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

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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 secondtooth
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a semi-opaque golden amber, with a huge and frothy head of off-white carbonation. Exquisite lace -- detailed and thick.

Nose is nicely floral hopped.

Taste is crisp and hoppy, with tones of bitter grapefruit and pine. It's a weighty palate, with an abundance of malts underneath it all. Quite different than the comparatively more approachable Torpedo, and geared even more towards hops-overload, this is a solid IPA, though not necessarily one I'd pursue further.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head that has pretty good retention. The head is pure cotton white and the body is a pale to medium amber that glows pale when held up to the light. A spidery pattern of lacing is left behind.

Nose- A little disappointing in that it's rather subdued. I got citrus notes from the Cascade and Citra hops- orange, lemon, pineapple, and grapefruit but I really had to work for them. Some notes of caramel when I sniff the bottle. Some caramel after swirling.

Taste- This beer is very upfront with the citrus (pineapple, orange, lemon, and grapefruit). Some matchstick and tropical fruit which moves into pine and resin. Some linger of bitterness but it is well rounded. This is a very traditional West Coast IPA with little frills. Some caramel and biscuit that is interspersed throughout the flavor profile. Fairly straightforward as a beer goes. Above average to solid. A little underwhelming for Sierra Nevada but still good.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with a little bit of juiciness. A nice zip of carbonation that might too much for other IPAs but works with this one.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing, the bitter hop linger is minimal. A bit more costly since it's part of the Beer Camp 12-pack and its presence alone would not justify the price.

Overall- Above average, almost solid beer. Not the shining star of this Beer Camp though.

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Photo of dbauer78
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

A: light coper slightly cloudy. dense white head with good retention/lacing

S: mostly citrus with a hint of pine hops, also a small amount of alcohol comes though

T: very mild malt, mostly citrus hops. as it warms it picks up more alcohol flavor

M: light body, smooth and lightly carbonated

O: very easy to drink and a good flavor. its nice and light so makes it easy to drink more than one.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle dated 7/23/13 into a tulip.
Appearance - golden, bubbly. Huge, white plume of a head that has great retention. Leaves a sticky coat of lace!
Smell - clean, hop forward, but subtle.
Taste - very pleasant, refreshing, citrus hops, just enough malt backbone.
Feel - a bit light, but enough hop bitterness to make up for it.
Overall - very good beer. I like what Sierra Nevada puts out there, especially their IPA's!

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Photo of BierStein711
4.59/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a truly brilliant masterpiece!

I couldn't resist drinking two bottles!

Pours a burnt orange with an off white head into a shaker pint, moderate carbonation

Smells: fruit, hops, and booze

Taste: Very malt forward, the hops are almost an afterthought. Yet, when they do hit you, the tropical fruit that they promise is a dream come true.

Mouthfeel: Smooth!

Overall, this is a most brilliant beer. Drink it!

To Sierra Nevada, I challenge you to make this a permanent beer in your portfolio. this is what Torpedo should be.

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Photo of Thads324
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A : pours a solid light copper like orange. A big pillow of white head stays thick and sticky on top. Little dissipation of head.
S : aroma is light. Toasted grains, slight citrus hop, a bit of alcohol. Not much really.

T : taste begins watery with a very mild nuetral grain flavor. Some orange and lemon zest followed by a pine needle flavored bitterness. A slight burning alcohol at the end. Not well balanced like most other Sierra beers.

M : thin, with medium bitter hop body at the end. Good carbonation and clean finish.

A let down big time. Looked great, lacked aroma, tasted watered down and unbalanced. Too much alcohol apparent for a <7% beer.

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

A. It has a crystal clear bronze color with a good foamy off-white head and some lacing. It has some bubbles coming up the middle.

S. It has a metallic and fruity scent.

T/M. It is a fruity IPA. I sense a strawberry taste mixed with a bit of a dark fruit aftertaste. It's hoppy with a mild bite. It's carbonated and light in the body.

O. This is good and refreshing. Nothing over the top, nice and easy IPA.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a golden amber color with a nice off-white head with great retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is sweet malt and floral and citrusy hops with maybe a touch of honey. Very nice, can't wait to try this one.

T- The taste like the aroma is very enjoyable. There is some malt up front but the floral hops quickly make their presence felt and create a lot of lingering bitterness well into the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, Beer Camp #93 is a solid IPA that is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of chugalug06
2.94/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Cloudy light orange/red brew with very nice fluffy white foamy head. Great lacing. Too much cloudiness for high marks.

Bland. Iced tea. Watery aroma. Light. Dry.

