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RATINGS: 372   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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2014 Beer Camp Across America Release.

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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fatehunter (1278) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Pours two fingers of head on a clear golden colored body. The aroma is biscuits, grains, toasted malt and lemon. The taste is moderately bitter with a touch of honey sweetness and a dry bitter finish. Great balance and flavor. The texture is light and crisp. Enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Doofgoblin (310) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2014
This is a really tasty pilsner with a bit more hop flavor. Aroma is a bit hoppy with a lagerish touch. The taste is faintly fruity hops with really light malt note and a very crisp finish that is refreshing. My only wish is that a little more toasty malt flavor was paired with the hops. Overall, good for a pilsner.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomciccateri (1009) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 21, 2014
12-ounce bottle. Pours a deep gold color with white frothy head and constant bubbles. Nice floral hoppy aroma. Medium body, mellow hoppy flavor balance. Even sweet/dry balance. Mellow maltiness. Hoppy crisp finish. Very pleasant.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BucannonXC5 (892) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Type: 12-oz.bottle Glass: Pint mug From: Albertsons in Alpine, Calif. Price: $25.99 for the variety Beer Camp Across America 12-pack Purchased: Oct. 17, 2014 Consumed: Oct. 19, 2014 Misc.: Collaboration with Firestone Walker Brewing Company; Packaged May 29, 2014 at 9:46 a.m. Poured yellow, golden, straw, hazy color with three fingers of creamy white rocky head. Cleared up as it went down. Saw some bubbles coming up at different parts of the glass, but nothing crazy. Good sporadic foamy lacing along the sides of the glass. Very good retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 3.88) Smelled boozy corn malts up front, immediately followed by hoppy pilsner notes. Grassy hops, Kix cereal or Corn Pops, sourdough bread, honey, peppery spices, herbal hops, New Zealand spices and light floral hops. More pilsner than hoppy, but pretty nice on the nose. (Smell - 4.00) Tasted a lot like the nose. Still more pilsner than anything else, but more bitter than the smell. Sharp corn cereal (Kix and Corn Pops), grassy hops, sourdough bread, hay, honey wheat, New Zealand hops, faint floral hops, herbal notes and slight citrus zest. (Taste - 3.75) Light body. Thin-to-oily texture. Lively carbonation. Bitter, abrupt finish. Got better as it went down as the beginning was a bit rough. (Feel - 3.63) I was all over the place on this one. Initially I wasn’t a fan, but it grew on me a bit as it went down. Definitely more pilsner than hoppy. (Overall - 3.75) 3.79 85 B+

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Salmoniform (832) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Poured from bottle to glass. Straw hue with fizzy white head that settled. Aroma is lemon, straw, sulphur, grassy. Mouthfeel is nice with a light body and crisp carbonation. Taste is dry with a bitter hop following and a slightly sulphur finish. Overall this is decent.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (12723) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 17, 2014
Draught @ Real Gastropub, Honolulu. Hazy blonde. Mellow earthy hop aroma, quite fresh. Sweet pale malts, light bitterness, with soft continental hops. Very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 15, 2014
Where and how: GG, Bottle 355 ml.
Aroma fairly dry feel on golden malt base. Decent but I can’t say I love it.
Appearance :
Top: medium, fine creamy white top.
Base: pale golden, clear.
Palate : softer, gentler carbonation , pleasantly rounded.
Taste: soft helles like base with new wave hop feel. Thankfully not overly hopped. Finish somewhat chalky.
Other notes refreshing pilsner that is hybrid of hoppy Americano with Munich hells.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mittenator (1354) - Michigan, USA - OCT 15, 2014
Bottle. Hazy hay with a white head. Sweet pils, slightly sour and fruity. Fruity and light with some pine.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
Duchammer (60) - Eagle river, Alaska, USA - OCT 13, 2014
Bottle: Poured pale straw yellow with a white head. Aroma had a vegetal pilsner taste with light hop notes. Great crisp sweet hoppy session beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SHIG (3603) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - OCT 13, 2014
Bottle: Poured a golden color with a white fluffy head. Aroma sweet candy with soggy cardboard. Taste is hoppy, grain, sweet malts.


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