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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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich gold color into my snifter with a little over a finger of head that has pretty nice retention and good sticky lacing.

S - Very hop forward, as one would expect. Grapefruit citrus and earth pine, sweet malts, cracker and a touch of honey.

T - Hops are big and fresh, nice bite and bitterness that lasts though out the entire tasting process. Grapefruit rind, pine, resin, caramel malts are present to keep things in check but are not getting in the way of the hops. When I taste a fresh DIPA I want aggressive hops and I have been turned off to DIPAs that have become too malty.

M - Smooth, creamy, well balanced carbonation.

O - I really think this is a great DIPA and I love that fact the the hops are as aggressive as they are.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich semi-cloudy copper-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down slowly to a thin layer on top leaving behind some solid lacing.

S - Aroma is full of citrus hops and grapefruit. There is also some sweet caramel malts beneath with some floral and fruity elements as well.

T - Starts off with some strong citrus hop and bitterness. There is a lot of grapefruit flavor and some background sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some more bitterness along with some pine hop flavor comes through. The finish is a mix of citrus hop and bitterness and some sweet caramel malt that lingers.

M - Medium to medium-full bodied with a moderate amount of lively carbonation. Really lively on the tongue. The bitterness is very strong and the beer is super dry at the finish with a bit of a resiny feeling.

D - Very drinkable. The hop profile is fairly strong and really nice with some strong bitterness. The background flavors get a touch lost, but a really great hop heavy DIPA.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for this, the last of the Beer Camp pack he distributed.

This beer came out pale on the pour but sat a nice clear orange in the glass. Nice finger of white foam with very stellar lacing made it quite a nice looking DIPA. The aroma was like freshly picked hops. Damn I wanna bottle that smell. So beautiful in it's simplicity, I truly enjoyed sniffing this beer. The taste is a typical California DIPA. There is a lot of hoppy bitterness and there is barely any malt flavor to balance it out. Dry mouthfeel strong biting bitterness that I'm sure some hopheads would love, not so much what I ever look for in a DIPA. This was a good beer, Not really worthy of cracking the top 10 for the style though. Hopheads will enjoy it. Hell I still love sniffing the glass and it's empty now.

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Photo of spitInTheOcean
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

the smell of hops fills the nostrils as soon as the bottle is cracked.

good color, its more pale than i would have expected from a double

alot is going on in that bouquet. more than i know how to describe. its just nice. more than one hop there, thats for sure.
mostly i just smell a rich citrus aroma with a little pine-needles. but it smells rich and sweet too.

overpowering(not in an unpleasant way) hop flavor, taste and bitterness. i taste no malts. its just viscous on across the palate, very big mouthfeel. the taste is mostly just the same as the aroma, lots of citrus, little bit of pine-needle.

this is a good-ass beer. wouldn't mind havin a keg of this.

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Photo of PDXHops
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Deep golden body. I feel like I'm throwing gang size attempting to measure the size of the head with my fingers; it's huge. Slowly it settles down into a bumpy and lumpy head that sticks around til the end. Crazy lacing all over. A gorgeous beer.

The smells is not as raw as Torpedo, although the pine/citrus/grassy hop combo is somewhat reminiscent of it. Hay, floral notes and light malty sweetness smooth things out a bit.

Interesting hop flavors, pine and grass with fresh-squeezed orange juice. Plenty bitter and fresh. Medium bodied with a moderate level of malty sweetness that perhaps doesn't let the hops live up to their full potential. Not to say that it isn't tasty; it certainly is. My standards are just very high for this brewery. A touch of smoothness prevents a resiny feel from fully setting in. However, at this lofty ABV, the degree to which the hops dictate the overall flavor profile is commendable. (Not a huge fan of 8+% malt bomb "DIPAs".)

Overall impression: I prefer the more aggressive Torpedo, but this is a nice DIPA that's well worthy a try.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pretty clear gold with nice white head and decent lacing.

The smell is of dry hopped goodness with a mainly citrus scent.

The taste is very hop forward with the littlest bit of malt on the back if your lucky. Also a slight hint of alcohol.

This is a pretty good IIPA. Isn't anything out of the ordinary but that doesn't mean I'm complaining!

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Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this as a part of a mixed case that Sierra Nevada is offering for its beer camp series. This was not my favorite of the bunch and a little disappointing since the brewery makes such a good pale ale and india pale ale.

Color was a light straw, very cloudy and a little bit low on carbonation.

Aroma featured a mix of hops and malt but somewhat not enough of each.