Sierra Nevada can do much better than this one. For an experimental IPA, I expected something unusual rather than such a safety play. Very light sharpness and miss-placed bitterness. No heat or lingering issues. Clean(er) and crisp. Light, too light; if sessionable was the target than drop down the ABV... Tastes like the remnants of Torpedo

Sierra Nevada can do better. Can't recommend this guy, even at $1.89/12oz. A near drain pour.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Sierra Nevada's IPA which is #93 in their Beer camp series last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I was a fan of last years Beer Camp Series, so i'm interested to see how this years turns out and I thought I would start of with the IPA, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown shorter 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label is typical for the Beer Camp series and it's the same as last years, it doesn't look bad, but i wish they would make a new one for this years series. It poured a fairly hazy golden orange color that took on more of an orange/amber color with three fingers worth of off white head that left lots of sticky rings of lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking IPA, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by loads of hop aromas with the grassy and spicy hops sticking out the most with a slight citrus rind aroma in the background. Up next comes the malts with some lightly toasted, biscuit, and stale malt aromas and there's a lighter amount of doughy yeast in the background. The aroma was ok, I thought the hop profile was just ok and the malts had a slight stale aroma to them that didn't help.

T- The taste seems to be somewhat similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of medium sweetness followed by lots of hops that seem to have a pretty even mixture of grassy, spicy, citrus, and piney hops flavors and they help add a little bit of complexity to this beer. Up next comes the malts that impart a lightly toasted and biscuit malt flavor with a slight bit of doughy yeast. On the finish there's a lower amount of high bitterness with a citrus rind and biscuit malt like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting IPA, the hop profile made it a little complex and the malts didn't have that stale aspect that I got in the aroma.

M- A little smooth, crisp, clean, slightly oily, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a little above average example of an American IPA, i wasn't expecting the best after the aroma but the taste turned out much better and most of the aspects that I didn't like in the aroma didn't really show up in the taste. This beer had ok drinkability, it was a little smooth, it wasn't filling and the taste did a decent job at holding my attention, but the higher lingering bitterness might prevent me from drinking a few of these but I think one or two would be good for me. What I liked the most about this beer was the hop profile in the taste, it provided some nice complexity to this beer and I thought the appearance was also pretty good. What I liked the least about this beer was the aroma, it was just a little dull and rough around the edges. I might buy this beer again if they sold it on it's own and there's a good chance I might order a glass of it if I saw it at the bar, but it's not really the type of IPA that I would go out of my way to look for. I would recommend this to anyone who likes American IPA's, I think it's pretty solid for the style. All in all I didn't mind this beer, it isn't up there as on of the better American IPA's I have had it but its fairly solid and when you get down to the taste there really isn't anything wrong with it. Nice job guys, I really like the idea of the Beer Camp series, so far it's a solid start to the series but I'll have to see how the other two are before I can compare it to last years release, keep up the good work.

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Photo of Kendo
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is slightly hazy, honey-orange in color with a half-finger whitish head on top. Nice lacing on the glass.

S: Not too strong in the nose - modest citrus (oranges and clementine oranges come to mind) and some underlying bready sweet malt.

T: Bready malt foundation with a touch of caramel malt sweetness. Followed by citrusy stuff - some lemons, tangerine and oranges, with a touch of grapefruit peel. Finishes dry, a touch minerally, which often detracts from an IPA but with this one provides a modest balance of sorts. Lingering citrusy bitterness is nice. The more I drink this, the tastier it becomes. Tempted to bump up the taste score to 4.5. . . .

M: Medium bodied, modest carbonation makes it slightly creamy in feel.

O: Very impressed with this one - a vibrant IPA that's a bit different from your usual SN hoppy offerings.

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

Beer Camp #93, this was bottled on July 9th so this is about seven weeks old. I'm trying not to be so stringent about freshness and this doesn't taste stale but I wish I had gotten it a couple weeks ago. Bright orange color, great head, great lacing. Aroma is slight hints of honey, barely any pine, some yeast, its not as hoppy as I had hoped for. Flavor is bitter, hints of citrus, hints of pine, very subtle hoppiness in my opinion. Having said that, this is a solid beer. I feel like Sierra Nevada doesn't try to punch you in the face with over the top flavors but that all of their beers are usually just well rounded and well done.

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

Pours a fairly clear copper with frothy cream head that lingers.

Resin, fresh cut grass, pine, lemon, tropical fruit, and a hint of onion form the aroma, with an underlying toasted bread character providing slight contrast.

