Let’s go beer camping – part 1

Beer Camp Across America Twelve Pack
Beer Camp Across America Twelve Pack

Beer Camp Across America – by now you are probably aware of this amazing beer collection and cross country celebration tour of craft beer by Sierra Nevada and numerous craft breweries (if not see my previous post about Beer Camp). This series of reviews will concentrate on the 12 pack of collaboration beers brewed by Sierra Nevada and twelve top craft breweries across America. I will include desciptions of each beer from the Beer Camp 12 pack from the Sierra Nevada website in quotes and my tasting notes. Let’s go beer camping!

10 bottles and 2 cans!
10 bottles and 2 cans!

 

Firestone Walker – Torpedo Pilsner

Firestone Walker - Torpedo Pilsner
Firestone Walker – Torpedo Pilsner

“Torpedo Pilsner is a hop-forward take on the crisp classic lager. We and the folks at Firestone Walker share a passion for New Zealand hop varietals, so we loaded our legendary Hop Torpedo with southern hemisphere hops for a fruity, floral twist on the pilsner style.
Just down the road from us in California’s Central Coast wine country, this rock star brewery has earned “Mid-size Brewery of the Year” at the World Beer Cup four times. Like us, Firestone is passionate about hops. Their skill with the ingredient shines in their Pale Series and elsewhere in a long beer lineup driven by a premier brewing team. “

My tasting notes –

Torpedo Pilsner pours out gold with a white head into a pint glass. There is a spicy hop aroma. The taste is a nice combination of spicy/fruity hops. It is a nice pilsner style beer.

ABV 5.2%

IBUs 45

 

Ballast Point – Electric Ray

Ballast Point - Electric Ray
Ballast Point – Electric Ray

“As ever, San Diego’s Ballast Point looked to the sea for the inspiration behind Electric Ray. A play on the fish’s scientific name—Torpedo californica—this beer pays homage to our mutual home state, as well as to our Hop Torpedo, the source of much of the big flavor in this high voltage, hop-forward Imperial Pale Lager.
Ballast Point brought their homebrewing dreams to the big leagues and started brewing professionally, but they never forgot their roots. They still run a successful homebrewing supply shop in San Diego. A love for hops and the ocean inspire incredible brewed and distilled offerings, and their one-of-a-kind labels boast some beautiful, and sometimes gnarly-lookin’, fish.”

My tasting notes –

Electric Ray pours out medium gold with a white head into a pint glass. The aroma is a great combination of citrus and tropical fruit. The taste is similar with slight hints of pine. This beer has a medium body and is very tasty!

ABV 8.5%

IBUs 70

 

Oskar Blues – Canfusion

Oskar Blues - Canfusion
Oskar Blues – Canfusion

“Our friends at Oskar Blues pioneered great beer in a can and, as mutual members of the canned craft club, this partnership was a perfect fit. CANfusion is a coming together—a fusion, if you will—of flavors from across the spectrum of brewing: spicy rye, tangy wheat and a bright citrusy hop aroma.
Oskar Blues is the granddaddy of canned craft beer. Like us, they have a fun-loving passion for the outdoors and bikes. It was a natural fit for them to adopt cans as a portable, durable way to tote their favorite beer on the trail, and in the process they paved the way for all other craft brewers to follow.”

My tasting notes –

Canfusion pours out reddish gold with a light tan head into a pint glass. The aroma is a combination of spice, pepper and slightly sweet malt. The taste is a nice blend of spicy rye and balanced malt. The hops from Australia complement this beer nicely. This beer has a medium body. Try it if you like rye beers!

Seek out this collection in the 12 pack or in your local craft beer bar on draft. Watch for reviews on the rest of the collection. Let’s continue our beer camping trip! #beercamptour