IPA - Beer Camp #93
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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American IPA
3.72 | pDev: 9.41%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
IPA - Beer Camp #93IPA - Beer Camp #93
Notes: This IPA sacrifices nothing for its drinkability, flexing big time flavor and complexity. The light color disguises the depth of the malt backbone, a pillar that balances the potent whole-cones of the piney-citrus Cascade and tropical fruit-like Citra hops.
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Photo of Sam-VW
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served from Bottle into Nordic Pint Glass

A - Hazy orange with a medium head that fades slowly leaving sticky lacing all the way down. Great looking beer.

S - Citrus, Tropical Fruit finishing with hints of caramel and pine.

T - Sweet tropical/floral hop hit fading to pear and leaving a piny earthy bitterness. Very well balanced.

M - Aftertaste does not last for long meaning you want more! Medium carbonation but very smooth and refreshing.

Great beer.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. 41 F. 149 13 C-2 0845 S is the bottle code. 3190214:40 is also printed on the bottle. I don't understand why they're both on there.

Pours pretty. Nice, big, creamy, fluffy head, great retention, amber-orange, lots of carbonation. Clear. Smell is very muted. Does the everlasting head act as an aroma cap, preventing aroma from getting out? Anyway, it's muted, but piney, slightly toasty. That's about all I can get. I'll smell it again when the head dissipates. <later> All I get is more pine, but I do get a lot more.

Taste is nicely piney. Lots of bitterness, slightly watered down sweetness.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly still for the amount of carbonation I can see. Slightly creamy, but some sort of odd coarseness. Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of LamboBrewpants
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle. It pours into a hazy orange color with a white head about one finger in height. Obviously its a tad bitter, but in the way in which beer drinkers like an IPA to taste. Citrus aroma (almost like orange peel) smell, not a bad ale overall, as Sierra Nevada Brewery always puts out great brews.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 12oz bottle with a bottling date of July 2013 (if I've read the code accurately). Acquired a little while back from Trembling Madness in York. Simply called 'IPA', and hopped with Cascade and Citra.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A hazy orange-amber hue with plenty of floating sediment and medium carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy off-white foam with good retention; this slowly reduces to a persistent surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of intense, spicy hops with notes of pine resin, grapefruit and orange peel. This is underpinned by sweet caramel malt, earthy yeast, stewed hops and a touch of harsh cardboard. A discordant mix of aromas.

Tastes of formidable aromatic hops and caramel malt, concluded by a powerful bitter finish. Notes of pine resin, dank weed, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, spice, herbs, caramel malt, earthy yeast and stewed leaves. Faintly sweet, with a harsh, leafy character and hints of cardboard and solventy booze in the background. A strident bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with spritzy carbonation and decent body. Spicy hop oils tantalise the palate. Highly astringent, followed by an aftertaste of acrid stewed leaves/herbs, spice, cardboard, faint fruity aromas and caramel malt.

Hmmm - pretty unbalanced. The hop character goes over the top in this brew, giving it a seriously harsh edge that detracts from the drinking experience. Looks OK, but the aroma and flavour are dominated by strong hop notes and hints of stewed herbs. The malt simply can't tame the hops, to the detriment of the beer. Body is alright. Disappointing - something I thought I'd never say about SN. Perhaps the bottle hung around for too long. At any rate, this is more miss than hit. No need to seek it out.

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Photo of Gavage
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a 2" fluffy head that lasts a long time. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: caramel and citrus are most prominent.

Taste: caramel, orange, lemon zest, pear, a hint of earth tones, and a floral bitterness create a well balanced IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout with a hint of dryness late. Short lasting aftertaste. Refreshing.

Overall: super easy drinking beer that has a nice flavor profile and is satisfying. Enjoyable.

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Photo of ElijahRivera
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. Consumed on 09/17/13.

A- Pours an almost transparent orange/copper with a big, fluffy, slightly orange hue head that had impressive retention. The carbonation was lively, swirling, and composed of a wide range of bubble sizes.

S- The citrus and pine resin notes from the hops immediately wafted over to my smelling station as I poured. The citrus and pine are dominant in the nose, but there are also detectable and complimentary floral, spring honey aromas.

T- Big on hop flavor, but a great toasted cracker malt backbone shines through. There is some pine, grapefruit, and honey melon. The bitterness starts biting a little sooner than other IPA's, and quickly engulfs the entire palate leaving a bitter, crisp aftertaste.

M- Mid bodied with good, soft carbonation. A little slick, but not in a bad way.

O- I heard this was supposed to be an IPA version of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, and I buy that. A solid no frills example of a classic West Coast IPA. A good drinking brew on this chilly late summer night.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a large, fading head.
Nose shows floral, spicy, earthy and herbal hops along with lovely biscuity malt.
Pretty similar falvours, more herbal, spicy and earthy hops. Some biscuit malt but very dry in the finish. Quite an aggressive bitterness.
Nice moderate carbonation.

