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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 036: Hopsichord

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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.64/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
Beer Camp #36 September 2010 ABV 9.7 IBU 80

Brewed with the musical winners of our Beer Camp contest, Hopsichord hits all the right notes. This reddish-amber IPA works its way up the scale of hop flavors and aromas, featuring tones of tropical fruit, light pine and citrus zest. This symphony of hops is balanced by a robust malt body that blends the bright hoppy highlights with a long, smooth, and bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 27, 2011
(On draught at Papago). Pours clear dark copper color with tan head. Aroma has pine, resin, and. citrus. Taste is bitter with a sweet malt backbone. Medium bodied with a sticky texture. Finish is bitter. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (6679) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2011
Draft @ Rattle ’N’ Hum SN event. Orange pour with white head. Aroma is full of tropical and citrus fruit tones as well as pine. Flavor is citrus, light pine, and a sweetness from light malt, has a touch of warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2011
A clear medium orange body, some light beige head, not much retention... Aroma is a touch hot, pineapple, and toffee try to balance... Taste is too hot too but very drinkable, alcohol, pine, and caramel... Gets easier to drink

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 17, 2011
A - Pours a deep and fairly clear amber-orange color with a finger of head with a half finger of off-white/tan head. The head faded fairly quickly leaving behind some nice lacing. S - Aroma is full of floral and citrus hops and quite powerful. Also a touch of sweet malt and some spiciness mixed in. T - Starts off with a perfect balance of sweet malt flavor and some nice citrus hops. The floral hops with some nice bitterness explodes in the middle of the beer. The finish is a touch of spice mixed with the hops flavor with some nice lingering bitterness. Just a touch of alcohol burn in the finish. Very balanced beer. M - Medium-full bodied with a fairly low to moderate amount of carbonations. Super smooth and just a touch oily. Feels crisp and the dry finish is really nice. D - Very drinkable. The flavors are really nice, strong, and almost perfectly balanced. Lots of hop flavor and just a touch of alcohol burn (even with the 9.7% APV) makes for a very excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Served on draft at Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear vibrant auburn color with a medium sized tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of hops, and more hops. Floral, peppery, citrus, berries. Some faint toffee notes if you look for them. The taste is bitter, floral hops with a peppery finish. Hop forward with some faint toffee notes. Medium bodied. Could use more balance. Good though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2011
Draft, Sierra takes the taps, rattle & Hum, NYC> Medium golden orange pour, aroma was somewhat light. A bit misleadin though, as it was very flavorful. BIG hop flavor, great bitterness. orange marmalade, Fresh sticky hops, real nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Tap at RNH. Pours a deep amber, clear with a nice sticky off white head- good streaky lacing. Aroma is citrus, orange, peach, big pnw hops, mint pine, dank weed. Flavor is a touch sweet but still hoppy and drinkable, pine, citrus, mint, grass, big tropical note as well, tacky bitter finish. Pretty damn good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 11, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2010 Tap @ Belmont Station... Poured a clear amber/orange with a white head, nice lacing. Nose was dirty with hops, spicy, peppery. Very resinous, slight kick of alcohol. Malts were sweet but just stayed in the back of all the hop bitterness. My buddy Harry helped with this beer at the camp, so I was really stoked to get some.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Draft. Pours an amber body with an off white head. Hoppy pine and citrus hop tones. Bitter pine, light honey notes with a sticky green grass herbal freshness. Finish is strong and bitter with a modest warming. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2010
On tap at Rattle n Hum during their Sierra Nevada event. Pours a just clear brown amber with a thin white head. Caramel and malt on the nose. Sweet, big and earthy with lots of citrus. Hops turn to caramel, smooth and sticky. Lots of long earthy notes on the finish.

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