Friday, August 16, 2013

Sierra Nevada 2013 Beer Camp #94 Belgian-Style Black IPA

The Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is from Chico, California. This is a 7.7% ABV Belgian-style Black IPA that is part of their annual Best of Beer Camp series. Apparently people can submit videos and be chosen to attend beer camp, where the attendees learn about beer and choose the styles for that year's beer camp releases. It uses Sorachi Ace and Nelson Sauvin hops.

The beer pours coal black in color, nothing but black even held to the light. There is an inch of thick, creamy, cappucino-like, light brown foamy head. The aroma is dark roasted malt, floral yeast, and light fruity and very citrusy hops. The taste is a nice harmonious blend of all of the aromas. It is moderately to quite bitter, medium bodied and smooth. Adding the Belgian yeast adds a nice, new twist to the black IPA trend. As always, a solid offering from Sierra Nevada.

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