Sierra Nevada Beer Camp: Tropical IPA

Reviewed by on March 2, 2016 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Chico, CA, USA

  • Rated On: March 2, 2016

  • Best Before: bottled January 28, 2016

  • ABV: 6.7%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American IPA

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Sierra Nevada will be releasing their Beer Camp Across America collaboration variety pack again this year, and in advance of that, they have put out a Spring seasonal that appears to somehow be related to the process, and is of the currently popular ‘Tropical’ IPA style.

This 12oz bottle pours a clear, bright medium golden amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and certainly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent electrical discharge lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly subsides.

It smells of dank pine resin, a touch of uric acid, somewhat muted tropical fruit (underripe pineapple and blood orange, maybe), gritty and grainy caramel malt, a hint of wayward yeast, and further leafy, herbal, and floral hop bitters. The taste is big ‘n fruity, the domestic crashing into the tropical (some orange, aged lemon, pineapple, mango, and kiwi hanging about), with a waning edgy piney and leafy green bitterness, some sturdy bready caramel malt, and more removed from it all leafy, grassy, and herbal hoppiness. The bubbles are adequate for the heavy lifting required here, via its stoic frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a few of the many hoppy esters stepping out of line at times. It finishes off-dry, the remains of the tropical fruit day vainly trying to push out the encroaching pedestrian bitterness.

Overall, a genial and easy-drinking hoppy brew, as the addition of the so-called equatorial ingredients makes for a duly engaging and complex IPA experience. Worthy of seeking out, and with this brewery’s operational and distributional prowess, that shouldn’t be too difficult of a task.

Brady White



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