Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Golden IPA 2017

Total Score: 7.15/10 Lemon1Biscuit1Flowers1Nonicpint1

Sierra Nevada at back at it again: Beer Camp! For 2017 it’s a Golden IPA (whatever that is). Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Golden IPA 2017 – which I will, in my usual tradition, henceforth brand as: SNBCGIPA’17. I love SN… wait, love is a bit powerful a word, I like SN… hmmm, still too powerful, SN is alright. Yeah, better. Last year’s Beer Camp was a high water mark IMO: Tropical IPA. It will be interesting to see how this wheat loaded brew will compare… I don’t suspect favourably, but let’s keep an open mind Doc, after all: it’s just beer! *gets pummelled with shaker pint glasses thrown by various craft beer hipsters* OK, beer is awesome! Can someone drive me to the hospital now?

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Easily mistaken for a wheat beer in a dark Munich alleyway with its hazed golden/straw body and rather fluffy white head. It’s golden – it fits the brief, the fact that it’s got a slight naturtrüb haze is a bonus. 8/10.

S: Aroma like a glass of Sierra Nevada’s own Pale Ale, let me copy/paste my description from that review in case you forgot what SNPA smells like: Floral hops lead my nose to an ale paradise with a hint of caramel malts in the background. I would add that there’s a definite citrus vibe with SNBCGIPA’17 as well. I gave SNPA a 10/10, but that was a long time ago (2011, fuck!)… now it’s more like a: 7/10.

T: Lemon, biscuit and caramel malts, and floral hop notes all packaged in an easy-drinking mildly bitter finish. This is one easy-drinking-lemon-mofo for better/worse. Another reminder that not every beer needs to be balls-to-the-wall intense, however in this instance a little more intensity wouldn’t go astray… just saying SN. 7/10.

M: Decent medium bodied with a reasonably creamy carbonation – it’s not Weihenstephan territory, but it’s getting up there – wheat usually helps. 8/10.

D: What else is there to say – another decent SN brew, not the best in their oeuvre, however it’s a tasty enough IPA to knock back… actually it’s more of an APA TBH. I could drink this with a Pirate Life Pale and not end up with palate fatigue, so really the IPA label is a bit of a misapplication… though it is 6.5% ABV, so I guess in that sense it’s really an IPA… but flavour-wise it’s a touch light for an IPA… umm, what day is it today??? 7/10.

Food match: The largest German sausage you can find… Boerewors doesn’t count: that’s South African… in a bun. Add mustard. Onions? Why not.

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