Prominent grapefruit along with some pineapple and orange rind. The malt backbone is pretty strong, more so than I prefer. Hints of caramel and biscuit provide balance with more dry bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of BennyL1
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe. First offering from the Beer Camp.

Hazy golden orange color with a large foamy white head. Very nice rings of lacing are left on the glass.

Aromas of what you would expect from a DIPA. Good amount of pine on the nose along with hints of tangerine and grapefruit. Not overly good, but solid.

Lots of pine bitterness at first taste. Good bready malt background helps balance everything out. Once again good, but not really exceptional.

Mouthfeel is decent, good amount of carbonation with a medium body.

Overall a very good DIPA but nothing that will really rock your tastebuds.

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Photo of CountJustinian
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow color with some orange. Decent foaming. What you'd expect for the variety, nothing special. Citrusy smell, but mild for a DIPA. Very bitter with lingering bitter finish. Piney hop flavor with a touch of citrus. Did I say very bitter? Good carbonation with a medium and soft mouthfeel. Overall, this DIPA works for the DIPA diehards, but won't win over any new fans. And the diehards can do better.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from the Beer Camp mixpack.

Appearance: Slightly hazy, attractive orange colored beer. Thick fluffy head, good retention, pretty lacing in my snifter.

Smell: Tropical fruit, then citrus, pine, and a little cut grass. Honeylike and caramel malt sweetness.

Taste: Much more biting than the sweet, fruity aromas prepared me for. Very bitter with a lasting harsh, arugula-like bitterness. The hops flavors are mostly citrus pith and pine sap. Malt sweetness again is honeylike and caramel, but doesn't tame the bite.

Mouthfeel: Medium full mouthfeel with a thick stickiness and resiny finish.

Overall: I hate to be the guy to complain that this double IPA has too much hops bitterness, but it does. Drinkability suffers as a result. It had potential. Its a very un-Sierra Nevada like beer, in part due to the more fruity hops nose and in part due to the lack of overall polish. I'll take Hoptimum instead please.

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Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: yellowish color with a slight haze. Head starts thick and slowly dissipates.Lots of lacing.

Smell:slight hop and pine smell.

Taste: Very piney taste without the sweetness of an East Coast DIPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy.

Overall: Good try from Sierra Nevada reaching for the Pliney style but not quite there.

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Photo of Tschnab
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a light orange/ golden color with a small head that fades pretty quickly. Prickly carbonation. Not much lace.

S- pine, tropical fruit, hops.

T- like the smell, but a better blend of hops and sweetness. Definetly a good piney hop character, which helps to fight off the alcohol flavor a little.

O- not the best offering in the beer camp box, but still a solid and refreshing DIPA.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: hazy golden-yellow body with some kind of tiny particles of suspended solid. Head is a thick finger of frothy cream-colored foam. Not bad.

Smell: mild hop aroma which is funky and earthy in character. Slightly sweet malt aroma provides a nice undertone. Good, but pretty mild for a double IPA.

Taste: big hop flavors which are piney, resiny, funky and somewhat citrusy. Relatively tasty but this is a melange which, in my opinion, lacks refinement and balance.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent level of carbonation. Not creamy, per se, but it works for the style.

Overall: this is a decent beer which could use a fair bit of polishing-up. Hops could be less harsh and more balanced in characteristics.

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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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Photo of jsh420
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours cloudy yellow orange with a 2 finger white head that covered the glass with lacing

smells of reminds me of sn torpedo some pine citrus grapefruit pineapple

taste similar to the nose - good balance between hops and malt

mouthfeel is medium body that is crisp

overall - solid offering but not as good as torpedo

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

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/24/11
*From notes

A: Filtered and brilliant golden. It's light then I'd expected. A 2.25 finger head appears on a standard pour. Good lacing rims the glass.

S: Pine concentrate. A bit of malt is detectable, but the piney, resiny nature of the beer overwhelms the nostrils.

T: A good amount of barley, and a surprisingly East Coast style hop flavor profile. It's spicy, and the hop oil really does a number to my tounge, as the malt cools everything down on the finish.

M: Bubbly and slightly sharp. The entire Beer Camp series features a very similar, rough mouthfeel that needs a bit of smoothing out. Each beer should have a feel of it's own, but sadly they don't.

O: Sierra-Nevada's Beer Camp DIPA is a really nice little brew. I could see myself drinking a few of these, as it's quite well balanced and easily hides the 8.5% ABV. I'm officially a big fan of the Beer Camp series, and hope they continue making new and delicious mixed packs year after year.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks again to abru17 for the sampler pack -I am enjoying this bottle from a Duvel Tulip chilled

The beer is a beautiful apricot shade w/ mild haze and thick 2 finger cap of cream with small bead. The lace clings in a sheet. The smell is mild for the style, but has nice elements of citrus rind and gentle tropical notes including pineapple w/ some mellow sweet grassy/herbal odors and light sweet aroma. The feel starts slightly resinous and moves toward acidic with gentle tanginess from the hops with a bitter flavor and mild astringent quality with moderately high carbonation. The feel moves toward higher bitterness in the semi-dry finish.

The flavor is good with some nice herbal hops and a mellow grapefruit tinge with a slight pineapple/tangerine quality but moves toward grassy and sharp bitter flavors midway through. I remember the first taste of Ghidorah and this dissapoints me because either the beer just wasn't made the same way or the hops are fading leaving only bitterness and lacking the original highly aromatic and flavorful hop qualities I remember, I suppose it could be the different delivery method or freshness issue, but I miss the beer I remember, Ghidorah. Overall not a bad beer according to the style, just a shadow of the original to me.

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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