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

Thanks to Huhzubendah for the bottle!

Pours a nice straw color with a slightly hazy appearance. Lacing is present in the glass.

Mild resiny aroma and citrus-like hops; I was expecting a bit more from a double IPA

Hops jump out right away in the flavor, with a puckering amount of bitterness. Alcohol comes next and gets washed down with a very understated malt profile.

Carbonation is medium-high, leaving a creaminess that distracts away from the hop flavors. Astringent finish that leaves me wanting to wash it down with something else.

Overall a good beer, but not something I'd gravitate towards when looking to drink a DIPA.

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

Poured into a New Holland Pint Glass. Pours a hazy, light copper/gold color with a huge, three fingered head of rocky, yeasty head. Head really stands up, and leaves some nice lacing as it drops.

Aromas of citrusy and piny hops. Lemons, lemon zest, grapefruit zest and pink grapefruit dominate. Caramel malty backbone is in there somewhere. Faint hint of Lemonheads candy.

Flavors of grapefruit and pine hop bitterness, some earthiness, some hop grassiness, vegetal flavors. Caramel malt sweetness way, way, way in the back. Finish is long, bitter, with hint of grapefruit zest.

Mouthfeel is medium with a full, mouthcoating hop bitterness. Good level of carbonation.

Overall, a good DIPA, not excellent, not in-your-face hop bitterness. A touch shy of a true "hop bomb", but good nonetheless.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours cloudy orange with thick head of white creamy foam. Long lasting. Sweet/pine smell. Malty taste with hoppy undercurrent. The bitter lingers. Crazy lacing.

Mild taste, strong finish. Good blend.

Overall, a little too hoppy for my liking.

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

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: I'm not sure if I have ever seen a commercial beer with this much sediment. There are literally just thousands of little particles of sediment present in this brew. A very pale body topped with a good amount of head that sticks around along with some darn good lacing.

S: A HUGE hop aroma simply dominates the nose of this brew. Any kind of malt character struggles to get through. But, in this case, it's an imperial IPA, so to put it bluntly, it works nicely.

T&M: Taste follows the nose, but there is just a slight touch of sweetness up front. Hops are all over the place, but interestingly enough, as strong as they are, never seem to get completely out of whack. Notes of lemon, citrus, green apple, pine, and a huge grapefruit character are all very assertive. This double IPA drinks more like a beer in the upper six percent ABV range, as opposed to a beer that is nearly as strong as your average barley wine. A moderate to high level of carbonation combined with a very dry finish, makes this beer pretty much the poster child for a good, very hoppy, double IPA.

D&Notes: The winners at Beer Camp obviously set out to construct a big hop dominated, IPA. All I can say is---they nailed it. While the malt charter is a shadow in the background, this beer never seems to let the hop character get completely out of control. Keep in mind that hops have all kinds of flavors that range from sweet citrus to pine, and of course, bitterness. This beer is a good lesson in what hops can offer. This would be a great one to do as a homebrew.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper color from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV on the label. Thin film of a head that stays.
Aroma is very, very floral. It is hard to pick up anything other than the massive hop assault.
Taste akin to the aroma is all hops. Feels like an all out hop assault. The first sip has just a little hint of sweetness which gets completely drowned in hop bitterness. The lingering bitter aftertaste is a hop-heads dream.
The alcohol does makes its presence felt slowly, this one is definitely a sipper.
Great lacing all along the insides of the glass.
This is another solid brew from Sierra Nevada. Definitely worth a try, especially if you are a hop-head. Highly recommended.

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Photo of arizcards
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up as part of the Beer Camp 12-Pack in early July from Bevmo for $17.99.

Beer poured a golden-orange with a nice white fluffy head.

Nose is a wonderful combination of bready malts and citrus flowers.

Taste is not as balanced as hoped as the malt backbone cannot balance out the huge grapefruit zest finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation that makes this somewhat refreshing after a hard day's work.

