Sierra Nevada Audition Double IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Audition Double IPASierra Nevada Audition Double IPA
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:
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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
105
Reviews:
16
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
7.51%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
16
For Trade:
0
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of jklecko2
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of SteveCarrozza
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wowcoolman
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of JoelClark
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.54/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Theogre83
3.62/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dirty gold color with the lightest of hazes. Leaves two rings of lace initially, spotty thereafter.

Straight up bitter nose with a light grapefruit find touch.

Starts with traditional pale malt, but this quickly leads to a strong earthy hop bite. Lip puckering swallow and a long bitter aftertaste. No detectable alcohol. Leans to the thin side body wise with a good carbonation level.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Sugar Maple in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Served in a snifter glass.

Lighter golden-orange body, one finger white head, fair retention and little lacing. Smell is primarily pine, citrus, caramel, light cereal grain. Flavour follows, with a good balance of caramel and floral notes, finishing with a bit of pine and cereal graininess. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, slightly sticky but otherwise not too bitter. A solid DIPA, it won't blow minds away but it'll fill you up nicely.

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Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kvgomps
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MasterRigger
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of grahuba
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerNW
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SenorHops
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of greencovesteve
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of scottfrie
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased at the Torpedo room in Berkeley. Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a pale golden color with three fingers of greasy, thick, off-white head that stuck around forever.
S: Bitter, leafy, but lighter than expected. Lemon and hints of pine as well. Actually not very fragrant. There's maybe a touch of peach as it warms.
T: Sweeter than expect with notes of candied fruits, caramel, passion fruit, peach, apricot, tangerine nectar, and honey. The finish has a solid bitterness and a touch mint, but the aftertaste falls off and this beer is forgetful after the swallow. What flavor is there is good. Minty, fruit nectar, and tingly.
M: Full body, tingly wintergreen mouthfeel, slick and greasy body, tingly but soft carbonation. Drinks well, numbing minty mouthfeel.
O: I was expecting more, but what's there is great. Hoppy, but not crazy. Drinks much better at room temp.

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Photo of charlzm
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Sierra Nevada Audition Double IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.13 out of 5 based on 105 ratings.
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