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IPA - Beer Camp #93IPA - Beer Camp #93

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by tdm168 on 08-02-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.24/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear slightly orange golden color with a tight, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of a bit of bright hops, but not much.

Tastes of a decent wave of hops followed by a bready malt base. Hops lead off with some grassy notes along with a bit of lemon. This leads into a bit of toasted malt with a touch of caramel and some bread notes. Ends with and herbal hop finish with a mild amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is okay, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice hazy copper/orange with a finger of dense tan head. Fantastic lacing and solid retention.

S - Mild floral hops, minimally resinous, incredibly faint.

T - Quite bitter, surprisingly, resinous and almost spicy hops. Very dry finish. Aftertaste is dry and resinous.

M - A little too heavy IMO. For 6.9% it's definitely medium bodied+, carbonation is solid though.

O - Maybe a little unbalanced on the dry resin flavors.

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Photo of arizcards
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up the new rendition of Beer Camp in mid August for $18.99 from Total Wine. Bottled on 7-9-13.

Beer poured orange with a nice white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is citrus and floral hops.

Taste is classic IPA, caramel and pale malts give way to citrus and pine domination.

Mouthfeel is full and very smooth and quite satisfying.

Overall this is a solid contribution to the 2013 Beer Camp pack. Definitely try it if you get a chance.

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Photo of corby112
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, dark golden orange with tangerine colored edges and a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Rings and streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Floral hop aroma with dank, resinous oils, citrus fruit and sweet malts. Strong earthy, grassy pine character along with juicy buds and spruce tip countered by grapefruit and orange peel sweetness. The malt backbone is stronger than expected with hints of caramel and biscuit but doesn't interfere with the dominant hop presence.

Full bodied with a strong dry, bitter hop presence that lingers over the sweeter notes and malt backbone into a slightly dry finish. Some grassy, earthy pine needle flavor but it's not too dry or overly sticky. Decent amount of bitterness but not overpowering with sweet tropical/citrus fruit and pale malt notes balancing things out. Hints of grapefruit, pineapple and orange zest followed by caramel, toffee, biscuit, cracker and a touch of dark fruit in the finish. Not the most extreme IPA but this beer is very well balanced and extremely drinkable. The ABV is well masked without the slightest trace of heat. Pretty damn sessionable for nearly 7%.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy bright orange, the sun trying to shine through a light cloud. Four fingers of dense just slightly off-white micro-bubbles. Drippy lace.

Enormous fruit nose, a cornucopia of grapefruit, orange, mango, and more.

Firm semi-sweet foundation down he center of the tongue. Plenty of juicy fruit. Big bitter bite that lingers through the afterglow, mixing with the fruit.

Solid medium mouthfeel, a bit prickly.

A solid IPA. From Sierra Nevada. What a surprise. Enjoy.

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Photo of tronester
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange, with a big, frothy light tan head. Massive lacing remains as the beer travels down the glass. Aromas of some tangerine and pine. Taste begins with some herbal citrus peel, then a bit of malt in the middle, finishing with some orange and pine. Mouthfeel is rich. Overall a good IPA.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan, amber brown with a minimal 1/4 inch head, some decent lacing.

Smell - Piney hops, Orange, Grapefruit, Lemon, some malts and spices in the finish.

Taste - Starts off with a real bitter orange/grapefruit hop bite. Lemon and orange really comes through. Has a very herbal flavor which almost gives it a green tea flavor.Malts with some spices appear in the finish. Some alcohol warm warms the tongue after a few drinks.

Mouthfeel - Pretty much hops and lemon hit the tongue, then the palate gets the spices and some malts. The aftertaste is dry, herbal and piney.

Overall - Eh, its ok, its different then standard ipas with its herbal backbone. The taste is a little odd but drinkable. Not something id want again but nothing id pass on.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Light peach and citrus notes. Clean, classic SN fermentation profile.

Appearance: Cloudy amber pour with a low white, sticky cap that retains well.

Flavor: It's hard to not get "Torpedo" out of my mind when I drink anything hoppy from SN. Immediately I pick up stone fruit and pair. Some light citrus hops as well. The malt backbone isn't as heavy as Torpedo but there is a bready background note on the back of the palate. Balance is firmly bitter. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation. No heat or astringency.

Overall impression: If this is the only IPA SN offered I'd still drink it all the time. I just doesn't seem to have much deviation from their standard "house" IPA's.

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Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 7.26.2013

A: Clear golden orange hue with two fingers of light tan fizzy head

S: Strong floral aroma. Hints of grass, pine and slight cantaloupe sweetness. A little bit of honey in there is well.

T: All hops for this one. Good sweet hoppy goodness up front with hints of mango and honey. The beer is nicely carbonated and transitions into a good grassy bitter finish. Very nice hop profile that dominates the flavor of this beer.

M: Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation transitions the flavors well.

O: Good hoppy ipa. I like that this beer seems to stray away from their traditional malt backbone profile. Either that or the hops are so dominant that you do not notice the classic caramel malt backbone that you see in their pale ale and torpedo.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a somewhat hazy golden amber with a white, finger width head. Fair retention, results in a broken layer of suds across the surface. Lacing is sparse, with fair stick.