Overall this is a pretty good beer, just a tad bit too zesty for me.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried on tap at 1702, Tucson; July 2011
The beer arrives from the tap with a frothy, fat-one-finger thick, lightly tan colored head; the head leaves some nice, thin, layered lacing on the sides of my glass as I work my way through the beer. The beer is a dark gold color that shows an almost brilliantly clear, bright, full gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells a bit musty (likely from sitting in the tap lines over night), but most prominently it has a pine and herbal hop character. Toasty, pale grain character reminds me of wheat crackers and the crust of a rustic white-bread. I can never shake the musty, almost moldy aromatic notes, and it seems to overshadow the citrus character that I would expect to notice in this type of beer.

Sharply bitter, but it has a general “beery” flavor in the finish that reminds me a bit of a cheap macro lager for some reason. There is a nice cracker like grain and pale malt heartiness to the middle of this beer, but it is clearly dominated by the hop character. The big bitterness is wrapped up with a big pine and even herbal character. A pretty big citrus zest flavor is also noticeable, though it plays a secondary role to the previously mentioned hop notes; the citrus zest has an essential oil like thing that leans towards herbal citrus like flavors). The body is light enough to be almost quaffable (dangerous even if I am not paying attention), but has some sticky malt character to it that allows it to cling just a bit to the palate before being completely washed away bit the lingering hop bitterness.

Not bad, but I wonder if the nose was ruined by the tap lines a little bit (it is likely this was the first pour of the day and that subsequent pours will taste a lot better). Still this is an enjoyable beer that I would easily get again sometime.

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Photo of Lantern
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color; 2 finger head with a little rough pour in a pilsner glass (all I have at the time). Sweet, citrusy scent; very pleasant nose. The smell/taste combo of this beer is that of gummy peach rings, and it's outstanging. Really smooth drink for a double IPA. Almost no alcohol bite, even at 8.5%. Great addition to the Beer Camp pack. I'd drink this brew any time.

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Photo of dbossman
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Orangish brown with a steady and bubbly one-inch head; lacing is pretty nice

S: Loads of tropical fruits--mango and grapefruit especially--sit on top of a sweet bready boozy base; this smells pretty awesome

T: Wow, those tropical hops just bounce around the mouth; man this is fruity, oily yumminess; they work well of a slightly sweet, bready base and the alcohol is present but not overwhelmingly so; the beer finishes with more pine and even weed bitterness but it too complements the rest of the flavors fairly well

F: Sticky, viscous, oily, awesome

O: A really nice DIPA and along with the Common is one of the standouts in the Beer Camp 12 Pack

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Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a nice looking golden orange color with plenty of flakes floating around. The head looks good at the beginning, it settles pretty quickly but leaves a pretty good sticky lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer has some evergreen aromas in it. The taste of the beer has a good hoppy flavor, there's a decent light maltiness in there too. The mouthfeel is dry and a little tingly. Overall it's not a bad Double IPA, I've had ones that I think are better.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp variety pack.

Appearance- golden color, nice half inch head

Smell- piney hops

Taste- bit of sweetness in the beginning, mostly hops, bitter finish, very nice

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- Overall this is awesome. I love it and want more. I highly recommend it to fellow hopheads.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazed gold body. Paritculates in suspension. Thin dirty white head. Sufficient lace. Nose is hoppy...piney and grassy. Resiny hop flavor dominates. Grundgey hop presence. I like it. Bitternes is fairly low key, but present nonetheless. Medium-full body with a nice lingering hop presence. Decent.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle (camp #29, from the 12pk beer camp sampler) into a 12oz beer glass...

Appearance - Pours a quick finger of white foam, tiny bubbles. Color is a lite orange amber, this ale is somewhat opaque! But lite can still easily pass through - not clear at all though - consistent carb rises within. *After finishing, glass had big fluffy lacing covering the inside of the glass, very nice.

Smell - Candied grapefruit and pineapple, brite floral hops, dried apricots, lite citrus, really smells good.

Taste - Whoa, not what I expected, not nearly as sweet as I expected. Taste begins with slight honey carmel sweetness and and citrus, floral and grassy notes, then grapefruit asserts itself. Finishes with a nice pine bitterness. Pine and dried grapefruit peel are long and lingering in the finish. 8.5 ABV is extremely well hidden, I don't pick up any alcohol at all with this ale.

