Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Torpedo Pilsner

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 5.2% ABV hoppy pilsner was made in collaborat with Firestone Walker of Paso Robles, California. It uses Sierra Nevada's famous hop torpedo to inject the flavor of New Zealand hops into this pilsner.

The beer pours a clear yellow and golden. There is a tall head of fizzy, yet thick, white foam. The aroma is straw, flowers, golden grain, a touch of honey, and jasmine. The taste follows the aromas directly, sweet, yet not, bitter, yet smooth, tons of jasmine-like notes that finish with a citrus fruitiness. There is a fairly strong bitterness on the finish, dry, but again, smooth. This is incredibly good and very refreshing. 

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