Sleight Of Hand - Beer Camp #94 | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sleight Of Hand - Beer Camp #94Sleight Of Hand - Beer Camp #94

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

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dark Belgian IPA. AKA - Sleight Of Hand

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of tedho21
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 7.26.2013

A: Opaque black ale with 1 fingers of fizzy golden brown head. Good dots of lacing left on the glass with good head retention.

S: Strong hop aroma with a tiny bit of Belgian yeast sweetness.

T: A little bit of chocolate malt, a good bitter hop flavor in the finish with a little Belgian sweetness mixed in. This beer has a lot going on. Good chocolate honey notes up front that mix into bitter piney hops. The Belgian sweetness accentuates the honey toastiness of this ale.

M: Medium to light bodied beer. Good carbonation that blends the flavors well.

O: Very interesting beer. Quite a mix of styles and flavors going on here. I like the bitterness of the hops mixed with the Belgian sweetness. The blend well with the chocolate malt making this a unique brew.

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Photo of OKCNittany
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of frosted33
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of shand
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of ScaryEd
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of beergil
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of skaboom420
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of L3MI
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of CowsandBeer
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of Jordan444
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of scottfrie
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into SN hop glass.

A: Pours a cola brown color with a huge dark tan fluffy head that slowly faded into a thick pillowy film. Chunky lacing was left down the glass.
S: I get notes of citrus rind, floral hops, mild tropical fruits, mild roast.
T: Super hoppy with a solid bitterness. Lemon citrus, faint tangerine, fresh hop resin, and a balancing amount of roast, chocolate, and spice come through. The finish is full of spicy herbal hops and fruity yeast, and the aftertaste is roasted and bitter. Belgian yeast comes out more in the aftertaste as the beer warms.
M: Medium body, soft and smooth carbonation, bitter, slick and drying mouthfeel but not a desert.
O: A solid, well rounded, and balanced black ipa. Belgian yeast adds another dimension but not super noticeable. Drinkable but forgettable.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks like a stout with it’s tan foam head.

Smell really gives the Belgian flare as the yeast give more character than the American hops do.

Taste surprises by being more stout-like than IPA. Again, the Belgian yeast lend strong character, and this tastes less like a black IPA than I had anticipated. My first glass (on tap) left me underwhelmed, but my second time around (in bottle) had me appreciating it more. Again, though, the dark malt make this seem more like a hopped up stout with Belgian yeast. Semantics aside, I enjoyed it, particularly because I haven’t tasted anything like it in quite a while (Belgian Yeti).

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Murrhey
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Thick, fluffy mocha head with long retention and black body. Looks great.

S- Tropical hops, brownies, chocolate and warm malts. Nice combination of roasty and hoppy.

T- Roasted malts. Chocolate. Tropical, bitter hops.

M- Roasty dry feel, medium bodied.

O- Not much to say about this beer. Or maybe there is and I'm just not trying.

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Photo of runlikeakenyan
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Dylanjf
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of bluerabbit
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of Mongrel
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours just short of pitch black with a frothy two fingers of khaki head. The head dissipates somewhat quickly to leave a sudsy film on top that remains for the entirety. A great looking beer with good sticky lacing.

Smell is subtle, mostly piney with some tropical fruit.

Taste follows the nose for the most part, although the tropical fruit flavor is vague and nondescript. There's also a really pleasant burnt note (burnt toffee, perhaps?) hiding somewhere in there. Semi-sweet chocolate balances out the cool, minty hops.

Overall, this is a tasty beer that suffers from a bit of an identity crisis. It's labeled as a Belgian style black IPA, but the Belgian spice/yeast notes are just barely perceptible. It's also not big, hoppy and nuanced enough to compete with some of the better American style black IPAs out there, so it's a little confusing.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Sleight Of Hand - Beer Camp #94 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.81 out of 5 based on 510 ratings.
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