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 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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, 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

alexsdad06 (11238) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2016
12 oz bottle from the pack from notes. Pours a clear golden color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have pale, toasted malt, bready, caramel, resiny hops, grass, citrus with some peel character, moderate bitterness to the finish, good beer.

slowrunner77 (13206) - 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 it’s 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."

Bengibbs6 (65) - 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

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

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 didn’t really work all the kinks out to make sure this one was up to SN’s standards. Serving type: bottle 07-02-2011

ads135 (5215) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 15, 2013
I’d take a torpedo over this any day, but this is still a decent double IPA. Very piney, some resin and orange.

SDalkoholic (2444) - 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 wasn’t 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 isn’t as impressing considering that this was a double IPA and the fact that Sierra Nevada has done a lot better in terms of crafting IPA’s that are more balanced and have been rounded out thoroughly.

MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2013
This is a good brew. Nice hop, pine citrus. The finish was grassy. I liked the blend.

madmitch76 (26448) - , 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!

GarrettB (1694) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 13, 2012
August 24th, 2011 - I’ve never heard of Sierra Nevada’s 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 it’s 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.

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