Let’s go beer camping – part 2

I hope everyone has been able to try some of the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America beers over the last couple weeks. This post will continue the reviews. The Sierra Nevada information from their website is in quotes and will be followed by my tasting notes.

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

 

Cigar City – Yonder Bock

 

Cigar City - Yonder Bock
Cigar City – Yonder Bock

 

“Tampa is a long way from our home base in Chico, but the guys down yonder in Florida sure can brew a great beer. Our friends at Cigar City find inspiration in the Cuban roots of their hometown, and that Latin-inspired flair is evident in Yonder Bock. This tropical take on the Maibock adds a Latin island flair to this traditional German style beer.
Enamored with the Latin roots of their Tampa home, Cigar City always tries to channel a bit of local history into their beers, e.g. the Humidor Series whose beers age on Spanish cedar as an homage to Tampa’s cigar making roots. Only five years old, this brewery deserves the fast praise that’s come its way.”

My tasting notes –

Yonder Bock Tropical Maibock pours out dark gold with a white head into a pint glass. The aroma is fruity and tropical. The flavor is a nice balance between the fruity hops and toasty malt. There is a medium body. Enjoyable beer!

ABV 7.7%

IBUs 45

 

3 Floyds – Chico King

 

3 Floyds Chico King
3 Floyds Chico King

 

“3 Floyds has a reputation as the Midwestern kings of alpha (hops), and it seems that one of our beers helped to lure them down the lupulin-paved path. Chico King is a mash-up of our mutual passion for hoppy pale ales and combines a uniquely robust malt body with intense citrusy and fruity new school hop varietals.
3 Floyds marches to the beat of their own (double kick) drum when it comes to collaboration, often partnering with comic book artists, tattoo parlors or heavy metal bands when inspiration strikes. These eclectic beers are coveted throughout the Midwest and some beers, like the legendary Dark Lord Imperial Stout, have spawned something akin to a beer-themed holiday in the brewery’s hometown of Muenster, IN.”

My tasting notes –

Chico King Pale Ale pours out gold with a white head into a pint glass. The aroma is malty. I expected  more prominent hop notes on this one. The taste is a balance between the hops and malt. I was a bit disappointed in this one. I guess I’m not a big fan of Mosaic hops. I pick up grape-like flavors with Mosaic hops which I don’t like much. Try it if you are adventurous and grape hop notes sound good to you.

ABV 6.5%

IBUs 45

 

Ninkasi – Double Latte

 

Ninkasi Double Latte
Ninkasi Double Latte

“Inspired by the perennial café favorite, Double Latte combines two of the greatest things in life: good coffee and great beer. Oregon’s Ninkasi Brewing knows their way around a good cup of joe. Featuring cold-press coffee from the legendary Stumptown Coffee Roasters and a dose of milk sugar, this coffee milk stout is a rich and roasty treat.
This young-gun brewery has a locomotive charge. A rich conversation at a local bottle shop in 2005 has morphed into a Pacific Northwest staple. Named after the Sumerian goddess of fermentation, Ninkasi’s first batch of beer was Total Domination IPA and it remains a must for those with a lupulin itch.”

My tasting notes –

Double Latte Coffee Milk Stout pours out dark brown with a thin brown head into a goblet. The aroma is a yummy mixture of coffee and milk. The taste is a great combination of coffee, roasty malt, milk and chocolate hints. Delicious and smooth!

ABV 7.6%

IBUs 60

 

Follow along on this beer camping trip when the remaining six beers are reviewed. Hope your summer is going well. Thanks for reading!