Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 029: Ghidorah

Serve in Shaker, Snifter


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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAY 5, 2011
355mL in a sampler pack. The pour is a clear light orange to near gold with a medium, yellowish, heavy sheen and mildly rocky head. Sticky lace. Aroma is fleshy, melon, squashy, spicy fruits, vanilla, heavy Noble hops. Taste is nut skin bitter, heavy Brazil nut, macadamia husk, Palate is soft, heavy and malty. Pretty dense. IBUs are nearing superlative with heavy nut flesh and nut skin bitterness. Sugar content is relatively high giving this heavy body to balance bitterness. No astringency or staleness. Nice. Pretty heavy. Great for fans of Sam Adams Noble Pils.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
pauls_parade (340) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2011
Pours a clear, light golden color with a large white foamy head that lasts all the way down the glass and leaves excellent lacing. Big resinous and piney hops in the nose. Full-bodied, smooth on the tongue with a long lasting dry finish, Well balance with a solid malt backbone, with an assertive but not harsh hop bitterness. A solid double IPA. Enjoyable sipper.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerlover82 (240) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2011
Poured into snifter glass a clear amber/orange with fluffy white head about half a finger thick,leaving a nice almost-solid lacing with bubbles.Good. Smell of piney and oily hops, very pleasant hops on the nose.Faint malt in the background.Good, but aroma could be much better,especially for a DIIPA. Upon sip,whirling around on my tongue and then swallowing, I notice a nice piney hop presence, with a good,solid malt backbone.Decent lingering hops afterwards,but could last longer. The body is medium, maybe a more of a standard American IPA than DIIPA,in terms of body,but so what.Very smooth,hoppy,with decent malt backbone, is it mind-blowing??No. The best,most hoppy beer ever??? Not even close. But does it satisfy those looking for hops?? Yes. Which is all that really matters,anyway. Very solid effort from the great Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.,who have yet to dissapoint me or even come close to failing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (5951) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 4, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2011 Not a lot of aroma, but this is great. A very balanced hop presence, floral and bitter. At times subtle, I could drink this all the time. The best IPA of the evening at the Sierra Nevada tasting at Aces & Ales.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
popery (2141) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 26, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2011 Best of Beer Camp bottle from 3/29/11, 27 days ago. Pours a dusky amber with a tight off-white head. The aroma is quite hoppy. It smells like oranges, pineapples, pine needles and clean grass. The malt is caramel with some booze. Candied hops. The taste is sweet and resiny with hops from the get-go. Its bittersweet with a thickly hoppy aftertaste. Dankly sweet. Carbonation is fairly low. The beer is smooth and thick on the palate but still easy to drink. I quite enjoyed it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2011
On cask at Churckey. Served in a snifter. I got the first pull off the gasm on this. Body is a bright light orange with a tremendous head and lacing that nearly covers the entire side of the glass. Fantastic retention as well. The nose carries an incredible amount of dank hops to start. Behind that, I get a good amount of herbal and floral notes. There is a very delicate light graininess to back it all up, but this is decidedly hop-centric. The flavor starts off just like the nose with really herbal and dank hops. There is a bit of a floral character in the background. It also carries a bit of citrus rind, which I did not pick up in the nose. Feel is that of a beer with a medium body and light cask-appropriate carbonation. Dry and resinous finish; very bitter. Overall, a very solid brew. I had been waiting for quite awhile to try this and Churhkey certainly came through by delivering a cask of it only a short walk away. Serving type: cask Reviewed on: 04-05-2011

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (14028) - Washington DC, USA - APR 6, 2011
Cask. Hazy amber body, soft off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange, some grapefruit, pineapple, peach, straw. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, orange, some grass. Medium-full body, some stickiness, light resin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 5, 2011
(draft @ Tap and Mallet - Rochester, NY) Hazy golden pour with a thick and frothy white head. Resin and citrus hops dominate the aroma with some very light grass and floral notes under it. Flavor is surprisingly clean though. Some very light hops and citrus but nowhere near the level I thought itd have for a DIPA. Smooth and clean on the finish and very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2011
draft, Sierra takes the taps, Rattle & Hum, NYC. big hop flavor, lots of grapefruit citrusy hops. Piney, sticky, resiny hoppiness. Citrusy hops dominate. Really good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Tap at RNH. Pours a hazed light gold with a thin head lasting with good lace. Aroma is mango, pine citrus loaded with fresh hops all around, dragonfruit, guava, and pear. Flavor is dank stinky weed smoke with green fresh piny and citrus hops, then more tropical notes from amarillo, simcoe, etc, peach, mango, resin, min and alight biscuit malt in the back. Finish is nice sticky tacky hop bitterness. Very nice.

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