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Photo of heygeebee
2.81/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Hmmm, Sierra Nevada note a drinkable IPA here?

My palate says it looks ok but light, smells of nix but pine, and tastes really quite harsh and unbalanced a la hops only in a quite light body.

This is a seriously archetypal West Coast IPA, and at odds with anything approaching drinkability, as in where is the malt?

And more to the point, why is it a Beer Camp??

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- hazy, murky light orange with a dense 1.5 finger off white head. Nice staying power. Really like the look of all 3 beer camp 2013 beers.

S- Tropical fruits tantalize the nose from the get go. Mango, pineapple, and oranges. The citra hop comes through nicely. a modest, sweet malt base.

Straight forward hops create a bitter presence from the start. Malt flavor is a big muddled underneath the hops. Pine, acid, toasted bread, and medicinal notes. Unaware of the IBU level, but it seems significant, but that's maybe due to the lack overall balance. Tasty, but could see this being a little abrasive for some.

M- Mid body, maybe a little heavy for the style, but a small complaint. Chalky, powdery yeast feel. Bitter all the way down!

O- Not bad. Probably my least fav of this year's Beer Camp, but still worth a shot. Hop lovers should certainly embrace the bitterness level put forth here.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle from Wegmans Dewitt NY for $2

Appearance - Slightly hazy gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, grass, grapefruit, pineapple

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and piney hops. There is also some grapefruit, grass, and straw.

Overall - More east coast tasting than west as far as IPA's go. I'm sure this was better fresh, but it's still got a lot of hop bite. A beer worth trying for sure, but not something I'd buy in 6-pack format.

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Photo of scotorum
4.36/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle code suggests this was bottled on day 160 or June 9th 2013. Approaching five months of age.

Poured from the 12 oz., bottle into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass

a: Clear deep gold with a huge two inch white head which slowly dissipated to heavy lumpy surface foam and beautifully patterned lacing.

s: Citrus and pine hops.

t: Light malt base under tasty resin hops, strong enough to notice but not overpowering.

m: Moderate with good body. Carbonation tingles keep coming.

o: A really fine medium power IPA. Drinkable and refreshing. Seems a bit less hoppy than Torpedo but with a little more flavor. Would love to have the chance to buy this as a regular offering.

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Photo of JG-90
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer Camp #93 is a hazy, golden orange color. Pours a moderate to large creamy white head with good retention and very heavy lacing. Smell consists mostly of resinous and dank hops. Also has some dough and tropical fruit hops. Love the dank smell, can't wait to dig in.

Taste starts with doughy bread, but quickly moves on the prickly resinous hops, then pineapple, lemon, and tart orange, with a bready, dank, creamy finish. Mouthfeel is light with high carbonation, some creaminess as well. I think that a more moderate body and carb would go along better with the great flavors, but is still a very good beer.

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Photo of TeamMathis
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Caramel and cloudy.
Smell: Citrus, malt, and super piney.
Taste: Citrus, pepper, big pine, and some alcohol in the aftertaste.

I was surprised when I saw the low score this received. It's a great IPA, and this brewers are the best of the best in the hoppy IPA world. There's clear malty taste and a very nice bitterness. The pine is more pronounced than in their other IPAs, and it's really great. I would definitely get this again. I would get it year-round.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review taken the day after the 2013 Beer Camp variety found its way to my town. I'd love to know what this was called at beer camp like the other 2 that were released with it, but I just can't find anything on it other than Beer Camp #93.

12 oz brown stubby bottle. SN style. Poure this into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. The beer camp label was as good as always and the specific to this Beer's label color were excellent.

A - a golden color with great clarity. Head poured very large in a perfect white color. Good fluff to this head and lasted quite a while leaving all sorts of stick.

S - very tropical up front with grapefruit and pine cone hop aromas quickly thereafter. There is an awesome and unique fruits going on with the nose. Then a small shot of floral hoppiness comes from nowhere. Caramel malt and sweet grain balance the back end of the aroma.

T - somewhat floral hops up front that are no less than dominated by grapefruit hop notes. The pine like hop flavor really sets in a nice bitterness that's just right down tasty. Malt is fairly classic caramel when up against a grapefruit and pine hop profile. Finish is somewhat dry with more bitter hops.

M - pretty classic Sierra Nevada IPA feel. It's texture and thickness is just right and allow for an excellent drinking ipa. Just a good feeling ipa.

