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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 029: Ghidorah

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RATINGS: 372   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
DO NOT rate the 2014 Beer Camp Double IPA under this listing. If you have the 24 oz. silk screened bottle, that beer should be rated under Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America West Coast Double IPA.

Originally Beer Camp #29 from 06/2010. Brewed by Chris and Joe DeCicco, in conjunction with Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp, an American Double IPA that is as formidable as its Sci-Fi monster namesake. Ghidorah is golden-amber in color, with a pronounced hop-forward presence. Grassy, resinous, and citrus peel dominate the aroma. It has significant malt body, which adds balance to the beer, but the malt quickly subsides toward a firm bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daleharshman (1045) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 4, 2012
12 ounce bottle from the Best of Beer Camp assortment ($17.99 for the 12-pack). Pours a cloudy honey-amber hue with two fingers of frothy off-white foam. Aroma is predominately sharp hops with notes of fruit (citrus and peach), soap, and pine-scented cleaner. Flavor of bitter hops with elements of grapefruit rind, tropical fruit (pineapple), and pine needles. A bit of caramel maltiness makes itself known near the end, but this is certainly hop-centric. Long bitter finish and unfortunately there is some alcohol burn as well. Decent DIPA from Sierra Nevada, but it falls quite a bit short of their Hoptimum. (352, 684)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blafa (511) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2012
Draft at Green Lion Inn, BSF Meeting. Malmö, October 2011.
Aromas of soft american hops, lemon, grapefruit and grass. Quite dry in the aroma with some nice dry hops as well. Refreshing taste with a big richness. Loads of hops! Good!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2012
Cloudy orange pour.... That could have been due to not keeping it from the unfiltered components form settling. The head is small and white. The aroma is sharp hoppy pine. the flavor is sharp and harsh pine hop. the finish is not was sloppier then I would have liked. A good beer, but not a session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Hoppy smell, with citrus the obvious primary sniff. A good combination of grapefruit and pine with some lemon battling to make some noise. Citrus hops dominate the initial taste, with grapefruit and pine battling for supremacy. Fairly bitter aftertaste. The bitter taste kept coming back, but it was pleasantly bitter. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (5950) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2012
Bottle: Poured a deep beige color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of clean citrus and pine hoppy notes. Taste is also a good mix between some pine and citrus notes with a solid non-descript malt backbone. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. This beer was brewed very close to style with a good aroma and solid malt backbone. Not standing out from other DIPA but well enjoyable nonetheless.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UDBeernut (2696) - Earth & Jacksonville (weekends), Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2012
A: pale in color, foamy 1/2" off white head. Reduces to lacing that clings all over the glass. S: strong caramel and citrus hop T: punch of citrus and pine molded well with plenty of sweet caramel and malt. Just what a dipa should be M: medium bodied, slightly dry mouthfeel

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2012
First off this is a good looking beer. It’s pretty much a clear light copper color. You can see a ton of bubbles shooting up from the bottom of the glass. Nice bright white two finger head is poured. Lacing throughout and decent retention. The aroma on this beer isn’t huge at all. Instead it’s a nice and clean malty aroma mixed in with citrus and some presence of other tropical fruits. Not mind blowing but decent. I was definitely more excited about the taste. The hops take a bit more of a front seat here. Citrus and grapefruit. Some piney hops. Nice bite to the hops. Good malty backbone presence. It’s hard to explain but it’s a nice clean and fresh IPA. Mouthfeel is slick, well carbonated, and medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TEJA (2469) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2012
Thin but lasting white lace. Golden color. Intensly hop grape aroma. The taste is also intensly hoppy with a big bitterness. Very dry finnish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JMerritt (1941) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2012
Bottled, labeled as Beer Camp Double IPA. Hazy apricot color with lots of very fine particles suspended throughout. Off-white head is large, frothy, and mostly lasting, leaving sticky sheets of lacing behind. Pine/spruce-centric nose with leather and caramel undertones and brief whiffs of calcium. Bitterness is actually rather subdued, letting a lot of toffee sweetness through. Some fleshy peach flavors are evident in the finish, as are some grassy hops. In the lingering finish, the bitterness grows significantly bringing tanned leather and resin notes. Solid. Danke Narnad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pushkinwow (2627) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2012
12oz bottle from spinrsx. Hazy orange with an off creamy white head. Light citrus and pine, soapy, orange, bit sweet with an underlying malt. Smooth, moderately high carbonation, medium body, little prickly (alcohol), little bit of sweetness but quickly hidden by a balanced bitterness that does not overwhelm. Becomes very dry with a nice "soapy" layer on the palate, lots of pine and orange/grapefruit that lasts for quite a while.

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