Thursday, January 5, 2017

2017 Beer Camp Golden IPA

Beer Review #173

The 2017 iteration of Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp 'spring seasonal' is here (yeah, its only January). For a review of the 2016 edition (review #95), a tropical IPA, click here. For 2017 they have rolled out a 6.5% ABV, 50IBU Golden IPA.

This beer is indeed golden, introducing itself as a transparent straw with a generous head of fluffy white foam.

My allergies will no doubt make me regret the malted wheat that gives this beer an extremely light, crisp body (almost like macro-brewed trash), but a hefty dose of Chinook, Crystal, El Dorado, Simcoe,  and experimental varieties of hops make this IPA anything but...

Out of the gate, a bitter citrus aroma strikes first - think the peel/rind of your favorite grapefruit, orange, or lemon. Pine follows, with hints of the tropics lurking around the edges.

This beer is smooth up front, before the bite of moderate carbonation and bitterness intervenes. Once again, citrus and pine take charge, but you can tell that there is wheat involved here. Its mouthwatering-dry, with that barley malt sweetness barely represented. 

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