O - my 2nd favorite from 2013. It's just a solid classic American ipa that features good flavor. It had a bit of uniqueness to the nose, but the flavor puts the lid on this being nothing more than a very tasty ipa. Nothing crazy. Just tasty and worthwhile. Isn't that what we look for in craft ipa's? Worthwhile? Ill take worthwhile over about anything everyday, and it seems SN have always been making very good whole cone west coast ipa's for a long time now. #94 ipa is no different. It's a classic style, but well made. Hard to beat that combo.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured into DFH Spiegelau IPA glass; clear golden-orange, the color of bright honey, with a huge yellowish-white head from a moderate pour that fluffs up and then sits, fading very slowly leaving slimy lacing made of fine bubbles.
Smells nutty, piney, and herbal; small hint of citrus rind.
Taste is surprisingly malty; clean, slightly sweet nutty malt, almost like graham crackers. Hops then come in, very one-dimensional with a flat, herbal bitterness.
Mouthfeel is thin, finish is dry and bitter.
Overall, this is a very one-dimensional IPA. It's all bitterness, no real hop flavor. I guess that's the west-coast style, heheh...Reading the bottle, I can't believe this uses Citra hops...where are they?

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber/orange in color, this IPA pours out with a fluffy head of foam that leaves some nice lacing. The nose is actually rather subdued for the style, but I am picking up scents of bread, toasted malt, and some citrus fruit.

An IPA without much attitude but with a good flavor profile overall, this beer is nicely balanced between the hops and malt. The taste of bready, piney malts blend nicely with the citrus and tropical fruit taste imparted from the hops. The beer has a slight alcoholic flavor, some herbal notes, and some grassy flavors to make it more complex and interesting.

Sierra Nevada always seems to come through and this beer is no different. It is a very tasty brew, not necessarily an out-of-this-world taste, but definitely a likeable beer. The balance is better than that of other American IPA and it seems like a good intro beer for newbies to this style. It may not be around for long, so I recommend finding some if you can.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours out a shining light amber. Smells of pale malts and lots of fruity and piney hops. Flavor is very hoppy. Lots of pine, citrus rind, and fruitiness from the yeast and hops. Malts are light with a hint of toast. I get a bready maltiness in the finish. Deep, prolonged bitterness. Not too sweet and very bitter: just what I like. Carbonation is strong and strips the bitterness off the tongue. This was a very pleasant surprise.

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Photo of phishsihq
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer Camp #93 is an American IPA that pours an amber-honey color that is capped with a frothy white head that provides great lacing. Bready malt, grapefruit, pine and lemon peel provide a solid nose with a touch of honey adding a little sweetness. Hops are front and center in this brew. Cascade and citra hops provide a solid one-two punch with pine and citrus flavors melding together before a bready base works overtime to bring balance. A medium body rounds out this camper-inspired IPA.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.64/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

6.9% ABV confirmed per the label. 2 fl oz brown glass bottle with fun label art (green for the most part) and branded brass pry-off pressure cap acquired as part of a beer camp variety 12-pack at Wheatsville Co-Op and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. 2013 vintage. Expectations are average given the brewery. Reviewed as an IPA because it identifies clearly as such on the label and in the name.

Note: The listed name is correct. The name is actually "IPA" - not "India Pale Ale." Thanks for whoever got that right. I'm tired of seeing people abbreviate names for no reason.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a three finger wide head of white to light khaki colour. Decent creaminess, frothiness, and thickness. Head retention is good - about 6-7 minutes. Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a clear translucent yellow-copper of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Appears well (possibly over-) carbonated.

Not unique or special, but within style conventions. There are no obvious flaws. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Honey, pilsner malt, floral hop character, grapefruit hop character (and accompanying zest and esters), shallow ripe orange peel, grassiness, and a kiss of nectary character. Malts seem well suited to the hops based on the aroma. I get a biteen of pine. Also some vague tropical fruit notes. Ripe and lightly juicy.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. I don't find any off-notes, but based on the aroma, hop bitterness may be undisguised.

A pleasant aroma of moderate strength. Seems fresh - not as though it came from a macrobrewery like Sierra Nevada. Within style conventions.

T: Big on the grapefruit, but unfortunately the accompanying hop bitterness goes imbalanced in the late second act and on the climax, which holds it back and prevents the otherwise pleasant floral and lightly piney hop notes from fully emerging. Too much caramalt. Has a strange malty sweetness up front. Too sweet for the first half, entirely too bitter for the second. Overhopped. It's quite an imbalanced beer, both structurally and in terms of flavour. Lightly grassy. I get some out-of-place lime. Lightly resinous. Vague tropical fruit hop character; maybe tangerine? Some candi like sweetness is unwelcome.

I'm not a big fan of the choices of hops here. The malt bill needs some tweaking too. Okay complexity. No real subtlety. There's little cohesion here; it's certainly not a gestalt beer. Feels somewhat thrown together. It drinks like a pretty good homebrew.