The flavor was a bit on the alcohol-ly side, especially for a relatively low abv double ipa. The citrus did come through but I expected better.

Overall, I liked the beer but wanted to like it more. I hope to see it on draft sometime.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into Pilsener shaped glass

A - Beer poured with a dark golden body; good visible carbonation; cloudy body; one finger white foam colored foam, rocky in appearance, dissipated quickly; some lacing

S - Caramel; pine rinse; citrus and hops; that is all I really smell

T- Caramel malt flavors; pine; citrus hop aromas; light hop taste for a double IPA

M - Leaves behind a very bitter aftertaste; leaves behind a heavy hop tasting phlegm

D - Light hop flavors, probably why it didnt meet marketable levels; good, but needs more malty and hop bite to it

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As far as I'm concerned Sierra Nevada can do no wrong so I bought the beer camp twelve pack without hesitation. The fact that they are putting out a mixed twelve with brand new beers is impressive even if they are one-offs. $17 wasn't too tough to stomach given the absurd price of everything these days. Nice orange yellow, decent head but no lacing oddly enough. Smell is kind of dank and stanky in a good way. The taste is hard citrus, bitter, well done. This needs to be a seasonal bomber offering, I'd buy plenty.

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

From the first shipment to the Boston area. As fresh as I could get it out here. Poured into a SA perfect pint glass. Been anxious to get my Beer camp 12 pk.

A- Pours a nice bright orange golden hue, Transparent. The head is egg shell white and rises about 1" before leaving solid frothy and rocky foam. Good sticky lacing.

S- A good dose of freshly picked pineapple. The tang is nice and crisp & lets a tad bit of sweetness come through. Quite strong on the citrus & piney hop combo. Aroma is good, but not up there with the strongest smelling DIPA.

T- Very hop forward, as expected. Takes a slight detour from the aroma it seems. Much more direction towards piney & woodsy hops. A good citrus zest and crispness as well. There is a spicy caramel feel in the end, in addition to some slight bread malt note.

M- A medium bodied DIPA. The bitterness is bold, but not completely overpowering, about a 7 of 10 on sheer bitterness. The flavors finish well, and the bitterness outlasts any direct flavors. Nice and crisp. There is some residual piney resin feel on palate but not to chewy or cloying. A nice rounded feel, wet.

O- A good DIPA. Really glad to see SN release this one. Probably a good transitional DIPA for those who want to take the jump from IPAs. Good, clean, refreshing and easy to drink.

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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 avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. An epic amount of lacing.

S: A nice aroma of caramel, hops, and some citrus.

T: Tasted of hops, grapefruit, and malt up front and caramel a little grain in the finish. A well-rounded flavor that is complex and easy to drink.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an extremely drinkable beer. Not as powerful as some other DIPAs, but very likable.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from the 2011 BOBC mix pack served in a snifter.

L - clear deep yellow color with a white head that thinned out but left a thin sheet of lacing.

S - citrus rind hop aroma.

T - good balance of malt and hops finishing somewhat dry and bitter.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

O - this is pretty much what I would expect from SN, it makes me think this is what a Imperial Celebration would taste like and I liked it.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer Camp IIPA has a bright, clear, golden body with a nice helping of active carbonation bubbles. The head is substantial in size and has great retention. The lacing is prety good too, leaeving a few big sheets and some rings behind.

The aroma is a bit muted, but does manage to show off some grapefruit and maybe a bit of pine. Only hints of malt.

A good bit of bitterness greets me up front, and it is followed by a moderate amount of grapefruit and perhaps a hint of pine. A lot of the hop profile is just bitterness, with grapefruit coming in second. I could use a little more juicy, full flavored hops, but what is there isn't bad. The malt base is very good, however, because it is understated and relies on pale malt more than darker, sweeter, caramel malt. Instead the pale, lightly sweet, and a little bit cracker-like. The finish adds just a touch of warmth. The after taste is all hops, with bitterness and grapefruit.

Light carbonation and medium body.

I really like the malt base, as I enjoy my IIPAs with a pale malt instead of heavy caramel sweetness, and the alcohol is hidden pretty well. I don't love the hops though. Overall, this one is pretty good.

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Photo of silentjay
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very pale and clear straw color that doesn't scream "double IPA" to me, but with a decent two-fingered pure white head that sticks around forever and laces okay.

at first I get some pale, buttery cracker malts with some lemony and herbal/grassy hops behind that with just a touch of pine. still, doesn't quite scream "double IPA".

flavor is much hoppier than the aroma suggested with pine, grass and citrus all represented well. malts sweeten up and balance the bitterness well for a full-flavored DIPA.

medium bodied with a nice carbonation level and a resiny finish that leaves a bitter aftertaste and a slight alcohol warmth.

full-flavored beer that is very-well balanced, yet lacks a bit of aroma and is a bit on the light end for a DIPA. though it could easily be an everyday offering that I would frequent.