Mouthfeel - Bigger medium mouthfeel, creamy, carb provides a nice tingly crispiness, finish is actually just a bit dry, with dried grapefruity pine in the corners of the mouth.

Overall - I really like this DIPA, more bitter than the nose for sure, but in a good way. A well balanced DIPA in my opinion, and one that makes this 12pk sampler worth the purchase.

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Photo of Rschis16
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big, fluffy and foamy white head over a clear light yellow-orange beer with lots of visible carbonation. Big and sharp aroma of pine and citrus hops mostly with a small malt backing. Some floral in there too.

Big and bold acidic hops in the taste. Very piney with a touch of citrus, and a little malt back to it that doesn't necessarily balance the beer, but rather accentuates the bitterness of the loads of California style hops. The bitterness lingers long after the sip is gone, leaving your mouth wanting more. Booziness is there, but not detected in abundance. Definitely a sipper of a DIPA though. I'm a big DIPA guy and this is pretty good, but a little more balance in the malt department probably wouldn't have hurt the overall impression this beer is leaving me with. Hop heads will like it for there alpha acid fix, but this is kind of a one-dimensional beer. Still, Sierra Nevada never disappoints, and this is a solid DIPA

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

In a tulip this beer was a hazy orange color, and was nicely carbonated. A medium-sized white head left a bit of lace.

Sweet malt aroma. Citrus and herbal hops.

Grapefruit taste, some pineapple also. Resiney pine taste.Sweet bready taste.

Pretty well balanced between the hops and the malt.

I'll drink it again, given the chance,

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Photo of samie85
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a slightly hazy orange color with two fingers of dense, fluffy, white head.

S-Smells of loads of pineapple with some light table sugar and caramel.

T-Follows the nose with quite a bit of sweet pineapple and light caramel with low bitterness.

M-Smooth and on the heavier side of medium bodied with low carbonation.

D-Very easy drinking, but I wish there was a little more bitterness to balance the sweet malt and pineapple.

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Photo of tdm168
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow with an orange hue. Tons of head with great retention. The nose is a full spectrum of hop aromas; piny, floral, citrus. Taste is malt sweetness up front followed by an intense piny bitterness with some citrus and fruitiness to even it out. The bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue. Moderate carbonation, medium bodied, and rather smooth.

This beer is akin to the SN Torpedo. I think the hop profiles between the two beers are much the same. Though the hops in this one battle for balance, as a hop head I have to say that I liked this one.

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Photo of bmwats
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Deep golden. Medium carbonation. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Settles fairly quickly, leaving large pockets of bubbles on the surface. A fair amount of spider web lacing.

S: Sharp but subtle piny hops, with a hint fresh tropical fruit, and a bit of mild pepper.

T: Sharp, biting hops rule the day. There's the subtle fruit taste again, like a completely dehydrated pineapple or mango, and a little white pepper.

M: Very dry, sharp, and bitter. Mouth puckering hops maintain throughout the drink.

D: The dry character will dictate the slow pace.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice appearance characterized by a nice foamy head, and some pretty solid lacing. Nose is simple but very piny with maybe a lemon pepper thing going on. Flavor is mostly hop bite, with a slight fruitiness to offset. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of PintOHops
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass - Tulip

A - Orange/apricot fruit color with a hazy look and low C02. It produced a 2-finger head that held well, as it dissipated it left spots of sticky looking lace.

S - I get pine and grapefruit that dominate the aroma. I also pick up mango and papaya, mild cracker. It's moderate-highly sweet smelling and inviting.

T - Upfront I get grapefruit rind, pine, and lemon citrus. Middle to finish it's very dry and pretty darn bitter with hints of mango and orange fruit, but not as fruity/sweet as the smell would lead you to believe. I'm not picking up much malt, hints of bread and cracker is about it. It finishes dry and bitter with a touch of alcohol but I think it's pretty mild for 8.5%.

M - Mildly carbonated with a medium body and a somewhat smooth feel.

O - Overall I think this is a pretty good DIPA. I really like it's bitterness and intense rind flavors, but I would have liked a bit more tropical fruit flavors in there. I think I would definitely buy this one again, and I would only recommend this to experienced IPA/DIPA drinkers. Cheers!

