Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Long Stem IPA , Sierra Nevada Beer Camp brew #77 made by/for 4 Daughters Irish Pub, poured a clear, iced tea hue into the sample glass, topped with a sticky, short lived head. The nose carried forward lemon, pine, and rosewater over a slightly sharp biscuit background.
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Long Stem IPA opened with an average, pine and lemon hops start over a light, dry malt background. As the hops mellowed on the tongue, a watery rose flavor came through and added a floral peppery edge to the ale. Long Stem IPA ended surprisingly crisp and light, without much flavor or bitterness hanging around in the watery fade.
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Long Stem IPA is a respectable beer with some interesting characteristics. The ale feels and tastes more like a pale ale than an IPA (especially coming from the hop heads at Sierra Nevada), although the malt is significantly drier and lighter than their commercial offerings, and the hop profile is appropriately reigned in to allow the more subtle additions of rose hips and lemon zest to shine through.