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 Nevadas 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.

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   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 Im 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 wasnt 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, Id buy plenty. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-16-2011 01:10:19

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (4762) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2012
12oz 2011 Beer Camp bottle - This Double IPA pours a cloudy orange-amber color with a white head of foam that quickly settles to a top coat and ring, but leaves some good lacing on the sides. Nice aroma featuring citrus, piney and floral hops with a substantial rich toasted malt backbone. Slightly earthy and herbal. High ABV not apparent. Some nice sweet citrus up front but this turns increasingly piney and earthy and bitter until thats about all that is left in the aftertaste. Strong grapefruit, orange and pine flavored hops with an underlying malt backbone that tames the hops a little but doesnt block the strong hop flavor and medium-high bitterness. Even as a hop-head, I found this brew near the challenging level when fresh. Medium body; low carbonation that ran out before I got to the bottom of the glass; some astringency (from hops?) O: a good DIPA worth trying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsniclas (6969) - Billdal, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2012
Sampled at SBWF11 Pale golden. White head. Mouldy earth/cellar. Medium bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Huhzubendah (3690) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 16, 2012
The beer is transparent and yellow with plentiful effervescence. Perched atop the liquid I have been craving all day is an inch of white, fluffy head that leaves ample lacing on the pint glass. The aroma offers some pine and hops. Pretty straightforward. The flavor consists primarily of piney hops, with a healthy amount of malt presence as well. Overly bitter. Alcohol presence gets in the way. The body is medium to thick. The beer finishes with a strong hop bitterness and some warming alcohol. A malty bitterness lingers on the palate for several minutes. Little, if any, citrus or fruit flavors. Eh... Overall, an OK brew. The ubiquitous Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is much better. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 07-21-2011

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Aniela (4216) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2012
Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival 2011. Golden a bit hazy beer with a white head. Basement and mold aroma. Mold and earth flavour. Really a bad tasting beer...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (26432) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 21, 2012
Small draught [email protected] Slightly hazy goldeny orange colour, minor head. Aroma is fruity and floral hops with some grassy and bready malts. Flavour is sweet bready and caramelly maltyness along with some fruity, floral and nectary notes. Quite mild DIPA, but hides the alcohol quite well, even though its no "Hop bomb".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2012
2011 Bottle. Pours slightly cloudy orange/gold. Aroma is hops, citrus, sugar, and alcohol. Flavor is resinous hops, sugar, alcohol, and citrus. Medium to heavy body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tomciccateri (1034) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 18, 2012
12-ounce bottle. Pours a dense dark amber with a slight, big-bubble head. Intense hop aroma. Medium body, big hoppy flavor with blast of hop bitterness. Solid malty underlying flavor. Clean finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (10072) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 18, 2012
Bottle. Somehow Parksy didnt drink ALL of these on me. Fucker. Hazy honey gold with a white head that drapes my glass in fine sheets of lace. Aroma is sweet and slightly bready malts with a very oily hop presence. This smells piney and resinous. Sierra Nevada knows there hops man, I love it! Sweet malty entry, light caramel, followed by an oily hop blast that leads to a long bitter piney finish. This threatens to be sticky, cloying, heavy-- but it isnt. I love IIPAs like this!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2012
Aged One Year: The beer retains a pale, medium orange-colored body, but with quite a bit of sediment floating around in the glass after the pour and a relatively healthy, billowy and well-formed head. Aroma is still relatively strong, predominant fresh, sweet malty grain with a whisper of floral, earthy hop. Overall, a very pleasant aroma. Flavor doesnt seem to have lost any gusto over the course of a year. In my opinion, the character softened up enough to really improve the beer, with just a faint hint of sweetness. It has a slightly oxidized, bitter finish between the center and back of the tongue, no doubt a result of the aging of the predominant hop variety that give the beer its astringency. Still, after a year, this beer maintains its potent, signature Sierra Nevada hop presence well enough to kidnap your palate. Other than the hop experience, theres not much else being showcased here. The cloudiness and yeast presence that came about after a year of aging almost gives the beer a Belgian-like quality. Its unique yeastiness sets it apart from your common Double IPA. It finishes bitter, but clean and slightly yeasty. This beer could definitely stand the test of two years of aging... just to see how much more the hops can back off.

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