Flavor is more resiny, grassy, and bitter than anything initially. Underpinnings of grapefruit and lemon provide brief respite, but the bittering hops win out in the end. The bready malt backbone serves as a transition point. Herbal, tea-like hop notes surface in the aftertaste.

Body is moderate to a touch light, with a fairly harsh finish from the bittering hops.

Good initial hop citrus character, and well balanced malt, but the bittering hops are harsh, and overwhelm too much for my liking.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- poured cold, it is a hazy orange gold, big 2 finger head of foam, good lacing.

S- I smell piney hops that are distinctly bitter....reminds me of aspirin, unfortunately. On the plus side, there is some malt in the background that I think is needed, at least when it comes to the smell.

T- bitter right off the bat. First the nasty aspirin like flavour. More sips in and it continues on the very bitter side..not getting any tropical fruit that I usually associate with Citra Hops. Very little malt
influence of any kind to my palate. I think it could have used some.

M- just right for an IPA so no problems there.

O- Overly bitter with no balance of any kind, I do not like this brew. Sorry, Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. ALC. 6.9% BY VOL. Bottled on day 190 of 2013 (July 9). 2013 IPA Beer Camp #93.

Appearance: Pours a very golden (at least by Sierra Nevada ale standards) body. Definitely not the standard 90% 2 row pale/10% caramel malt mix. A nice change of pace if you ask me. Ever so slightly hazy. Calm carbonation. Very nice looking IPA.

Smell: Classic Sierra Nevada Pale Ale aroma with a tropical fruit scented twist. Smells delicious!

Taste: I feel the flavor does not quite live up to the aroma's promise. The malt backbone is a little heavy and mutes any type of expected burst of tropical hops. Still a very flavorful IPA which I would ultimately describe as bitter bubblegum.

Mouthfeel: Appropriately full mouthfeel as expected for a Sierra Nevada IPA. The bitterness lingers on the palate.

Overall: Very Torpedo-esque. A Blond Extra IPA, perhaps? What promises to be a hop bomb in every respect, ends up as a very malt-heavy ale. Take my scores with a grain of salt however, I am a sucker for anything Sierra Nevada bottles and delivers to my local beer store.

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Photo of Mojo
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> Westbrook brewing snifter

A - clear medium amber with a large three finger fluffy head which dissipates to only a small thin floating layer. Spotty lacing can be observed as the glass empties.

S - very earthy, resin, pine, biscuit

T - There is an initial citrus flavor that give way to a bitter spicy rye tasting finish.

M - well carbonated

O - love it!!!

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright gold with tons of carbonation bubbles streaming up, an absolutely ludicrous fluffy white head on top, and some very nice lacing. Aroma reveals some spicy citrus, tropical fruit, and herbal hop notes, along with some subtle, sweet bready malt. The flavor is more of the same, with a gental bitterness upfront and a greater emphasis on some pine/citrus and spice/herbal notes. The malt balances subtly in the flavor, and gives some good toasty bread notes and a light mouthfeel.

Overall, a fine West-Coast Style IPA that is very easy to tame. Pretty much exactly what you would expect from Sierra Nevada, although I would take Torpedo and Celebration over this in a heartbeat. Along with the Imperial Red and the very interesting Belgian-Style Black IPA, the 2013 Beer Camp 12-pack was well worth the $16 I shelled out for it.

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz to a snifter, bottled 8/1

Pours a vibrant and bit dark golden orange, transparency at 80%. A finger and a half of egg white foam has some impressive retention and lacing. Mild carbonation stemming from the sides, only con is very small yeast specks when looking close

Smells about what you'd expect from Sierra Nevada- piney, floral, and fruity hops. Lots of upfront pine, followed by some grapefruit, orange, and tropical fruits. Rigid and bready malty backbone gives it a nice sweetness next to a touch of alcohol

Taste is close with the smell, upfront shot of piney hops with some good citrus and tropical notes- grapefruit, some lime, and orange. Malts come across with more of a caramel, does a good job of evening out the beer while keeping it hoppy

Feel is a medium body with a creamy smooth finish. Carbonation and pine spices leave a nice tingle on the end of the tongue, and alcohol concealed well. Pretty bitter, asy to drink

Overall this beer is a lot like torpedo, a bit more balanced though and much smoother on the finish. This stuff is great, I'm really enjoying this years beer camp

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Photo of russpowell
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours honey colored with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Bready, grassy, orange peel, pineyness & grapefruit showing up

T: Bready, with lemons, slight grassyness & faint pine & kiss of tangerine up front. Flinty mineral hoppyness along with grapefruit & lemon, plus pineyness. Finishes with orange peel, a bit of biscuitty malt & dryness & pine needles

MF: Medium bodied, perfect carbonation with good balance

The star of this 12 pack to me, close to awe-inspiring, tasty; could drink this all day

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Photo of mactrail
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear amber in the Ommegang chalice. Nicely sudsy in the mouth. Great aroma, more flowery, bright, and herbal in the nose.

