Saturday, December 3, 2011
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Hopsichord Imperial IPA
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Hopsichord Imperial IPA, brew number 36 from Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp, poured a ruby gold into the glass, with mild carbonation trailing to a thin, sticky white head. The nose carried forward tropical notes of pineapple, melon, and light caramel.
Sierra Nevada Hopischord IPA opened with a lead of melon and pineapple over a grapefruit rind bitterness. Sweet caramel came through in the middle, and the sweeter fruit notes darkened to sweet orange notes as the ale faded, followed by mild, lingering bitterness and alcohol heat.
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Hopsichord Ale was an interesting beer to try out, but it lacks a lot of the refinement and balance many beers of similar composition have. The constant, but light, bitterness was at odds with the sweetness of the hops, and I spent more time wishing it would calm down than I did enjoying what is an otherwise pretty good ale.