Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 2017 Golden IPA – American IPA at 6.5% ABV | 50 IBU

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 2017 Golden IPA American IPA at 6.5% ABV | 50 IBU (C$3.79 at Oak & Vine, 355 ml, bottle date 17-Feb-2017, acquired 27-Mar-2017, reviewed 29-Mar-2017)

Appearance: hazy straw with one finger of loose white head, moderate retention and patchy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: lemon and grapefruit, crackery pale malt, pineapple, light resiny pine. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter, mild tart. (7/10) Palate: medium-light body, moderate carbonation, crisp dry mild bitter finish. (4/5)

Definitely better than the 2016 Tropical IPA Beer Camp.  The acidulated wheat malts work well with the citrus notes, giving a lightly tart, crisp, and dry brew. Despite the relatively high IBU, the bitterness isn’t emphatic, being tempered by the well-balanced malt and tart elements. Doesn’t seem much like an IPA, though – more of an APA, albeit a good one. At just over a month old, this is still bright and fresh, but I don’t see it ageing well, so it’s probably a good one to get sooner rather than later if you can. (15/20)

7.5/10 #ryansbooze

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