Smell - Aroma consists of orange peel, pine resin and spice. Hints of lemon. Faint bready malts.

Taste - Follows the nose. Orange and pine resin. Spice bite. Touches of lemon, and then a strong citrus pith near and into the finish. Solid, though unspectacular malt backbone.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with fair carbonation. Decently smooth.

Overall - A fair to good IPA. Nothing that hasn't been done a thousand times over. Certainly not a beer I'd like to see or pay for again in a $20 variety 12-pack.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: Great looking beer. Poured an orange-gold into a tulip with a finger of white head that saw some nice retention. Also really nice lacing.

Smell: Orange peel and a little pine.

Taste: Plenty of lemon and pine with a slight mossy note at the center. Bitter backbone and aftertaste. Flavor is kind of thin and one dimensional, delivering just one cool, quick Lemon Pine-Sol punch. Needs some malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Thin and sudsy; rolls nicely over the palette.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Flooded with malty fall seasonals how could I pass up this variety pack of Sierra Nevada Beer Camp IPAs...including the Imperial Red, and Black IPA, #93, 94, and 95. I haven't seen these in my neck of the woods bottled mid to early July...I couldn't bring myself to purchasing anymore malt forward beers at this point. IPA, mentions Citra on the Cascades the hop that made the Sierra tradition famous. Appearance is billowing off white head trying to climb out of my glass, with a copper orange brilliant bright body, chunky sporadically layered lacing is left behind. Aroma is full of citrus, tropical fruit colliding with each other. The malts are driven between the two hops like a cohesive spike in the potentially abrasive hop cloud, biscuit driven malt profile brings out ample sweetness enough to carry the two parties through this hoppy and bitter party to make it home safe to my palates enlightenment. Overall unique balanced medium to full bodied IPA, natural smooth carbonation all day I'm happy to see the Beer Camp project thriving the way that it has, it's good for beer.

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Photo of bump8628
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can't go wrong with a Sierra Nevada IPA. This one features Cascade and Citra hops, two hops made famous by Sierra Nevada. Should be a nice study of new school vs. old school American hops. Cascades seem to dominate this beer with their sharp floral notes. Pine comes along too with the Citra providing an undercurrent of dirty herbal notes, orange oil, and a hint of mango. Bitterness is fairly well balanced against the malt, but malt flavor is pretty minimal - clean and grainy with a bit of caramel sweetness and biscuit. Dry enough to keep me happy. A more than solid shot at an IPA. All three beer camp beers this year are better than last years.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a DFH IPA glass

A - Mostly clear honey amber color with a frothy white head that retains well and never disappears.

S - Floral hops open the stage with dried fruity tropical notes, yeasty, grainy pale malt dust, floral alcohol.

T - Grainy pale malts, peppery/spicy bitterness. The malt is crackery/bready and grainy. Simple sweetness from the malts but a sweeping dryness envelops the sweetness. Starfruit, semi sweet pineapple, grapefruit, and a good dose of dry floral add nice complexity. The finish is powder dry with mineral notes and floral bitterness into the aftertaste.

Moderate carbonation, medium/full bodied,

Solid IPA. Raw and grainy pale malts add character with dry floral hops keeping things interesting. Spicy with some dry tropical fruit mixing it up.Very good aftertaste and finish. These beer camp beers seem very high quality and very detail oriented.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.22/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into SN imperial pint.

A: Pours a burnt amber color with an off white head that left a great looking network of sticky lace down the glass as it faded into a thick film.
S: Grapefruit and pine all the way with a few hints of sweet citrus. Smells okay.
T: Pine and bitter herbal hops dominate with a grapefruit finish and an aftertaste similar to torpedo. Herbal bitterness and slight sweet caramel malt come through in the aftertaste. I get a touch of lemon zest as well.
M: Medium body, greasy hop resin mouthfeel with a drying finish. Carbonation is soft and slightly fluffy.
O: Not my favorite from SN. Okay ipa but not the most delicious hop profile.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: brown/orange body, finger head, some lacing

S: lemon peel, grassy/pine nose

T: lemon peel, grassy, pine,
grain malt, long bitter

M: med body, mild oily mouth

O: Solid brew, wish was more
experimental in flavors. SN is always decent.


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Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer
3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Apperance: Pours a nice pale orange with one finger of wispy white head. Some stickage to the glass but not much. Head retains nicely.

Smell: tropical fruits, citrus, bready.

Taste: Not an overpowering IPA. Fruity and subtle with citrus, and no real bitter bite but a great fruity hop profile. As the beer warms it becomes more enjoyable with more fruity hops and a bitter bite that finishes with another blast of citrus balanced nicely with the malt.

Feel: Medium to light bodied with quite a bit of carbonation. Easy drinking and refreshing.

Overall, it isn't an overpowering hop bomb by any means but is a refreshing, easy drinking beer with a nice hop profile. Nothing amazing but a solid beer nonetheless. Wish there was a better aroma present.