Pleasing slightly sweet malty shortbread taste with the hops coming on strong. A textbook example of how to use bitterness in an IPA. This seems to start with an herbal flavor that fades to a bitter tang I can only describe as aromatic, rising up in the nose. Then it's time for another sip, while the bitter and spicy flavor lays like banked coals on the tongue.

This seems like a rather simple hoppy brew, nothing flamboyant about it, but it really seems nicely made and highly drinkable to me. I think SN is great at these less intense, flowery, and more subtle IPAs. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored with nice clarity. About 2 inches of foam resting on top. Light floral hop aroma, but not much of one is present. Wow is the reaction to the first sip. Piney hop flavored, but wasn't expecting that intensity after the subtle aroma. Thick , chewy mouthfeel I would have expected from a double IPA. Malt does a good job of backing the hop intensity.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear light amber color with a thick and billowy two finger just off white head. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a fantastic level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is largely of an earthy and pine hop nature. Mixed with these smells are some grapefruit hop as well as a bit of a biscuit smell as well as a little bit of a spice smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a bit of caramel sweetness and a good deal of toasted malt which create a base for the flavors of the brew. A lighter hop flavor of a pine and grapefruit nature are present from the start as well. These hop flavors however don’t remain level, but instead, gain strength as the taste advances to the end. A bit of herbal and an earthy hop taste join the flavors at the end to produce a clean hoppy taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average in terms of its creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is average to slightly below average. The lower carbonation helps accentuate the hop flavors of the brew while the average body makes it still quite easy to drink.

Overall -A good IPA. It is kind of a harvest/torpedo hybrid in flavor and profile. Overall easy drinking and a nice one to try.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear copper color. The head is very fluffy, and about two fingers high, with an offwhite shade. It's pretty rocky in texture, and fades down to a slender film relatively quickly. Plenty of ringed lacing is left down the glass.

S: In the proper Sierra Nevada tradition, there is a dominant presence of bitter grapefruit and pine notes from Cascade hops. There's also a minor caramel malt note to balance things out. I'm a little disappointed in the fact that I don't really pick up any Citra (melon, mango) hop notes, though. Having said all of that, it's really not a bad aroma at all - actually, it's a pretty damn good aroma.

T: I have no actual complaints about the flavor profile itself: slight opening malt is quickly cast aside by a decent herbal, piny hop quality, with plenty of (welcome) bitterness to boot. After the mild palate shock, touches of caramel and toffee appear. At first, I was let down by the lack of Citra presence, but lo and behold, a twinge of melon flavor pops up after a while. My biggest problem isn't the quality - that's fine and dandy - it's the fact that there isn't much difference between this and Torpedo.

M: This is where the brew pulls away from Torpedo - if only slightly. It seems to be a bit crisper and cleaner, with only a hint of residual sweetness to quash some of the bitter qualities. I'd even suggest it's a touch less coarse. Great drinkability for nearly 7%.

O: I get a real sense of de ja vu drinking this - put Torpedo's label on it and I wouldn't bat an eyelash. I really wish that SN would have differentiated the two brews a bit more, but other than that, this is a fine IPA. Much like Torpedo, really.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Pale amber body with a huge, frothy, foamy head that lingers around and leaves a ton of lacing.

S- Lots of citrus, some grapefruit, lots of pine, some herbal/grassy notes.

T- I get way more piney flavors than anything else. Herbal/grassy notes come through, with hints of grapefruit and orange, but the pine cuts through the sweet malt the most.

M- Medium carbonation, medium bodied, nice feel.

O- A nice IPA, nothing that really stands out as different though.

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Photo of herman77
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Slightly hazy copper orange with a smaller off white head. Nice lacing.

S: Classic Sierra Nevada IPA/hop smell. Pine, a bit of citrus and herbal.

T: Again, its got that classic Sierra Nevada IPA taste. Lots of pine with a bit of citrus and grapefruit. Some carmel/toasted malts peaking through just a bit.

M: Medium to lighter body. Average carbonation.

O: Good drinkability. A good, though not that different twist on a hoppy beer from Sierra Nevada. Kind of reminiscent of celebration.

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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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