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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 029: Ghidorah

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RATINGS: 371   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   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 Nevadaís 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.

Acetobacter's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2011
Enjoyed from a 12oz bottle in a tulip glass. The beer pours a medium orange color, with a low to moderate white head. Nice resinous and citrus hops notes in the aroma. Not over-the-top, nor overly restrained, especially considering the sample being a bottled. Slight malt undertones. The palate shows a nice, clean, smooth bitterness up front, followed by moderate resiny/citric hop flavor, a touch of malt sweetness, and a characteristic clean, moderately bitter finish. Overall, perhaps a little less aggressive than my personal preference would dictate, but a fine example.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (9202) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
"served cask conditioned/hand pump at the Sierra Taphouse, Reno. Big citrus and grassy aroma. smooth and mellow beer given the strength and bitterness. it started VERY nice and kinda faded by the end, but itís still nice. lots of orange peel an lawn, though the cask mellows it out. a touch thin, but delicious. bottled beer camp double ipa 5/24/11 - even more bitter, still has the wonderful aroma, just more punch in the finish. very well done, especially for the price."

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
Bengibbs6 (64) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Very unpleasant. This tastes like a mildly hoppy Budweiser. I am probably going to dump the rest of this after my second sip. DO NOT BIY OR DRINK THIS BEER ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle on 06/30/2011 courtesy of Butters as Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Double IPA. Clear golden body with a small frothy white head. Sweet floral and resiny hop aroma. Sweet floral and resiny hop flavor with a light pale malt background and a big dry bitter finish. Medium light body with moderate carbonation. 7/3/7/3/15 - 3.5 Bottle on 05/20/2011. Slightly hazy orange amber body with a medium frothy white head. Sweet floral and citrus hop aroma. Sweet resziny, floral and citrus aroma. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 7/3/8/3/15 - 3.6

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle code: 108921708 (around Mar 25, 2011) A: Pours an apricot ale with a bit of haze. A single finger of peanut foam falls in a couple minutes to a sheet of the same. Cobweb lacing. S: Alcohol up front, then sweet peaches, light citrus, pineapple, some tea notes. Malt is sweet and crystal. Mildly appealing. T: Warm and bitter. The alcohol here plays a big part and creates quite a bit of a role in accentuating the hops which are bitter and resiny. Some fruits are in here, boldly dominated by pineapple flavors. there are hints of chemical tastes as well. M: Thin with hi carbonation. Dry finish. Disappointing feel here. O: This beer has the makings of what could be a really good beer, unfortunately, they didnít really work all the kinks out to make sure this one was up to SNís standards. Serving type: bottle 07-02-2011

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ads135 (3922) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Iíd take a torpedo over this any day, but this is still a decent double IPA. Very piney, some resin and orange.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDalkoholic (2318) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Bottle from BevMo: Created a firm layer of frothy foamed head while the liquid was a dense and slightly hazy golden blonde. As for the aroma, there wasnít a whole lot to be smelled other than some light floral hops that barely came through, but other than the aroma was to faint. The flavor is much bolder in its delivery by serving up a thick syrupy base of malts as well as an earthy yet floral combination of hop pellets that have some bitter and metallic attributes. However, this isnít as impressing considering that this was a double IPA and the fact that Sierra Nevada has done a lot better in terms of crafting IPAís that are more balanced and have been rounded out thoroughly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadIndian (2718) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2013
This is a good brew. Nice hop, pine citrus. The finish was grassy. I liked the blend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (20984) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2013
9th June 2011
Hazy amber beer, tidy white head. Smooth semi dry palate, soft. Creamy fresh malt base. Sweetish hops - pine and pineapple. Traces of orange and bitter grapefruit citrus. Dry finish with a long bitter linger. Very nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GarrettB (1373) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 13, 2012
August 24th, 2011 - Iíve never heard of Sierra Nevadaís Ghidorah before - I had this back when it was a number. Reviews must have been good, because, like Hugh of the Borg, this has been given a designation. Of the four beers that came in my Sierra Nevada Beer Camp pack, I recall this being the most conventional, but also the best. It glows with a sunset orange, diffusing sunlight through itís deep and sweet haze like a thin slab of marble. For all the light play, the aroma and flavor reveal a simple and solid double IPA. Hoppy and syrupy in the smell with lots of American hops bolstering the booze with bitterness, this beer puts its best and well balanced foot forward. Sweet but reasonable, bitter but not caustic, this is a balanced Double IPA that I missed between bottles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2012
As far as Iím concerned Sierra Nevada can do no wrong so I bought the beer camp twelve pack without hesitation. The fact that they are putting out a mixed twelve with brand new beers is impressive even if they are one-offs. $17 wasnít too tough to stomach given the absurd price of everything these days. Nice orange yellow, decent head but no lacing oddly enough. Smell is kind of dank and stanky in a good way. The taste is hard citrus, bitter, well done. This needs to be a seasonal bomber offering, Iíd buy plenty. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-16-2011 01:10:19

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