Thursday, July 7, 2011

Sierra Nevada - Best of Beer Camp 2011 - Double IPA

Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle, poured into a tulip glass

The Double IPA from The Best of Beer Camp variety pack from Sierra Nevada pours a yellowy golden amber with a medium-to-large lightly yellowed, off-white head. Steady carbonation rises from the center of the glass, slowly refreshing the head, which musters great retention of the sticky and frothy foam. Piercing pungent hops define the nose and are highly citrusy. The mild underlying sweetness reveals the presence of the malts that seem barely present beneath the powerful hops.

The smooth and velvety mouthfeel seems almost creamy. For an imperial IPA, the body is remarkably vibrant. The beer is robust, but stays refreshing. Bitter citrus hops dominate with heaps of fresh grapefruit. A clean and grassy freshness gives the beer a definite Summer feel. The finish is crisp with a light booziness.

Final Verdict: A-

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