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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 005: I.D.E.A.

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 005: I.D.E.A.
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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.68/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Beer Camp #5 from 04/2009. The very limited India Dark Elusive Ale. India Dark Elusive Ale, was brewed by Chris Holder, Vice President of Capital Ale House and Rachel Ryan, Director of Marketing for the Capital Ale House while attending Beer Camp at the Sierra Nevada brewery in Chico California.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (13998) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 30, 2009
Tap at the Davis Beer Fest 2009. Story is that only 5 kegs were produced. Near opaque brown with a large tan head. Aromas of malt and rather floral hop. Medium plus body with foamy carbonation. Flavor is dark malt with a good deal of hop bitter. Bitter continues right through the finish. A candidate for black IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (9030) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 30, 2009
On tap at the Sudwerk Beerfest 2009. This dark brown ale poured with a huge tan head and a malty aroma. There is a rich chocolate and coffee flavor with some excellent and subtle hopping. This is a unique and delicious brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oscbert (1238) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 7, 2009
On tap at Sac Brew. ~Pours a rich black with lasting creamy white yellowish head. ~Aroma of subtle chocolate malts with sweet grapefruity hops. hops are slightly more dominate. ~Flavor of roasted chocolate malts with sweet grapefruit hops at finish. Malts dominate at first then hops take the finish. ~Medium to full bodied. Medium high carbonation, bitter hoppy and roasted finish. ~Enjoyable brew. Great marriage of malts and hops. Too bad this isnt easy to come by.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flyingshoes (100) - USA - JUN 3, 2009
On tap at Capital Ale House Downtown. This almost seemed like another example of a black IPA, although I don’t really know the story behind it.. Up front, there is a strong chocolate flavor which is immediately followed by a nice hoppy blast. As it warms, the alcohol begins to show through, but the notes of chocolate are strong throughout. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pbrick (13) - Roseville, California, USA - JUN 9, 2009
On Tap at Own Club in Roseville. Dark brown with ruby highlights. Aroma shows orange, chocolate and a lot of fruity yeast. Taste run on the roasted side up front, but carries a significant bitterness and citrusy hop finish. Medium-full body, dry finish with long lasting hop and chocolate notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2009

Date: May 31, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: Manuel’s Tavern, Atlanta
Appearance: opaque dark brown, fine tan head, spidery lace
Aroma: rich chocolate aroma, lots of earthy hops, touch of caramel sweetness
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, caramel sweetness brings out the rich chocolate, lots of balancing hops, hint of citrus, touch of roasted, light nuttyness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
phukktifano (159) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 23, 2009
On Tap at Capital Alehouse Midlothian. Dark brown black with great red highlights. Aroma was coffee and sweet hops. Flavor was roast and dark chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 26, 2009
On tap at Capital Ale House Innsbrook. Has a rich roasted coffee and chocolate flavor but still has the hop presence that you would always expect from Sierra Nevada. It was a pleasure to try this "elusive" beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Draft @ Sac Brew. Pours a dark, chocolate-brown color; light tan head with solid retention and lacing. Basic aroma of breadiness and deadened malts; chocolate; rather light. Medium mouthfeel: nicely balanced presence, lots of chocolate, lightly roasted malts, and cola; light acidity; good presence of mineral and citrus bitterness on the edges; a heavily drinkable rendition of a rather ridiculous style. Nice beer. Medium finish of chocolate and light lingering bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (9957) - Reno, Nevada, USA - DEC 9, 2014
from 9/09: "has the look of a black lager. very tight head when on tap, almost looked like it was NO2, but not quite. feel and finish were quite smooth as well. flavor was a little lighter than expected, especially the hops (in the nose as well) but it was a well balanced beer and the black, chocolate, and other amalts used were quite tasty, and provided a slightly bittersweet dry finish. not the best black ipa i’ve had, but pretty good, and different from any other Sierra Nevada beer I’ve had before."

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