Shallow depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Rough. Somewhat coarse. Wet. Unrefreshing. Overcarbonated. Too full-bodied for its lack of flavour depth and diversity. A bit too thick. Decent presence on the palate. It suits the flavour profile okay; the texture doesn't feel custom-tailored to the taste though.

Not oily, astringent, buttery, biting, hot or boozy.

Dr: Downable and forgettable. I wouldn't get this again or recommend it to friends. Very pedestrian, with no regard for balance. IPAs aren't about dumping in hops and ramping up bitterness; they're about careful balance and masterful complexity. This overhopped brew is sloppy and mediocre. It deserves to get lost amidst the myriad of better beers in this style at or below this price point. I wouldn't want another.


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Photo of CSFerrier
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured from my bottle into a sniffer, and I highly recommend that. The look of this IPA is spectacular. It's the color of an amber that was only thick when dinosaurs walked the Earth. Simply gorgeous.

The smell is typical of an IPA, that sort of hopped aroma. Nothing particularly special, I think.

The taste is, outstanding. Not perfect, but it really is outstanding. It hits every part of your tongue and leaves you with the IPA linger.

It leaves your mouth watering for more. If left in the mouth it attacks it with tingles and frothiness. A good one to leave on the tongue.

Overall, I think it's a step up from the average IPA six pack. Even Sierra Nevada's typical IPA doesn't hold a drunk candle to 93.


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Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I usually like to start my reviews with an introductory statement. But I'll forego all that for this: Wow, what a great IPA!

Sierra Nevada's Beer Campe #93 kicks off with an unfiltered haze of copper and honey. As its froth builds, it aligns the glass with a cascading veil of lace. Cream colored and meringue textured, its head character is astounding!

Vivid aromas of pink grapefruit and orange peels provide the most ripe and vibrant of citrus scents. Diving a little into its earthy tone, a touch of cannabis and botanical grasses give a bouquet of herb and citrus that weaves together with seamless enticement. Any would-be sweeter tones only give the fruit and grass tones a sense of ripeness and vibrancy that seems of natural fructose.

But much of that enticement is the allure of hops! Citrusy grapefruit, freshly zested oranges, and lime acidity all play into that medley as the timid sweetness of caramel and pecan only aids in support. But the beer is not about the malt- its about that expounding middle palate of hop flavor that takes center stage, just before it delves into a a dry, crisp, clean and resinous bitterness that closes the beer confidently and assuredly.

Medium-light in body, this IPA really buys into the American IPA concept! Its malty-dry to start but sheds its sweetness early in order to prefer hop bitterness and flavor through the later two-thirds of its taste and texture. Still it doesn't finish thin or have weak spots in its palate sensations. Its somewhat effortless in its taste which makes it seem easy!

But if it's easy, then everyone is doing it! But they are not and only Sierra Nevada can deliver this kind of taste, texture and aroma... and at this price! $1.69 at my locale!

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Photo of Zorro
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colored beer with a nice sized yellowish white colored head.

Smells strongly of wood and pine with a little mint. Lesser smells of sandal wood and either mint or menthol.

Starts out semi-sweet and woody. Mildly spicy with a little cinnamon to it and a medium bitterness. Little bit of caramel with lots of strong tea and woody flavors.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall an OK IPA with a woody accent.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a hazy pale orange color with a two-finger white foamy and pillowy head that lasts long after the pour, leaving some nice patches of lace behind

S- piney hops with some tropical citrus notes, toasted grainy malt with some grassy notes

T- sweet bready malt up front transitions into piney and citrus hop flavors with notes of guava, dry finish with controlled hop bitterness

M- medium body and carbonation lead to a big foamy mouthfeel and a smooth crisp finish

O- more malt-forward flavor makes this one a bit more balanced than most of their IPA's, which makes it very easy to drink

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Photo of schoolboy
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very innocent IPA. It seems to be saying, "Who, me? What did I do?" In reality it is doing many things very well, but it is doing it without a lot of flash.

That is, except for the appearance. That is flash. I may have underrated it. The head is perfect and the lace, color, etc. are exceptional.

The aroma is MIA, but so are artifacts of too much aromatic hops. So the taste is drinkable and the aftertaste dangerously makes you want more.

This is a nice IPA that is uniquely drinkable. It might make a good intro to big boy IPA's fir the uninitiated.

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Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear amber in color and has some hints of amber hues along with a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that has good retention properties and gradually died down, consistently leaving a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of herbal hops are present in the nose along with some hints of grassy hops.
T: The overall taste very much follows the smell, except that the grassy flavors are a little more prominent at first and the herbal hops stand out in the aftertaste and linger through the finish. A light amount of bitterness is noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and has a moderate amount if carbonation but not much in the way of crispness is perceptible.
O: This beer is a decent IPA and makes for an interesting change of pace if you want something that's not citrusy and like herbal hop aromas and flavors.

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IPA - Beer Camp #93 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 458 ratings