Sierra Nevada ‘beer camp’ Belgian style black IPA


image“#94 Belgian-style Black IPA—This beguiling black IPA takes a tropical detour with a dose of new world hops, featuring lemony Sorachi Ace and fruity Nelson Sauvin varieties. A Belgian yeast works with the exotic hop profile, emphasizing its complex and fruity flavors”.

Honestly, we love how this brewery consistently brews top shelf beers and this ‘beer camp’ series is a brilliant new venture that showcases their skill and versatility. We served this black IPA  into an IPA glass. The body displayed a cola like appearance with a creamy two finger beige head that slowly fades away. Ok lacing. A relatively different aroma from the Sorachi Ace and Nelson Sauvin hops give this BIPA a unique fruity edge over the usual porter like aromas that are usually expected. Main stayers like coffee, roasted malt and cocoa are present but it’s the spicy, slightly funky Belgian undertones that give this aroma it’s real character. Mild-medium carbonation with a medium bodied mouth feel. The initial hoppy bitterness reminds us it’s a BIPA. Herbal, resinous hops and some chocolate, coffee and roasted malt cover the mid and back end. Lovely dry, bitter finish with lingering roasted notes that flow through on to the rear palate. 7.7% ABV adds body and complexity. Great beer. Sierra Nevada do it again.