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Photo of Omnium
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice gold, 2 fingers of thick soapy white head, thick thick lacing, looks great.
S - Dank Pine, a little ammonia, some biscuit malt.
T - Pine, grapefruit, a little pepper and spice, little toffee malt. Standard IPA kinda taste, just a little weaker.
M - Overly chewy texture, kinda metallic aftertaste.
O - This is just a run of the mill type IPA, and I'm shocked it made it into the beer camp pack, what a let down.

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Photo of far333
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Slightly opaque orange colored with an inch high head of beige foam that settles out to leave a quarter inch cap atop the liquid. Aroma of citrus hops and honey. Flavors of citrusy hops, tangerine, grapefruit and orange rind. Good balance of hops and malt, even hop flavors, not overly bitter. A piney bite lingers. Full and even mouthfeel. Good beer.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big off white head settles into a nice lacing above a orange like colored beer with a copper tint.

Citrus aroma with a hint of orange and pine.

Light bitter dry citrus taste with a hint of orange peel and a slight hint of malts sneaking in there.

Dry aftertaste with a bit of bitterness with this medium bodied beer.

A pretty decent tasting beer with maybe a bit to much dryness for some beer drinkers.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into my glass, it has a burnt orange color body with a small creamy head that leaves a nice sticky on the glass. The smell has a piney aroma to it. The taste is very balanced between hops and malt. The hops have a piney, citrus taste to you which hits the back of the tongue but are not overpowering at all. The malt is on the front of the tongue. The mouthfeel is very smooth and overall a really good version of a ipa.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

"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." Brewed in the style of an American IPA.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Sierra Nevada Snifter. Served north of 51ยบ Fahrenheit

(Appearance) Pours a pearl white fully creamy head over an orange-amber body with moderate sediment in suspension and otherwise high clarity. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Retention is well above average, lacing is moderate and droopy. There are very few shortcomings in the appearance of this beer. 4.25

(Smell) Aroma is chock full of floral and tropical fruit hops with a moderate bitterness. Malt bill is a clean pale and light crystal malt with faint biscuity undertones and moderate yeasty esters that enhance the perceived fruitiness of this beer. Balance is slightly sweet over bitter, led by the fruit profile. A very clean and simple-malted IPA with a moderately bitter hop profile that oozes of sweet, juicy tropical fruit overtones for an energetic aroma. Potency is high. 4

(Taste) The hop profile portrays a generous balance between fruity, floral and resinous hop notes with a more pronounced quenching bitterness. Malt profile remains a simple light caramel and pale malt profile with a modest sweetness. Mild hard water minerals are an English nod to the flavor and balance the flavors wonderfully. I love the balance of flavors in this beer, neither malt nor hops dominate the beer alone but collectively make a highly drinkable and enjoyable ale. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is clean and slick with a mild thickness, not too sticky nor overly dry. Carbonation adds some creaminess and lightness to the beer. Balance is nearly even. Body is medium for an IPA and shy of medium overall. Alcohol presence is very low. Great textures and carbonation make this fine beer even more enjoyable. 4.25

(Overall) Despite being a bit skeptical that an all-IPA variety pack would carry as much gems as previous installments in the Beer Camp series, this one keeps it simple yet flavorful altogether. The hop character and the malt, water and yeast contributions bring a great balance. A clean-drinking, bright and flavorful IPA with nearly no flavor setbacks. Although it may be too predictable of a beer for some, I feel it is deserving of a title of just "IPA", because it is a thoroughly enjoyable representative of the style. 4

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company's
Beer Camp 2013 #93: IPA

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter

A: Opaque orange/copper with an off-white half finger head that dissiaptes fast. Light lacing.

S: Subtle pine hops, sweet corn; grassy, fruity.

T: Smooth. Hops are very gentle for an IPA. Very balanced between hops and malts. Lightly bitter. A dry finish.

M: light to medium with creamy carbonation.

O: A good gateway IPA. Will satisfy hopsheads as well as malt lovers.

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Photo of soju6
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark amber color with a nice foamy head and some lacing.

S: Aroma of mild citrus with a bit of pine and trace of fruit and caramel sweetness.

T: Taste of caramel sweetness with bit of citrus and touch of malt. Has a mild bitterness and the finish is quite dry.

F: Medium body, smooth with a nice crispness. Nicely balanced.

O: Enjoyable beer that goes down easy.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

A- Two-finger offwhite head with large bubbles and long retention. Fluffy, attractive looking head. Sticky lacing, hazy golden body with high carbonation. Nice.

S- Floral and fruity. Bitter yet airy. Very nice aroma.

T- Floral, tropical fruits and a bittersweet finish. Tasty and fruity with a bitter ending.

M- Thick for an IPA with a wet finish.

O- Very nice IPA. I'm not sure what the story withe the Beer Camp is, but if the quality is up near this one, I'm taking a trip to Chico.

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IPA - Beer Camp #93 from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.73 out of 5 based on 458 ratings.
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