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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Brent on 05-11-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
475
Reviews:
313
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
10.54%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I suppose I have preconceived notions about what any beer involving hops from Sierra Nevada should be. This seems a bit off for me. A bit too acidic and salty from hops. Not as well balanced as I would like. Certainly, it's a drinkable beer. But it isn't bringing much to the table for the style.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the usual copper and auburn color for many of Sierra Nevada's hoppy beers. Good head on it, almost 1" deep, something nice for something so hoppy.

Aroma, usual cascade stuff going on. While nice, I think I've gotten so use to uber dry hopping with the proprietary hops, that this one, which was still good, just didn't blow me away enough I guess to warrant a 4.

Taste, as usual, Sierra Nevada hides the alcohol well, delivers a ton of C hops, lots of caramel. Kind of sad in a way how good this is, and it just kinda meets expectations, but I guess that's how it goes when you're the innovator and leader. Managed to get lots of tropical fruit flavors in there, making me think maybe there is a little more going on than the C hops, (well Citra is a C hop, but I use C hop in the more traditional, non proprietary hop vein) and this does taste like Citra is a possibility that I didn't think of when getting the aroma.

Mouthfeel is so much more than just bitterness, its a soft bitterness allowing all the other aspects be it fruit or caramel to shine, and yet not bog the palate down with heft either.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of bsp77
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Note: I reviewed this on 5/8/11 under the old listing for this beer before everything was fixed.

Best of Beer Camp #29: Double IPA (Ghidorah)

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Bottled on 1099 (April 9, 2011)

Appearance: Slightly hazy gold with foamy stark white head and nice lacing rings.

Smell: Toasted malts, pine and light citrus. Smells bitter.

Taste: Toasted and caramel malt backbone is quickly overwhelmed by spicy, pine-like bitterness, with some orange citrus and tropical fruit notes.

Feel: Fairly full, smooth body with moderate carbonation and an extremely dry finish.

Overall: Pretty damn bitter DIPA. I definitely like it, but a more fully formed flavor profile could have helped offset the bitterness. Reminds me a little of Ruination - another one I respect and like more than truly love.

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of KevdoggNasty
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 5/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip.
Pours a medium orange amber. Thin white head, but nice lacing. Intense floral hops and citrus aroma. Piney, citrusy, intense hops, light malt. Powerful hops finish, but the hops are aromatic and interesting to offset the bitterness of the intense finish. Medium mouth feel. A nice, enjoyable IPA. So far this beer camp set is batting 100.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Best Of Beer Camp: Double IPA - Beer Camp #29 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.89 out of 5 based on 475 ratings.
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