Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Chico King

This is part of the 2014 Beer Camp Across America special release from Sierra Nevada Brewing of Chico, California. They invited breweries all across America to join in a collaboration brew with them and/or join them on their Beer Camp Tour with seven stops across the USA as their bus makes its way to the site of their new brewery in Mills River, NC (there is an eight mini-camp at El Bait Shop in Des Moines, Iowa). The release features a mixed 12 pack of twelve unique beers, two in cans.

This 6.5% ABV pale ale's inspiration is a mash up of Sierra Nevada's pale ale and the Alpha King pale ale from the collaborator, 3 Floyds Brewing of Munster, Indiana. 

The beer pours copper and amber in color. There is a tall head of thick and somewhat creamy off-white foam. The aroma is fairly subdued, citrus, grapefruit, bit of passion fruit, and toasted caramel malt. The taste follows, but reverses, the aromas, toasted and roasted caramel malt, with a light fruity hoppiness on top, mostly grapefruit and very light passion fruit. The finish is dry and smooth, with a fairly light bitterness. Absolutely solid, but surprisingly bland for 3 Floyds’ involvement.


Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Electric Ray

This is part of the 2014 Beer Camp Across America special release from Sierra Nevada Brewing of Chico, California. They invited breweries all across America to join in a collaboration brew with them and/or join them on their Beer Camp Tour with seven stops across the USA as their bus makes its way to the site of their new brewery in Mills River, NC (there are actually 8 stops with a little publicized stop at El Bait Shop in Des Moines, Iowa). The release features a mixed 12 pack of twelve unique beers, two in cans.

This is 8.5% ABV and described as an India Pale Lager. While it may be a lager instead of an ale, they should have put an imperial or double in there as a warning. This was made in collaboration with Ballast Point Brewing of San Diego, California.

The beer pours a very light copper and amber in color. There is a tall head of just off-white foam. The aroma is crisp, grassy, floral and fruity, lots of citrus zestiness. There is a bit of toasted malt under the hop notes. The taste is sweet and fruity, toasted and caramel malt holding up a blast of fruit, along with a jasmine note. The finish is fairly bitter, clean and dry, with a hint of sweetness. This Beer Camp is like a home run derby so far, they just keep hitting them out of the park.