Sierra Nevada Audition Double IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Audition Double IPASierra Nevada Audition Double IPA

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:
This beer is a true West Coast-style Double IPA made with huge amounts of hops - both in the kettle for flavor and later in the torpedo to impart a massive hop aroma. The light malt body and dry finish hide the power in this immensely drinkable hop-bomb.

Added by Philousa on 09-28-2012

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Reviews by Philousa:
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3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear metallic golden color with a finger of very dense white head. Looks a little like a Czech Pils against the light. Laces quite nicely. Appearance isn't to style, but attractive none the less. Good amount of pine and resin, but it's not super strong. I also get sweet fruit: strawberry, cherry, and raspberry to name a few. I get a hint of earthy grass as well. The hops are actually quite subdued. A light aroma of saltine cracker (without the salt) comes through in the nose. There is a touch of sweetness in the malt, a saccharine confectionery sugar or honey-like aroma but it's faintly there. These two coalesce into a graham cracker type aroma as it warms. A sweet nectar-like flavor starts things off but quickly fades to a french bread flavor. I get a little bit of a boozy flavor in the middle followed by tree bark & hop stems. Maybe a little Douglas fir in there as well. The bitterness is far back on the tongue and stays for a good while. This is definitely dry. This hides the ABV well at first, but comes through as it warms.

At some point this thing gets pretty boozy, but it calms down after a certain point. I really can't ignore this though. It's an interesting experiment that seems have been hatched when someone asked "how light can we make a malt that has lots of hops in it?" My answer would be that this went a little too far. It is a bit imbalanced, but only by the amount of alcohol. I can tolerate all the IBUs you can muster, but this malt is just too weak for the amount of ABV that's thrown at it. That said, the hop schedule is divine and I really don't know how they got the fruit characteristics in the nose. I'm ambivalent.

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Photo of chossboss
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.51/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Purchased yesterday at the source in Chico.

Bottled 4/16/2015. Best IPA/DIPA they've ever offered. Resinious, Dank, and mind blowing Citrus profile that Torpedo is lacking for DAYZ., or rather the citrus profile I wish Torpedo offered. Pineapple, Tangerine, Mango deliciousness!!! Epitome of juicy citrus, dank pine & resinous West Coast IPA.

For the record, let this beer warm up. Served near ice or very cold really is night and day opposed to when this warms and truly opens up.

SN - Stop wasting your time with Torpedo & Hoptimum and replace it with this batch of Audition DIPA.
Is this beer AWESOME? Yes. Is a 22oz bomber worth $10.75, uh.....NO. 4-pack this beeeatch.

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Photo of GetMeAnIPA
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice golden color, looks more like a pale ale and not a DIPA. Nice head with great lacing all the way down the glass.

S - hop, citrusy, orange aroma. Slight malt and alcohol smell but the hops mostly dominate the nose.'

T - slighty better IPA than the torpedo. Great hops and citrus flavor that really opens up as the bottle warmed up. Has a nice bitter aftertaste that doesn't stay long or make you want to get rid of it.

M - medium body. Actually a little lighter and more carbonated than I expected. Particularly for a DIPA.

O - great west coast DIPA. At first I thought it was good but not great but the more I drank it the better and better it became. Really good hop forward IPA that is well balanced and hides the alcohol well. The malts definelty take a back seat in this IPA. Would buy it on a regular basis if it was available.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of FalconOne
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of waddellc2
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Kevlee722
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gator_Chomp
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spaz7
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.52/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ColdOneKev
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - CLear gold body with a huge fluffy white head. Fades very slowly. Leaves medium lacing.
S - Pine resin, orange rind. Light caramel.
T - First some light sweetness followed quickly by some juicy citrus hops. Tastes very light at first bitterness builds as an aftertaste and continues in between sips.
M - Medium/light body, medium carb. Dries out the palate big time.
O - This is a great west coast DIPA. Aboslutely worth it, if you see it. I got it from the brewery in NC in a 750ml, so I am not sure if it is distributed. 8.9% isn't a monster (especially compared to some triple IPA') but the alcohol is very well hidden.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrMindbender
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kerry4porters
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jfishe13313
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beeahluvah
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of bobbyhands
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of moysauce
3.52/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Braz
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of baklo
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BilbosNuts
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1Pt. 9.4 Oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear, light orange color with a creamy pearl white head. Vigorous sheets of carbonation bubbles rise to the top. The head sticks around for a while, but slowly fades to a thick film across the top. Spotted lacing is left behind.

S: Typical DIPA aromas of tropical fruits, citrus and some pine. Nothing really spectacular, but still very pleasant.

T: Significantly more piney in the taste than the aroma. A light toasted malt background creates an enjoyable backbone.

M: Medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation. A moderately bitter bite towards the end provides a crisp, refreshing finish.

O: A very solid DIPA and a fine example of the style. Unfortunately, this style has become over saturated and it takes more than what this has to offer to stand above the crowd. Nevertheless, this one is quite enjoyable and worth picking up if you can get your hands on it.

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Sierra Nevada Audition Double IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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