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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.

SuperDave's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 14, 2011
Tap at Papago. Hazy burnt orange color pour with a small foamy head. Aroma of pine and citrus hops, light fruit and toasted malt. Flavor is sweet at first, with tropical fruits and spice, followed by a big bitter hop and alcohol finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
J_man (934) - Tustin, California, USA - DEC 16, 2014
22 oz. bomber from the SN brewery. Wow, I accidentally held on to this for far too long. :( Iím rating this on what I *think* it probably tasted like when I should have drunk it. Itís still crystal clear and a beautiful deep copper color with a light tan head. However, the hops that Iím sure were fresh and delicious at one time have now turned vegetal and cloying. It doesnít taste bad, but itís just kind of muddled at this point. Makes me want to cry. Damn my hoarding ways!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cmonster (1000) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 12, 2012
Bottled. Dark orange-amber in color with a short-med sized forthy off-white head. Good retention and spotty lace. Caramel malt aroma with resiny hops. Slightly sweet on the nose. The palate is similar to the nose, but shows big ingredients and plenty of warming heat. Full body, heavy-creamy texture, average carbonation, and a malty, sticky bitter finish of considerable length. The bitterness stacks up as you go. A bit over the top.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (8557) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Draft. Amber beer with a cream head. Tropical fruit andgrapefruit aroma. Grapefruit and sweet malt flavor with tropical fruit and something rotten. Medium bodied. Decent bitterness. Rotten fruit and sweet malt lingers with grapefruit and tropical fruit. Rotten fruit in background.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6737) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Clear amber color/ ivory foam. Big spicy, tropical fruit, pine, floral pungent hoppy aromas. medium bodied with average co2. Tropical fruit, dank spicy, floral, pine flavors meshing nicely with a caramel, pale malt base--very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
joeneugs (5814) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 28, 2011
24 ounce bottle. It pours a really nice golden copper color with a lasting orange head. The aroma is very peachy with some sweet candy coated hops and tropical fruit. The flavor is a bit harsh with some potent melon rind and mild solvent bitterness. Theres some cotton candy sweetness finishing with a palate bruising finish. One of the roughest Sierra Nevada beers Iíve ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Clear copper pour with a small, off-white head that lasts and leaves good lacing. Aromas are of mango and papaya, quite dry, zesty, pine needles, very vibrant, lightly bready, some alcohol and a touch of caramel. Flavors are a little bit sweet and candy like, tropical fruit, guava and strawberry. Medium bubbles, light bitterness but a lot of hop flavor. Dry and very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Clear golden with a fizzy white head. Grassy citrus caramel and hop resin aroma with an oily sticky palate and a soapy bitter taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - OCT 26, 2011
Bottled. Clear medium-dark amber Cole with good off- white foam. Green apple, white grape and tropical fruit aroma. Big resiny flavor with some green apple sweetness. Long bitter finish. Decent amount of sweet caramel thrown in there too. the hops here are either super green apple or there is some acetaldehyde going on. Not really sure what to think about this. Not great but not awful. Not to sierras standards though. Such is the risk of beer camp I guess. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 20, 2011
Sn hopsichord 5/26/11 @ pap Slight haze. Coppery amber brown. Raw almond head. 3.5 A=toasty, gf/citrusy, slight pine, pineapple, spicy alcohol, bs. F=a... Spicy pineapple, warming alcohol on the finish. Leaves a sticky residue on the lips but otherwise very quaffable for the abv. 7/3.5/7/4/+

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