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

a: Orange, pear color, very typical. IPAs almost always look great. This DIPA is no exception.

s: Floral, lemon rind, musky mango, pear. Light malt in the background.

t: Very floral, grapefruit and lemon rind-flavored up-front. it eases up a touchmid-pallete and some light pear, bread is present. Finishes pretty bitter, slightly dry and very much like intense citric fruit rind.

m: light-medium body. A little dry. Light-ish carbonation.

o: Good beer, great beer even. A bit too bitter though.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #25
Served On: 8/5/2011
Glassware: Tumbler

Another one from the 2011 Sierra Nevada Beer Camp mixed pack (about $20.00 for the 12 pack in Frederick, MD).

Look: Poured a fairly clear light orange (almost a dark yellow) with a large 3-finger head. Head was very thick with a rocky surface. It stuck around for a while.

Smell: Bitter pine with some slight lemon peel. Some faint malts were noticeable. Not exactly the pungent nose I was expecting from a Sierra Nevada double.

Taste: Strong bitter hops upfront. Resiny pine notes came through towards the middle. Finish was a dry bitterness. Malts were present but seemed hidden behind the extreme bitterness throughout each sip. The malts started to surface once the beer warmed up.

This is certainly a bitter brew. I’m afraid it lacks the balance that I expect in a well crafted double IPA. This would be a great beer for when you crave a hop bitterness. Regardless, it doesn’t quite have the layered bitter and sweet components that I prefer in this style.

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Photo of mattjv
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light orange in color, foamy bright white head. Head sticks around for a while, recedes to a thin skim of foam with nice lacing.

Citrus dominates the aroma, strong orange and grapefruit presence. Floral and piny notes as well, a hint of alcohol is present but very low given the ABV. Black tea aroma becomes noticeable as it warms.

Light sweetness in front, quickly demolished by hops. Huge, raw, grapefruit presence with high bitterness that lingers long after the finish. Orange and pine notes also noticeable but grapefruit really dominates on this one. Alcohol is barely noticeable even as it warms.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, very easy drinking. This would go down like water if the bitterness were lower. 4.0

Overall: A great double IPA. Packs a huge hop punch and 8.5 ABV into an easy drinking brew. Definitely would not recommend this to those with a low tolerance for bitterness, I found this to be on par with Bigfoot. Truly a shame that this is only available from the beer camp pack and Sierra has no immediate plans to brew it again.

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Photo of chefhatt
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a perfect pint glass, it has a rich golden color body with a 4"thick white, long lasting foamy head. The smell is piny with strong hop aroma coming through also. The taste is very bitter at first, then a little citrus comes through. Great hop taste too. The mouth feel is good, leaves a bitter taste on the back of the tongue. Overall this is a great DIPA.

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

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. The pour is hazy orange with a rocky white head, lots of lacing. The aroma is heavy on sweet pine, lots of grapefruit. The first sip is bitter pine, followed with some sweet citrus, citrus pith,and some grassy notes. It finishes dry with a lingering bitter/ sweet citrus. The body is full, nice carbonation. A solid DIPA, but a little to bitter to put it in up a notch.

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

Still making my way thru the Beer Camp 12 pack (making it last). I'll be straightforward and admit that DIPA is not at all my favorite of beer styles, but I can appreciate it and have enjoyed some good ones.

A -- Hazy (dry-hopped?) golden with a dense, long lasting white head.

S -- Piny, spicy hops right up front, though not at all overpowering. Some earthiness back.

T -- Spicy, earthy, citrus bitterness up front and lasting through the swallow. There's a mild biscuit character in the middle that also lingers into balance out the finish. There's a resiny, hot hop and alcohol character to the aftertaste -- even some hints of pear brandy. Intense, big, yet it mellows out too. Some mild, sweet fruitiness and mellow caramel come around in the aftertaste too.

M -- The body is medium with a mildly syrupy mothfeel that finishes very dry.

O -- Overall I think this is a very easy-going take on a style that can often be overdone, yet it doesn't back off on what the style ought to be. 8.5 ABV? You'd hardly notice... until the middle of the second bottle, I'm sure. This is a DIPA I can get behind.

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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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