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Photo of MrOH
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
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 +14.1%
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 lnashsig
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Whenever you see a Sierra Nevada DIPA, you have to know what a hoppy monster it is going to be. This one doesn't dissapoint. Poured into my dfh snifter, pours a nearly transparent yellow color, with head that fills the top of the glass, but recedes quickly and doesn't leave much lacing. A little bit surprised at this, and somewhat disappointing. Smell- faint piney hoppiness. Taste- hard core bitterness, hardcore pine, but this one is lacking a malt backbone. I generally am not one to ever complain about too much hops, but this DIPA borders on being out of balance. Its all bitterness and no sweet caramel hops in the background to balance it.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, nice and silky

Drinkability- the hoppy overpowering of this beer ruins its drinkability- that said, this is something I expected from SN, and overall, wasn't terribly dissapointed. I bought 2 of these beers, and I wasn't sad that I didn't buy a 12 pack.

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

from 12 oz bottle from code bottled around 040111

A- poured a slight hazed amber/copper color with a 2 finger head that revealed good lacing on glass

S- was pine forest resins with grapefruit and tropical fruit fops ,malts finish this with a sweet delight

T- is huge with pine flavors and grapefruit..a murky musky hop and malt flavor are up next,,mixed with a grass and wet hay finish very musty flavors of eath and forest are present

M- is medium carbonation with a creamy malty hop palate pleaser

O- nicely done 2ipa with lots of earthy hoppy flavor

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass with a 1 inch head that slowly settled to nothing but a constant lacing on the top of the brew. The aroma is…odd. I am getting an almost funky, moldy plant smell. It isn't the most pleasant aroma esp coming from a DIPA for sure. The taste luckily doesn't seem to be on the same level as the aroma. I really enjoy the constant hop bite from beginning to end of the drink. A nice grapefruit finish along with that nice pine dryness. This seems to me like a Torpedo with more malt. I enjoyed it but not the best of the beer camp 12 pack.

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Photo of ProfessorHomer
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy golden color. Creamy head, dissipates slowly. Thinnish lacing. Smells strongly of hops and marijuana! Bitter, overhopped piney taste of an American Imperial IPA...and marijuana! I do swear you can taste it! This is indeed a great beer experience for hopheads. Estimate IBUs around 87+. Creamy Mouthfeel. Strong bitter hoppy lingertaste. Imperial IPAs are not my cup of tea, but this is indeed a very good representation of the style. Recommended if you are a hophead!

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Photo of turfy
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12 pack of the Camp Beer Variety mix. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Great looking beer... a deep gold with a touch of orange and nice, creamy head. Leaves a persistent film throughout the drink. Great lacing, too.

S - Threw me a bit. Initially had a tart, sour smell with some mustiness. Slight pine followed.

T - Taste did NOT follow the smell, which was a relief. A nice balance of malts and hop bitterness. A proper lingering aftertaste of both.

M- I was expecting a little more body on this one. Mouthfeel is a little lighter than other DIPA's I have sampled. Medium carbonation combined with a lighter mouthfeel means a number of these could be consumed without being filled up.

O - Glad I tried this one but if I had to choose, I think I would go with Torpedo.

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Photo of Brad007
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow color that puts the pale in india pale ale. Most IPAs/DiPAs are an amber-gold color.

Lightly buttered malt followed by a good amount of grassy and light citrust hops. I was hoping the aromas would be more pronounced.

A smorgasbord of grapefruit and piney hops with only a slight amount of buttery malt. Crisp. Balanced.

Lingering grapefruit/pine notes at the back. Alcohol heat is minimal.

Very good example of the style. It cradles, rather than blasts the taste buds with hops. It's quite possibly the first I've seen from a bigger micro that's balanced and highly drinkable while fresh.

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Photo of Amesjeep
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
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 Brent
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Included in the 2011 Beer Camp mix pack. Quite a well-made double IPA, something I'd like to see in regular lineup, bumping Torpedo. Firm, well-balanced hops bittering up front, with a lingering but not oppressive bitterness that hangs on at the back of the tongue. Some sweet malt flavor carries the hops bittering well, balancing it enough to crank up the drinkability quite nicely.

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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